Andalusia is a south-western Spanish historical nationality established as an autonomous community of the Kingdom of Spain. It is the most populated and the second largest area of the autonomous communities in Spain. The territory is divided into eight provinces: Almeria, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville. Its capital is the city Seville.
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But what is Andalusia like? How do people live here?
Bullfighting (corrida) and flamenco are the first associations that come to mind at the mention of Andalusia. Several famous matadors schools are located in Andalusia, in which boys are trained from an early age. Naturally, their training takes place without bulls. They are replaced by special trucks, on which horns are screwed.
Andalusia is known as a major center of olive oil production. The locals celebrate annually in mid-November the Festival of olives. The festival is held in the town Baena. The programme of the festival is created for three days. It includes a wide variety of entertainment.
A very interesting event takes place in Almeria in mid-June. In this period the locals traditionally honor St. Carmen, the patron of fishermen. A solemn procession is held early in the morning. This holiday is always accompanied by colourful music, dance and culinary activities.
The six-day Fair is held annually in Seville. Each day begins with a parade of carriages and riders moving to the arena in Plaza de Toros, where all participants watch a bullfighting.
Beach lovers can enjoy Costa de Almeria, Costa Tropical, Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz. Costa del Sol is really sunny. The sun shines here 11 months a year!
The local cuisine, with more than 800-years old history, is able to charm any gourmet! It is as diverse and surprising as the region itself. Its basis is very simple and consists of affordable products: olive oil, potatoes, all kinds of seasonings and spices, herbs, onion, pepper and garlic. Methods of preparing Andalusian dishes are very simple and fast. Despite the rather meager range of initial ingredients Andalusian cuisine offers its guests a great variety of dishes.
The most favorite dishes of local residents are gazpacho, fried fish, Jabugo ham, paella and tortilla.
Another meat delicacy is a ham (jamon) «pata negra», which is produced there. Literally "pata negra" can be translated as a "black leg" that fully explains the origin of the delicacy. It is made from the meat of black pigs. The production of the ham in Andalusia is considered an art.
The locals indulge themselves also with fresh sea delicacies rolled in flour and fried until golden brown. Seafood is very popular here. A typical local dish is considered fish baked in salt. This method of cooking was invented many years ago. The fish should be placed on a thick layer of salt, and then it is completely covered with salt and hot coals. In many restaurants this dish is prepared on the open fire or in a conventional oven.
Also snacks tapas are now known all over the world. There are meat, fish and vegetable tapas. In an ordinary tapas bar are usually presented no less than one hundred kinds of original appetizers. But in addition to them, it is best to order a glass of beer.
Andalusia is the birthplace of the famous low-alcohol drink sangria, which is composed of red wine with the addition of brandy or liqueur, as well as pieces of fruit and sugar. Other famous wines are: manzanilla from Sanlúcar de Barrameda, paharet from Cádiz, wines from Córdoba and Málaga. Also local liqueurs are very renown, especially anise from Cazalla de la Sierra, as well as rum from Granada.
Andalusian desserts are strongly influenced by medieval Arabic cuisine. Among other sweets, pestiños, cookies polvorónes, amarkilos and alfahores are most favored. For example, pestiños is a sweet dough typically flavored with sesame seeds or aniseed and then fried in olive oil and glazed with sticky honey and/or sugar.
What's about an architecture in Andalusia?
Let's visit Seville! This city was founded as a Roman city Hispalis. In the 8th to 13th centuries Seville was under Moorish and Alcazar rules. In the 13th century the city was under Castilian rule. This time also the Seville Cathedral was built. Then, the city continued to grow and to build under different kinds of rules. Due to that the architecture of Seville is a mixture of the old and new time. Now it is the forth biggest city of Spain with the population of 700.000. Seville is also a major industrial and commercial center.
The Spain Square in Seville was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition. It is a landmark of the Regionalism architecture with elements of Moorish and Renaissance Revival.
The Palace Alcázar of Seville is the most representative place starting from the Arabic period, late Middle Ages Mudéjar through to the Renaissance, Baroque and the 19th century.
The second largest city of Andalusia after Seville is Málaga. It is one of the cultural centers of Andalusia with a rich tradition and also an university city with the venue of Málaga Film Festival. Málaga is the popular seaside resort on the Mediterranean coast of the Costa del Sol. Pablo Picasso was born here in 1881. You can visit the Picasso Museum.
The Cathedral of Málaga is a Renaissance church which was constructed between 1528 and 1782. Its interior is also in Renaissance style.
What do the people in Andalusia wear? It is difficult to describe...
When it comes to street fashion, then, as in most European cities, the clothing is very casual. Young people mostly wear cheap jeans, T-shirts and sneakers.
But the older are particularly noteworthy: always with careful hairstyle (hairdresser once a week), smartly dressed and high-heeled even in old age such as 80 years old.
The podium fashion has its own characteristics: since a long time Spanish designers focused on the French and Italian counterparts and as a result they developed his own unique mixture with an emphasis on quality.
Let's have a look at some Andalusian garments. For example, As Seleccion from Granada.
Or shoes designed by Custom & chic from Cádiz.
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