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The Fuerte Guide to AndalucÃa, containing all that travellers will need to enjoy the remarkable landscape of AndalucÃa as visitors and as our guests. You can use the menu to the left to find all the information you need to get to know AndalucÃa, general information about the region itself, its history and culture and practical details to help you on your travels.
To the right you can see direct links to further information on each resort with a Fuerte hotel. Here you will find all you need to know about Marbella, Estepona, Conil, Grazalema, El Rompido at Cartaya between Huelva and the Portuguese border, Torrox Costa. The links take you to details of local interest, leisure activities, restaurants, nightlife and everything necessary to help you enjoy your stay with Fuerte Hotels all the more.
AndalucÃa is framed by the dominant Mediterranean climate (excepting the Vega, fertile lowlands, of Granada), although not all of AndalucÃa has the same climate.
Rainfall diminishes from the west towards the east, the rainiest point of AndalucÃa being in the Sierra de Grazalema (2.138 mm annually) and the lowest rainfall in Europe (Cabo de Gata, 117 litres annually). The humid zones of AndalucÃa coincide with the highest points of the region (the three Sierras), above all especially the areas of the SerranÃa de Ronda and the Sierra de Grazalema. The semi-arid zones of AndalucÃa are found in the large part of the province of AlmerÃa and the Hoya of Guadix-Baza. The Guadalquivir valley represents the average rainfall.
From the times of the first Bronze Age, in the third millennium BC or BCE (Before Common Era), this land situated between two seas and two continents was a preferred destination for different peoples and civilizations. The ancient kingdom known as Tartessos was established in the south of Spain from the 11th century BC/BCE, based on the influence of the Phoenicians and Greeks. From this epoch comes the foundation of the oldest city in the west, CÃ¡diz, scarcely 40km from Conil. Agriculture, pastoral farming as well as mineral mining and the production of bronze and silver artefacts were the chief activities in this merchant culture.
They were succeeded by the Turdetanians, an Iberian people, and after them the Carthaginians, who established their own settlements here.
The scarcity of water and the over-exploitation of the land are the principal natural limitations to Andalucia's economy. Due to the largely arid climate, there are two national parks and 24 naural parks, all with a great ecological and geographical importance. To protect the natural resources that contribute to it and also to retain its attraction as a tourism destination, the maintenance of the environmental is fundamental for the entire region.
It is necessary to guard, of course, against contamination by industrial and urban effluent, above all in the industrialized areas of Huelva, Seville and the the Gibraltar region, energy savings (renewables) and consumption (public transport, recycling) being the most indispensible functions.
And the motor that drives Andalucia's excellence: tourism. The service sector dedicated to tourism is responsible for a high percentage of job creation and also accounts for a substantial part of the GDP of Andalucia. Whether it is sun and beach tourism, like the tourism dedicated to golf or, more and more, rural tourism, this has made this economic sector the principal source of income for, again, more and more families. In specific parts of the region such as Marbella, MÃ¡laga, Chiclana, Rota, Conil, El Rompido or Isla Canela, the proportion of jobs in the service sector dedicated to tourism and to the tourist can exceed 50 per cent of the total jobs there.
Andalucia comprises three fundamental zones with different levels of economic activity, of population and of income, very well defined and which correspond as well with the defined stages of its geography: the coastal fringe and major urban settlements, the high mountain areas and the large cultivated zones (olives, grapes and cereal crops are the star products).
Society & Culture:
Now and forever, AndaluciÃ¡'s society is dominated by its great thinkers, painters, politicians, writers and poets. And, of course, the great bullfighters, guitarists and singers, who could and still can be found across the geography of AndalucÃa.
From the legendary Averroes, the great philosopher of CÃ³rdoba, to the Roman emperors Trajan and Adrian, who came from the Roman city of ItÃ¡lica, just north of Seville, and including the writer Seneca, the role call also includes the great painters born here such as Diego de VelÃ¡zquez, Pablo Picasso and Julio Romero de Torres, or poets and writers of the stature of Federico GarcÃa Lorca and Rafael Alberti.
Obviously, and as might be expected of a region of such great influence, groups of the Roma or gypsy community also staked out their cultural territory, notably figures such as CamarÃ³n and Paco de Lucia, who gave AndalucÃa a greater stature beyond our frontiers.
There has existed, as long as there has been an Andalucia, perhaps lost in the most remote times, an 'essence' of AndalucÃa, abiding across the centuries, from the prehistoric civilization of Tartessos to the modern day, and perservering through successive civilizations, Roman, Muslim and Castilian.
There are 113 'Parques Naturales' in Spain, occupying just under three million hectares (six per cent of the country's landmass). Of these 113, Andalucia has 24 natural parks, occupying 17 per cent of the region.
The figure of the Parque Naturales, next to that of the Parque Nacional and of the Reserva de la Biosfera, is the most important in the protection of natural spaces; their declaration and management corresponds exclusively with the autonomous communities of the region. Moreover, Andalucia has five of the biggest natural parks in Spain: Cazorla, Sierra de Aracena, Sierra Norte, Sierra Nevada and Los Alcornocales.
From the point of view of their popularization, attention to visitors and the promotion of a culture of respect and protection towards the environment, comes the essential need for interpretative information centres (with specialist staff and equipped with display spaces for educational materials - diagrammes, legends, models, reproductions, audiovisual and interactive installations - highlighting the ecological wealth and characteristics of the individual park).
About AndalucÃa. Our Destines:
Our destines: Marbella, Conil, Grazalema, el Rompido, Torrox, Nerja
Provincial Capitals: AlmerÃa, CÃ¡diz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, JaÃ©n, MÃ¡laga, Sevilla
Other main cities: Ronda, Antequera, Jerez, La AxarquÃa
All of our hotels are in particularly charming areas throughout Andalusia.
The Hotel Fuerte Marbella and the Hotel Fuerte Miramar are found in Marbella, a coastal city known throughout the world as an elite tourist destination.
If you prefer the vast sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of the Costa de la Luz, our Hotel Fuerte Conil and Fuerte Costaluz can offer you just what you're looking for, with all of the services you need.
At Hotel Fuerte Rompido Suites we can offer our clients a spectacular beachfront location at RÃo Piedras, just a few minutes from Portugal.
On the other hand, if you prefer the tranquility and beauty of the Nature Area Sierra de Grazalema, you'll find just what you're looking for at the Hotel Fuerte Grazalema.
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