Southern Spain has become one of the favorite vacation getaways for travelers all over Europe. Miles and miles of coastline combined with more traditional European attractions draw the masses to Andalucia and the Costa Blanca.
No region harkens back to Spain's Moorish history than Andalucia. From the romance of Seville to the grace of Cordoba to the valor and strength of Granada, the area exudes history and allure. The must-see destinations include the Alhambra in Granada, the Great Mosque in Cordoba and the cathedral in Seville where Christopher Columbus is buried.
The Costa Blanca has become a playground for water sports and a land sought out by sun-seekers due to its plentiful resorts. Costa Del Sol is among the central beach areas in all of Spain, drawing tourists from all over Europe to its glistening sand and brilliant waters. The area's major town, Malaga, is the birthplace of famous artist Pablo Picasso and a museum details his work and life. There is also Moorish influence in the form of two castles, the Alcazaba and Gibralfara, as well as gardens and cathedrals. The area's most picturesque perch is Nerja, known as the ‘Balcony of Europe' due its view of the Mediterranean, and those seeking more natural wonders can visit the prehistoric caves of the area.
Travel to the province of Murcia to discover Costa Calida, which is not a crowded place in areas away from the river valleys but dominated by resorts that offer leisure activities of every stripe. Visit the lagoon at Mar Menor for waterskiing, jet ski rental, swimming and diving, while land-based activities such as golf, tennis and the like are at La Manga. Nearby Cartagena offers a museum of Roman and pre-Roman relics.
For a beach experience with fewer crowds, try Costa de la Luz. It's less developed but has the same sand and sun. The port city of Cadiz offers castles, cathedrals and towers for rainy days, while a short trip to Jerez de la Frontera takes the visitor to sherry country.
The Spanish cottages, apartments, parks, lodges and resort condominiums offer something for every traveler's tastes and comforts.
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