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FOCUS: From almost bust to boom – How Spain’s hotel sector is bouncing back...

Spain’s hotel sector comes back harder, better, faster, stronger post-pandemic, discovers Sorrel Downer.
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SubliMotion: Ibiza restaurant crowned most expensive dining experience in the world

DINERS with exceptionally deep pockets should head to SubliMotion in Ibiza which has been recognised as the most expensive tasting menu in the world.  The restaurant located at the Hard Rock Hotel on Playa d’en Bossa is only open during the summer season from June...
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Blooming brilliant: More than 49,000 people visit the autumn patios in Spain’s Cordoba

SOME 50,000 people have visited the Autumn Patios of Cordoba over the two weekend special autumn festival to mark 100 years since the patio contest began. As of Saturday 23, a total of 49,138 people had visited the patios to view the architectural treasures that...
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Old meets new: Visit Estepona on Spain’s Costa del Sol

ESTEPONA is a place where old Spain meets new. The deep blue of the timeless Mediterranean Sea contrats with the greenery of the rolling hills and mountains that provide a backdrop. The two sandwich the bright white of the traditional homes and more modern architecture...
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Brits on the piste!

It’s two decades since intrepid expats Giles Birch and Jonathan Buzzard started working in the Sierra Nevada, writes Jon Clarke
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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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Blooming gorgeous: Cordoba’s famous patio festival in pictures

IT is said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words', so feast your eyes on these gorgeous blooms captured by photographer Paul D Thacker on a visit to Cordoba during the Feria de los Patios this May. READ MORE: Patios of Cordoba: Where even...

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...
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Granada: The ultimate student guide to the city in southern Spain

IF you were to visit just one city in Spain, Ernest Hemingway wrote, it should be Granada - and there are few student cities to rival the undisputed capital of culture in Andalucia. With multiple diverse higher education institutions, Spain’s largest student population soaks...
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FROM OUR ARCHIVES: Through the Moorway to Africa. A Trip from Spain to Morocco

Chances are, like many of the hundreds of thousands of northern Europeans who live in Andalucía, your idea of an adventure is a day trip to some perilously perched pueblo blanco or half an hour paragliding. Well, can I make a suggestion?
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Tapas and flamenco: Where to eat in the Macarena district in Sevilla

MACARENA is packed with great little tapas bars and flamenco taverns.  Sprawling out from its iconic basilica, you’ll find anything from South American tapas fusion joints to decades-old sherry and wine bars. Below we’ve rounded up the must-visits for 2021. Maravilla Social Club  Tucked away on the narrow...
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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...

The Cat’s Whiskers: Is Sierra de Gata Spain’s most delightful region?

As the tiny village of Robledillo de Gata is singled out alongside Carmona and Vejer as Spain’s best rural retreat, Jon Clarke extols the delights of a week in the little-known Sierra de Gata
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The perfect weekend escape: Take a road trip through Axarquia in Spain’s Andalucia

The Axarquia region of Andalucia offers the perfect weekend road trip, writes Olive Press Editor Jon Clarke.
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The best places to stay in the Sierra Nevada ski resort in southern Spain

There are hundreds of places to stay in the Sierra Nevada, but only a handful are really reliable, writes Jon Clarke
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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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West End: San Pedro has become the more refined, less bling end of Spain’s...

FORGET the hustle and bustle of Banus, the snobbishness of the Golden Mile and the hordes of tourists in Marbella centre… Head west instead to San Pedro de Alcantara. Less showy, more refined, but equally well appointed, the West End of Marbella is the place...
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Scorchio! These are officially the hottest towns in Spain

SPAIN is sizzling in what is the first official heatwave of the year, sending the mercury soaring  across much of the peninsula, to temperatures considered unusually high for the time of the year. And while the heatwave this weekend will affect much of Spain and...

REVIEW: Madrid’s born-again Gran Hotel Ingles is the lap of Belle Epoque luxury

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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Medina Sidonia: A bridge to the past in Andalucia’s inland Cadiz region, southern Spain

Medina Sidonia – like its nearby neighbours of Benalup and Alcala de los Gazules - is full of history
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Garden of Eden: The young team at Marbella’s Cascada are carving out an exciting,...

YOU would be hard pressed to find a more alluring location for a restaurant. Sitting beside a bubbling brook in an almost tropical valley above Marbella, Cascada is one special place to eat. A true garden of Eden, Cascada (meaning ‘waterfall’) is hidden up a track...
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FOCUS: Javea on Spain’s Costa Blanca is the gem of the Mediterranean

Home to the most expensive streets in eastern Spain, Javea’s rugged beauty holds enough hidden jewels to share all round, writes Joshua Parfitt
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The perfect winter retreat: Discover Arriate, a hidden gem in Spain’s Serrania de Ronda

A winter’s trip to Arriate guarantees great walks, landscape and food, writes Jon Clarke
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MOUNTAIN ESCAPE: How Benahavis on Spain’s Costa del Sol became an exclusive paradise for...

Hillside views, top tucker and a stone’s throw to the bright lights of the Costa del Sol… is it any wonder the British Prime Minister recently chose Benahavis for his hols
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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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Three hidden gems inland from Spain’s Costa del Sol to escape to for a...

THREE quiet destinations located off the beaten path in Malaga, ideal to spend a peaceful Christmas and New Year. Malaga has plenty of hidden gems located in the middle of the mountains, surrounded by natural enclaves that not many tourists or even Malageños know about. Towns...
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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...

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Spain’s Malaga-Costa del Sol airport surpasses two million passengers in July

MALAGA-Costa del Sol airport closed last July with 2,064,856 passengers, exceeding two million passengers for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. In...