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Winter stays: 10 great Spanish hotels with a fireplace in the bedroom 

It’s not hard to find casa rurales and mountain hotels in Spain where you can sink into a deep sofa in front of a warm fire in the library or lounge, but if you want a flickering fire you can enjoy in your pyjamas...
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Retiring in Spain: The Pros and Cons of Living in a Mediterranean Paradise

Spain is a popular destination for retirees because it offers a combination of warm weather, a relaxed lifestyle, and a relatively low cost of living. The country also has a strong healthcare system and a rich cultural heritage. Additionally, Spain's proximity to other parts...

New train line from Spain’s Malaga to popular Caminito del Rey undergoes tests for...

A NEW train service will soon provide a direct connection from Malaga city to the province’s most famous walkway—‘El Caminito del Rey.’ A Civia model train, the same one used for the Cercanías of C1 (Coast) and C2 (Guadalhorce), has been circulating all week, without...

ABSOLUTELY FAB FRESCOS: Spain has some of the best, plus one or two ‘unfortunate’...

FROM cave paintings to church frescos to modern murals of epic scale, countless artists have left their brush marks on Spanish architecture down the centuries for visitors to enjoy today. They’re not all frescos in the strictly technical  sense but whether classical or street...
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IN PICTURES: The festival in Spain where horses are ridden through flames

A TRADITION where horses are spurred to leap through 20 flaming bonfires has been revived after a COVID break - and not everyone is happy. Las Luminarias, which celebrates Spain’s patron saint of animals, San Anton, returned after the COVID-19 pandemic last year, but with...
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Spain’s unique hams from the black Iberian pig

WITHOUT a doubt one of Spain’s genuine world-leading gourmet delights is Cerdo Iberico – the pork from the black Iberian Pig. What makes this meat so incredibly special is that for the last few months of each pig’s life, they are allowed to graze...
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RECIPE: Tasting the influence of Moorish cuisine in Spain

SITUATED just 15 kilometres apart, it is not surprising that there are so many ties between Morocco and Spain. No more is this felt than in Andalucia, where the Moorish influence on the local cuisine dates back 1,300 years. The Moors were here from 711 until...

National Geographic lists two villages in Malaga among 100 most beautiful in Spain

RURAL Spain has some real gems and two of them are in Malaga, according to prestigious magazine. The popular American monthly magazine, National Geographic, has included two towns in the province of Malaga as ‘essential’ places to visit in 2023. Malaga is much more than its...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Superstition emptied a Spanish village in the 14th century before turning...

There is live music, falconry demonstrations, sword fights, hypnosis and magical shows
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WHERE TO EAT IN ANDALUCIA: A taste of Cordoba’s tastiest treats

CÓRDOBA was a Roman colony, an Islamic capital and a cultural crossroads where Christian, Jewish and Moorish influences mixed. From Roman olive oil to the sweet and sour flavours of Arabic dishes, the increased use of meat introduced by the Christians and the desserts...
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Barcelona raises tourist tax again in bid to boost coffers and chase ‘quality tourism’

A bump in Barcelona’s tourist tax means that visitors should get ready to fork out a little extra for their stay as the city shifts away from mass tourism. The city, the top tourist destination in Spain, is increasing its municipal tourist tax, bumping the...
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Have a fino day out in Spain’s Cordoba

WHILE I’m here in Spain, I’m eager to make the most of the three day weekends that I have and do a bit of travelling. I have ambitiously pinned a map of Andalucia to my wardrobe door and I often find myself day dreaming at all...
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NO LUCK: The village in Spain that refuses to see the New Year in...

WHILE many people will have woken up across Spain this morning having partied into the early hours last night, there is one village in Spain which has refused to see the New Year in for more than a quarter of a century. While good luck...
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TRAVEL SPAIN: Six amazing places to visit in 2023 that probably aren’t on your...

WHEN visiting a country like Spain, determining how to make the most of your stay can be a difficult task, writes Shannon Chaffers. Of course, the most spectacular and well known sites are at the top of everyone's bucket-list, but Spain has so much more...
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Pick of the peaks for hikers in Spain, Europe’s second most mountainous country

ITS 13 mountain systems cover almost half of the land, and almost a quarter of Spain lies above 1000m. The best-known ranges include the Pyrenees, the Picos de Europa, the Sierra de Guadarrama just north of Madrid, and the Sierra Nevada in the south....
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The Malaga winery making fine, dry, elegant mountain wine (just the way Catherine the...

MALAGA’S hugely famous local dry wine enjoyed a 200-year boom until the early 20th century when it faded into obscurity. When winemaker Victoria Ordoñez began researching its history, she embarked on a mission to find and recover the old vineyards and start producing it...
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FOOD FIGHT FRENZY: Spain’s foody wars from Els Enfarinats in Alicante to la Tomatina...

PRESENT arms, take aim, fire! When it comes to food, Spain is a warring nation so watch out for that grapeshot - it really does come from the vine! From wine warfare to a ‘Battle of the Flour’, nowhere does it quite like Spain, so...
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Three hidden gems inland from Spain’s Costa del Sol to escape to for a...

THREE quiet destinations located off the beaten path in Malaga, ideal to spend a peaceful New Year. Malaga has plenty of hidden gems located in the middle of the mountains, surrounded by natural enclaves that not many tourists or even Malageños know about. Towns with few...
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Ten very good reasons to make Extremadura your 2023 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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WATCH: Have a messily good time at flour and eggs mock battle in Spain’s...

IF you are on the Costa Blanca and want to let off some steam after the Christmas excesses, head for the Alicante province town of IBI. This video shows people taking part in a giant flour and egg food fight in the streets of the...
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Granada’s Alhambra Palace is boring, Sevilla’s Giralda is pointless and the Caminito del Rey...

From the confused to the disillusioned to the just plain bored, check out our ‘dirty dozen’ of the daftest TripAdvisor reviews given to some of Andalucia’s most noted tourist attractions
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RANKED: Top five ski resorts in Spain

WE love Spain for its sun and sand (and sangria, seafood, drool…) but who goes to ski in Spain?  If you’re flying to southern Spain in May and overhear talk of ski resorts, you’ll freak out you’re on the wrong plane.  But Spain is Europe’s second-most...
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Where to stay on the ski slopes of Andalucia’s Sierra Nevada

IT is hard to describe Pradollano as an authentic mountain village. But, with a metre of snow on the ground and the sun finally out, it certainly has its charms. There are lots of places to stay but easily one of the most charming has got...
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Malaga to have first direct flight to Cape Verde from Spain as of Spring...

THE German company Eurowings will connect Malaga airport with Cape Verde, known as the ‘African Caribbean’—twice a week from April—with the first direct flight from Spain. The announcement of the direct link between the Costa del Sol and Cape Verde was made yesterday, Tuesday December...
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More ski lifts, new hotels and even a ‘glamping’ site: What Spain’s Sierra Nevada...

FANS OF skiing, snowboarding and all things Alpine are in for a treat over the coming years, as Sierra Nevada in Spain’s Granada province will make changes aimed at turning it into one of the best resorts in the whole of Europe. The 20/30 strategic...
Alicante On Spain's Costa Blanca To Break Record For Cruise Passenger Arrivals

Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca to break record for cruise passenger arrivals

ALICANTE will break its record high achieved in 2011 for cruise passenger arrivals. Port Authority president, Julian Lopez Milla, says he expects over 120,000 passengers will have arrived in the city this year- 12,000 more than the previous best 11-years-ago. The last major liner to visit...
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