Monday, 11 December, 2017

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Three of the loveliest pueblos blancos of the Guadiaro valley in our part of Secret Andalucía are Montejaque, its neighbour Benaoján and the stunning jewel in the crown, Ronda. Whilst Big Ron can boast a wide range of amenities and is a great town, Monty Jack and Ben and Joan are quieter and slap bang in the middle of the most spectacular scenery you could wish to see

Andalucía has more bars than any other region of Spain. But did you know that there are 53,046 of them down here in the south of the country? Overall Spain has over 300,000 bars and restaurants, which equates to approximately one bar for every 150 people. In our village here in the mountains there are 15 bars/restaurants for 1003 people – that’s one per 66.87 persons!

Bartie ponders the death penalty

After three decades of regular visits to Spain, it got to the millennium and 25 years of married life

The first night in San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa,) where I had arrived at the age of 20 to start my year abroad from university, had been an orgy of cheap wine, pintxos and music by Santana. This had led to the worst hangover of my life.

Hannah visits the Mezquita in the World Heritage city of Córdoba

Well, it took nearly 60 years but I made it in the end! When I was born in 1950 I didn’t yet know that Spain was my destiny; when I was 17 I didn’t know that Spain was my destiny either. But by the age of 20, I knew.

I can’t stop thinking about you. I keep imagining I see you through store windows. I ask for you all the time. I even thought I found you once, but it was just an imposter.

Bartie suggests an alternative to banning bullfighting

We've arrived in Spain and made it to Cabra without incident. Cabra is what Europe looks like in movies: narrow streets, tallish buildings, people walking, plazas every few blocks with lots of old men sitting and chatting… It’s amazing.

Bartie considers the merits of coffee a la Clooney

Maximilian Bartie muses on the disadvantages of banning the burka

Surviving Spain at 1,500 metres. A new Olive Press blog on life in Spain's highest village

Bartie takes a swipe at fashion choice and raises questions over economic migration

Maximilian Bartie considers pensioners during the economic downturn and fumes at the language in Marley and Me

After a two month sojourn in Thailand (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) Lord Bart is back with his usual enlightening musings on modern life

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Year of the golden porker LET a hundred flowers bloom. The Chinese have said goodbye to the Year of the Dog and welcomed in the...

Profligate scandal I HAVE just read average debt levels in Britain have risen to an all-time high of nearly 140 per cent of income, twice...

Reading between the lies “I may not agree with what they did but I will defend to the death their right to deny it.” It was...

Modern day cave living should become more popular as it is a fantastic way of life, a good investment or retirement package to the quiet Andalucían life in the mountains

HAPPY NEWS YEAR Two thousand and six has quietly slipped behind the curtain of time and we will now refer to it as Last Year....

In true festive spirit, The Olive Press has decided to give The Amputee a week off. Here, his companion The Gobbler muses on what Christmas means to him

SHEP THE FISH I JUST read that by the middle of next year more British families will own a fish than will own a dog....

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