Thursday, 27 July, 2017

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I want culture, excitement and a cosmopolitan cocktail!

Last week when a friend and I decided that we’d travel to Montilla, located around thirty kilometres from the city of Cordoba

One of the many traditional Christmas goodies in Spain is the mantecado, a type of shortbread biscuit

We all know the term guiri, or, if not, we should - it’s what the Spanish call us foreigners

Following a request from a reader, Paul Whitelock chooses his Top 10 places to visit around Ronda having already shared his Top 10 places in Spain and in Andalucía and his Top 10 favourite spots in Ronda itself

There’s a different mentality that exists among Spain’s young generation – at least in Granada anyway. Students feel a sort of fashionable nostalgia towards their town or city

Giving into my inner "Eve" I let temptation take over and I pluck a forbidden orange from its branch

Many of the animals taken in by Castellar Zoo have had a very bad start in life. Some have been seized from smugglers attempting to move them across borders in tiny boxes or cages, and others rescued from circus troops

Spend periods of time in your home country and Spain? What's the best option to get internet access at a reasonable price while you are here?

Our new OP blogger Fiona Tomas has moved to a new country, found a flat, opened a Spanish bank account, turned the big age of 21 - but what has been most challenging?

It bugs me when people don't understand the difference between bits and bytes. It is even worse when it is Telefonica sales people who are trying to sell me a faster megabyte per second broadband service. This is because the service is actually measured in megabits per second

In the run up to the holidays, I had delivered lots of presentations at school about how Christmas is celebrated in England. Little confused faces gawped at me when I casually mentioned how nobody gets presents on the 6th January – as they do in Spain

For his first fear-inducing feat, 'The Mad Dog' goes undercover at a Spanish nudist resort

Paul Whitelock looks at the detail of the decision and provides further information about this potentially punitive tax for residents and non-residents with assets in Spain

After a spate of local burglaries, Paul Whitelock decided to upgrade the security on his house. But what to do? Install rejas or go for a modern burglar alarm?

John Woodhead takes a look inside the plastic greenhouses that play a big part in the economy of Almería and Andalucía

It used to be standard practice when buying and selling property in Spain to under-declare the value in the escritura, or deed, in order to avoid tax

Paul Whitelock tucks into chirimoya, mango, kaki, níspero, papaya, guayaba and avocado

The walls in Spain are a lot thinner than they are anywhere else

Christmas shopping for gifts in Salamanca

My goodness it's 2015 already, where has the past year gone? asks OP blogger Claire Thomas

Paul Whitelock has recently found out all about Spanish irrigation systems – the hard way

This fiesta is known worldwide. It’s Pamplona’s biggest event of the year. But do you really know what it’s all about?

The Sierra Nevada offers expats on the Costa del Sol a great alternative to expensive skiing holidays in colder climes!

Around the world public fixtures such as fences, gates and bridges are being adorned with “Love Locks”. The craze has now hit the city of Malaga

When Paul Whitelock moved to live in the Serranía de Ronda there were just three things he did not like about the place. The acento andaluz, smoking in bars and the beer. Oh, and the bureaucracy ...!

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