Andalucia is a vast region in the south of Spain, where the Montes de Malaga are really just a tiny blot on the map. The region is about two-third the size of England, has a population of about 7 million, and stretches from the Portuguese border in the west all the way to Murcia in the east, with landscapes as diverse as the marshlands of natural park La Doñana, the cosmopolitan Costa del Sol, fertile fields covered with olive and almond trees, cotton and rice, Europe's only desert, the mountains of the Pyrenees of the South and the plains in Seville and Cordoba. And then of course there is always the Mediterranean Sea.

Most people visiting Andalucia arrive here by airplane. This is the fastest and probably one of the most convenient ways to travel to our region, and since EasyJet started not nearly as expensive as it used to be. Malaga's airport is the busiest and most important airport in Andalucia, and works are currently being undertaken to quadruple the size of the current terminal, to keep up with the growing number of tourists travelling through this airport. Other Andalucian airports we cover in this section of our website are Seville and Gibraltar.

If you are planning on booking a hire car, then there are a few things you'll need to know. We'll fill you in on all the important details. And of course we'll tell you in what respects driving in Spain differs from driving in the UK, apart from the obvious fact that we all drive at the wrong side of the road. We will also tell you what can and cannot take in and out of the country. And finally, we'll let you into a well kept secret: Andalucia's very own Orient Express.