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Alicante On Spain's Costa Blanca To Break Record For Cruise Passenger Arrivals

Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca to break record for cruise passenger arrivals

ALICANTE will break its record high achieved in 2011 for cruise passenger arrivals. Port Authority president, Julian Lopez Milla, says he expects over 120,000 passengers will have arrived in the city this year- 12,000 more than the previous best 11-years-ago. The last major liner to visit...
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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...
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Winter wonderland: The Skiing destination in Andalucia’s Granada

IT was two decades ago that I looked out from a hillside near Ronda and spotted the distant snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada over 150 kilometres away. Like a giant white magnet I was immediately pulled in, seduced by the thrills of winter sports,...
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REVIEW: Living amongst Roman remains in Andalucia’s Cordoba

WHEN the owners of Cordoba’s most charming boutique hotel decided to expand a few years ago they knew there would be something below the building next door. But what the Hospes Palacio del Bailio couldn’t have known was the extent of what they would find,...
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REVIEW: A trip to Andalucia’s Cordoba to taste why Noor has two Michelin stars

HALF science lesson, half history, a meal at Cordoba’s culinary science lab, known as Noor, is an essential journey for anyone interested in Spanish food. Very much the rising star of Andalucia’s culinary scene, its eccentric boss Paco Morales is easily up there with the...
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Peak of good dining: Where to eat in Spain’s Sierra Nevada

A PIPING hot raclette, a burger and chips and a few stale tapas used to be the basic offering in the Sierra Nevada two decades ago. Today a Moroccan Harira soup, ramen and gyozas or a spicy red tuna burrito are more likely to be...
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A Christmas tale of La Alpujarra in Spain’s Andalucia

IF you fantasise about picture-perfect Christmas card scenes, with snow-laded pine trees, mountain vistas, and real wood-burning chimneys, the Alpujarra fits the bill. With the Sierra Nevada peaks glistening with snow, forests laden with Maritime Pines, and an abundance of almonds and figs, there’s...
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IN PICS: Top 10 smallest villages in Spain’s Malaga

AROUND the province of Malaga there are villages with less residents than in a block of flats in a big city.
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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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HOME BREW: Where to eat in Spain’s Ronda

IN a tiny back street, a torero’s cape length from the town’s famous bullring is a spit-and-sawdust bar that perfectly typifies Ronda. Nothing more than a hole-in-the-wall, Porton is where you can best understand what makes this historic gem tick. Run by Javier for the...
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How to prepare your next international trip

During these cold winter days, are you dreaming of your next holiday? If the answer is “yes”, the good news is that you can start planning it already. You might think that summer is still far away, but if you start to plan your...

TRAVEL: Nine breathtaking UNESCO sites in Spain you should put on your bucket list

IF your Spanish holiday involves sun, sandy beaches and a bit of booze, there’s still an awful lot you are missing out on. While many people rightly come to Spain to relax, millions more come to Spain to soak up its breathtaking culture. The country has...
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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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Travel beyond the city to hidden gems: Pau’s special guide to Valencia

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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Ho Ho Merry Xmas! Special holiday offer from the Olive Press

Keep completely up to date with all the important news and stories in Gibraltar and Spain with our Special Xmas bundle for under a Euro a week! Sign up today for a full year subscription for only €49 and receive 20 stories a day direct...
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Front row seat to history: A tour of the Andalucian town of Ronda

BY the time of the collapse of the Arabic empire in 1485, Ronda had been entertaining foreign visitors for not far off 1500 years. One of Spain’s oldest towns, in Roman times it had a thriving wine industry and even its own mint, fittingly its...
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GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT: Spain’s giant chocolate nativity scene and other Christmas traditions

WHEN it comes to nativity scenes, some of Spain's look good enough to eat. In one case it is quite literally so. The town of Rute in Cordoba is home to what is said to be the world’s largest edible nativity scene. This year a...
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6 Reasons You Should Visit Barcelona in December 2022

Home to 9 UNESCO world heritage sites, Barcelona is a historically and culturally rich city. It's known for its diverse offerings ranging from sporting activities, architecture, gastronomy, and love of art. If you add the excellent weather and beaches, Barcelona is a great place to...
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Ronda: The Spanish town that sits up high in the mountains and will stay...

Perched atop steeping mountains and 2,460 feet above sea level, Ronda is tricky to get to but worth the effort for a trip you will never forget, writes Anthony Piovesan. Ronda is indeed one of those places that stands alone.  It’s one of the oldest cities...
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SPAIN TRAVEL: Eight interesting villages to put on your Andalucia bucket-list

The Olive Press has compiled a list of the most interesting, beautiful or unusual villages in Spain’s Andalucia to visit this year.  Utopia: Marinaleda. Also known as the “communist utopia” of Spain, this tiny village has been governed by “Robin Hood mayor” Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo...
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CARVING a name for itself – how Trevelez, one of Spain’s highest villages, has...

THE perfect destination for meat eaters, hikers, and day trippers alike, Trevélez is a high point of La Alpujarra and one of Spain’s highest villages at 1,476 metres (behind Valdelinares, Teurel, at 1,695m). Located to the west of the Rio Trevélez, on the southern slopes...
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Travel Guide: Top Party Destinations You Will Love

If you're looking for a party destination that will never disappoint, then you need to check out our travel guide! We have compiled a list of the best party destinations in the world, so you can be sure to have an amazing time. We...
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EXPANDING HORIZONS: Exploring the Azores is the ideal family break

THIS summer with our kids now a respectable age of 14 and 9 years old we decided it was high time to expand all of our horizons so we ditched the traditional bucket and spade holiday for spurting geysers, wave-battered whales and temperamental paddle...
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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...
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On top of the world: Granada’s Sierra Nevada is the perfect active tourism destination...

JUST south of Granada, Mulhacen is the Iberian Peninsula’s highest peak. Part of the Sierra Nevada range, nestling between the Vega de Granada, Lecrin Valley and La Alpujarra, it reaches 3,479m and is surrounded by Veleta, at 3,398m, Alcazaba at 3,666, and several other...
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BALCONY OF THE SERRANIA DE RONDA: Visit Gaucin in Spain’s Andalucia

IT’S called the balcony of the Serrania de Ronda and it’s not hard to see why. Perched high on a rocky outcrop, surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, the views from Gaucin stretch across not one, but two continents. In fact, on a clear morning, Gibraltar lies...
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