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Barriada Garcia Aqua
Historical ship
Panorama, Ronda
View of the snow-clad mountains
Water fun
Guadalhorce, Cártama
Picturesque street
Moorish view
View from our hotel
In fine shape for the Feria
The higher, the nicer
Sierra Nevada
Herdsman in El Burgo
Fishing on the jetties
Two kinds of mountains
Seawall, Málaga
Many tourists only visit Southern Spain for the sun, sea and sand. That’s too bad, because Andalusia has so much more to offer, especially to travellers who like to discover the culture of another region on their trips.

To get you in the right mood we provide some information on our favourite cultural venues below. For further information also check our links page.

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Málaga: birthplace of Picasso and Picasso museum
Fundación PicassoThe birthplace of the brilliant artist nowadays houses the Fundación Picasso. On the ground floor a temporary exhibition can be found that discusses certain interesting elements from Picasso’s life. The permanent collection on the first floor includes lithographs, etchings and ceramics made by Picasso himself as well as a number of works made by his father, José Ruiz Blasco. The third floor is used as documentation centre and library.

Granada: Alhambra
AlcazarThe Alhambra is the best preserved Moresque palace complex in Spain. It was constructed in the 11th and 12th centuries and comprises three sections: the Alcazaba, the Alcazar ( = los Palacios Nazaríes) and the Generalife.

The Alcazaba is the oldest section of the Alhambra and consists of ruins of a fort, guard towers and military barracks. From the highest point, the Torre de la Vela, you have a marvellous view of Granada and the snow-covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

the Patio de los LeonesThe Alcazar is the actual palace complex, the residence of the Nasrid sultan and his councillors and servants. This section consists of an impressive number of beautifully decorated rooms and halls clustered around several inner courtyards. The most famous courtyard is the Patio de los Leones, where twelve marble lions support a fountain.

A garden in the AlhambraThe Generalife was the summer palace of the sultan. It comprises beautifully laid-out gardens with cypresses, orange trees, terraces, ponds, fountains, thousands of flowers, surprising views and a breath-taking view.

A visit to the Alhambra can easily take an entire day. Because only 400 visitors are allowed every hour it is recommended to buy your admission ticket in advance.

Sevilla: Plaza de España
Plaza de EspañaIn 1929 the beautiful park Jardines de la Infanta María Luisa was the setting of the Ibero-American exhibition. The exhibition inspired the construction of the Plaza de España: a round square bordered by an artificial river in the shape of a half circle and surrounded by a colonnade featuring 54 marvellous mosaics made from colourful ceramic tiles. Each of these mosaics represents a Spanish province.

Córdoba: Mezquita
Mezquita de CórdobaThe gigantic mosque of Cordoba, the second largest of the world (23,000 m², approximately 5 soccer fields), is considered the most important Islamic structure in the Western world. The roof construction rests on countless pillars and two-colour arches, which gives you the feeling you are walking through a petrified wood. In 1523 Alfonso X constructed an enormous cathedral (the largest cathedral in the world) inside the mosque.

Ronda: the old city
RondaRonda is an absolutely fascinating Andalusian city. Ronda was an important trade centre in the Roman Empire and this makes the city one of the oldest of Spain. The city is located on a rock at a height of 740m and the view of the valley of the Tagus River is stunningly beautiful. Since 1966 the city centre of Ronda has been a protected historical and cultural heritage site.

Ronda - Plaza de TorosPuento NuevoThe famous 18th-century Puente Nuevo connects the old and the new city by bridging a 100m deep gapAnother tourist draw is the arena and the arena museum. Ronda also houses a number of interesting churches as well as several profane buildings that are true masterpieces.

El Rocío: Soto dolmen
Dolmen de SotoThe journey to this sight may take some more time but it is certainly worth it!The Soto dolmen is probably about 4000 years old and was discovered in 1922. Measuring almost 21m in length, this dolmen is one of the largest dolmens of the whole of Spain. The construction consists of a long corridor that is lighted by the rays of the rising sun and a burial chamber, in which 8 bodies of people from the Copper Age were found. The burial gifs comprised weapons, kitchenware, ceramics and jewellery.

Semana Santa
During the Holy Week large processions take place in all Andalusian cities as well as in even the smallest villages. The brotherhoods or Hermandades, most of which are centuries old, carry their patron saint, their statue from their sanctuary (church, monastery or chapel) in procession through the streets along a fixed course, sometimes Semana Santain silence, sometimes accompanied by the tones of traditional music. Each brotherhood and each division within the brotherhood has its own costumes and rituals. The participants of the procession want to do penance, to show remorse for their sins, to participate in the suffering of Christ and to beg God for mercy. It is an event that draws tens of thousands of Spaniards and foreigners to the south of Spain year after year.