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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’

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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King of the Castles: Five of the most beautiful castillos to visit in Spain

FROM austere hilltop fortresses to splendid royal palaces and stunning Moorish alcazars, Spain out-castles all of Europe with over 2,500 to explore. Andalucia, fought over by Moors and Christians for seven centuries, is better-endowed than most regions with medieval fortified hilltop citadels. In Cadiz, where...
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Discovering a Secret Paradise in the Serrania de Ronda, inland Malaga in southern Spain

There is a secret paradise deep in the hills above the Costa del Sol, as writer Jason Luban discovers.
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Costa de la Luz: See the light

For relief from the hot and busy Costa del Sol summer, switch on to the Costa de la Luz (or Coast of Light). It’s a complete breath of fresh air, writes Laurence Dollimore
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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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Mad about Madinat: How the ruined Moorish city outside Spain’s Cordoba inspired a trilogy

Novelist Joan Fallon guides us around the ruined city that proved to be an inspiration...
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Walk this way: Why Cordoba should be top of your Spain travel list

For most tourists Cordoba is all about the Mesquita, the Alcazar and the Roman bridge. Laurence Crumbie took the road less travelled and found a city chock full of treasures.
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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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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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Blooming gorgeous: Cordoba’s famous patio festival in pictures

IT is said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words', so feast your eyes on these gorgeous blooms captured by photographer Paul D Thacker on a visit to Cordoba during the Feria de los Patios this May. READ MORE: Patios of Cordoba: Where even...
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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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Patios of Cordoba: Where even the most reluctant gardener will find inspiration

It had been on my bucket list for years and yet somehow, I had never quite got round to it, but with foreign travel curbed and curfews still in place, it was time to look closer to home and the patios of Cordoba beckoned, writes Fiona Govan.
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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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SECRET CADIZ: Why Valdevaqueros, near Tarifa, is the best show on the Costa de...

Tarifa's Tumbao is the coolest place to hang out on Cadiz' Costa de la Luz, writes Jon Clarke
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REVIEW: We track down the true home of the Andalucian vernacular, where vegetables are...

Jon Clarke tracks down the hidden gem of Meson Sabor Andaluz in the heart of inland Cadiz an hour inland from the Costa Del Sol
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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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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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Looking for a low-key cultural getaway now you can travel between Andalucia’s provinces? Check...

AFTER a year marked by grounded planes, closed borders, and mandatory quarantines, looking for destinations close to home is probably the safest option until spring. Luckily, for those living in Andalucia, six more towns have been added to the region’s list of touristic municipalities. The Junta’s...
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Andalucia’s Top 20 roadside ventas you NEED to visit as travel between provinces resumes

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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Sevilla: Where to eat in Santa Cruz

WHILE Santa Cruz can be without a doubt a tourist trap, there are still some fantastic restaurants for a bite to eat - if you know where to look! You will want to avoid inflated prices which can dupe unsuspecting tourists while also getting a...
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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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