Framed by the snow-tipped Sierras, lapped by the Atlantic to the west and the Mediterranean to the east, Andalucia has long been the meeting place of Europe and Africa. In this ‘land of light’ stretching across southern Spain, white villages glisten in rolling hills and orange trees glow green and gold in the sun. The Guadalquivir River cuts its way through a fertile plain studded with sunflowers and olive groves while watch towers and castles bristle on lonely hilltops. Ancient civilisations left their mark across the land but above all, Andalucia was shaped by the Moors. The Umayyad arrived from Damascus in the 8th century, heralding nearly 800 years of Muslim rule when prosperity spread across large swathes of the Iberian Peninsula.
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