Andalucia is an area of enchanting and extraordinarily varied scenery. Crossing it from Granada, home to the Alhambra Palace, to Malaga, the gateway to Africa, you are more likely to be held up by a herd of goats jamming the narrow lanes than by the scarce traffic. Travelling on horseback in 1750, Etienne de Silhouette described this area as “the best part of all Spain, the most fertile, the richest; in short, the one in which all of Nature’s gifts have been distributed”.
Landscapes apart, Andalucia is also one of the great melting-pots of the Mediterranean. It is the westernmost meeting-place of the pre-historic migrants from the Greek islands and later the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans. Later, and more significantly, came great waves of Muslim invaders - Moors and Berbers from Morocco, the last of the Omayyads from Damascus, and other Arabs from Syria. Their kingdom,“Al-Andalus”, lasted over 700 years, leaving a rich cultural heritage and distinctive traditions you will see, as you rest in villages having a distinctive Moorish character.
You can explore minarets of old mosques scarcely disguised as spires on baroque and gothic churches, Mudejar arches, jasmine-scented courtyards and castellated fortresses. The rural charm of this fascinating region is further enhanced by abundant greetings from the friendly descendants of such a cosmopolitan past, making this a relaxing and rewarding opportunity for active exploration!