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A weekend in Estepona, the hidden gem of Spain’s Costa del Sol

I WAS sitting in the sunshine, squinting at the Mediterranean and wondering if I would be brave enough to take a dip. I had the beach to myself, save from some dogs splashing their owners along the seafront and athletic locals playing beach volleyball...
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The best city breaks to enjoy in Spain this Easter 

TAKE advantage of the long weekend. We have everything you need to plan your perfect escape... Sevilla  The capital of Andalucia and the largest city in southern Spain, Sevilla is held in such high regard that people speak of it in awed tones, from the Plaza de Espana...
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WHERE TO EAT: Javea on Spain’s Costa Blanca is home to excellent cuisine

THEIR ladders were carefully pinned to the vertical cliff walls of the Marina Alta area or hung down using ropes. An ancient, thousand-year-old fishing method, the locals clambered down risking their lives particularly on days when it was too rough to go out on boats. Then...
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Where to eat: Javea on Spain’s Costa Blanca is a culinary delight

Javea is one of the true culinary capitals of the Costa Blanca, 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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Stepping inside Picasso’s childhood home in Malaga on Spain’s Costa del Sol

THE OLD cliché is that people go to Malaga - only just to leave just as quickly as their plane lands.  But those in the know will tell you that's not true. Malaga is far more than an airport with a city on its outskirts,...
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Explore Spain: Walking the Mirador Challenge around Javea on Costa Blanca

The Mirador challenge may be gruelling at 30kms long, but the views more than make up for it, writes Joshua Parfitt.
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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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TRAVEL: Which two cities are the most popular tourist destinations in Spain?

TWO Spanish cities have made the top-ten list for holiday destinations in continental Europe, according to one recent survey. And neither of them were Madrid. Travel company Holidu published the 10 most searched destinations on its platform, with Barcelona the second-most searched city in Europe,...
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‘You’ll never get it right first time’: Lessons from paella cooking school in Spain’s...

‘You never get paella right the first time’: What happened when novice cook Graham Keeley tried his hand at cooking Spain’s most famous dish
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ANALYSIS: What’s so special about the microclimate in Javea on Spain’s Costa Blanca?

IF you’ve ever browsed Javea’s official tourism website you might have come across an interesting fact.  “The climate in Javea is considered the second-best microclimate in the world,” it reads. But is it actually true? Many websites promoting houses or holidays in Javea parrot the claim, some...
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Spain’s most weird and wonderful tourist attractions – from food fights to smurf towns

TOURIST recommendations for Spain are so predictable. A dip in the Med, stunning food, even better wine, and all on a backdrop of some era-defining castle or other. You could spend a whole month like this – how boring. Whatever happened to pre-GPS days of getting lost,...
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Travel in summer 2022 – will it be boom or bust for Spain?

SINCE the Covid pandemic started in early 2020, international travel has been dogged by uncertainty. EU-wide vaccine certificates, Covid tests and passenger locator forms have dampened consumer demand and now, sanctions over the Ukraine war are increasing the cost of jet fuel and worrying...
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Celebrate spring: Six of the most beautiful places to see almond blossom in Spain

THE beginning of March welcomes the unique spectacle of almond blossom in Spain, ushering in spring and creating unmissable sights and smells. While you can enjoy blossom wherever you find an almond tree - and they grow across much of Spain - there are certain...
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‘Digital Nomad visa’ and tax breaks: What we know about Spain’s plans to attract...

THE Spanish government gave the green light to introduce new measures to attract digital nomads to make their base in Spain but the law hasn't yet come into force. The measures, which were approved by the cabinet in December, are designed to tempt the sort...

FIT FOR A PRINCESS: Benahavis has hosted royalty, oligarchs, politicians and world famous actors...

‘SECRETIVE’, ‘exclusive’ and ‘elite’ – words that perfectly describe La Zagaleta, said to be Europe’s most expensive residential estate and country club. It is home to some of the world’s richest businessmen, oligarchs and celebrities, up in the hills above Benahavis and with all-encompassing views...
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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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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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TRAVEL SPAIN: Marbella earns second place in top tourism spots in Europe for 2022

MARBELLA on Spain’s Costa del Sol has been voted as the second favourite tourist destination in Europe for 2022. The website “European Best Destinations”, which is dedicated to promoting culture and tourism in Europe,  selected Marbella as the top beach destination and the second-best place...
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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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RANKED: The five magical coastlines of Spain’s Andalucia

To mark Andalucia Day on February 28, let's take a look at the region's wonderful and diverse coastline.
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Top 20 roadside ventas you NEED to visit in Spain’s Andalucia

THEY are as much a part of Andalucia as fish and chip shops in Britain or bistros in Paris. The roadside ventas lining the highways of Spain’s largest region have been providing sustenance to the weary traveller for centuries. Take any main motorway or winding A-road...
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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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Instant karma: Andalucia is home to more than Flamenco and sangria – it is...

MORE energy, greater flexibility, a clearer mind and a toned body - there are so many reasons so many of us are switching to yoga instead of pounding the pavements or powerlifting at the gym.  We are lucky enough to be living in an area...
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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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Almeria on a plate: Fruit farms, the best market and a Spanish family’s top...

I AM standing outside a jumble of small shops and apartments on a busy street in the centre of Almeria. My boyfriend, a Spanish native and something of a culinary whizz, is my guide for a foodie tour of the city.  We are to visit...
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