Andalusia Heads Telegraph’s 20-Country Good-Life List Reply

Algatocin Andalusian Pueblo

According to a recent article in The Telegraph, Andalusia, Spain’s southernmost region with both Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts, is number one in the world for quality of life. Keeping in mind that all of these arbitrary rankings have to be taken with a grain of salt–and this one appears to be a real-estate pitch–there are certainly worse places to live than Andalusia. Whether it’s first on the list or seventh is irrelevant. Ironically, the brief Telegraph description omits one of Andalusia’s most endearing characteristics: welcoming, hospitable people.

The Telegraph says: Andalusia, Spain–Moorish architecture, including the Alhambra, sits alongside thousands of churches and pretty fincas.

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Setenil de las Bodegas: An Andalucian Town Built Under a Rock Reply

Setenil las Bodegas

Living in a cave sounds like a big adventure. But in this town, it’s everyday life. For centuries, Setenil de las Bodegas inhabitants have been building their homes in the rocky cliffs.

Nina Strochlic writes for The Daily Beast, January 2, 2014–Saying someone lives under a rock isn’t exactly a compliment. But for the 3,000 residents of Setenil de las Bodegas, it’s a simple fact of life. The Spanish town, one of Andalucia’s “Pueblos Blancos,” is built on a cliff with a rocky overhang. City streets are dotted with buildings that use the looming rock as roofs to cover their white-washed facades, and sometimes the entire road is covered by the rock’s shadow. This location has served the city well for centuries as protection from the sun and invaders. More…

Take a Quick Timelapse Trip Around Andalusia Reply

Seville horse carriage

This four-and-a-half-minute timelapse video from the Spanish Tourist Office takes us  on a trip round Andalusia, Spain’s largest and southernmost region, focusing  on its culture, important cities, picturesque towns, accommodation and entertainment, and its modern range of services for visitors. Most foreign travelers consider Andalusia the most “typical” and most enchanting of the Spanish regions, as it offers what most people expect to find in Spain: sunny beaches, fiestas with girls in frilly flamenco dresses and gentlemen on horseback, and some of the finest tapas bars in Spain.This video includes:

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Spain… On the Road Again, Part 8 – A Sultan’s View of Andalucia Reply

On Road AgainIn this chapter our pilgrims swing south into Andalucía, the part of Spain where the Muslim conquerors reigned for almost 800 years (711 till 1492). Gwyneth and Mark get a taste for Spain’s Moorish history at the majestic Alhambra, the legendary hilltop palace and fortress in Granada. Claudia joins the group for a scenic drive along the Andalucían coast and, with Mark chiming in from the back seat, the group stops in the town of Almuñecar in the province of Granada for local tropical fruit and a meal, after which Gwyneth proclaims, “This is the best day in terms of food.” She then embarks for England and Mark and Claudia push on to beautiful and historic Cordoba, where he teaches her a thing or two about Moorish architecture. More…