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August 12, 2015

Andalucia Spain

Filed under: Costa del Sol,Facts,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 3:33 pm

Andalucia Spain – The second largest of Spain’s autonomous communities, Andalucia lies in the extreme south of the country with coasts on both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. This is a historic region and is a huge draw for tourists, both to explore its ancient cities and towns and to enjoy its wonderful climate and sandy beaches. Andalucia (Andalusia) comprises 8 provinces, and these are Seville, Jaen, Malaga, Huelva, Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba and Granada. Andalucia cover a huge area of some 87,000 square kilometres (33,500 square miles) and has a population of eight and a half million. The name of the region originated from the Arabic language (Al-Andalus) and dates from the Moorish occupation of the Iberian Peninsula (during the 8th to 13th centuries). Andalucia has several well known coastal areas including the best known Costa del Sol, plus the Costa de la Luz, The Costa Almeria, and the Costa Tropical.

August 10, 2015

Almeria Province Andalucia Spain

Filed under: Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 12:59 pm

Almeria Province Andalucia Spain – Located between the provinces of Granada and Murcia in the south-east of Spain, Almeria province is one of the eight provinces within the Andalucia autonomous community. The capital of the province is the city of Almeria, which of course gave the province its name. Almeria province has a population of over 600,000, and has considerable area which are largely unpopulated, the area of the province is almost 90,000 square kilometres, the 27th largest of Spain’s provinces. Some notable places in Almeria, with good sized populations are Roquetas de Mar (50,000), Nijar (19,000), El Ejido (80,000) and Adra (22,000). Along the coast there are a number of popular seaside resorts such as Almerimar, Carboneras and Mojacar.

April 3, 2012

Costa Almeria Spain

Filed under: Spain — Tags: , , , , , , — needahand @ 11:58 am

Costa Almeria Spain – The Costa Almeria is the name that is given to the coastline of the province of Almeria, an area of land covering 217 kilometres and 13 municipalities: from Pulpi, bordering the province of Murcia to Adra, bordering the province of Granada. From February 16th 1928 the tourist employer Lussnigg Rodolfo would promote the name Costa del Sol to the Costa Almeria, to which the term originally referred exclusively. Within the Costa Almeria destinations can be found such as Almerimar, Vera, Almeria, Garrucha and Mojacar , and natural areas such as the Natural Park Punta Entinas Sabinar,  the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata-Nijar, and the Island of San Andres, among others. Fast becoming a more popular tourist destination, the Costa Almeria has much to offer, there is plenty of sunny weather, it is mostly unspoilt with fine sandy beaches and quieter resorts, and it is easy to reach. The airport at Almeria city serves the Costa Almeria coastline, and it is fairly central for accessing all the main areas, with transfers available from the airport.

Read more about the Costa Almeria here: http://www.needahandspanishproperties.com/costa-almeria.html

Learn about other spanish places here: http://www.spain-and-spanish.co.uk

September 14, 2009

Malaga Costa del Sol

Filed under: Costa del Sol,History,Spain — Tags: , , , , , , , — needahand @ 10:04 am

Located in the Spanish region of Andalucia, Malaga is the 2nd largest city in that region, also considered as the capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga has a long history going back to its founding in around 1000 BC when established as a trading port by the Phoenicians. Famous as the birthplace of the celebrated painter Pablo Picasso, Malaga has a number of interesting places to visit including the Alcazaba, the Roman Ampitheatre and the cathedral which was started in the 16th century. Having the main airport for the region of course Malaga in one way or another welcomes most of the visitors to the Costa del Sol, the main road from Granada passes by the city and the port is still a busy commercial centre as it has been for many centuries. To the south of Malaga lie the popular coastal resorts of Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola, further south is Marbella, Malaga together with all of these resorts attract huge number of visitors each year, attracted by the fine beaches, the superb Malaga weather and the variety of interesting places to visit.

Malaga Street Map.

September 10, 2009

Purullena Andalucia Spain

Filed under: Costa del Sol,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 6:35 pm

Well worth a visit if you are travelling through the Granada region of Andalucia, the small town of Purullena is renowned for its cave houses, which are dug into the clay hillsides of the Guadix plateau. Over half of the population of the town live in these unique cave houses and one of the cave owners has transformed his house into a living cave house museum, which you can look around to see the construction of the cave houses and learn about the history of the town. You actually walk through his house, where he lives with his wife and you can see a new room that he is constricting by simply digging out the clay with a pick. A shop adjoining the house has numerous mementos which you can purchase to remind you of your visit. A good spot to visit whilst on the way to the Costa del Sol or Costa Tropical and a nice change from the over developed coastal resorts of Andalucia, pop into Purullena for a taste of the “real” Spain.

September 3, 2009

Salobrena Costa Tropical

Filed under: Costa del Sol,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 12:28 pm

Considered by many to be the “Jewel of the Costa Tropical”, the Andalucian pueblo blanco, Salobrena tumbles down a high rock just inland from the coastline which is known as the Costa Tropical. Domnated by the Moorish castle which looks down on the town from its high position, Salobrena is surrounded by sugar cane plantations, a notable feature of this region of Spain. The Moorish castle (Castillo) was built in the tenth century and was a refuge for its Arabic inhabitants during their long struggle with the Christian troops of the reconquest, there is also evidence of Roman structures showing that Salobrena has an even longer history. Salobrena has eight kilometres of coastline including a fine wide beach of greyish sand, it is a popular location for those seeking a quieter holiday away from the main coastal resorts, but is also an ideal base for those wishing to explore the larger towns of Almunecar and Motril and also the historic city of Granada, which is less than an hours drive away. Costa Tropical Map.

September 1, 2009

Las Alpujarras Andalucia Spain

Filed under: Costa del Sol,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 9:11 am

Sometimes called the Spanish Switzerland, the region of Las Alpujarras is a mountainous district taking in parts of the Almeria and Granada provinces of Andalucia, Spain. Extending northwards from between the towns of Almeria and Motril as far as the Sierra Nevada, it features deep fertile valleys, dissected by rivers and streams, and dotted with small secluded villages. The site of many Moorish uprisings following the Christian defeat of Granada, the Moors were finally cleared from the area by the late 16th century. Boasting the most diverse flora in the whole of Spain, Las Alpujarras is a lovely area to visit.

August 18, 2009

Regions of Spain – Andalucia

Filed under: Costa del Sol,Holidays,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 11:03 am

Andalucia, Spain’s most south-westerly region is also the second largest and the most populous of its 17 autonomous communities. Bordering Portugal in the west, Murcia in the east and Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha in the north, its capital and largest city is Seville, which is also one of its eight provinces, the other seven being Almeria, Granada, Jaen, Cordoba, Cadiz, Malaga and Huelva. Andalucia has around eight hundred kilometres of coastline including the coastal regions known as the Costa de la Luz, the Costa del Sol, the Costa Tropical and the Costa Almeria, throughout these regions are a huge number of wonderful sandy beaches and some of the best known seaside resorts in Spain. A pioneer in Spain’s tourist industry, Andalucia attracts millions of visitors each year, not only to its beach resorts but also to its historic cities, with their awe inspiring attractions. Andalucia is where some of Spain’s best known traditions began, most notably bullfighting and flamenco dancing, it also boasts a history as complex as anywhere in Spain and a population of equal complexity. Andalucia can inspire and amaze, its widely varying landscapes can fool you as to where exactly you are, with the snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada just a few kilometres from the sun kissed beaches of its coastline, along with its geography, Andalucia weather can vary considerably from area to area from the cold of the mountains, to the high winds of its Atlantic (Costa de la Luz) coastline, to the warm beaches of the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical. Andalucia has something for everyone. Andalucia Map.

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