Andalucía is probably one of the best known regions of Spain as this dry, mountainous region embraces the Costa del Sol. The region covers 17.3% of Spanish territory, 87,268 km² in total, making it the largest single region, with an area greater than countries such as Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Switzerland and Austria. The landscape is as diverse as its culture. From the warm Guadalquivir valley to the low mountain areas and volcanic landscapes such as the Tabernas Desert.
The Andalucian shoreline consists of 900km of coastline and some of the finest resorts in Spain. And within 40 minutes of the sandy beach, you can be skiing at the famous resort of Sierra Nevada with its 3,400m peaks. 50% of Andalucía is mountainous with 30% being at an altitude of more than 600m.
Within this diverse land, live more than seven million people. Most live in the major cities such as the eight provincial capitals of Almeria, Cordoba, Cadiz, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga and Seville.
Andalucía is one of the warmest regions in Europe and has a temperate, Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. More than 18% of the region is protected land with a vast network of parks and reserves. The 22 National Parks range from mountainous regions to coastal areas and the best known are the Doñana National Park, the Grazalema, the Sierra de las Nieves and the Sierra Bermeja.
Other sites of interest include El Torcal, near Antequera with its unique lunar landscape. When it comes to the ever-popular coastline such as the Costa del Sol (Coast of the sun) in Malaga or the Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light) of Cadiz and Huelva, the beaches have recently seen a massive injection of money and have developed into major holiday destinations for tourists worldwide.
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