History And Culture
Most people who have discovered the rich cultural wealth of Andalucia, value this as much as they value its sunny climate…
This rich Spanish history gives Andalucia its romantic nostalgic image, with beautiful cities and landscapes. In reality even more breathtaking and interesting than ever imagined!
Malaga and Cadiz are the most visited provinces of Andalucia; not only because of the Costa del Sol in the province of Malaga, but equally because of the spectacular landscapes, traditional Moorish and historical towns and villages.
Andalucia has an extremely rich culture and past and will never shake off its Moorish traditions. In the 8th century, a mixed army of Arabs, Berbers, Syrians and Egyptians (the Moors of South Africa), first came to the Spanish Mediterranean Sea coast.
Although the Spanish reconquered the area in 1492, the Moorish traditions were established and inherited in the christian culture of European Spain.
Therefore the Moorish inheritance can still be found throughout Andalucia.
Good examples from the Moorish period are the mozaieks and arabesks of special buildings like the Alhambra in Granada, the great Mosque in Cordoba (Mezquita) and the Giralda Tower in Seville. Equally characteristic are the hilltop castles (Paradors), Palaces, the Moorish quarters of the cities, towns and villages, and the colorful patio tiling of Andalusian houses.