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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Journey to the Imperial City – Toledo

AFTER two days on a British car ferry in the Bay of Biscay trying to spot elusive whales, I was in need of some firm ground to steady my legs and some decent Spanish food and culture to re-centre my senses. I sat at the...
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Blast Off: a musical melting pot in the Lecrin Valley of Spain’s Granada

FOR creative types, the annual “cosmic arts lab” private party in Space Mountain studios at Albunuelas, Lecrin, is a rare opportunity for local people to mingle with luminaries of the UK music scene and enjoy diverse audio-visual entertainment in an amazing venue nestling in...
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DON’T MISS: The Best of What’s on in Spain

Top events in Spain for the week and month ahead from San Sebastian to Merida via Sanlúcar and Barcelona.  THIS WEEK San Sebastian Jazz Festival (July 21-25). Hard to understand how ‘Jazzaldia’ held in venues across a city with a glorious horseshoe beach and world-famous gastronomy has...
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Exploring Gerald Brenan Country: a trip to Yegen in the Alpujarra of Spain’s Granada

LONG before La Alpujarra became popular with northern Europeans, a few pioneering Brits discovered the area. An early advocate was Gerald Brenan, a British writer, intellectual, and Hispanist, who later published his renowned 1957 memoir, South from Granada. This was 42 years before Chris...
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Marbellous Marbella: Discover the gem of the Costa del Sol

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has chosen Marbella on Spain's Costa del Sol for an autumn break. Her
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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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HIP HOTELS: Six exciting new openings across Spain

IT’S been a busy time for the opening of hip new hotels around Spain. And it’s going to get a whole lot busier over the course of 2022. Some €2.85 billion is set to be invested into hotels around Spain this year, according to Colliers, a...
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LISTED: Spain’s most beautiful seaside towns according to The Telegraph

BRITISH travel guide Telegraph Travel has compiled a list of the 20 best coastal towns in Spain to visit this summer. According to the paper’s travel section, which seeks to offer the best holiday inspiration, advice, hotel reviews, news and interviews, the top Spanish beach...
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SHORT BREAK: Enjoy the Volcanic Paradise of Cabo de Gata in Spain’s Almeria

FORMED by volcanoes, Cabo de Gata is one of the most unspoilt paradises on the Almerian costa, if not the entire south coast of Spain. Its amazing landscapes were created by the weathering of magma that erupted from the earth 15-16 million years ago. The...
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How an epic bicycle journey across southern Spain revealed some surprising delights

When British traveller Chris Atkin set out to cross southern Spain making a 1,300 km route between Valencia to Gibraltar by bicycle, he didn’t know quite what to expect.
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Discover one of Spain’s best kept secrets: The Guadalhorce Valley, Andalucia’s answer to the...

There’s a secret world of lakes, white villages and rocky mountain highs in the Guadalhorce hills behind the Costa del Sol, writes Jon Clarke
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TRAVEL LATEST: Iberia and Renfe team up to expand Train&Fly deals to 14 cities...

TRAVELLERS will now be able to take advantage of a combined ticket that includes both air and rail journeys to reach 14 destinations across Spain  The scheme is a partnership between Spain’s flagship airline Iberia and state rail operator Renfe which is being upgraded and...
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Party options: Perfect spots to celebrate Christmas in and out of Gibraltar

Festive flavours at PizzaExpress OH come, all ye hungry! This season, Pizza Express is setting the table for a festive feast with extra flavour. Indulgence is on the menu, from truffle loaded Dough Balls to dazzling Christmas desserts. Pizza Express is the perfect place for Christmas...

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, inspire and send you home with a changed perspective on life. There are 43 UNESCO sites in Spain – the third-most...
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Sevilla: Discover Alfalfa’s hipster barrio of Soho Benita

Oh so Soho! The hipster mini barrio of Soho Benita is not one to miss on your next trip to Sevilla A FEW years back even a Sevilla policeman couldn't have told you where to find Soho Benito because this artsy bohemian district didn’t exist. Today it’s...

NEW: Valhalla Gastro Beach Club, Vejer

El Palmar on the Costa de la Luz, Cadiz, gets a luxury beach club complete with cocktails, fine dining and Bali beds. Start saving.
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Gibraltar: A true melting pot where multiculturalism works

Gibraltar can teach us all how multiculturalism can truly work, writes Olive Press publisher Jon Clarke

HIDDEN VALLEY: I sniffed the air – smoke!

SUMMER dragged on in its grim-faced way…And just as it seemed August’s annoyances couldn’t get any worse, suddenly and dramatically, they did. It can never happen to you: that’s a certainty you cling to. It can never belong in the universe of possibilities pertaining to...
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Benalmadena offers some great places to eat

You have to know where to look, writes Dining Secrets of Andalucia editor Jon Clarke
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Road to Mandalay: My nightmare on the Costa del Sol’s buses

I HAD been set the challenge of getting from Duquesa to La Cala de Mijas via public transport. Two coastal resorts on the Costa del Sol, just 60-odd kilometres apart, it should be a cakewalk I thought. Armed with my trusted mobile maps and a...
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Walk this way: Why Cordoba should be top of your Spain travel list

For most tourists Cordoba is all about the Mesquita, the Alcazar and the Roman bridge. Laurence Crumbie took the road less travelled and found a city chock full of treasures.

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...

VIDEO: Here’s what to expect at Tomatina

TOMATINA festival takes place again in Buñol, in the Valencian Community. Expect huge crowds, 140,000 kg of tomatoes and chaotic fun. Tickets needed.
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PARTY TIME: Summer in Spain’s Granada is known for its colourful ‘fiestas’, ‘ferias’ and...

FIESTA SEASON is upon us - for many people, it's the annual highlight of life in rural Spain. In early June, it kicked off in style with Corpus Christi in Granada. At this major event, decorated horses paraded around the fairground, mounted by riders...
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Six top attractions in Spain you may not even have heard of

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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‘Travelers’ Choice’: Tripadvisor awards Spain’s Bioparc Valencia as one of the best attractions in...

With 150 different species, Bioparc Valencia aims to give visitors the chance to experience the African continent and learn the importance of protecting natural environments

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