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8 Interesting and Unique Facts about Andalusia

The bullfighter David Fandila, El Fandi, in the bullfight held in Granada on 7 June 2007
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The bullfighter David Fandila, El Fandi, in the bullfight held in Granada on 7 June 2007

Attracting myriad tourists from all over the world, this history-, nature- and tradition-rich land has conquered the hearts of many a visitor. Here are a few facts about Andalusia which you might not have known and which will help you choose where to have your vacation this year.

1. Andalusia has as many as 70 bullfighting arenas. Bullfighting is so deeply rooted in this Spanish region that even today the arenas brim with people. The legendary matadors can sometimes make up to 2-300,000 EUR for a single confrontation with an enraged bull!

Bullring with people practicing the art of bullfighting
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Bullring with people practicing the art of bullfighting

2. The celebrated painter Pablo Picasso was born in Málaga in 1881. The renowned actor Antonio Banderas also hails from Andalusia. Furthermore, the region was once the love object of world-famous writer Ernest Hemingway and the English poet Lawrence “Laurie” Lee.

3. The Mountains of Sierra Nevada are filled not just with the rarest of European birds, vultures, but also with the rapidly dwindling Iberian lynx. Andalusia is also home to the Mediterranean coastline’s only rainforests.

Dolphin swiming near the coast of Gibraltar
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Dolphin swiming near the coast of Gibraltar

4. Dolphins and even whales are frequent guests on the Andalusian shores. Watching tours can be got hold of at every seaside resort.

5. Christopher Columbus left for his famous 1492 journey, which led to the discovery of America, from the Andalusian harbour Huelva. Today, by coming to this city, one can learn a lot of historical details related to this renowned discoverer.

The famous Christopher Columbus ship in Huelva, Andalusia
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The famous Christopher Columbus ship in Huelva, Andalusia

6. The Sierra Nevada Mountains of Andalusia are home to the Europe’s southernmost resorts, designed not just for amateurs, but also for professional championships. It’s the only place in Europe where one can go skiing in the morning and basking in the sun on a beach in the afternoon.

Arabian famous Palace of Alhambra in Granada, Spain
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Arabian famous Palace of Alhambra in Granada, Spain

7. A ferry from Andalusia to the African Morocco takes just over an hour. The ferries make rounds across the Strait of Gibraltar between Tarifa and Tangier.

8. Seville, Córdoba and Granada, which make up the Andalusian “Golden Triangle”, are cities filled with Moorish and Spanish traditions, where you can experience the true spirit of the region. For good measure, throw in Málaga and its beaches to the mix and you’ll have yourself an excellent vacation.

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