The region of Andalusia has a surface area of 87,268 km² and represents 17.3% of Spain. It is, on its own, larger than countries like Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Austria or Switzerland.
The diversity of landscapes and geographical terrain gives rise to an array of environments that go from the heat of the Guadalquivir River valley through to luxuriant mid-mountain areas, volcanic landscapes such as the Tabernas desert, and the snow-capped peaks of the 3.300m high skiing resort Sierra Nevada.
In barely forty kilometers you can go from Alpine mountain landscapes to tropical areas on the shores of the Mediterranean. The coast of Andalusia stretches over almost 900 kilometers and is the home of a large number of towns and beaches like the popular surf paradise Tarifa and the international Jet-Set hot-spot Marbella.
The whole ensemble represents a range of attractions for tourists that goes from impressive monuments in large towns like Seville, Granada, Ronda and Cordoba to the typical famous white villages, which have provided a constant source of inspiration for all kinds of artists.
Andalusia today is a modern region with well-developed infrastructure with it´s main airport of Málaga and the speed train AVE. It offers a warm welcome to visitors and, while conscious of the need to modernise and move forward with the times, it is also careful to take care of its roots and maintain its important cultural heritage and monuments, legacy of the region’s ancestors.
Andalusia is the main holiday destination for Spanish nationals and one of the principal destinations for overseas tourists. Don’t miss it.
Costa del Sol - the coast where winter never comes; and with a mountain vacation inland, where nature is displayed in its entire splendor. White villages with their attractive architecture, wrapped in romantic legend, bring points of light into secluded valleys where life goes by peacefully. And from the peaks of the mountains you can watch the horizon until it becomes lost in the immense blue of the sea.
The province of Málaga has over 160 kilometres of coastline. A total of 14 districts are located directly on the Mediterranean Sea. On clear days you can see the coastline of Africa and the rock of Gibraltar. You can find secluded enclaves set in unspoilt nature, as well as more established tourist resorts. The beaches in both the eastern and the western part of the province are so attractive they have made the Costa del Sol one of the top international destinations also because of the famous jet set hotspot Marbella/Puerto Banús and his exclusive beach clubs and intensive night-life.
A definite highlight is of course the big variety of freshly caught fish and seafood. Very typical for the area is the fried frish so called "pescaito frito" and the "sardinas al espeto", sardines roasted on wooden sticks. Not to forget the famous tapas, which are an exquisite, varied and choice example of popular gastronomy which allows you to share a variety of dishes for very reasonable prices
With close to 120 golf courses, you can enjoy your favorite sport in world-class courses designed by legendary players and the world's most prestigious designers. The jewel of Spain's Costa Del Sol, Valderrama Golf Club, hosting the Ryder Cup 2007 is the region's most prestigious golf club and dubbed the "Augusta National of Europe". Very popular is also the golf valley in Nueva Andalucia/Puerto Banús with its famous golf resorts Aloha, Las Brisas, Los Naranjos and La Quinta.
Enjoying the sun and golfing in Andalusia twelve months a year is a reality because of the fantastic climate with around 300 sunny days per year also stated by the World Health Organisation who describes the climate of the Costa del Sol as one of being the best in the world. Costa del Sol’s summers are hot although cooling breezes help and the winters in Costa del Sol are mild with many clear blue sunny days. Costa del Sol’s climate and weather is very healthy especially for sufferers of arthritis.