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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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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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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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Casares: The hilltop haven in southern Spain you need to visit

A SMORGASBORD of sugar cube houses perch on the rolling hills of Casares. Situated amongst woodland on a 1,427ft high cliff, the pueblo blanco is quaint and peaceful. The charming town has long attracted A-list Hollywood visitors, including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.  The pair were...
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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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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...

Benahavis has it all: The ultimate guide to the hidden gem’ of Spain’s Costa...

BORIS Johnson chose it as the location for his controversial autumn getaway, following in the footsteps of a long list of well-known people have holidayed here, so what's so special about Benahavis? Hugh Grant has holidayed here; Rod Stewart and Cristiano Ronaldo have also contributed...
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Looking for an adrenaline rush, Boris? These are the ultimate zip-line locations around Spain’s...

DAREDEVILS can now enjoy up to six different and thrilling zip-lines in Malaga province. Once disco-themed skating rinks were all the rage, now it’s defying gravity superman-style with the latest craze known as zip-lining, which has been fueled by a resurgence in the popularity of...
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Marbellous Marbella: Discover the gem of the Costa del Sol

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has chosen Marbella on Spain's Costa del Sol for an autumn break. Her
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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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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...

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

Bathe like Caesar: Visit the stinky Roman Empire site that put Manilva on the...

ROMAN roots run deep throughout the Iberian Peninsula but this westerly corner of the Costa del Sol really tickled Roman legion fancies for the climate,  the fishing, the farming … and for its strategic position at the gateway to the Mediterranean … and home. Stone...
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MOUNTAIN ESCAPE: As the Sierra de las Nieves becomes a National Park, we pick...

From bandit hideouts to Roman wine cellars, there is so much to see and so many great walks close to Ronda, writes Jon Clarke
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REVIEW: Is El Jardin at five star hotel Finca Cortesin on the Costa del...

One experienced German chef is proving that you can eschew modern cooking styles and still be exciting, discovers Jon Clarke
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15 lesser known ancient ruins that are a must-see in Andalucia and the Costa...

What are your favourite little known Moorish and Roman sites in Spain?
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How an epic bicycle journey across southern Spain revealed some surprising delights

When British traveller Chris Atkin set out to cross southern Spain making a 1,300 km route between Valencia to Gibraltar by bicycle, he didn’t know quite what to expect.
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EXPLORING ANDALUCIA: Forget the Caminito del Rey… how about El Chorro’s challenging Two Peaks...

Forget the Caminito; that's kids stuff. Jon Clarke climbed two of Malaga’s tallest mountains and rowed across its lake district all in one back-breaking breathtaking day
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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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DINING REVOLUTION: Where to eat in Estepona on the Costa del Sol

JUST take a sniff around the centre these days and, please, whisper it quietly: The most upwardly-mobile resort on the Costa del Sol is finally developing a foodie scene. As a series of boutique hotels get set to open in the centre, appropriately a number...
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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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Lawyer turned chef wins Repsol award for Marbella restaurant on Spain’s Costa del Sol

A SELF-taught chef with a Masters degree in law is lighting the way for a new culinary revolution on the costas. Lawyer Fernando Alcala, 30, has snared a ‘sun’ award in the annual Repsol Soles awards for his creativity and hard work at his Marbella...
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Benalmadena offers some great places to eat

You have to know where to look, writes Dining Secrets of Andalucia editor Jon Clarke
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Sunset Beach Club is on a wave!

With a huge range of facilities, activities and shows, it is no surprise that Sunset Beach Club is one of the Costa del Sol’s most successful hotels, writes Jon Clarke
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