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From beachside to picturesque hillside villages: Where to stay on Spain’s Costa de la Luz

The Costa de la Luz has loads of cool places to stay from beachside gems to village properties, writes Jon Clarke.
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Journey back in time: Jon Clarke marvels at the ancient white town of Medina...

STANDING sentinel like a Roman centurion, it rears up out of the Cadiz outback high on a hill. This is Medina Sidonia, the prettiest town in Andalucia you have probably never heard of. Authenticity at its best, the classic white town is little visited being off-the-beaten...
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Ancient and modern: Discover the best places to eat on Spain’s Costa de la...

IT was in 1910 that the loin in lard roll first graced the tables at roadside Venta Pinto (www.ventapinto.com). Served warm, normally with a snifter of sherry, it literally oozed with the feel-good factor, if not exactly a road to good health. As delicious today as...
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ON a second visit to Spain’s unspoilt Costa de la Luz, Jo Chipchase was...

I HAD visited the Costa de la Luz only once before, a decade ago with my young sons. At the time, I had only heard of Tarifa, famed for its knockabout winds and fortified historical centre, facing across the straits to Africa. The southernmost tip...
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International tourist spending betters pre-pandemic levels in Spain’s Andalucia 

TOURISTS have spent more money than before the pandemic in Andalucia, according to data released by the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE). According to a report from INE, tourists spent a total of €1.1 billion in the month of May - which is more...
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YOUR TICKET TO BOATING IN MARBELLA ON SPAIN’S COSTA DEL SOL

SMART YACHTING AND SMART CHARTER MARBELLA ARE SET TO MAKE YOUR BOATING DREAMS COME TRUE THIS SUMMER HAVING opened the doors to their new office in Puerto Banús earlier this year, the Smart Yachting and Smart Charter Marbella team are ready for a busy first...
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Shining bright: Spain’s Marbella is a destination for good food and culinary expertise

AS the pandemic hit two years ago most of the travel industry in Spain went into full disaster mode. Meanwhile, in Marbella, the hotels and restaurants braced themselves for an influx of captains of industry, celebrities and royalty. The perfect haunt to ride out the crisis,...
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Everyone loves Spain’s Marbella: from cavemen and Romans to Grace Kelly and Gemma Collins

MARBELLA has earned the reputation of being a playground for the rich and famous for over half a century. Photos of the glamorous beach destination fill glossy travel magazines around the world and it’s easily the most aspirational place to live and visit in Europe,...
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Marbella: golden childhood memories of eating and drinking and mega yachts

All his family holidays were spent in Marbella. Jorge Hinojosa takes us on a trip down memory lane – with plenty of stops for food and drink along the way MARBELLA has always been like a second home to me. My family visits every August to...
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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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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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From Moors to modern hub:  A look at the illustrious history of La Alpujarra...

THE Alpujarra was originally inhabited by Phoenicians and Romans, the latter who introduced the system of acequias to channel water from snow melt into fields of cultivation. These waterways were enhanced by the Moors when they launched their silk industry in the area. They soon saw...
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Calling adventurers: La Alpujarra in southern Spain is just what you’re looking for

SOUTH of Granada, a whole world of adventure awaits you in the mountains. From 400m to 3,479m - this being the top of mainland Spain’s highest peak Mulhacen - the active among us are spoiled for choice. La Alpujarra has an extensive network of routes for...
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Nowhere to Lorca, everything to me: A personal journey through the Sierra Nevada mountains...

FEDERICO Garcia Lorca once described La Alpujarra as ‘the land of nowhere’, and this remained true when I first visited in the early 2000s.  It was as if time stood still in the charming, white villages and the vast, open spaces with the background hum...
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TO THE HEAVENS: Mijas, a gem of the Costa del Sol

It's not just about donkeys. World-famous for its chocolate box charm, Mijas is always adding flavours, discovers Kimberley Mannion.
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The 10 must-see tourist sites in Spain’s Sevilla (and how to see them all...

With thousands of Rangers fans descending on Sevilla for the Europa League Final against Eintracht Frankfurt, here's a look at the must-see sites in the Andalucian capital.
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More than a football match: The Olive Press Guide to visiting Sevilla

With thousands of Rangers fans descending on Sevilla this week for the Europa League Final against Eintracht Frankfurt, here's a quick guide to the sites.
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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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Glamping: Plans unveiled for new luxury campsite on Spain’s Costa del Sol

THE Costa del Sol’s first luxury campsite is in the works, to be located between Mijas and Fuengirola just a few metres from the beach. The classification of the campsite as ´luxury´ was granted by the Junta of Andalucia. The project to revamp the old Mijas-Fuengirola...
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A walking guide around the Costa del Sol’s Estepona

WHILE the cities of Marbella and Malaga are held up as the cities to visit on the Costa del Sol, Estepona offers sights and sounds to rival its neighbours, and has a much more tranquil ambience. It’s high time the town had its day...
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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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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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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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