Wednesday, May 31, 2023

What are you getting your loved ones for Valentine’s day?

We are always on the look out for something lovely to give our loved ones on Valentines Day… but forget chocolates, candles or underwear! This year why not give your lover the gift of being connected and knowing what is going on around Spain in...
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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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Sevilla: Where to eat in Alfalfa

Alfalfa has a rich history, dating back to the Phoenicians some 2,000 years ago, and a rich food and drink scene to match.  From traditional tapas to modern dining, there’s a great range to get your teeth stuck into. Below are some of the best the...
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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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Ski’s not the limit : Add an extra dimension to your winter sports experience with...

NO trip to the Sierra Nevada is complete without paying homage to Granada’s most iconic landmark, the stunning Alhambra Palace. This magical 13th century Arabic building dominates the city from its hilltop eyrie. Arabic palace Alhambra in Granada at twilight with Sierra Nevada mountains in background....
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Almeria on a plate: Fruit farms, the best market and a Spanish family’s top...

I AM standing outside a jumble of small shops and apartments on a busy street in the centre of Almeria. My boyfriend, a Spanish native and something of a culinary whizz, is my guide for a foodie tour of the city.  We are to visit...
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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.
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Playa Flamenca: a charming seafront oasis in Spain’s Orihuela Costa

BASED around two small and beautiful beach coves, Playa Flamenca is a popular urbanization in Alicante region’s Orihuela Costa - part of the sunny Valencian Community, which is famed for its oranges and flamingos. The name of this well-located urbanization, nestling 4km south of Torrevieja,...
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A luxury hotel in Mallorca has been named one of the best new hotels...

THE hotel Can Ferrereta de Santanyí, located in the historic centre of Santanyí, has been listed as the best boutique hotel for its "exquisite style and excellent service" by National Geographic Magazine. Also listed on Small Luxury Hotels of the World it describes Can Ferrereta...

Instant karma: Andalucia is home to more than Flamenco and sangria – it is...

MORE energy, greater flexibility, a clearer mind and a toned body - there are so many reasons so many of us are switching to yoga instead of pounding the pavements or powerlifting at the gym.  We are lucky enough to be living in an area...
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Top price for elegance

Unlike its famous neighbour from Jerez, Montilla’s reputation has not travelled far outside Spain, even Cordoba. That is until now, writes Jon Clarke
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TRAVEL SPAIN: Five destinations to explore inland from Spain’s Costa Blanca this summer

Inland areas offer visitors historic and artistic wonders, nature walks and incredible food away from the crowds.

From beachside to picturesque hillside villages: Where to stay on Spain’s Costa de la Luz

The Costa de la Luz has loads of cool places to stay from beachside gems to village properties, writes Jon Clarke.
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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
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Cerveza por favor? How to order a beer in different regions of Spain

FOR many English speakers, the very first thing they learn how to do after landing in Spain is to order a beer. While ‘una cerveza, por favor’ is certainly a good start, anyone who spends time beyond a brief holiday on the costas will know...
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Malaga among 15 Spanish cities that offer best quality of life

MALAGA has been included as one of the 15 Spanish cities with the best quality of life. Malaga has optimal air quality, is the fourth sunniest city in Europe and is also considered by Forbes magazine as one of the best cities to live in;...
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Madrid’s Retiro park just won UNESCO status but it hides a shameful secret for...

CAMPAIGNERS are calling for recognition of a shameful period in the history of Madrid’s Retiro park when people would come to stare wide-eyed at live exhibits in a ‘human zoo’. When news came through last month that Madrid’s Retiro Park had been awarded with the...
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10 celebrities who own hotels in Spain

CELEBRITY forays into business haven’t always ended well. Just because you can kick a ball about doesn’t mean you can launch a cologne – just like you wouldn't expect a perfume maker to bicycle kick on the volley. That said, David Beckham nets a cool €60,000...
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International tourist spending betters pre-pandemic levels in Spain’s Andalucia 

TOURISTS have spent more money than before the pandemic in Andalucia, according to data released by the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE). According to a report from INE, tourists spent a total of €1.1 billion in the month of May - which is more...
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Sevilla: Where to eat in Santa Cruz

WHILE Santa Cruz can be without a doubt a tourist trap, there are still some fantastic restaurants for a bite to eat - if you know where to look! You will want to avoid inflated prices which can dupe unsuspecting tourists while also getting a...
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Top 20 roadside ventas you NEED to visit in Spain’s Andalucia

THEY are as much a part of Andalucia as fish and chip shops in Britain or bistros in Paris. The roadside ventas lining the highways of Spain’s largest region have been providing sustenance to the weary traveller for centuries. Take any main motorway or winding A-road...
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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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Wedding tourism is booming in Spain’s Malaga

DESTINATION weddings are booming in Malaga more than ever, with thousands of overseas couples tying the knot in the province last year. The vogue for getting married in Malaga is greatly thanks to the climate which sees some 3000 sunshine hours per year, the gastronomy...
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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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Spooky! How Halloween is celebrated in different parts of Spain

HALLOWEEN has grown in popularity in Spain in recent years much like across the rest of Europe, with the country adopting American style celebrations such as ‘trick or treating’ and fancy dress parties.   Traditionally however, it is the day after Halloween - All Saints Day...
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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 launched and specialises in ‘slow tourism’ – a form of travel that aims to absorb travellers in their cultural surroundings. Beyond...

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