Culture

When it comes to describing Spain, there is not exactly a shortage of clichés. Most of them originate from the south, and are related to the sherry wines, the flamenco, the machismo, the bull fighting and an endless row of seaside villages crammed with tourists.

Indeed, for millions of tourists, Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Marbella, the beaches and the night-life along this once unpopular coast form the main attraction of Andalucia. But it has so much more to offer.

An extremely rich culture, for starters. Influenced through the ages by the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Moors, the Jews and the Christians, who left us monuments like the Giralda, the Mezquita and the Alhambra.

Though on a smaller scale, the Montes de Málaga are no less a melting pot of cultures.

From the Neanderthal caves of El Boquete de Zafarraya to the Arab baths of sulphurous waters at Las Majadas. From the ancient Roman city of Signilla Barba to the prehistoric dolmen caves of the Menga, Viera and El Romeral in Antequera. From the Phoenician fortress of Zalia in Alcaucín to the Venta de Alfarnate, supposedly the oldest inn of Spain. And from the Peñas de Cabrera, a collection of prehistoric cave paintings, to the monumental graveyard San Sebastian, in Casabermeja.

But, of course, this section would not be complete if we omitted bullfights and the flamenco. Or if we left out the world-famous painter Picasso, who was born in Málaga. But we also cover some of the more mundane aspects of the regional culture, such as the excellent golf courses or Europe's southernmost ski resort.