What you should know about Andalusia!
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CULTURE:Roman and Arab architecture, Renaissance and the marvellous Baroque have left its rich heritage in Andalusia. Almost every village as well as the big cities celebrate their own and unique "fiesta". The religious life can be experienced during the Holy Week and by visiting numerous pilgrimages or the processions of "Corpus Christi" in the month of June. The folklore culture is lively present in the local feasts and festivals, the so-called "ferias", in the still very popular bullfight or the authentic flamenco with its variations. Don't miss the andalusian cuisine.
Andalusia is an absolute sun country. The summers are hot and dry, during the winter period dominates a mild climate with some rain. The best period to travel Andalusia beginns in March untill the middle of June and from the middle of September until November (included). During the hot summer months July and August can be reached temperatures of more than 40° Celsius (= 104° Fahrenheit) - time for beach holidays. There are cold periods in the wintertime especially in the mountainous regions. The peaks of the Sierra Nevada are snow-covered all over the year. Very charming: spring, when the flowers bloom and the countryside is green.
18 % of the andalusian territory is under protection. There are 23 Natural Parks (Parques Naturales), 30 Natural Reserves (Reservas Naturales) and 31 Natural Sites (Parajes Naturales), distributed between the coastline and various mountainous areas. Of special interest as an animal refuge is the Doñana National Park, located on the mouth of the Guadalquivir river. A smaller part of the mountain range of Sierra Nevada, former host of the ski world-championship, has also been declared National Park in 1999. Apart of these must be mentioned the beautiful Sierra de Grazalema and Sierra de Cazorla.