Andalucia is the southern-most region of Spain and is the land gateway to the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar.
The Andalucian community is officially regarded as a nationality of Spain, ass is one of the many autonomous communities (regions) in the country.
Andalucia is the second largest of all the Spanish regions (88,000 square kilometres), and it possesses the largest number of inhabitants (a little over 8 million). The capital of Andalucia is the City of Seville, in Seville province.
The other seven provinces of Andalucia are Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen and Malaga. With the exception of Andalucia's inland provinces of Jaen, Seville and Cordoba, Andalucia's other provinces share over 800km of southern coastline.
From west to east: Bordering Portugal, Costa de la Luz in Huelva province, the Costa de la Luz continues in Cadiz province, the famous Costa del Sol in Malaga province, the little-known Costa Tropical in Granada province and the Costa Almeria in Almeria province,
A significant proportion of Andalucia's inhabitants are located along the coast or in provincial and regional capital cities. Despite an aging domestic population, the increase in immigration from across Europe has contributed to an overall rising population, which has increased significantly over the last 50 years.
Andalucia has a Mediterranean climate and is affected by the Azores High. This usually results in infrequent heavy showers and long dry summers, although extremely hot temperatures are often recorded as well. However, due to the varied terrain and altitude in the region, many different micro-climates can be experienced. The Andalucian coastline often experiences soaring temperatures whilst the highest peaks of Mulhacen are usually covered in snow.
Kyero offices were originally located in Almuñecar on the Costa Tropical. From there it was possible to sunbathe on the coast in the morning and ski in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada in the afternoon. The 100km trip inland from Almuñecar involves a change in altitude from sea-level to well-over 3,000m.
Rich in agriculture, many civilisations have identified Andalucia as the ideal place to settle. It is believed that Andalucia was the first port of call for early hominids, who travelled north from Africa across the Strait of Gibraltar to reach Spain. Some of the earliest paintings known to man are in the prehistoric caves of Nerja, Malaga.
The Moor's various invasions and occupations of Spain are magnificently evident in the buildings of the Alhambra in the city of Granada, and the Great Mosque in the city of Cordoba - both well-worth a visit.