The southern Spanish region of Andalusia is famous for its fascinating history and infectiously exuberant lifestyle. Its towns are always lively, and you’ll love exploring its scenic coasts and picturesque whitewashed villages. And the main cities are easy to reach from central Spain and other regions thanks to the high-speed train, or AVE.

For nearly eight centuries, Andalusia was under Islamic rule, leading to the golden age of al-Ándalus, a period of intellectual development now known as the Andalusian legacy. The impressive cultural heritage of that time has left some of the world’s most beautiful and significant buildings, such as the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Giralda in Seville and the Alhambra in Granada, which are all well worth a visit.

Flamenco shows: did you know that UNESCO has designated Flamenco as Intangible Cultural Heritage? And the birthplace of this unique Spanish song and dance form is in Andalusia. It is well worth seeing a show in a traditional tablao.

Food: you are also sure to enjoy the cuisine of Andalusia. It still owes a great deal to the Arab dishes of al-Ándalus, based on vegetables, fruit, fish, and delicious virgin olive oil.

Beauty and wellness: if you want to relax, in Andalusia it is easy to find beauty and wellness centres and spas, but the area is particularly well-known for its Arab baths, with their traditional series of steam rooms and pools, as well as tea rooms.

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