Geography of Andalusia

Sierra Nevada

The region is crisscrossed west to east by two mountain ranges; the low-lying Sierra Morena which forms its northern boundary with the Castilian meseta and the Bética ranges to the south, made up of a series of ranges including the Sierra Nevada home to the highest peaks in Iberia : Mulhacén (3478 m.) and Veleta (3392 m.). Between the Bética mountains and the Sierra Morena lies the Guadalquivir Valley, the flattest expanse in Spain ( Seville, for instance, is just 9m above sea level yet is 100km from the coast ). Running in parallel from north to south, t hese three elements: the Sierra Morena, the Guadalquivir Depression and the Betica mountains basically define Andalusia . Most of Andalusia can be considered as mountainous with some 50% lying above 600m.

Image: CMA de la Junta de Andalucía

Provinces and surface area of Andalusia in km2

Andalucía

87597

Almería

8775

Cádiz

7436

Córdoba

13771

Granada

12647

Huelva

10128

Jaén

13496

Málaga

7308

Sevilla

14036

Highest moutains in Andalusia / Highest moutains in Andalucia

Province Name Range Height in metres
Huelva Cerro Bonales Sierra de Bonales 1055
Cádiz Torreón del Pinar Sierra de Grazalema 1654
Sevilla Terril Sierra del Tablón 1129
Córdoba Tiñosa Sierra de Horconera 1570
Málaga Maroma Sierra de Tejeda 2066
Jaén Mágina Sierra Mágina 2167
Granada Mulhacén

Veleta

Alcazaba

Sierra de Cazorla 3482

3392

3366

Almería Chullo Sierra de Cazorla 2609
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