Placed at the south of the Iberian Peninsula, Andalucia has an extension of about 87268 squares kilometers (the 17.3% of the spanish surface). It also has a population of about 7 millions of inhabitants and an enviable situation, due to it is a meeting point placed between two seas- the Mediterranean one and the Atlantic Ocean- and between two continents the european and the african. It is also due to its natural richness and biodiversity with the additional social and economical history. This community is formed by eight provinces: Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Málaga y Sevilla.

      The andalusian geographical space is formed by four important unities: the Guadalquivir valley, the seacoast, the Béticas ridge and Sierra Morena. Each one of them are different in relation to clime, ecosystems, use of soil, inhabitants´behaviour, actual amphibians and reptilian species’ behaviour and the quantity of them.

      Andalusian clime is the warmest clime at the Iberian Peninsula. Although it is varied, it goes from extremely hot in summer to moderately cold in winter. The annual temperature scores go from 16ºC in Castilla-La Mancha zone to 18ºC at the seacoast. Rainnings are scarcely spreaded in the andalusian zone ( an annual score of 630 mm).

      During all of these years working about the Herpetologic atlas of Andalucia, we have observed so many beautiful places that we have not been able to pick them up even with the most complex photographic materials. Moreover, we have also observed how some unique ecosystems were becoming into true rubbish dumps, extensive crops, golf courses or monospecific reafforestation. Andalucia has such an extension that everything has a place in it in a sustained way, without doing away with its important natural resources.

       “Our natural patrimony is a result from the armonious relationship Man-Nature that has been maintained secularly in Andalucia. But we can’t just forget that in last decades conservation and development has often been presented as oppossed ideas. Because of that, from a social and economic view we are in front of a paradox, in which many of our most valuable natural spaces form part of some stagnate zones.”(SIC) Manuel Chaves González, President of Junta de Andalucia. (Páginas del Sur, abril 1997/Número 4 : 3).

      If you desire to visit some andalusian places whithout leaving off your seats (always from the most natural optic), click on the map, at the zone (grid) from which you want to know its landscape. Despite, we recommend you a simple thing: take your backbag with only a sandwich and some water, some maps, clothes and a pair of appropiate boots and go to wander through Andalucia. It is the only way to know it in a true and real sense!!

      You can see landscapes, the niccest or the uggliest ones that authors posses in their files. And as ussually goes, when you need most your photocam , you realise that it is at home or in your car.

      Each one of us must have a little respect for the environment in order to get the next generations could admire the beauty that Andalucía still guards. That is why Andalucia has been and will be …a pretty woman!!!

      If you want to participate by offering some landscapes views of the zone you normally move about, you can send it through e-mail. : E-MAIL, They will be included to the Andalusian map with its authors’ features.