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The Clash: How UK rock legend Joe Strummer has a plaza in Spain’s Granada...

TRAVEL SELFIE: Clash front man has been honoured with a square named after him in Granada... CAN YOU FIND IT?
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Journey back in time: The Genal Valley is just inland from the Costa del...

Taking a ride around the Genal Valley is a wonderful way to see how ancient Andalucia must have looked, writes Eloise Horsfield

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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REVIEW: Madrid’s three star DiverXo exceeds expectations for the tastebuds and the wallet

With news that Dabiz Muñoz has just been named the world's best chef, check out the review by Olive Press editor Jon Clarke of DiverXo restaurant in Madrid.
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Take a peek at Celtic Spain

EVEN the Spanish look somewhat sceptical when I tell them I’m leaving the heat of Malaga for yet another trip to Galicia. ‘It’s wet and cold there,’ they say. Well it is true that Galicia is very different from the parts of Spain that most...
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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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FROM OUR ARCHIVES: Through the Moorway to Africa. A Trip from Spain to Morocco

Chances are, like many of the hundreds of thousands of northern Europeans who live in Andalucía, your idea of an adventure is a day trip to some perilously perched pueblo blanco or half an hour paragliding. Well, can I make a suggestion?
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FROM THE ARCHIVES: That most precious of black golds right here in Spain’s Andalucia

The Olive Press sent David Baird to Riofrio for a lunch of fresh trout and... award winning, eco-friendly local caviar? We kid you not
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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Michelle Obama spent a day in Ronda on her visit to...

Jon Clarke follows in the footsteps of Michelle Obama... and the Moors and the Romans through historic Ronda

Full wind ahead on a kitesurfing adventure on Cadiz’ Costa de la Luz

The sport of kitesurfing leaves Jon Clarke in a tangle, after the first morning started with a nasty ‘shock’

IN PICS: This paradise retreat has won international acclaim and is just 15 minutes...

“There is everything here you’d want from a high-end holiday – privacy, infinity pool, and ambitious architecture.”
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ROYAL TREATMENT: Madrid’s Westin Palace Hotel is used to hosting the rich and famous...

THE staff at Madrid’s Westin Palace Hotel are long used to dealing with guests with masks. In fact it was over 30 years ago that they welcomed mask-clad germ-phobe celebrity Michael Jackson to their esteemed five-star establishment. Arriving with his young family the American singer insisted...

The ancient capitals of Spain – ten cities that were once seats of Spanish...

EVERY city in Spain has fascinating stories to tell and historic artefacts to show off, but did you know which were once former capitals of Spain? The Olive Press takes a look at the ten forgotten capitals, once seats of Spanish power. 1. Cordoba The southern Spanish...
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Spoilt for choice: El Muro restaurant in Benalmadena Pueblo is full of delightful surprises

60 gins and something for everyone on the menu at El Muro, writes Dilip Kuner.
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TRAVEL SPAIN: How to celebrate La Merce festival in Barcelona

By Rob Kiteley in Barcelona
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SubliMotion: Ibiza restaurant crowned most expensive dining experience in the world

DINERS with exceptionally deep pockets should head to SubliMotion in Ibiza which has been recognised as the most expensive tasting menu in the world.  The restaurant located at the Hard Rock Hotel on Playa d’en Bossa is only open during the summer season from June...
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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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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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Not just a pretty facade: Andalucia’s pueblos blancos are white for a reason

OF ALL the possible images of Andalucia, the white village set against a mountainous landscape is one of the most iconic. In provinces such as Cadiz and Malaga, the pueblos blancos shimmer blindingly under the Andalucian sun. They happen to be as pretty as a...
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GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT: Spain’s giant chocolate nativity scene and other Christmas traditions

WHEN it comes to nativity scenes, some of Spain's look good enough to eat. In one case it is quite literally so. The town of Rute in Cordoba is home to what is said to be the world’s largest edible nativity scene. This year a...
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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...

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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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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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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Mad about Madinat: How the ruined Moorish city outside Spain’s Cordoba inspired a trilogy

Novelist Joan Fallon guides us around the ruined city that proved to be an inspiration...
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What a corker! This Spanish bodega has just been crowned best in world to...

A SPANISH vineyard has beaten the world’s finest to be named the best in the world to visit. Herederos Marques de Riscal in Spain's La Rioja region has been given the accolade by online drinks retailer, The Bottle Club. Fifteen vineyards from around the world were...

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