Thursday, December 9, 2021
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The perfect winter retreat: Discover Arriate, a hidden gem in Spain’s Serrania de Ronda

A winter’s trip to Arriate guarantees great walks, landscape and food, writes Jon Clarke
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Travel Spain: How the pandemic saw Madrid transform into a luxury tourism destination

As travel reawakens in the post-lockdown world, Spain’s capital has repositioned itself to attract the big spenders
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WHERE TO STAY: The best rural retreats in Spain’s Guadalhorce Valley

Guadalhorce valley has some great rural retreats, writes Jon Clarke
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WHERE TO EAT: Enjoy the amazing local produce in Spain’s Guadalhorce Valley

A longtime agricultural hub, it is no surprise you can eat well in the Guadalhorce Valley, writes Jon Clarke
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Discover one of Spain’s best kept secrets: The Guadalhorce Valley, Andalucia’s answer to the...

There’s a secret world of lakes, white villages and rocky mountain highs in the Guadalhorce hills behind the Costa del Sol, writes Jon Clarke
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WATCH: A new star is born as final piece placed atop tower in Gaudi’s...

THE architectural masterpiece by Antoni Gaudi took another step towards completion as a giant multifaceted star was lifted into place atop one of Sagrada Familia’s main towers. The 12-pointed star, which weighs 5.5 tonnes and measures 7 metres across, was installed atop the tower dedicated...
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IN PICS: Dine in the Madrid sky at the tallest restaurant in Spain

IT BRINGS new meaning to the term ‘haute cuisine’; A new restaurant has opened in a Madrid skyscraper to become the highest dining establishment in all of Spain. Elkar opened this week on the 33 rd floor of the Torre Emperador in the capital’s business...
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INTERVIEW: Meet Quique Dacosta, Spain’s Michelin-starred chef behind the new gourmet experience at Madrid’s...

The culinary genius is bringing his exquisite dishes to Madrid from Valencia, writes Fiona Govan.
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Granada: The ultimate student guide to the city in southern Spain

IF you were to visit just one city in Spain, Ernest Hemingway wrote, it should be Granada - and there are few student cities to rival the undisputed capital of culture in Andalucia. With multiple diverse higher education institutions, Spain’s largest student population soaks...
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TRAVEL: 12 beautiful places to see the autumn colours in Spain

Now that it’s officially autumn, what better way to welcome the season than a trip to see some of Spain's most beautiful autumnal locations. Here are twelve places in Spain to see gorgeous autumn colours: Take a trip up north to visit the Basque Country...
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ESCAPES: The Olive Press picks its top ten hotels to enjoy the Spanish mountains...

Sitting by a fire, reading a good book, taking a bracing stroll, followed by a massage or dip in a spa is a wonderful way to relax during winter in Spain
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Ten tasty regional specialities to discover in Spain’s Murcia 

TYPICALLY overshadowed by its more touristy neighbours Valencia and Andalucia, visitors to Murcia may be surprised to discover the wealth of regional gastronomic delights that can be found along this fertile stretch of Mediterranean coastline. In fact for the second year in a row, Murcia...
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IN PICS: Snowfall in Sierra Nevada promises great start to ski season in southern...

THE slopes of Spain’s Sierra Nevada are covered in a healthy amount of the white stuff promising great conditions for the start of the ski season when the pistes open on November 27. Crucial snowfall arrived over the weekend providing enough of the white stuff...

FROM CASTLES TO CABINS: Here are the coolest staycation properties in Spain

AS Christmas approaches, some of us might be dreaming of trips to Lapland, drinking hot chocolate in front of an open fire and dreaming of meeting Santa on his sleigh. But as expats in Spain we're lucky to live in a holiday destination with...

Albacete: Why you should visit central Spain’s underdog tourist destination

To mark Castilla-La Mancha day on May 31st we take a look at one of Spain's most under rated cities.
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Spain’s Malaga among best Christmas destinations in Europe

CHRISTMAS is one of the most celebrated festivals of the year and Malaga is among the must-see places to visit over the festive season. Just days away from the switch on of its one-million-euro Christmas lights, Malaga City has been chosen among the 20 most...
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Meet the two friends behind the first gluten-free bakery in Ronda

THE idea had been slowly warming up for years. But when it came, it was a masterstroke for Ronda: the first gluten-free baker! Piquito Bakery, set up by friends Javier Criado and Juan Antonio Rosado, is the perfect place to buy bread, pastries and biscuits for...
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Arriate is the buzzing Spanish village just outside Ronda that is Andalucia’s best kept...

While enveloped in stunning mountain scenery, warm-hearted independent Arriate is famous for its friendly locals and a love of partying, writes Jon Clarke
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Ronda: Why this hilltop town in Andalucia is the best inland destination in Spain

Jon Clarke waxes lyrical about his hometown of Ronda, where the sense of history is only matched by its soaring mountain scenery and (almost) its food
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Finca La Donaira: A Spanish Shangri-La in the Serrania de Ronda

A visit to La Donaira begins in a dusty square in El Gastor, a sleepy town nestled in a valley between the Serrania de Ronda and the Grazalema mountain range less than a 40minute drive from Ronda itself. It is here that guests leave their...
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The Best Culinary Experiences on Mallorca

Imagine setting off on an unforgettable gastronomic adventure from one of the most luxurious villas in Mallorca to explore sensational cuisine on every corner. With everything from sophisticated Michelin star restaurants to unassuming tapas bars, the magnificent island of Mallorca is simply brimming with...
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The 13 birds to look out for in Andalucia and across southern Spain this...

These 13 high-flying highlights have got birdwatchers going wild
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La Inglesa: The extraordinary love story behind a winery in the heart of Spain’s...

NESTLED in the heart of Andalucia you can find the Sierra de Montilla (Cordoba), an unexpected paradise for wine lovers. Often eclipsed by the nearby historically famous wine region, Jerez, Montilla-Moriles is actually where the best vines in the world of the Pedro Ximenez variety...
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El Alamin: The abandoned town outside Madrid that attracts ghost hunters in search of...

A broken gate creaks and a sudden gust of wind sends a flurry of dirt skitting into the air. Out of the corner of my eye I see a flash of movement through a broken window and cautiously approach the long abandoned building with...
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Halloween: These are the ten most haunted houses in Spain

FROM haunting wails to ghostly figures appearing in the mirror, those on the hunt for paranormal activity this Halloween have plenty of options across Spain to scare themselves silly. The Olive Press delved into urban legends and spooky tales to bring you the definitive list...
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Andalucia’s creepiest places to give yourself a fright this Halloween

Many of the hairiest horror stories originate right here in Andalucia, such as the haunted house of Cortijo Jurado, also known as La Casa Encantada, in Campanillas.

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