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Happy geese: Farmer produces ethical foie gras in Spain’s Extremadura

For many this buttery, rich delicacy is one of the most desired luxury food items in the culinary world, for others its method of manufacture represents the ultimate in cruelty.  Traditionally, foie gras is produced by a technique perfected in France known as ‘gavage’ in...
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Hotel Monasterio Rocamador in Spain’s Extremadura is back and better than ever

Surrounded by rolling oak forests and choked with nature, few places give you such a good sense of space. And Hotel Monasterio de Rocamador also takes some beating for history, dating back to the 16th century. Opened in 1512 as a convent, it was bought by...
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This Andalucian hilltop town is officially the most tranquil destination in Europe

A PRETTY Andalucian hilltop town has won recognition as the ‘most tranquil’ destination in Europe. Visitors to sleepy Zahara de la Sierra, inland in the province of Cadiz know the joys of the stunning views across the Grazalema mountain range and turquoise waters of the...
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Orange blossom, flamenco and a passion for ceramics: How one British author fell in...

BRITISH author Rosanna Ley describes how a taste for orange marmalade led her to visit and fall in love with the city of Sevilla and sparked the idea for her new novel, The Orange Grove. The first thing that struck me when we arrived in...
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Festa des Vermar: the Mallorca harvest festival where the whole village throws grapes at...

 MOST sensible people prefer to drink a glass of wine rather than wear it, but one Mallorca village celebrates its annual grape harvest with a messy free for all, and it’s a lot more fun than you’d think! Not a lot of fiestas have taken...
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Ecija: A visit to the charming city known as ‘the frying pan’ of Spain

IT is known as ‘El Sarten’, the frying pan of Spain because it’s location in a dip surrounded by the olive groves of La Campina means it regularly records the hottest temperatures in southern Europe. But Ecija is also dubbed the ‘City of Towers’ and...
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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...
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Ten very good reasons to make Extremadura your next travel destination in Spain

WHEN it comes to tourism, Extremadura is off the beaten track. Few of the 80 million foreign visitors who visited Spain annually in pre-Covid times would venture to the region, for the lack of beaches or easy road and rail connections make it tough to...
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Sevilla: Guide to visiting Spain’s most romantic city

FIVE centuries have passed since Christopher Columbus set sail from Sevilla for the Americas. But as you stroll along the banks of the Guadalquivir in the barrio of El Arenal, you can picture the scene as if it was yesterday.   The medieval shipyards here -...
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New gallery puts Caceres on the map as a destination for modern art lovers...

If there was one reason alone to go to Caceres, it is to dine at the fabled restaurant Atrio, but a new modern art museum raises the stakes of a long-overlooked gem of a destination, writes Fiona Govan.
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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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This beach in Andalucia has been chosen as the best playa in the whole...

LIFESTYLE travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, has named Valdevaqueros (Cadiz), the best beach in Spain 2021 More than 8,000 km of coastline, the longest coastline in the European Union, make Spain a unique destination, with some of the best beaches imaginable. With the summer holidays just...
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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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Albacete: Why you should visit central Spain’s underdog tourist destination

To mark Castilla-La Mancha day on May 31st we take a look at one of Spain's most under rated cities.
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Ten of the most desirable (and expensive) delicacies produced in Spain

WE ALL know Spain has good food. But look beyond the paella and tapas and you can discover some of the most expensive culinary delicacies the world has to offer, made right here in Spain. From an ethical foie gras produced without cruelty in...
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Looking for an adventure? Here are 12 epic walks to take in Spain

By Shannon Chaffers SPAIN is a country of varied landscapes, rich culture, and fascinating history, all of which combine to make for some thrilling places, and what better way than exploring them on your own two feet.  Here is our pick of the twelve most epic...
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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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How to survive a heatwave in Spain: Top tips from the Andalucian town where...

With temperatures hotting up to 46 degrees we made an egg-cellent trip to the ‘frying pan of Spain’
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12 great summer reads to explore Spain through the pages of a book

12 books about Spain for your holiday reading list, with Shannon Chaffers
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Take a trip to the inland province of Teruel to find Spain’s coolest place...

Take a trip to the inland province of Teruel to find Spain’s coolest place in summer… and make sure to stop off at Albarracin on the way, writes Fiona Govan
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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Following in the footsteps of Federico Garcia Lorca through Granada’s Alpujarra

Carlos Pranger takes a step back in time to walk the hills of La Alpujarra with poet Federico Garcia Lorca and composer Manuel de Falla
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Ten reasons to visit Spain’s green and glorious Galicia this summer

Galicia is an autonomous community in the northwestern corner of Spain with its own culture, language and tradition. It has so much to offer: unforgettable sites, relaxing beaches and mouthwatering cuisine, and for those sweltering in the heat elsewhere in central and southern Spain, cooler...
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The Sevilla-themed tapas bar you can find in the middle of Dubai

FROM skyscrapers to luxury shopping, glitzy nightlife, and top of the range cars, Dubai does an incredible job celebrating the things it loves. And believe it or not, we can add Sevilla to the list of things that the folk in Dubai have a fondness...
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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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Ten of the most amazing and interesting trees to visit in Spain

TREES are one of the most breathtaking natural wonders in our world and Spain has its fair share of truly exceptional ones. The Olive Press takes a look at some of the most beautiful and interesting trees found across Spain. The Sacred Chestnut of Istan, Malaga The...
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IN PICS: Is this the tackiest hotel in Spain?

There are awards for the best boutique hotel, the most luxurious and the most elegantly designed, but if there was a gong for the most tackiest then the Hotel Convento in Spain’s Castilla y Leon region would most certainly be in the running. At least...
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