On the 28th of February the Day of Andalusia is celebrated. This day commemorates the day in 1980 when the referendum for the initiative of the autonomous process took place. One year later, this process granted full autonomy to Andalusia. This day was historic because it was the last necessary step for Andalusia to become an autonomous community with its own laws
This day is a holiday in Andalusia, which helps to bring each year thousands of Andalusians to celebrate and spend the day on the streets, bursting with joy, something that characterizes them as people.
During the day, several institutional acts, such as the awards of the Medals of Andalusia granted by the regional government, or even the distinctions as “Favourite Sons” or the “Keys to the City”.
But, it is also a day to celebrate amongst Andalusians. On the 28th of February, the Andalusian Parliament opens its doors to all citizens, and other official and institutional buildings follow their example, so that the people have an opportunity to discover them.
There are other buildings that have a free open doors day, including the museums managed by the ministry of Culture such as the Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art, the Archaeological Museum of Seville, Museum of Arts and Popular Customs or the Museum of Fine Arts.
On this day, it is also worth taking a walk through the streets of the inner city, including the old town of Seville, and to look up and admire the balconies that have been decorated especially for this date. In addition, there is a famous competition for Andalusian patios, which aims to select the most beautiful patios, so it’s a great opportunity to discover such architectural elements and so characteristic of Andalusia.
If you are thinking of travelling to Andalusia during this time of year, we strongly recommend that you visit Seville and discover the most symbolic monuments, such as La Giralda or the Royal Alcazares.