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Exploring Spain’s Andalucia from 5,000 years ago

WANT to get an idea what life was like in Andalucia 5,000 years ago? At the Algaba education centre just outside Ronda, you have the perfect opportunity. Through its hauntingly realistic prehistoric village you learn about how our forefathers created fire, ground their bread, as well...

National Geographic lists two villages in Malaga among 100 most beautiful in Spain

RURAL Spain has some real gems and two of them are in Malaga, according to prestigious magazine. The popular American monthly magazine, National Geographic, has included two towns in the province of Malaga as ‘essential’ places to visit in 2023. Malaga is much more than its...
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Explore the most charming streets in Spain’s Andalucia this Spring

SPRING is in the air and that can only mean one thing - warm weather and time to enjoy the outdoors; and what better way than exploring the most charming streets in Andalucia. Andalucia is rich in historic sites, cultural heritage, diverse landscapes and quaint...
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The unspoilt little sister to the Sierra Nevada – the Sierra de Contraviesa in...

FAMED for its panoramic views, vineyards producing local ‘vino’, and pink almond blossoms in early spring, the Sierra de la Contraviesa is an unspoilt place to visit. It is known as the low Alpujarra (Alpujarra Baja) of Granada region, although a small part lies...
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Calling all adventurers: ‘Zarajos’ and ‘entresijos’ – tried the weird Spanish food from Madrid?

Jon Clarke tests his tastebuds with a few of the culinary oddities of Madrid
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Flavours of Córdoba: A tour of Córdoba’s tastiest dishes

The city owes its rich culinary repertoire to the mix of cultures that have passed through

Insider tips to the ultimate Ibiza getaway

Here are some other great money-saving ideas for doing Ibiza on a budget without missing out on a thing
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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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Paddocks Paradise: An unforgettable horse-riding experience in Andalucia’s Serrania de Ronda

FORGET everything you think you know about riding horses when you turn up at Paddock Paradise, a family-run establishment a few miles from Ronda off the Gaucin road. I confidently assure husband and wife team Fernando and Delphine that I am an experienced horsewoman, albeit...
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HIDDEN GEMS: Ten of the most unusual museums in Spain

SPAIN has its fair share of world-class museums and galleries to visit, but look beyond the major tourist attractions and you will find some small and sometimes frankly bizarre collections dotted across the country. Here are ten of the most unusual and fascinating museums to seek...
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Mallorca restaurant awarded two-Michelin stars as Spain’s Balearic Islands gain ground as foodie destination

MALLORCA once again has a two-Michelin starred restaurant, putting the island firmly on the haute-cuisine map. Voro, the restaurant run by chef Alvaro Salazar at the Cap Vermell Gran Hotel, near Canyamel on the island’s eastern coast, was awarded the coveted two-stars in a ceremony...
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HIP HOTELS: Six exciting new openings across Spain

IT’S been a busy time for the opening of hip new hotels around Spain. And it’s going to get a whole lot busier over the course of 2022. Some €2.85 billion is set to be invested into hotels around Spain this year, according to Colliers, a...
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Something to write home about: Literary traditions of Moraira on Spain’s Costa del Sol

WITH its stunning views of the Costa Blanca to inspire the imagination, it’s not hard to see why Moraira is a great literary town. North American writer Chester Bomar Himes died in Moraira of Parkinson's disease in 1984 and was buried in nearby Benissa cemetery....
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The best small towns to visit in Catalonia

Catalonia is a beautiful region in Spain, located on the northeast coast of the country. It's known for its rugged coastline, diverse landscapes, and excellent food. There are plenty of things to do in this region: you can go hiking through the mountains or explore...
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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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CHILLING OUT: Living on the snowline in Spain’s Granada region

DESPITE the start of 2023 being unseasonably warm, the mercury plummeted in mid-January and early February, with constant minimum temperature warnings from Spain’s meteorological agency, AEMET. Since then, most of us have been deploying thick blankets, padded coats, the wood burning stove, and fighting...

Starry nights: Marbella is the Michelin star capital of Andalucia

IT’S no coincidence that Marbella has nearly half a dozen Michelin stars within its modest borderies… this is, after all, the playground of the super-rich. The line of fabulous eateries gets better by the year and includes plenty of great new spots not even found...

Up Soto creek with a paddle

Rent a kayak and paddle the whole way down the Guadiaro river from El Secadero, which is actually in Casares, to the mouth of the river at Sotogrande port

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...
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Five good reasons why Spain is the perfect destination for solo female travelers

What is it that makes Spain the perfect destination for solo female travelers?  Travel expert Karen Rosenblum shares her top five reasons why a woman travelling on her own should make Spain their next destination. Safety Spain is overall one of the safest countries for solo...
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REVIEW: We track down the true home of the Andalucian vernacular, where vegetables are...

Jon Clarke tracks down the hidden gem of Meson Sabor Andaluz in the heart of inland Cadiz an hour inland from the Costa Del Sol
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Why a village in Spain’s Galicia is about to be invaded by marauding vikings

SPAIN has more than its fair share of bizarre festivals, but the one that takes place on the first Sunday each August, in a town in Galicia, is most definitely one of a kind. Few may know that you don’t have to travel to northern...
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Eight forests in Spain’s Andalucia to lose yourself in this autumn

AUTUMN is the perfect time to lose yourself in the forests of Andalucia. In a world where everything goes too fast, reconnecting with nature can do wonders for the mind and soul and the wide variety of plant species in the region makes the Andalucian...
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La Inglesa: The extraordinary love story behind a winery in the heart of Spain’s...

NESTLED in the heart of Andalucia you can find the Sierra de Montilla (Cordoba), an unexpected paradise for wine lovers. Often eclipsed by the nearby historically famous wine region, Jerez, Montilla-Moriles is actually where the best vines in the world of the Pedro Ximenez variety...
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REVIEW: Style and substance after stunning overhaul of Madrid hotel Rosewood Villa Magna

Big team effort behind five-star relaunch in Madrid's upmarket Barrio Salamanca, writes Jon Clarke
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SLEEP EASY: Where to stay in Javea on Spain’s Costa Blanca

FOR a town that has had a Parador for five decades, Javea has a surprisingly small amount of good places to stay. It was back in 1969 that Javea built its celebrated state-run parador, something of a badge for any self-respecting special place to take...

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