Introduction

Andalusia is dubbed by many “bridge between continents”, “doorway to Europe”, “receptacle of cultures” and “confluence of seas”, and it may easily conform to any of these definitions.

Point of Europe and separated from Africa by the 9.32 miles of the Straits of Gibraltar, where the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea meet, Andalusia was coveted by numerous cultures since the beginning of time and was a preferred settlement location of our prehistoric ancestors.

The region represents 17.3% of the Spanish territory. It has an area of 33,952 Square miles, a coast of more than 559 miles and an extension larger than countries such as Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Austria or Switzerland.  

In Andalusia, contrast is the norm. Its diverse landscapes and geographical accidents confer a character that creates many different forms, from the warm Guadalquivir Valley; the dense “sierras” (medium-high mountains); the volcanic landscapes such as the Desert of Tabernas; to the summits of Sierra Nevada where the highest Peak of the Iberian Peninsula stands.

Currently, Andalusia is a modern community that holds great infrastructures, a dynamic economy and an abundant offer of products and services. It warmly welcomes more than 25 million visitors per year and it has developed a modern productive structure but at the same time, it has special care to keep its roots, its important cultural heritage and its numerous natural areas.

Andalusia Autonomous Government                               

In 1981, Andalusia was the fourth Autonomous Region to be constituted, out of the 17 integrating the regional map of Spain. Its Statute of Autonomy, amended and provided by the Organic Law 2/2007, recognizes the historic identity of Andalusia and its right of self-government.

Its Government, led by its President, D. José Antonio Griñán Martínez, and his Regional Ministers is the official body to carry out the executive and administrative functions.

The Parliament of Andalusia is the democratic and representative body of the will of the people, in charge of writing and approving the laws of the Autonomous Community.

On the other hand, the Supreme Court of Justice of Andalusia is the highest judicial office of the Autonomous Community.