Thursday, May 19, 2022

The Cat’s Whiskers: Is Sierra de Gata Spain’s most delightful region?

As the tiny village of Robledillo de Gata is singled out alongside Carmona and Vejer as Spain’s best rural retreat, Jon Clarke extols the delights of a week in the little-known Sierra de Gata
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IN PICS: First look at Richard Branson’s luxury new hotel planned for converted 15th...

BRITISH entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson flew into Mallorca this week to look around Virgin Limited Edition’s latest tourism project: the restoration of a 15th century finca into a luxury hotel resort. Here we can share the first photos from the Son Bunyola Estate which is...
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Patios of Cordoba: Where even the most reluctant gardener will find inspiration

It had been on my bucket list for years and yet somehow, I had never quite got round to it, but with foreign travel curbed and curfews still in place, it was time to look closer to home and the patios of Cordoba beckoned, writes Fiona Govan.
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IN PICS: Are these the best six beaches in Spain?

WITH more than 3,000 beaches to choose from across almost 4,964 km of coastline, how does one go about selecting the very best beaches in all of Spain? British newspaper The Guardian had a try this week with six Spanish playas chosen among a list...
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Glamping: Plans unveiled for new luxury campsite on Spain’s Costa del Sol

THE Costa del Sol’s first luxury campsite is in the works, to be located between Mijas and Fuengirola just a few metres from the beach. The classification of the campsite as ´luxury´ was granted by the Junta of Andalucia. The project to revamp the old Mijas-Fuengirola...
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MAPPED: Spain breaks record with most blue flag beaches in the world

SPAIN has once again kept its position at the top as the nation with the highest number of blue flag beaches in the world. Valencia is again the region with the most award winning playas in Spain while Andalucia has seen the largest increase in...
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Renfe offers the chance to see Spain’s history in style on new luxury trains

RENFE is offering four new luxury train routes transporting passengers across historic locations of Spain in the height of style.  The experience of using Renfe trains to get from A to B as quickly as possible is a world away from the rail company’s new...
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A walking guide around the Costa del Sol’s Estepona

WHILE the cities of Marbella and Malaga are held up as the cities to visit on the Costa del Sol, Estepona offers sights and sounds to rival its neighbours, and has a much more tranquil ambience. It’s high time the town had its day...
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These four seaside towns are officially the sunniest in Spain and they’re not on...

THINK of Spain and you’ll undoubtedly think of sun-soaked days at the beach. But despite its name, the Costa del Sol isn’t actually the sunniest place. While you’ll want to head to the south rather than the north of Spain if hot sunny days are...
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FOCUS: From almost bust to boom – How Spain’s hotel sector is bouncing back...

Spain’s hotel sector comes back harder, better, faster, stronger post-pandemic, discovers Sorrel Downer.
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Why Valencia should be on every traveller’s bucket list when visiting Spain

Architectural masterpieces, history aplenty and even the Holy Grail. Shannon Chaffers takes a poke around Valencia
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Medina Sidonia: A bridge to the past in Andalucia’s inland Cadiz region, southern Spain

Medina Sidonia – like its nearby neighbours of Benalup and Alcala de los Gazules - is full of history
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Cerveza por favor? How to order a beer in different regions of Spain

FOR many English speakers, the very first thing they learn how to do after landing in Spain is to order a beer. While ‘una cerveza, por favor’ is certainly a good start, anyone who spends time beyond a brief holiday on the costas will know...
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Discover ten of the most beautiful mountain villages in Spain

FROM white washed pueblos clinging to rocky crags in Andalucia to golden stone-built villages nestling in verdant hidden valleys in Asturias, the mountain settlements of Spain are amongst the most beautiful the country has to offer. They offer a tantalising glimpse of old Spain, many...
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Ten very good reasons to make Extremadura your next travel destination in Spain

WHEN it comes to tourism, Extremadura is off the beaten track. Few of the 80 million foreign visitors who visited Spain annually in pre-Covid times would venture to the region, for the lack of beaches or easy road and rail connections make it tough to...
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Baños de la Encina: Postcard from the oldest castle in Spain

SPAIN is littered with castles. It has such a glut  - 10,257 to be exact - that I’d believe it if there were more castles per capita in Spain than in any other country.  You’ll see castellated walls in various states of upkeep perched atop...
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Weekend in Madrid: Five reasons why Spain’s arty capital should be drawing you in...

GET set, ready… Go! The masks are off and it’s time for an adventure. But nothing too exotic. Madrid is the perfect spring escape. And not just because of the weather. Spain’s most exciting city - and easily the friendliest capital in Europe - has more...
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TRAVEL SPAIN: Five really good reasons why Valencia deserves to be World Design Capital...

SPANISH architecture usually makes one think of a Gaudi building melting into itself. Either that or an intricate archway at the Alhambra, a honey-coloured farmhouse, or an ancient castle or two. In other words, the mind's eye does not jump to the 2022 World Design Capital...
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Six typical Easter dishes to savour during Semana Santa in Spain

EASTER is a really big deal Spain with huge crowds of spectators lining the streets to watch the Semana Santa processions and all that religious fervour can work up quite an appetite. Visitors may be surprised at the lack of focus on chocolate Easter eggs...
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Tips for taking dog friendly holidays in Spain

SEMANA Santa is upon us and summer holidays are just round the corner, times when many are planning a getaway to explore the delights of Spain – whether it’s beaches, mountains, culture, or gastronomy.  But what’s on offer for those who don’t want to leave...
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Two tables: Review of Deessa, Quique Dacosta’s new Michelin starred restaurant at Madrid’s Ritz...

IT must be easily the most elegant restaurant in the capital. A true sense of grandeur awaits the lucky diners who get to try out Deessa, the hippest new Michelin-star restaurant of Quique Dacosta at the Ritz Hotel. Spain’s chef of the moment had to be...
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Mandarin Oriental Ritz: Welcome to the lap of luxury in Spain’s capital Madrid

FROM the sitting room of my suite I can see the queue for the ticket office at the Prado and the entrance of the Thyssen Museum across the regal fountains of the Plaza de Neptuno. And if it weren’t for the densely tree-lined Paseo...
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Set Jetters – The best holiday destinations in Spain for movie lovers

A MAN with an open shirt, glistening six-pack and pair of binoculars may not be the first image most places would use to attract tourists. But this is no ordinary man. This is Bond, James Bond. And visiting the exact spot where he met Halle...
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EXPLORE: Five destinations to discover inland from Spain’s Costa Blanca this Easter

Travellers this Easter are advised that the regional Generalitat government has launched police checks at popular outing and picnic sites in inland and coastal areas to ensure that all anti-COVID measures are being observed.
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ESSENTIALS: What you need to know about Covid travel rules between Spain and the...

EASTER is expected to see a return of the sort of numbers that flocked to Spain before the pandemic but for British holidaymakers there are still restrictions in place. Spain has extended Covid-19 restrictions for those entering its territory from the United Kingdom until the...
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