Andalusia is one of the seventeen autonomous communities of Spain. It consists of eight provinces: Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga and Seville (capital of the autonomous community); and it is bounded on the west by the Republic of Portugal, on the south by the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, on the north by Extremadura and Castile-La Mancha and on the east by the Autonomous Community of Murcia.
It offers a great variety of things to do and see, and a very good climate almost all year. In fact, for a summer holiday the best months are from May to October; while to visit the inland towns are preferable Spring and Autumn, when the weather is milder.
Andalusia is a land rich from a cultural point of view, due to Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs who left the territory traces of their passage.
For example, the Andalusia name derives from the Arabic word Al-Andalus, the name given to the territories of the Iberian peninsula under Muslim rule from 711 to 1492.
Art, culture and traditions
Andalusia is the home of some famous artists in the world, like: Velázquez, Murillo and Picasso. It is also known for its Islamic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture; for its castles, fortresses and monasteries, which have marked the history of this land.