Think “Spain” and your mind will probably conjure up images of sunshine, beaches, flamenco, bulls and sangria. Don’t be fooled however, for what you are imagining is not Spain – a country diverse and varied from north to south in terms of culture, tradition and gastronomy – but rather Andalucia, the southernmost region and home of the fiesta, the siesta, Spanish guitar music, free tapas and architecture which tells the story of the country’s Arabic past. Andalucia enjoys a pleasant climate all year round, the summer months can see temperatures top 40ºc, but it’s during the spring that the region really comes to life with the traditional Seville April Fayre, Cordoba’s Patio fiesta when many courtyards are open and guests can enjoy the beautiful spring flowers, and Semana Santa – the Easter celebrations featuring those processions with the spooky pointed hoods. So pour a glass of chilled white wine, open your windows and enjoy a trip through my adopted home….
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