FOR those who have a fascination with the quirky and obscure, Andalucia provides rich pickings.
The region is full of rituals and traditions, some of which date back hundreds of years, with Hogueras believed to even pre-date the celebration of Christmas.
Less traditionally, the village of Juzcar has been painted blue for scenes in the latest Smurfs film, while Moclinejo is set to hold a referendum on whether to become ‘pink’, as the world’s first exclusively gay town.
Meanwhile, world records are tumbling across the region, with the Cordoban town of Montilla creating a 250 metre slab of chocolate using 3,100 bars.
The same town also holds the record for creating a 200 metre Roscon de Reyes and an incredible 500 metre ham sandwich.
Other world records currently held in Andalucia include the world’s biggest photograph, a panoramic view of Sevilla that if printed out, would be as big as two football pitches.
Not to be outdone, Granada holds the world record for the largest structure made from recycled materials.
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