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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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Desert dreaming: The world’s first off-grid ‘capsule hotel’ is located in the Gorafe desert...

An avant-garde new tourism project has opened in the heart of the Gorafe desert in the Granada. In a world first, District Hive aims to change the current concept of luxury accommodation and offers a total disconnection from the outside world, through a deep immersion...
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10 cities in Spain where you will find the best free tapas scene

The tradition of free tapas are not only a long-standing tradition in Granada—find out where else with the Olive Press’ Tapas guide
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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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Orange blossom, flamenco and a passion for ceramics: How one British author fell in...

BRITISH author Rosanna Ley describes how a taste for orange marmalade led her to visit and fall in love with the city of Sevilla and sparked the idea for her new novel, The Orange Grove. The first thing that struck me when we arrived in...
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Ecija: A visit to the charming city known as ‘the frying pan’ of Spain

IT is known as ‘El Sarten’, the frying pan of Spain because it’s location in a dip surrounded by the olive groves of La Campina means it regularly records the hottest temperatures in southern Europe. But Ecija is also dubbed the ‘City of Towers’ and...
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Sevilla: Guide to visiting Spain’s most romantic city

FIVE centuries have passed since Christopher Columbus set sail from Sevilla for the Americas. But as you stroll along the banks of the Guadalquivir in the barrio of El Arenal, you can picture the scene as if it was yesterday.   The medieval shipyards here -...
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This beach in Andalucia has been chosen as the best playa in the whole...

LIFESTYLE travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, has named Valdevaqueros (Cadiz), the best beach in Spain 2021 More than 8,000 km of coastline, the longest coastline in the European Union, make Spain a unique destination, with some of the best beaches imaginable. With the summer holidays just...
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The Clash: How UK rock legend Joe Strummer has a plaza in Spain’s Granada...

TRAVEL SELFIE: Clash front man has been honoured with a square named after him in Granada... CAN YOU FIND IT?
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Looking for an adventure? Here are 12 epic walks to take in Spain

By Shannon Chaffers SPAIN is a country of varied landscapes, rich culture, and fascinating history, all of which combine to make for some thrilling places, and what better way than exploring them on your own two feet.  Here is our pick of the twelve most epic...
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How to survive a heatwave in Spain: Top tips from the Andalucian town where...

With temperatures hotting up to 46 degrees we made an egg-cellent trip to the ‘frying pan of Spain’
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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Following in the footsteps of Federico Garcia Lorca through Granada’s Alpujarra

Carlos Pranger takes a step back in time to walk the hills of La Alpujarra with poet Federico Garcia Lorca and composer Manuel de Falla
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Five lesser known towns worth a visit on Spain’s Costa del Sol this summer

Spain’s sunniest coast has a varied and unique collection of towns and resorts
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Pigments of the imagination: Why you should be seeking out caves in southern Spain...

Looking for somewhere to cool off this summer? Visiting southern Spain’s amazing caves tell the story of early human culture, with Shannon Chaffers
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The ultimate bar crawl and guide to tapas in Granada

WHEN in Rome they say you should do as the Roman's do. And in Granada, I was equally happy to follow suit. Here the locals are known for the free tapas, stunning scenery and vibrant nightlife. I couldn't wait to take a bite out...
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Spoilt for choice: El Muro restaurant in Benalmadena Pueblo is full of delightful surprises

60 gins and something for everyone on the menu at El Muro, writes Dilip Kuner.
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Why these pueblos in Spain should be on your travel bucket list this summer

EVERY cloud has a silver lining and for some villages you may never have heard of in Spain, the COVID-19 crisis has been an opportunity to shine and show off their uncrowded, idyllic spaces. Traditional tourist hotspots like Marbs and Palma de Mallorca have been...
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La Cuadra Ronda: The boutique hotel for dressage horses

JUST a 20 minute drive from Ronda in a quiet crease of a valley outside the hamlet of Los Prados is the sort of place that horses and their riders dream about. The heavy gate of La Cuadra seamlessly slides open to reveal immaculate lawns,...
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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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EQUINE DREAM: Finca La Donaira is Andalucia’s luxury eco-retreat with its own studfarm

La Donaira’s natural horsemanship classes with 90 Lusitano horses is the perfect escape for riding fanatic Fiona Govan
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Spanish staycation: Three Palms Boutique B&B is the hidden gem of Spain’s Manilva

TRAVELLING to other countries (restriction free) still feels rather ambitious, which means most of us will probably spend our holidays in Spain this year - but with so much beauty around every corner is it really such a bad thing? If your travels take you...
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Gibraltar: A true melting pot where multiculturalism works

Gibraltar can teach us all how multiculturalism can truly work, writes Olive Press publisher Jon Clarke

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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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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Five incredible castles in Spain’s Malaga every history-lover should visit

The Alcazaba of Antequera once guarded one of the most important frontier castles in the Kingdom of Granada
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Full wind ahead on a kitesurfing adventure on Cadiz’ Costa de la Luz

The sport of kitesurfing leaves Jon Clarke in a tangle, after the first morning started with a nasty ‘shock’
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