In many ways Andalucia is a microcosm of Spain: its diverse provinces contain almost every type of terrain encountered in the country as a whole. Its whitewash architecture and flamenco dancers are quintessentially Spanish images recognised the world over. Yet both are the product of centuries of cultural synergy with North African peoples from across the Strait of Gibraltar. Andalucia's architectural treasures are the jewels in its crown: from the palaces of Seville, Granada and Cordoba to the smaller but no less exquisite monuments at Ronda, Almeria and Malaga, the visitor cannot fail to be awed. Aside from this, there are myriad opportunities for exploring the region's striking interior, from hiking in the Sierra Nevada to wildlife watching in the Donana National Park. Andalucia also boasts some of the best beaches in Europe on the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz and limitless sunshine during the summer months.
Andalucia and Seville's highlights for the traveller include: exploring the Alhambra, one of the greatest achievements of Islamic architecture in the world; Seville's historic Santa Cruz district; the exquisite palaces of Seville, Granada and Cordoba; discovering an authentic backstreet flamenco performance; relaxing on the beaches of the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz; touring Ronda and the White Villages; and hiking in the Sierra Nevada. This title is part of a range of popular, compact guidebooks perfect for planning all sorts of holidays - whether long-haul, short-haul, regional tours and city breaks. Full of useful information on walks and tours, accommodation and eating out, shopping options and top travel tips, they're all you need for your holiday right at your fingertips. The features include: user-friendly design; 180 colour photographs & 15 colour maps; easily accessible A-Z format for key practical information; and feature spreads to illuminate cultural & historical background.