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The thousand faces of Andalusia

In southern Spain, in the region of Andalusia, continents meet and cultures mix and blend; here life is lived with passion under a brilliant sun. Our photo gallery will give you a glimpse of this multi-faceted land.

The birthplace of great artists such as Picasso and Velazquez, the bridge between Africa and Europe, the point where the waters of the Atlantic mix with those of the Mediterranean: Andalusia is a land with a wealth of natural, historical and cultural heritage. Beyond the typical sunshine, blue waters and sandy beaches of the Spanish costa lies a natural world of contrasts: mountains, desert, wetlands, and snowy peaks. There are pretty white-washed villages, UNESCO World Heritage cities, and the stunning Arabian legacy of monumental art that enriches the landscape of Spain. A rich and varied cuisine flavours the folk customs, traditions and fiestas, and there's a magic and passion that have drawn travellers and inspired artists and writers down through the ages. Let our photos inspire you, too.

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Almeria, Andalusia, Spain
The Alcazaba of Almeria is the second largest palace-fortress built by the Arabs in the Iberian Peninsula 

Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain
The white city and port of Cadiz is the liveliest in Andalusia, and is said to be the Peninsula's oldest continuously-inhabited city 

Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mosque in Cordoba, which now houses the city's cathedral, is one of the great architectural wonders of Islamic art and one of Spain's greatest treasures 

Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain
Each year in May, Cordoba blossoms with colour and magic as the patios – the inner courtyards – of houses and public buildings all vie to outdo each other in the annual festivities 

Alhambra, Granada
The lion courtyard at the Alhambra, a monument that has inspired many writers and artists 

Granada, Andalusia, Spain
Situated close to the cathedral in Granada, La Alcaiceria is a curious commercial area, like a small Arab souk, and its shops are ideal for buying souvenirs and traditional crafts 

Doñana, Andalusia, Spain
Pink flamingos are probably the most striking of over 300 species of bird that make their homes in the Doñana National Park 

Doñana, Andalusia, Spain
With its varied wildlife and natural habitats, Doñana is a beautiful place to explore, whether on foot, on horseback, by jeep – or riding a camel! 

Jaen, Andalusia, Spain
The Gothic style cathedral of Jaen is actually the most important Renaissance building of the area. Its design inspired many of the religious buildings erected from the seventeenth century onwards in colonial America 

Flamenco, Andalusia, Spain
No look at southern Spain would be complete without mentioning flamenco, the traditional cultural expression of the people of Andalusia, which was recently added to the  UNESCO list of Intangible World Heritage 

Jaen, Andalusia, Spain
In the early twentieth century, Spain's biggest and best-conserved Arab baths were discovered under the Palacio de Villardompardo, in the province of Jaen 

Malaga, Andalusia, Spain
Dating from the eleventh century, the Alcazaba is the main monument dating from Arab times that survives in the city of Malaga 

Malaga, Andalusia, Spain
The beaches of the Costa del Sol are one of the biggest attractions of the modern city of Malaga, but the province of Andalusia holds many treasures for those who venture to explore farther inland 

Andalusia, Spain
Elegant horses, bright dresses with swirling ruffles, and pale dry manzanilla sherry are all integral elements of the fairs and festivals of Andalusia 

Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Part Arabic and part Christian, alongside the cathedral in Seville, the Giralda tower is one of the world's most famous towers 

Seville, Andalusia, Spain
The city of Seville is modern, colourful and lively, and fiesta follows fiesta, but even here there are moments of calm 

Andalusian horses, Spain
The Royal School of Equestrian Art is the most important Andalusian institution for breeding and training the world-famous thoroughbreds of southern Spain 

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