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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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EXPLORING ANDALUCIA: Forget the Caminito del Rey… how about El Chorro’s challenging Two Peaks...

Forget the Caminito; that's kids stuff. Jon Clarke climbed two of Malaga’s tallest mountains and rowed across its lake district all in one back-breaking breathtaking day
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SECRET CADIZ: Why Valdevaqueros, near Tarifa, is the best show on the Costa de...

Tarifa's Tumbao is the coolest place to hang out on Cadiz' Costa de la Luz, writes Jon Clarke
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Calling all adventurers: ‘Zarajos’ and ‘entresijos’ – tried the weird Spanish food from Madrid?

Jon Clarke tests his tastebuds with a few of the culinary oddities of Madrid
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REVIEW: We track down the true home of the Andalucian vernacular, where vegetables are...

Jon Clarke tracks down the hidden gem of Meson Sabor Andaluz in the heart of inland Cadiz an hour inland from the Costa Del Sol
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Old meets new: Visit Estepona on Spain’s Costa del Sol

ESTEPONA is a place where old Spain meets new. The deep blue of the timeless Mediterranean Sea contrats with the greenery of the rolling hills and mountains that provide a backdrop. The two sandwich the bright white of the traditional homes and more modern architecture...
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DINING REVOLUTION: Where to eat in Estepona on the Costa del Sol

JUST take a sniff around the centre these days and, please, whisper it quietly: The most upwardly-mobile resort on the Costa del Sol is finally developing a foodie scene. As a series of boutique hotels get set to open in the centre, appropriately a number...
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REVIEW: World’s ‘best’ restaurant El Celler de Can Roca? Maybe if it sorts out...

El Celler de Can Roca had just been crowned the world’s best restaurant by TripAdvisor in 2014. But how did it stand up to the Olive Press taste test? Jon Clarke checks it out

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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HIDDEN GEM: Cadiz’ Jimena is a wonderful weekend escape in Andalucia

Nicola Cowell takes to the narrow lanes of Jimena de la Frontera to discover why the town is such an enchanted retreat for tourists and expats
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LET’S EXPLORE SPAIN: How Malaga’s colourful Axarquia region awakened from its slumber

David Baird on why, having lived all around the world, he settled in this quiet corner of Malaga, known as a land of rebellion, resistance and renaissance
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Life’s a picnic: The Olive Press tests Bilbao’s famous Azurmendi restaurant

As Spain’s top chef Eneko Atxa opens in London, Jon Clarke checks out the green and wacky world of his Basque restaurant
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Looking for a low-key cultural getaway now you can travel between Andalucia’s provinces? Check...

AFTER a year marked by grounded planes, closed borders, and mandatory quarantines, looking for destinations close to home is probably the safest option until spring. Luckily, for those living in Andalucia, six more towns have been added to the region’s list of touristic municipalities. The Junta’s...
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Andalucia’s Top 20 roadside ventas you NEED to visit as travel between provinces resumes

THEY are as much a part of Andalucia as fish and chip shops in Britain or bistros in Paris. The roadside ventas lining the highways of Spain’s largest region have been providing sustenance to the weary traveller for centuries. Take any main motorway or winding A-road...
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Sevilla: Where to eat in Santa Cruz

WHILE Santa Cruz can be without a doubt a tourist trap, there are still some fantastic restaurants for a bite to eat - if you know where to look! You will want to avoid inflated prices which can dupe unsuspecting tourists while also getting a...
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Sevilla: Where to eat in Alfalfa

Alfalfa has a rich history, dating back to the Phoenicians some 2,000 years ago, and a rich food and drink scene to match.  From traditional tapas to modern dining, there’s a great range to get your teeth stuck into. Below are some of the best the...
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Cas Gasi: Welcome to the hippest boutique hotel in rural Ibiza

THE first decision to make as you stroll down the drive from the car park at Agroturismo Cas Gasi is which path to take to reception: the first follows a perfumed bank of roses, planted four rows deep; the other meanders beneath a floral...
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ISLAND ESCAPE: There has never been a better time to visit the normally packed...

IT’S approaching high Spring and the beaches of Ibiza would normally be filling up and the hip boutiques of Ibiza town inundated with English, American and German accents. Instead there is merely a gentle trickle of European tourists circling the White Isle and you’re more...
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SPAIN TRAVEL:What to see in Sevilla’s Macarena district

MACARENA is to Seville what Shoreditch once was to London.  Packed full of young professionals, it is fast becoming the coolest neighbourhood in which to live, work and play, offering a perfect combination of hidden bars and an evolving food scene while serving up heaps...
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REVIEW: Kava, the hottest new restaurant in Marbella on Spain’s Costa del Sol

THERE is almost nothing routine about Kava. The cooks also serve as waiters, the head chef taught himself at home and everything on the wine list can be served by the glass. And one thing it is very big on is precision. Precision in its presentation,...
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Once home to sailors, potters, Flamenco dancers and bullfighters: Why you should visit Sevilla’s...

ONCE home to sailors, potters, Flamenco dancers and bull-fighters, Triana’s rich history is as colourful as its buildings which light up the river bank on its iconic Calle Betis. The barrio was once known as an arrabal, the name given to areas separated from the...
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Tapas and flamenco: Where to eat in the Macarena district in Sevilla

MACARENA is packed with great little tapas bars and flamenco taverns.  Sprawling out from its iconic basilica, you’ll find anything from South American tapas fusion joints to decades-old sherry and wine bars. Below we’ve rounded up the must-visits for 2021. Maravilla Social Club  Tucked away on the narrow...
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Sevilla: What to see in Santa Cruz

SANTA Cruz is the most visited neighbourhood by the millions of tourists who flock to Sevilla each year.  And it’s no surprise, given it houses the city’s most important and visited sites, including the iconic Real Alcazar. The old Jewish Quarter of Sevilla, the barrio...
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Sevilla: What to see in La Cartuja

LA Cartuja is best known for being home to the Isla Magica and Agua Magica theme parks. Locals and tourists flock to the attractions in the hotter months for their rollercoasters and extensive water slides. But once home to the Exposicion Universal 1992, the neighbourhood, north...
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The 10 best tourist sites in Spain’s Sevilla (and how to see them all...

Andalucia’s capital is one of the most walkable cities in the world and many of the best wonders are concentrated in and around the centre
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Orange blossom, flamenco and a passion for ceramics: How one British author fell in...

BRITISH author Rosanna Ley describes how a taste for orange marmalade led her to visit and fall in love with the city of Sevilla and sparked the idea for her new novel, The Orange Grove. The first thing that struck me when we arrived in...
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