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Italica: Visit the epic Roman ruins near Sevilla in Spain that starred as Dragonpit...

Just 9km as the bird flies north west from Sevilla are the ruins of ancient Italica, which was the first Roman city founded on the Iberian Peninsula or Hispania as it was then known. The city was founded in 206 BC and was the birthplace...
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Sevilla: What to see in Alfalfa

ALFALFA is a typical Sevilla neighbourhood, filled with narrow streets, independent businesses and fantastic tapas bars.  So fantastic, in fact, that Barack Obama couldn’t help but pay a visit last year after attending the WTTC Global Summit in April. The former US president didn’t stick around...
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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...
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Alameda: A guide to Sevilla’s trendiest district

THE Alameda neighbourhood is the area surrounding and including the Alameda de Hercules, a long mall accompanied by bars, cafes and restaurants on either side.  Lying in the northern part of the city’s old town, the Alameda was once a meeting point for the elites...
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Sevilla: What to see in El Arenal

EL Arenal sits on the banks of the Guadalquivir river and while not so big, features some of the city’s most important sites. Most notable are the iconic bullring and the medieval Torre del Oro - or Tower of Gold in English. Below are the best...
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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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Top five dining spots in Sevilla: Where to eat and soak up the Spanish...

BEING the capital city of Andalucia, the dining scene in Sevilla is unsurprisingly diverse. Famous for its central tapas bars, where locals typically tapear at up to five or six different bars in a session, it also has a bustling restaurant community that is as...
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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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REVOLUTION!: The best places to eat in Spain’s Madrid

MADRID has gone through a food revolution since I lived there in the early 1990s when it was literally all about roast suckling pig, pinchos de tortilla and there was just one vegetarian restaurant, near the Retiro. Today, it has as buzzing a food scene...
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Capital pleasures: Plan a trip to Madrid this Spring, it has so much to...

IT was a bright, sunny New Year’s Day in 2007 and we were walking out of the Ritz hotel down Paseo de la Castellana en route to a morning’s sightseeing at the Prado gallery. What could possibly go wrong? Our seven-month-old daughter, that’s what. Wailing from...
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ROYAL TREATMENT: Madrid’s Westin Palace Hotel is used to hosting the rich and famous...

THE staff at Madrid’s Westin Palace Hotel are long used to dealing with guests with masks. In fact it was over 30 years ago that they welcomed mask-clad germ-phobe celebrity Michael Jackson to their esteemed five-star establishment. Arriving with his young family the American singer insisted...
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New stars are born, and only one lost, as the celebrated Michelin foody bible...

IT must have been one of the hardest years in the food bible’s hundred-year history. But somehow the Michelin guide - which launched in 1910 in Spain - has managed to wheedle out a few new stars for Spain for 2021. A total of 22 new...
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Insider tips to the ultimate Ibiza getway

Here are some other great money-saving ideas for doing Ibiza on a budget without missing out on a thing
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The best Ibiza restaurants to eat at whatever your budget

Editor Jon Clarke serves up the ultimate insider guide for eating around the island
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EYE ON IBIZA: Olive Press Editor Jon Clarke discovers why despite coronavirus, it’s more...

WE’RE eating €8 sausage sandwiches with thinly-sliced Toro tomatoes, washed down with ice cold Estrella Damm lagers and a couple of fizzy drinks.  With a plate of prawns as a starter and ice-creams for the kids for postre, the bill comes to just €58 and...
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What to see, drink and eat at the Mercado de Triana in Spain’s Sevilla

IT may appear small from its unassuming entrance to the right of the end of Isabel II bridge, but the Mercado de Triana is packed with gastronomic and cultural offerings.  From fresh fruit to jamon, oysters, tapas, flamenco and more, below are the best places...
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WHAT TO SEE: In the Triana neighbourhood of Spain’s Sevilla

IT'S one of the city's most distinctive and historic barrios and is unsurprisingly packed with sites to keep you busy.  From its iconic pastel exterior to its medieval remnants and holy shrines, no trip to Sevilla can be complete without a day in Triana. Below we...
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Sevilla: Where to eat in the Triana neighbourhood

SEVILLA really is a foodie’s paradise, and the ancient Triana does not let the side down.  It may have its own distinct personality, but this fiesty barrio’s restaurants deliver knockout Andalucian cuisine.  From humble tapas haunts to fine dining, below are the hottest eating spots in...
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It’s been dubbed ‘the world’s best ski resort’ and ‘gee, even bigger than Vail’…...

WE’RE at the top of Baciver ski lift, some 2,610m high in the Pyrenees. There’s a light dusting of powder snow and the kids are itching to go. We’re in Baqueira, southern Europe’s largest ski station, counting 161km of runs over four distinct areas and six...
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ESCAPES: The Olive Press picks its top ten hotels to enjoy the Spanish mountains...

Sitting by a fire, reading a good book, taking a bracing stroll, followed by a massage or dip in a spa is a wonderful way to relax during winter in Spain
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APRÈS SCOFF: There are mountains of good places to eat in Spain’s Sierra Nevada,...

Excellent dishes this season include a ceviche of scallops in a bloody Mary sauce and an amazing false risotto with coconut milk, kimchi and prawn

Could this be Spain’s most romantic place to stay? Jon Clarke takes a trip...

I’M wallowing in my private outdoor bath having played three sets of tennis at probably Spain’s most exclusive court. With a glass of cava in the hand and a light breeze blowing through the pines above me, I feel like I’ve finally arrived. Welcome to the...

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...

Arriving in Sotogrande style, take a trip down the Rio Guadiaro

IT is by far the most exciting way to arrive in Sotogrande. But you are likely to get wet so don’t bring your gladrags. One of the best family adventures on the Costa del Sol, you can rent a kayak and paddle the whole way...

IN PICS: This paradise retreat has won international acclaim and is just 15 minutes...

“There is everything here you’d want from a high-end holiday – privacy, infinity pool, and ambitious architecture.”

Madrid’s born-again Gran Hotel Ingles is the lap of Belle Epoque luxury, discovers Olive...

Many original features have been saved, from time-faded photos of guests to vintage postcards and an ancient typewriter by the lifts
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