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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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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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Baños de la Encina: Postcard from the oldest castle in Spain

SPAIN is littered with castles. It has such a glut  - 10,257 to be exact - that I’d believe it if there were more castles per capita in Spain than in any other country.  You’ll see castellated walls in various states of upkeep perched atop...
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Weekend in Madrid: Five reasons why Spain’s arty capital should be drawing you in...

GET set, ready… Go! The masks are off and it’s time for an adventure. But nothing too exotic. Madrid is the perfect spring escape. And not just because of the weather. Spain’s most exciting city - and easily the friendliest capital in Europe - has more...
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TRAVEL SPAIN: Five really good reasons why Valencia deserves to be World Design Capital...

SPANISH architecture usually makes one think of a Gaudi building melting into itself. Either that or an intricate archway at the Alhambra, a honey-coloured farmhouse, or an ancient castle or two. In other words, the mind's eye does not jump to the 2022 World Design Capital...
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Six typical Easter dishes to savour during Semana Santa in Spain

EASTER is a really big deal Spain with huge crowds of spectators lining the streets to watch the Semana Santa processions and all that religious fervour can work up quite an appetite. Visitors may be surprised at the lack of focus on chocolate Easter eggs...
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Two tables: Review of Deessa, Quique Dacosta’s new Michelin starred restaurant at Madrid’s Ritz...

IT must be easily the most elegant restaurant in the capital. A true sense of grandeur awaits the lucky diners who get to try out Deessa, the hippest new Michelin-star restaurant of Quique Dacosta at the Ritz Hotel. Spain’s chef of the moment had to be...
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Mandarin Oriental Ritz: Welcome to the lap of luxury in Spain’s capital Madrid

FROM the sitting room of my suite I can see the queue for the ticket office at the Prado and the entrance of the Thyssen Museum across the regal fountains of the Plaza de Neptuno. And if it weren’t for the densely tree-lined Paseo...
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Set Jetters – The best holiday destinations in Spain for movie lovers

A MAN with an open shirt, glistening six-pack and pair of binoculars may not be the first image most places would use to attract tourists. But this is no ordinary man. This is Bond, James Bond. And visiting the exact spot where he met Halle...
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ESSENTIALS: What you need to know about Covid travel rules between Spain and the...

EASTER is expected to see a return of the sort of numbers that flocked to Spain before the pandemic but for British holidaymakers there are still restrictions in place. Spain has extended Covid-19 restrictions for those entering its territory from the United Kingdom until the...
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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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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...
Spain’s Malaga recieves 1.2 million tourists in first quarter of 2022—four times more than last year

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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10 celebrities who own hotels in Spain

CELEBRITY forays into business haven’t always ended well. Just because you can kick a ball about doesn’t mean you can launch a cologne – just...

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