History of Andalusia

In the southernmost part of Spain, you will discover picturesque Andalusia – Here you will soon find our stunning new acquisition Karma La Herriza.

Renovations of the resort are underway, so the thrilling details are kept a secret for the moment; but what we would like to share with you, is the complex and rich history that oozes from every inch of the culture and community!

When you delve back into the early history of Andalusia, it is far from ‘Spanish’; with the ancient conquerors coming from the surrounding Iberian Peninsula and Europe. What makes the region unique, is that it still remains today an autonomous community, the second-largest throughout Spain in fact. Combining the autonomy and the intricate history of Andalusia, it is highly recognised as a ‘historical nationality’.

The name is said to originate from the Arabic name ‘Al-Andalus’ which was given to all of the Iberian Peninsula by the Muslims (then, Moors) and the area’s history was tightly woven with that of Northern Africa. It wasn’t until the late 15th century when the Christians began to take control of the peninsula that Al-Andalus became the only state still under Muslim control and separated into small kingdoms. These small kingdoms still exist today, but are what we consider as ‘tourist hot spots’ within Andalusia such as Málaga, Sevilla, Cadiz and Córdoba. ‘Sevilla’ or now Seville, is the capital of Andalusia today.

Over the ancient decades, many settlers had arrived and left their stamp on the community. For example, during the 5th century BCE, the Carthaginians and Greeks had colonized the coast, until the Visigoths overran the region. The Romans too had their time in Andalusia; more so, the kingdoms flourished whilst being in the Romans control! But it was the Moors (Muslims) that cultivated most of the culture we see in present-day Andalusia, such as the architecture and food.

Skipping forward many many years, by 1251 Ferdinand III of Castile had reconquered all of Andalusia (other than the Muslim kingdom of Granada). Later in 1713 Gibraltar alone was handed over to the British. Since 1833, Andalusia has been divided into eight provinces and is mainly a Catholic reigning religion, which Arabic influences!

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