Friday, December 1, 2023

Exploring Spain

Two Andalucia villages make it onto list of Spain’s seven rural wonders

TWO Andalucian villages have made Homeaway’s Seven Rural Wonders of Spain list. Voted for by the travel website’s clients, in fourth place the Moorish hilltop...

Granada’s Alhambra Palace is boring, Sevilla’s Giralda is pointless and the Caminito del Rey isn’t dangerous enough… It must...

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

Excursions into the unremembered past of Spain’s Malaga

MALAGA province is steeped in history — both ancient and modern — and autumn the perfect season to plan excursions and discover its historical...

The 10 most impressive castles in Spain from Malaga to Murcia

SPAIN is a land strewn with castles and fortresses, all of which reflect the country's history, and many of them are remarkably well-preserved....

A walk through 8 of Andalucia’s stunning nature trails from the comfort of your sofa

Discover eight exceptional natural spaces through attractive virtual tours

Michael Portillo shares poignant journey following in footsteps of his exiled father who fled Franco during Spain’s Civil War

Former UK minister celebrates his 40th wedding anniversary and retraces his father’s steps during his civil war escape from Spain

TIME TO CHILL: 12 Cool Swimming Spots for a Spanish Summer

AS the weather heats up, nothing is more enticing than spending time in the water.  For those looking for a change from the busy beaches,...

Nowhere to Lorca, everything to me: A personal journey through the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain’s Granada

FEDERICO Garcia Lorca once described La Alpujarra as ‘the land of nowhere’, and this remained true when I first visited in the early 2000s.  It...

JOAQUIN SOROLLA Impressions of Spain

EXHIBITIONS across Spain are commemorating the Spanish painter famous for seascapes and brilliance who died in 1923. Discover his most impressive works.

My long road to Ronda – mostly on foot, reveals walking guru

WHEN I first came to Andalucía in the ‘80s Alastair Boyd’s travelogues The Road from Ronda and In The Sierras of the South were...

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...

SECRET SPAIN: These are the best hidden beaches to visit this summer

FINDING a quiet beach, now more than ever, is a goal for locals and holidaymakers alike. With summer just around the corner and the...

King of the castles: Five of the most beautiful castillos to visit in Spain

FROM austere hilltop fortresses to splendid royal palaces and stunning Moorish alcazars, Spain out-castles all of Europe with over 2,500 to explore. Andalucia, fought over...

Gorge-ous Ronda

Take a hike beneath one of Andalucia’s most dramatic landmarks with local expert Guy Hunter-Watts, author of Walking in Andalucia

IT’S SUMMER! The 10 Best Public Swimming Pools in Andalucia

Summer holidays are looming which means one thing: finally it's time to open the gates of the municipal swimming pools and let us in. Municipal...

My Top 10 places to visit in Andalucía

Which are your top 10 places to visit in Andalucía?

WANT AN ICY SHOWER? Here’s Andalucia’s coolest waterfalls

THE summer highs are here to stay. Fortunately Andalucia is blessed with natural pools, deep gorges and, iciest of all, waterfalls. For a truly...

GET PLANNING: 12 ideas for trips in Spain

WITH castles and national parks, Michelin restaurants, paradors, designer boutiques and UNESCO sites, planning a trip in Spain is hard. Here's some help.

Nine breathtaking UNESCO sites in Spain to start with

Spain has been a centre of Roman, Islamic, Christian and colonial empires which have turned the nation into open-air museum of wonders that move,...

Day Trip from Cadiz and Sevilla: Medina Sidonia, Bridge to Inland Cadiz Province

Medina Sidonia – like its nearby neighbours of Benalup and Alcala de los Gazules - is full of history

Spain to Portugal and Extremadura to Porto

Port, olive oil and ham… Jon Clarke heads on a romantic trip to Porto taking in the best of the western part of Spain en route

Pack your pooch! Here are the most pet-friendly holiday destinations in Spain 

Spain’s costas are some of the most pet friendly destinations in the country, with dog friendly beaches, accommodation and restaurants. Calpe, Costa Blanca As if...

Travel beyond the obvious attractions of Valencia city with homegrown agency tours

A NEW travel agency opening in Valencia is hoping to give travellers to the region unforgettable experiences. Beyond Valencia Trips is a new agency that...

Discovering a Secret Paradise in the Serrania de Ronda, inland Malaga in southern Spain

There is a secret paradise deep in the hills above the Costa del Sol, as writer Jason Luban discovers.

Mallorca’s Natural Charms Inspire Latest Novel by Author Diana Janney

From raindrops dripping from terracotta rooftops, people and pine forests, to a glimpses of distant sea and wild grandeur, Mallorca inspires author Diana Janney....




German man is arrested after ‘stabbing his own mother’ on Spain’s Costa del Sol: Police arrive at scene to...

A GERMAN man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing his own mother in the back.  Police received a call at around 4pm on Saturday, November...


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