Andalusia is the second largest of the seventeen regions of Spain, and, with a population of almost eight million, it is the most populous. The region is comprised of eight provinces:
While for some people the region may epitomise many of the stereotypes of Spain (year-round sunshine, flamenco, fiestas and bullfighting), Andalusia is amazingly vast and offers startling contrasts: quaint white-walled villages off the beaten track, modern and vibrant cities with a wealth of architectural heritage, and coastal resorts with beaches that stretch for miles.
As Andalusia was occupied by the Moors for longer than any other region of Spain, the Muslim influence on the architecture (especially in larger cities, such as Cordoba, Granada and Seville) is unmistakable. Nevertheless, every city, town, village and hamlet the length and breadth of Andalusia boasts a wealth of cultural heritage which will satisfy the most insatiable visitor.