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Andalusia has over 800km of coastline, both Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. With a near perfect climate and the diversity of the country side there is no limit to the activities in Andalusia.


All information you may need about these activities can be found extensively on the Internet, however a brief description of these can be found here:





The shopping in Spain and Andalusia has changed radically in the last ten years. The explosion of huge out-of-town shopping centers and hypermarkets in the last five years or so mean that the shopper can easily find everything under one roof if he or she wishes. For serious shoppers the major cities are a paradise as well; a wide range of all major brand names is available for prices which are way below the ones in the more northern European cities.

The best place to buy fruit and vegetables, as well as finding bargain clothes and household goods, remains the local market. Markets take place each day of the week (except Sunday) in a different town. Some towns and neighborhoods also have their own regular covered market.
Remember that opening hours are different from the rest of Europe; shops and offices are usually closed in the afternoon and open again early evening till late at night.

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The region's finest and most deserted beaches stretch along the Atlantic coast. No visitor should miss taking a walk along one of the wide beaches found near Vejer de la Frontera.
El Palmar Beach is well preserved because the authorities allow no construction nearby, and it is free from crowds, ideal for resting, tanning, reading away a lazy afternoon or surfing in the gentle waves. Canos de Meca Beach is full of life and fun, it has more visitors and its cove is great for wind surfing, especially for not such experienced surfers.

Zahora has beautiful beaches, backed by cliffs and pine trees, perched on the cliff-tops straddling the coast road.

Trafalgar Bay 14kms from Vejer, has beautiful white beaches, overlooked by the imposing Trafalgar lighthouse. This is of course the scene of the famous battle, the Playa de la Almas (the beach of Souls ) got its name after the fight was over and the bodies washed up on the coast. Two beaches flank the promontory. The Almas beach is very exposed to dangerous currents while the Playa Trafalgar is protected.

Along all these beaches areas have been reserved for naturists' sun lovers.

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This most southern province in Spain has been discovered by many golfers in Europe (there are more than five million European golfers). Because of its mild climate and the highest concentration of courses in Europe, Andalusia has become the most favorite golf holiday destination.

See also: Viva Andalucia Golf

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Salt water Fishing
The Atlantic shore line is ideal for fishing. Many of the marinas provide everything required for a day of open sea fishing. From July to September sword fish are found off the coasts of Almería,
Granada and Málaga, as well as in the Bay of Cádiz.
There is also tuna fishing in the open sea. In summer the tunas swim so near the surface, that they are clearly visible. True enthusiasts will compete for various trophies awarded by competitions organised throughout the summer. Amateurs can also try their luck as well; enquire at your local marina.

Fresh water Fishing & Angling
Fishing in rivers and dams in Andalusia is also a popular sport, where trout, pike and black bass are found, as well as ciprinidae family, barbel and carp. Trout fishing is the most attractive to anglers, owing to its difficulty, no doubt. There are 64 fishing preserves in the Nature Parks of Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas and of Sierra Nevada.

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Snorkeling & Diving


There are countless locations to snorkel and dive along the Costa De la Luz. Snorkeling is something that anyone who can swim can do; a snorkel, facemask and flippers and there you go. The relatively calm seas and gentle tides provide a perfect environment for face-down fun.
The combination of shallow waters and relatively flat offshore terrain means that the most diverse wildlife congregates further west along the Costa de la Luz, thus providing interesting dive sites for beginners as well as for more advanced divers.

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Hiking & Bird Watching


Hiking is possible for all levels of fitness and is still the best way to enjoy the scenery. There are countless trips to be made from a few hours till several days. The beautiful natural park of Alcornocales attracts many mountain bikers and hikers. Cork oaks and rocky mountain peaks give an impression of the original Andalusia.

Andalusia is a bird watcher's paradise and attracts ornithologists throughout the year. The best time of the year, however, is during the spring and autumn when you can see many overwintering species, together with those arriving for the summer months.

Not surprisingly, the
Strait of Gibraltar is a key point of passage for raptors, storks and other birds migrating between Africa and Europe. Overall, northern migrations take place between mid-February and June, while those birds heading south will set off between late July and early November when there is a westerly wind. Gibraltar itself is generally good for bird watchers, although when there is not much wind, the Tarifa region on the Atlantic coast is usually better.
Soaring birds such as raptors and storks cross the
Strait of Gibraltar as they rely on thermals and updrafts which only occur over narrower expanses of water. One of the most impressive sights over the Strait is when flocks of storks cross, sometimes numbering up to three thousand.

See also: www.frontierholidsays.net
see also: www.luzlocations.com
See also: www.Andalusianguides.com

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Horse riding


If it is your dream to gallop toward the sunset on an Andalusian horse then the Costa de la Luz is the place to fulfill your dream.
Some of the bigger hotels have their own stables and offer guided tours, there are also private owned stables where horses can be rent for a few hours or a full day.
All year long the weather conditions for horseback riding are great. In winter the temperature hardly falls below 15 degrees C and in summer the fresh wind from the sea makes the hot Spanish sun bearable.

See also: www.andalucia.com/rural/horseriding.htm

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Whale Watching


Whale watching is an incredible experience, small boats bringing you to where the animals are feeding, undisturbed in their natural surroundings.

When two large water bodies such as the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea meet in just one narrow place, only 14km wide, it is not surprising that there must be something special going on.
Trips are organised from Tarifa to watch whales and other cetaceans all year round. According to a recent study by the University of Sevilla there are 15 different species of cetaceans - whales, dolphins and porpoises - to be found in Andalusian waters. Two of them, the Striped dolphin and the Harbor porpoise are endangered species. The latter has disappeared from much of the Mediterranean and is now only found in the Black Sea and in the Bay of Cádiz. Common and Bottlenose dolphins live near the coast and also further out at sea. Sperm whales, Cuvier's Beaked whales, Risso's dolphins and Long-finned Pilot whales are found past the continental shelf, where they hunt for squid at depths of around 3,000m. Orcas arrive from the Atlantic in search of tuna, their main prey in the area. Of the large filtering species, Fin whales are the most commonly seen, and indeed seem to be making a comeback in the region. Other great whales are present although rarely seen and they include Minke whales and even Humpback and Blue whales. Date: July 12, 2005 Source: Junta de Andalucía

To know more about whales and other cetaceans please visit: www.firmm.org

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Kite surfing

Kite surfing - The latest extreme sport, involves racing over water on a surfboard propelled by a kite. Experts can achieve speeds of 80 km per hour and leap into the air to perform somersaults and maneuvers up to 40m into the air.

Wind surfing - The varied coast line offers wind surfers at all levels the chance to practice this sport. Today there are national and international championships, including several regularly held in Tarifa in Cádiz province like the Ballentines Championship and the Toro Andaluz race which takes place during Semana Santa (Easter Week) is when the wind surfing season really takes off. Tarifa is a paradise for the experienced surfers because of the often strong wind.
For beginners there is a choice of four surf schools.

Surfing - Although wind surfing is more popular in Andalusia, surf boarding is also enjoyed by many, particularly in the autumn and spring. The Costa de la Luz, between Tarifa and Cádiz, has the best and most consistent good waves for surfing, particularly the beaches of El Palmar and Conil where surf boarding and body boarding are more common than wind surfing

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The Sierra Nevada is the famous mountain range in Andalusia. It is the most southerly ski region of Europe and rather small in comparison to other European regions, even so, it hosted the 1996 world ski championships.
The Sierra Nevada has numerous runs of varying difficulties to satisfy all. Natural snow is supplemented by snow cannons on some runs. Being so far south, many skiers are pleasantly surprised to find the air temperature usually warmer than in other ski regions.
An active nightlife can be found in the Sierra Nevada. Spaniards have a reputation for being 'night owls' and this can be witnessed also in the skiing resorts. Most visitors come from Madrid and cities in Andalusia. Weekends and banks holidays are particularly busy.

The skiing season is from December to April.

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Nearby are the historic cities like Cádiz, Jerez de la Frontera and Sevilla

A two day trip gives you the opportunity to visit Granada with its famous Alhambra (book in advance!)

See also: http://www.alhambra.org
See also: http://www.tourspain.co.uk

Another great outing is a trip to the magnificent city of Córdoba
Córdoba was founded by the Romans and due to its strategic importance as the highest navigable point of the Guadalquivir River, it became a port city of great importance, used for shipping Spanish olive oil, wine and wheat back to Ancient Rome. The Romans built the mighty bridge crossing the river, now called "El Puente Romano". But Córdoba's hour of greatest glory was when it became the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus, and this was when work began on the Great Mosque, or "Mezquita", which – after several centuries of additions and enlargements – became one of the largest in all of Islam.

Irving Washington trail
A romantic journey through southern Spain, following the footsteps of Washington Irving. This trail is one of the vital links of Al-Andalus routes : through Malaga, Seville and Granada it joins two outstanding essential cities in the Hispano-Muslim civilization. Followed by the romantic traveler Washington Irving in 1829, the legendary feature is that in the 19th century it was famous for contraband and highwaymen such as the well known Siete Ninos de Ecija, (seven children from Ecija), and Jose Maria, El Tempranillo (The Earlybird). Along the way are numerous small towns and villages with countless Mudejar and Barroque buildings and churches.

See also:www.spainview.com/andalucia/and001.html
See also:www.discoverandalucia.com/

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Learn Spanish at La Janda Spanish language school in Vejer de la Frontera. This school offers a wide range of Spanish courses all year round to cater for all needs with particular emphasis on communication. In addition La Janda can also offer flamenco courses, salsa dancing lessons and learning to play guitar.

For students wanting to study Spanish abroad, La Janda can offer them the perfect opportunity of combining learning the language with a study of the Spanish culture in a small, friendly community that loves to welcome foreigners. The students come from a wide range of different countries and backgrounds; the courses are suitable for people of all ages.

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