Andalucía Local Customs

  • Locals dancing at a cafe in La Macarena (2014)
    Locals dancing at a cafe in La Macarena...
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  • Inside a caseta at the feria (2014)
    Inside a caseta at the feria (2014)
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  • Outside a caseta at the feria (2014)
    Outside a caseta at the feria (2014)
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Andalucía Local Customs

  • Alcoholic Beverages

    Sevilla Local Customs

    Sangria is lovely, because it has lots of fruit in it and I am a big fan of fruit. It is however, rather hard to get hold of Sevilla, if you don`t know where to go. On Calle Mateus Gago, the bar after Las Columnas, they have one of the best Sangrias I found in Sevilla, but they do also run out of it towards the end of the night! As a super...

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  • FESTIVALS

    Granada Local Customs

    Having been to Andalusia and haven't seen flamenco? Impossible! I advise you to visit Albayzin flamenco theatre and enjoy yourself with great concert. The Tablao Flamenco Albayzin is located at the top of the Albaicín quarter of Granada close to the Mirador de San Cristobal, a plaza overlooking the Alhambra and the city center. You can watch my 3...

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  • Carnival

    Cadiz Local Customs

    All week long there is always something different to do and see. On the First Saturday there is a Cabalgata (parade) and a kiddie pageant. the Goddess of Carnival is also elected. On Sunday there is the Choirs mentioned before in Plaza Topete. On the Monday or Tuesday you can see the burning of the God of Carnival (Momo) in Plaza San Antonio in...

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  • The Feria del Caballos

    Jerez de la Frontera Local Customs

    The Feria del Caballo - (Horse Fair) which is held annually in early May in Jerez was a highlight of our holiday. If you want to see a real Andalucian festival with flamenco dress, equestrian pride and passion, and the sheer, almost hedonistic, enjoyment of life of southern Spain, come to the Feria. We were joined by Carmen and Stace and Hansi and...

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  • Flamenco

    Sevilla Local Customs

    Sevillanas are a Spanish folk dance similar to flamenco and though they originated in Seville, they're popular all over Andalucia. At the Feria de Abril, they're danced everywhere (and their music is heard non-stop) - in casetas, in the streets, etc. They're also danced at other ferias in Andalucia and at the Rocio pilgrimage. They have a set...

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  • FREE TAPAS

    Granada Local Customs

    We'd read about this, but didn't expect it to be as good as it sounds ... but it is ! We went into 5 bars, and in each one we had different tapas with each beer. Now granted they were not all to our taste, but it would be extremely churlish to object to free nosh. Highlights were tortilla, dressed mussells, serrano ham & crisps and bread and...

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  • Language

    Cadiz Local Customs

    Angango: People that usually wear lots of gold and shout and fight about everything and anything. Aro- Shortened from the Castillano word claro which means 'of course'. Bastinazo- An extremely large amount something, perhaps too much! Cambembo- Wobbly or out of shape Carajote- A born idiot Cosqui- A hit on the head using knuckles. Chochito-...

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  • Language and Local Customs

    Jerez de la Frontera Local Customs

    In the Cadiz province no one pronounces the any S in any word. So for example Despues becomes Depue and Estoy becomes Etoy or even toy. This is very useful when you are trying to understand what people are saying. The other thing you should watch out for is the way they 'eat' certain words and past participle endings. For example. Estado become...

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  • Semana Santa

    Sevilla Local Customs

    In Seville, they take Holy Week very seriously. Every day, at different times during the day, there are parades, and here is what usually happens for each parade: Groups of nazarenos in robes with pointed hoods (if you see them, don't freak out, they're not the KKK!) holding candles exit the church the parade comes from. Some of them walk barefoot...

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  • SIESTA

    Granada Local Customs

    Shops usually open fom about 9 in the morning and close at 2pm (in Spain the morning (mañana) is considered to be up to 2pm not 12pm). They then open again in the afternoon at about 5:30-6 until 9-9:30.In Spain there is no evening time they call it afternoon (tarde) right up to nightime (noche). Many shops may close Saturay afternoons and all day...

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  • Relics

    Cadiz Local Customs

    the business of the relics at the Medieval times was very important. A good church or cathedral with a relic had a promising future and many incomes. Here the one in Cadiz had two, this one is from San Servando, and no, I have no idea who was him lol

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  • Fiestas de Otono

    Jerez de la Frontera Local Customs

    During the autumn festival in September, the bars in Jerez participate in a competition called Tapa Centro. Over 50 bars take part, and a booklet is published giving the list of bars, their locations and their specialities. There is a voting form in the booklet for which bar you think has the best tapas. The booklet is available from the tourist...

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  • April Fair

    Sevilla Local Customs

    Next to the Feria you find a huge lunapark, called "Calle del Infierno" - Hell's street. When you walk around there you understand why it got this name. You can find merry go rounds but also some spectacular and impressive machinery that only seems to have the objective to get your head spinning, by going round and round and upside down.

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  • THE ALHAMBRA

    Granada Local Customs

    It's a pity I couldn't rememeber the text from a lovely song about Granada which I heard in the Alixaris restaurant, which is close to Carmen de los Martires Gardens, Alhambra, and Palacio de Generalife. The singers were very good! You can watch my 4 min 43 sec about Video Granada Alhambra Alixares restaurant out of my Youtube channel or here on...

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  • Tapas and other food

    Sevilla Local Customs

    Jamon Iberico is a cured ham which is produced in Portugal and Spain. You will find it hanging in restaurants and tapas bars. The ham comes from free-range accord fed pigs and is sliced very thinly. It has been described as ‘the best ham in the world’.

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  • Siesta

    Sevilla Local Customs

    One of the customs I love about Spain is that they "take time out to smell the roses". SIESTA TIME is a time-honoured tradition that most Spanish cities adhere to. Make sure you get everything you need as at 2 o'clock most shops close, so the employees can go home to their families for a few hours. It's such a wonderful idea. Maybe we should adopt...

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  • Bullfighting

    Sevilla Local Customs

    Whatever your views on Bullfighting I still think I would like to see a Bull fight for myself. Not for any macho reason, just to try and understand the Spainish culture some more. Right or wrong I like to respect other people's culture's and only when I've seen a Bull fight can I really makeup my mind. Seville's famous bullring is arguably the...

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  • Shopping

    Sevilla Local Customs

    In Spain, the shops are open all morning, then close for a few hours in the afternoon because everyone goes for lunch and/or siesta. They re-open around 6pm or so and are usually open till 9-10pm after that. The only shops that are open in the afternoon are the ones run by immigrants. El Corte Inglés is also open all day. So don't schedule your...

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  • Goat herders eke out a living

    In the final week of our trip, on the way out of Tarifa after our first night there, the first diversion we made was onto a small paved side road leading through a pine forest on the coastline. It so happened that one of the 'walking' sand dunes in this part of Spain had worked its way up the slope from the Atlantic Ocean and was threatening to...

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  • Three Kings Day celebrations

    This was the first time that we experienced Christmas/New Year in a Spanish-speaking country and we noticed that the level of festivities seemed to be prolonged much further than the December 25th Christmas Day customs in English-speaking countries (Canada, England, Zambia and Papua New Guinea in our case). At several different locations in Spain,...

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  • Mediterranean Sea shore fishing

    About half-way through our 3-weeks in Spain, during our morning walk along the Mediterranean shore of eastern Estepona, we came upon these fishers plying their trade from a small promintory. Usually, this favourite local method of passing the time is carried out later in the day as light begins to fade. These two appeared to be a grandfather and...

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  • Orange tree streets

    My first experience with orange trees as street decorations struck me five years ago in 2004 while in the city of Castelo Branco, Portugal. I was so amazed at their decorative beauty that I forgot to take any photos of them - so I vowed that I would not make that same mistake the next time I saw them!As it turns out, these 'sour orange' trees...

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  • Products of Malaga province

    Almonds - the big areas of this region are covered by the almonds plantations. Try the almond cake and buy the almond butter - something similar (consistence) to the peanut butter. Very delicate, good for add in to sweets or even to the cup of milk, but it's not easy to find it in popular shops (I discovered this product in some shop in...

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  • Espeto de Sardinas (BBQ'd Sardines)

    Espeto de Sardinas (BBQ'd Sardines) is a typical seaside "snack", they take only a few minutes to prepare and if done correctly they are a fine midday pick me up....Since neither Zohara or I really like fish, it was a surprise that they WERE actually good. The amount you see on the plate is a single portion, usually comprising between 5-7 fish.

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  • Kissing in Spain and Andalucia

    In Spain in general it is normal to kiss females once on both cheeks (two kisses in total). Females kiss females and men kiss females, but men do not kiss men. Men may shake hands if you are introduced to someone, or if it is an old or close friend they may bear hug.Even if it is a large group of friends they go around kissing everyone, without...

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  • Kettles, tea and coffee!

    Beware if you are used to electric kettles, here they don't exist. If you stay in a self catering apartment or rent a flat don't expect to find one. If you can't live without one the only option of finding one would be in Corte Ingles. Otherwise go native and use an.. er "Italian" coffee pot as it is called here. Which is the silver thing in the...

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  • Washing up

    If you rent a house or apartment in Andalucia you may be surprised to open up the cupboard above the sink to find racks to put plates, but there is no bottom to the cupboard. This is because it is the drying rack. Instead of drying the dishes all you have to do is is put them in the cupboard and excess water drips into the sink drying them...

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  • No queueing!!!!!

    They just don't queue!!! That's not to say that they will push in in front of you, just that if you enter a pharmacy or stand at a counter you can't see who is first or last as they don't make a line, but cluster around it. Therefore you have to ask who last and you have to be honest when the assistant asks you "who is next?" if you know there is...

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  • Proud to be Andaluz and Spanish.

    As you may know here in Spain we have a problem with the terrorist group ETA, who are separatists from the Pais Vasco. In Catalunya there is also a strong separatist feeling even if they don't go around blowing politicians up.Here in Andalucia there people are very proud of their heritage and you will often see signs in shop windows saying "Here...

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  • Work Ethics

    The Anadluz's have a reputation of being lazy. Say what you will, but first listen to both sides of the story:As I said before Andaluz's never arrive on time; they take a year over construction work that in other countries could be done in a couple of months; If you are waiting for paper work you may be waiting for up to five years for them to get...

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  • Puntuality

    Andalucians are renowned for their lack of punctuality. They never arrive on time for anything, not even work in some cases! Lunch breaks seem to have to amazing ability to never end friends are left waiting for up to half an hour.Please take this in to account because in some cultures like Germany it is customary to arrive around 15 minutes early!...

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  • Social Distances and Touching...

    Here social distances and personal space may be a lot smaller than you are used to. If you walk into a half empty Cinema you don't sit as far away from the other people as you can, in fact the people tend to cluster together!If you sit down at a bar and there is only one occupied table where would you sit? Well here it is perfectly normal to sit...

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  • Where to Buy Stamps!

    For some reason here in Spain you don't buy Stamps from the Correos (Post Office), but from Tobacconists.You won't see them on display or any signs saying they sell them, you are expected to know.So you walk in to a Tobacco shop and you ask for 'Sellos' (pronounced seyos) they will then ask you if it is for Europe or not. If you tell them what...

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  • Himno de Andalucia(The Andalucian...

    Andalucia have there own anthem which is sung, for example, on February 28th which is El Dia de Andalucia (Andalucia Day), a local holiday to celebrate Andalucia!La bandera blanca y verde, vuelve tras siglos de guerra.A decir Paz y Esperanza,bajo el sol de nuestra tierra.¡Andaluces, levantáos!¡Pedid tierra y libertad!Sea por Andalucia libre,España...

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  • Olivegroves

    Olivegroves and Sunflowers in abundance and visible throughout Andalucia, which is the biggest Olive Oil producing area in Spain. very labour intensiv usines and one needs patience to see the Tree grow.after 10 years or 12 years the Tree starts to produce its fuits....long time between drinks, one could say.and like a women ^..^ the tree is the...

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  • habla ingles? some Spanish phrases

    hola: hibye: adiosplease:por favorthank you so much: muchas graciasyou're welcome: de nadagood morning: buenos diasgood evening: buenos tardesgood night: buenos nochesstop: parada (also for bus stop)what is your name?como te llamas?my name is...:me llamo...see you soon: hasta prontosee you later: hasta puertoi don't understand: no comprendoi'm...

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  • friendly and warm people

    i absolutely fell in love with the warmth of spanish people. no matter they spoke no english, each time i asked them about the direction or sought any help, they cordially were willing to help, even with their spanish,lol. they are expressive, welcoming and kind people honestly. many people talked to me while i was walking around as i like to talk...

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  • Flamenco

    Having been to Andalusia and not seeing flamenco? Impossible!I advise you to visit Albayzin flamenco theatre in Granada and enjoy yourself with great concert.

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  • Flamenco

    don't miss a good Flamenco show, in GRANADA you might get lucky and watch a traditional Gypsy festivalin SEVILLA ..they say they have the best Flamenco schools...in Los Gallos, each nite a fine Flamenco show, one of the most authentic and of high standartPlaza Santa Cruz...SEVILLAand if that is not your thing and blood is..then get a ticket for the...

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  • Oil, oil, oil, oil...

    No need to say the complete word.. "oliveoil", of course! Endless orchards, well kept: watch out the Italians and the Greeks!!!

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  • Tortas de aceite

    That is a wonderful way to mix olive oil and sugar through the smart use of human brain. "Tortas de aceite", literally the "olive oil cakes" are a genial invention widely spread and consumed in Andalusia. You will find them in every bakery or supermarket around Andalusia. I experienced a couple of them and fiund that the ones called "de Ines...

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  • Plastic greenhouses

    With Spain's entry into the European Union, many changes took place. the south of Spain became a thriving agricultural area, using plastic greenhouses to produce tomatoes, courgettes, green peppers, among other vegetables.When we went for trips we often picked up vegetables that had been discarded as sub-standard.

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  • old bits and pieces

    There are all sorts of things that remind the tourist of the history of Andalucia. These vary from old houses and sights, to customs.

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  • The Spainish eat LATE

    Be aware if invited out to dinner with locals they're evening meals are late in comparision to other countries & they could be eaten between 9pm to 11pm. Also evening meals are light usuall tapas & soup as the main principle meal is eaten at lunchtime being between 1.30pm - 4pm

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  • Sand sculpture

    This lady did a couple of fantastic sand sculptures so we tipped her for her efforts.This was on Belamadina beach

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