Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts of Andalucia © Michelle Chaplow
Arts & Crafts of Andalucia © Michelle Chaplow


Andalucia has produced some of the world's greatest painters - Picasso and Velazquez, to name but two. From internationally-renowned art to skilled craftsmen who produce exquisite silver, leather and ceramic pieces in their workshops using centuries-old techniques.

Many towns will have their own traditional handmade pieces, made in typical local style, displayed outside houses for easy browsing, whether fashioned from oak or chestnut wood, esparto grass, or cork. You're often buying straight from the producer, with all proceeds going to the local economy.

You can discover much about Andalucia by visiting some of its myriad museums, with collections varying from cars and wine to bullfighting, Mudejar architecture to the Holy Inquisition. And of course art aficionados will be delighted by the galleries, from Fine Arts Museums in the cities showing Golden Age religious art, to weekend art fairs in towns.

Those who tastes veer more towards the contemporary will find world-class exhibitions of painting and photography in Malaga and Almeria.

Known as “the alchemist of leather”, José Luis Bazán Fernández is a third-generation master craftsman. With a life dedicated to working with leather, this renowned artisan was awarded the Premio… More →

Many of Andalucia's towns and villages are the homes to genuine artistic treasures which the traveller often passes by unsuspectingly. These include paintings, sculptures, jewels, carvings and… More →

Crafts using vegetable fibres are usually related to farm work and country living, although wickerwork is widely sold in the urban areas also, and includes chairs and tables, as well as smaller… More →

There are many fine weavers in Andalucia, although hand-operated looms only survive in remote areas, for the production of crafts articles for export, such as the wool blankets of Grazalema in the… More →

Andalucia is famous for its handicrafts, from leather and embroidery to ceramics. all around the region, you can find pretty, colourful bowls, plates and mugs, as well as and small, portable gift… More →

A move to Andalucia often means starting over in terms of decoration and interior design. Thanks to a new climate and the amazing natural light available in this part of the world, many who move… More →

Metal crafts, and especially iron forging and copper and brass work have given Andalucia a special identity. Lucena, in the province of Cordoba, is Spain's centre for metal workers, and Seville is… More →

The marble and stone carvers of Andalucia are known for their traditional working of tombstones, pantheons and adornments. The carvers of Jaén are well known for their finely carved marble ashlars… More →

In the Middle Ages, the leather workers of Cordoba made the city universally famous for the high quality of their tanning and embossing techniques. Some workshops still survive which use the… More →

The traditional crafts in Andalucia owe their heritage to all people from different cultures that have settled here over the ages. The legacy of the Tartessians, the Phoenicians, and the Greeks,… More →

The guitar and Spain go together like hand and glove. In fact, Spain was the birthplace of the modern six-string guitar, it being based upon a similar Islamic stringed instrument. The guitar is… More →

Traditional gold and silversmiths producing religious articles are still very active in towns of the region such as Granada. The craftsmen are famous for their work, for which they draw… More →

High quality glassware has been made in Almeria since the 13th century. There exists an excellent workshop in the fishing village of Roquetas del Mar. In Malaga Province, delicate Moorish patterns… More →

The sturdy, rustic, traditional Andalucian furniture, is slowly disappearing, while today's cabinet makers are now producing more stylish, luxurious and ornamental pieces. The two styles are… More →

Andalucía is renowned for its magnificent heritage of art and culture. Throughout the region, there are museums, historical monuments and galleries devoted to this historical tradition. However,… More →

From the cities to the sierras, the rolling inland plains to its long and varied coastline, Andalucía has a wealth of architecture. In prehistoric times the early inhabitants of Andalucía moved… More →

Art and Art Galleries can be found in many forms throughout Andalucía, not only in private or municipal art galleries, but also in museums, cultural centres, historic buildings, churches and even… More →

Slabs of oak doors, antique brass hardware, traditional Castilian sideboards and those wonderful dark wood chairs, upholstered in leather with brass studs. Spanish antiques are distinctive and… More →

Painting for pleasure can become a very addictive pastime, and that's aside from the social side of classes, workshops, exhibitions, art societies etc. One of the most popular mediums for amateur… More →

Immortalised in street names from Almería to Vélez-Málaga and throughout the Spanish Kingdom , Francisco de Goya is cemented in the lineage of world art icons.

Museums in Andalucia: there are many interesting museums in Sevilla, Cádiz, Huelva, Córdoba, Jaén , Granada, Almería and Málaga, where we can learn more about history, art, architecture and more… More →