16 Jul, 2009 @ 00:00
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Rough Guide praise for the Olive Press

THE Olive Press has been singled out as ‘the best’ English-language publication in southern Spain, by the prestigious Rough Guides group.

The latest version of the comprehensive guide to Andalucia – now in its sixth edition – praises the paper for both its campaigning and content.

In its media section on the region it writes that ‘the best of the bunch is the Olive Press, a fortnightly paper which often campaigns on local and regional issues.’

The Olive Press meanwhile got a series of mentions in the UK papers last week.

Apart from a number of Irish papers following up on our incisive story on the sad and lonely life of missing teen Amy Fitzpatrick (see front page), we got a mention in the Financial Times.

It came in an article written by journalist Mark Jones, who earlier this year won a controversial 50,000 euro prize from Torremolinos town hall for promoting the resort in the British Airways High Life magazine.

The Olive Press meanwhile got a series of mentions in the UK papers last week”.

Jones wrote: “The prize has got quite a debate going, not least among the large British population in southern Spain.”

“Torremolinos is about as authentic as McDonald’s,” said one blogger.

“The editor of the Olive Press, a campaigning English paper, came to my aid: “It’s a wonderful town,” he wrote. “Scratch away at the shallow surface of euro-a-pint bars and all-day English breakfasts, and you have a damn fine place to visit with fine Spanish, non-pretentious places to drink and eat.”

But, as our readers already know, the Olive Press does not believe in stereotypes.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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1 Comment

  1. You gotta laught. Highlights: “Torremolinos is coexisting with Comares” and “Torremeolinos is authentic”, Give the man another 50K! Perhaps he can invest it in actually learning about Spain?

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