Andalucia is located just 50 miles north of the Costa Del Sol's beaches in southern Spain and is divided into eight provinces: Almeria, Cadiz, Granada, Cordoba, Jaen, Huelva, Malaga and Seville. Of rich Moorish heritage, the signs of Ottoman rule are evident in the grandiose architecture of the main cities; you will also find that the locals have darker features in this area than in the rest of Spain. The distinct identity of the region is also reflected in the accent and the food.
The region is one of the most beautiful in the country. During a long weekend, your best bet to get a slice of Spanish authenticity is to spend time in Seville, the Andalucian capital - also the heart of flamenco.
June is the perfect time to visit as the weather is ideal and not too hot like it can be in July and August, meaning that it's a great time to idle around the banks of the Guadalquivir River, which splits the city in two: Triana and Sevilla. The city was an important trade port during Roman times and the Ottoman Empire and its history contributes to Seville's irresistible charms. One of the most romantic cities in Spain, the best way of visiting is by strolling around the river banks and wandering its tiny meandering streets or markets, like the Ronda del Tamarguillo on Avenida de la Paz or the city's main flea market northwest of Triana near Avenida Carlos III.
If you are feeling up to a little activity after exploring the city's sights, head to the main Cathedral, where there are flamenco shows on every evening from 11:00pm to get a feel for the local soul. For flamenco fans, there are a number of good-value schools offering lessons all over the city; the Cultural Centre is reputed for being one of the best.Far from the madding crowds in the Algarve, Portugal