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Book Now: Jerez Tio Pepe Festival

The series of concerts in the picturesque setting of the Bodegas González Byass in Jerez is back. From July 1- August 31, you can expect powerhouse concerts from grandees, phenomenal flamenco performances, and even a comedy cycle. The outdoor setting between the palms, and inside...
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Over 100 people apply to run a bar in one of the least populated...

Andalucia’s second smallest village received over 100 applicants to open the only bar in the town. This followed the Council’s call for hopeful entrepreneurs to head up the establishment for only €20 per month in a bid to avoid further loss of population. The town...
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Sotogrande’s secret places to dine

Sotogrande and its nearby coastline has a wealth of secret places to eat, writes Dining Secrets of Andalucia editor Jon Clarke

High table – Ronda has mountains of top restaurants

FEW places in Andalucia have it all when it comes to food. The Serrania de Ronda however has the lot, whether you are after tasty tapas, simple local ingredients or Michelin-starred mastery. There are hundreds of exciting places to choose from, now including the excellent Michelin-starred...
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Under the sea: Five wineries in Spain with underwater cellars that you can visit

Spanish winery submerges bottles underwater in a twist to the aging process
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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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Why these pueblos in Spain should be on your travel bucket list this summer

EVERY cloud has a silver lining and for some villages you may never have heard of in Spain, the COVID-19 crisis has been an opportunity to shine and show off their uncrowded, idyllic spaces. Traditional tourist hotspots like Marbs and Palma de Mallorca have been...
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All roads lead to Rome in Merida, one of Spain’s best kept travel secrets

THE city of Merida boasts the best-preserved Roman ruins outside Italy, and without the crowds. Founded in 25BC, Augusta Emerita as the city was then known, served as the capital of Rome's westernmost province, Lusitania.  Today a modern city stands where Romans once dwelled, architecturally unremarkable...
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Spanish city of Valencia chosen as Europe’s Capital for Smart Tourism 2022

A EUROPEAN COMMISSION jury has named València as next year’s European Capital for Smart Tourism.  The European Union will promote the city’s status as a mecca for smart tourism with a wide ranging publicity campaign, part of which includes building a large sculpture (complete with...
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Covid cancelled Christmas: One reader’s experience of a rather different celebration in Tenerife in...

Faced with spending Christmas alone in a cold flat in Madrid after Covid scuppered a return to see family in Scotland, Sarah Crozier made the last minute decision to book a trip to Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands.
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Travel in summer 2022 – will it be boom or bust for Spain?

SINCE the Covid pandemic started in early 2020, international travel has been dogged by uncertainty. EU-wide vaccine certificates, Covid tests and passenger locator forms have dampened consumer demand and now, sanctions over the Ukraine war are increasing the cost of jet fuel and worrying...

Marvellous Moraira: Discover why this charming town on Spain’s Costa Blanca has expat appeal

JUST half an hour from built-up Benidorm, you’ll find one of the most relaxed seaside towns in Spain.  Oozing with charm, Moraira is one of the Costa Blanca’s classic old fishing villages, and it remains full of history and tradition, and largely unspoiled today. You won’t...
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Travel: Exploring Spain’s buried treasures – cool caves

WHEN Spain’s peak summer temperatures start nudging 40 in parts of the country, visiting a cool, dark, damp cave sounds pretty good. The fact these hidden tourist sites are also atmospheric and spectacular is a bonus.  Sometimes the attractions are man made: The cave paintings...
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Why walking the Camino is an experience you cannot miss

Medieval tracks, amazing historical sites, cultural experiences, one of the best gastronomies in the world, contact with nature, people from all around the globe and much more… That is what the pilgrimage of the Saint James Way has to offer to those who dare...
Grand Hyatt will open its first hotel in Spain this spring in Mar Menor area

Grand Hyatt will open its first hotel in Spain this spring in Mar Menor...

The Grand Hyatt group will open its first hotel in Spain following a franchise agreement with the La Manga Club and Resort in the Mar Menor area. The complex closed on December 1 for significant renovations, and the well-established 192-room resort property will relaunch as...
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Setenil de las Bodegas: A Spanish pueblo paradise inside a labyrinth of steep cliffs

Spain's idyllic white villages are spread out all over the south, below or at the summit of mountains, in forests and hidden canyons, but there’s one pueblo inside a network of caves that deserves to be singled out.  Setenil de las Bodegas, in the province...
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FLOWER POWER: How to get around Cordoba’s spectacular Festival of Patios this May

A PRESIDENT of the Amigos de los Patios association once said, ‘the Festival of the Patios is to Cordoba what San Fermin is to Pamplona’.  Cordoba’s annual festival sees property owners and groups of neighbours open their flower-filled patios to the public for 12 days...
New Museum Hosting Spain's Royal Collections To Open In Madrid Next Month

New museum housing Spain’s Royal Collections to open in Madrid next month

A NEW museum in Madrid's Royal Palace area hosting Royal Collections accumulated since the Middle Ages will open on June 28. The official opening ceremony will be conducted by King Felipe and Queen Letizia. The building can be accessed from the Plaza de Almudena and from...
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Street parties and colourful costumes flood the streets of Mallorca

2023 welcomed back the Sa Rua carnival for the first time without restrictions since the pandemic. This year’s festivities were set to be extremely popular and they did not disappoint. Carnivals took place across the island with various municipalities dishing out a range of...
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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
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Read the TripAdvisor reviews of 12 tourists who were not impressed by Andalucia

“It’s as though some of the museums have just been put there to give tourists something to do”

Sotogrande has developed a distinct food scene over the last few years and these...

A DECADE ago you wouldn’t have dreamed of heading to Sotogrande to eat, unless you had a house there or had just embarked from a yacht. Today, there are dozens of trendy places to dine with a vibrant and competitive scene to rival anything the...

FROM CASTLES TO CABINS: Here are the coolest staycation properties in Spain

AS Christmas approaches, some of us might be dreaming of trips to Lapland, drinking hot chocolate in front of an open fire and dreaming of meeting Santa on his sleigh. But as expats in Spain we're lucky to live in a holiday destination with...
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Travel in the time of Covid: What it’s like to be the only hotel...

DURING a brief period last autumn when travel around Spain was not restricted, Madrid-based American Deirdre Carney made a once in a lifetime trip to Granada to see an Alhambra devoid of tourist hordes and took the term ‘travelling solo’ to an entirely new...
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La Cuadra Ronda: The boutique hotel for dressage horses

JUST a 20 minute drive from Ronda in a quiet crease of a valley outside the hamlet of Los Prados is the sort of place that horses and their riders dream about. The heavy gate of La Cuadra seamlessly slides open to reveal immaculate lawns,...
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From Somerset to Menorca: Extraordinary art centre opens in Spain’s Balearic Islands

The 40,000 square metre island is only a short boat ride from Mahon and now home to an extraordinary art centre featuring works by acclaimed artist Mark Bradford

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