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Journey back in time: The Genal Valley is just inland from the Costa del...

Taking a ride around the Genal Valley is a wonderful way to see how ancient Andalucia must have looked, writes Eloise Horsfield
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HIDDEN GEM: Cadiz’ Jimena is a wonderful weekend escape in Andalucia

Nicola Cowell takes to the narrow lanes of Jimena de la Frontera to discover why the town is such an enchanted retreat for tourists and expats
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LET’S EXPLORE SPAIN: How Malaga’s colourful Axarquia region awakened from its slumber

David Baird on why, having lived all around the world, he settled in this quiet corner of Malaga, known as a land of rebellion, resistance and renaissance
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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Michelle Obama spent a day in Ronda on her visit to...

Jon Clarke follows in the footsteps of Michelle Obama... and the Moors and the Romans through historic Ronda
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FROM THE ARCHIVES: That most precious of black golds right here in Spain’s Andalucia

The Olive Press sent David Baird to Riofrio for a lunch of fresh trout and... award winning, eco-friendly local caviar? We kid you not
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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
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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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IN PICS: A look around the unmissable monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site that...

THE iconic symbol of Cordoba is the stunning Mosque-Cathedral, which is an extraordinary example of the blending of Muslim and Christian cultures. Built in the 8th Century under the rule of Amir Abd ar-Rahman I, the mosque became a Christian church when Cordoba was conquered...
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WHERE TO STAY: The best rural retreats in Spain’s Guadalhorce Valley

Guadalhorce valley has some great rural retreats, writes Jon Clarke
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Cuisine of La Alpujarra: Dishes you must try while visiting the mountain villages south...

THE Alpujarra region has various signature dishes served to visitors in its countless bars and restaurants. Best of all, during certain hours of the day, you almost always receive a 'tapa' if you buy qualifying drinks - such as beer, wine, mosto and canned...
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REVIEW: Living amongst Roman remains in Andalucia’s Cordoba

WHEN the owners of Cordoba’s most charming boutique hotel decided to expand a few years ago they knew there would be something below the building next door. But what the Hospes Palacio del Bailio couldn’t have known was the extent of what they would find,...
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Olive Press publisher Jon Clarke gets five star access to Spain’s three Michelin Star...

Joan Roca, Quique Dacosta and Angel León are just some of the culinary stars that attended Dani Garcia's A Cuatro Manos event in Marbella
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Sevilla: Where to eat in Alfalfa

Alfalfa has a rich history, dating back to the Phoenicians some 2,000 years ago, and a rich food and drink scene to match.  From traditional tapas to modern dining, there’s a great range to get your teeth stuck into. Below are some of the best the...
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TRAVEL: 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

TRAVEL: Nine breathtaking UNESCO sites in Spain you should put on your bucket list

IF your Spanish holiday involves sun, sandy beaches and a bit of booze, there’s still an awful lot you are missing out on. While many people rightly come to Spain to relax, millions more come to Spain to soak up its breathtaking culture. The country has...
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Not just a pretty facade: Andalucia’s pueblos blancos are white for a reason

OF ALL the possible images of Andalucia, the white village set against a mountainous landscape is one of the most iconic. In provinces such as Cadiz and Malaga, the pueblos blancos shimmer blindingly under the Andalucian sun. They happen to be as pretty as a...

Your Olive Press guide to the best secrets of San Pedro Alcantara

It is 200 years since San Pedro Alcantara became one of Spain’s key agricultural colonies… and 2000 since the Romans enjoyed their time here, writes Jon Clarke IT was during heavy storms in November 2021 when a ravaging high tide uncovered what could prove to...
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Estepona’s fast-growing restaurant scene

Estepona has a great mix of places to eat, writes Dining Secrets of Andalucia editor Jon Clarke
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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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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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Back in bloom: Cordoba patios reopen for special autumn festival

LOS Patios de Cordoba will reopen this October and will feature 16 venues over two weekends in a special autumn treat to mark 100 years since the festival began. The event, which is expected to bring a huge boost to the city's tourism sector, will...
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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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Maximise your income: Novasol has the experience and expertise to help holiday-let landlords in...

THIS year has seen the number of holiday lettings throughout the EU beat pre-pandemic levels, according to Eurostat. During the first half of 2022, guests spent around 199 million nights in short-term rental accommodation compared to the first half of 2019, the year before the...
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Sotogrande’s secret places to dine

Sotogrande and its nearby coastline has a wealth of secret places to eat, writes Dining Secrets of Andalucia editor Jon Clarke
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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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Cordoba’s Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos: Where the Christian, Roman and Moorish meet

FEW places in Spain boast a history as rich and varied as Cordoba’s breathtaking Alcazar. Founded in 1328 by Alfonso XI, this palace has served as everything from the residence of the Spanish Inquisition to a garrison for Napoleon's troops and even hosted Columbus...
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