The southern eight provinces of Spain make up Andalucía, and it has by far one of the most colourful histories in all of Spain.Dating back around 3000 years, it has seen its fair share of conflict.Today flamenco is subdivided into different genres.From classical to modern and guitar driven, to “flamenco puro” it’s in the hearts and souls of the people young and old of Andalucía.If in Andalucía, find them, try them, and love them! It celebrates with pride numerous festivals throughout the year.
The bullrings themselves are architecturally stunning, such as the famous arena of Ronda.The ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Visigothic Kingdome and of course the Islamic Empire, which would dominate and rule Andalucía for over half a millennium.As colonies came and left, much culture, traditions, cuisine, artifacts and most noticeably buildings have been left behind.Each region within Andalucía has its very own signature dishes and methods of preparing classical Andalusian cuisine. Regardless, this cold soup dish consisting of a base of garlic, water and tomato is a must on those hot summer days.There are many variations, all flavourful and surprisingly refreshing.Traditions have little changed since 1786, in Edina Sidoni where the original recipe is still used today.A quick mention: “churros”, a fried battered sweet treat dipped in chocolate sauce or coffee are good too.So you’ve danced the night away sipping Andalusian sherry and wine, perhaps made a spectacle of yourself, but now it’s a new day.The sun is out; the skies are blue, and its time to eat!As is Andalucía, the food is a collage of its history, and dessert is no different.Andalusian desserts are very much influenced by its medieval past.If slaying a bull isn’t quite your preferred past time, there is always Andalucía’s answer to folk dancing. This involves singing, Spanish guitar and vibrant dancing with the infamous hand clapping!Dating back on record as early as 1774, this popular music and dance has become recognized world wide.Originally organised as a livestock fair in 1847, it grew in popularity and transformed into the celebration of costumes and parades of carriages that it is today.