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INTERVIEW: Meet Quique Dacosta, Spain’s Michelin-starred chef behind the new gourmet experience at Madrid’s...

The culinary genius is bringing his exquisite dishes to Madrid from Valencia, writes Fiona Govan.
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Ten tasty regional specialities to discover in Spain’s Murcia 

TYPICALLY overshadowed by its more touristy neighbours Valencia and Andalucia, visitors to Murcia may be surprised to discover the wealth of regional gastronomic delights that can be found along this fertile stretch of Mediterranean coastline. In fact for the second year in a row, Murcia...
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Meet the two friends behind the first gluten-free bakery in Ronda

THE idea had been slowly warming up for years. But when it came, it was a masterstroke for Ronda: the first gluten-free baker! Piquito Bakery, set up by friends Javier Criado and Juan Antonio Rosado, is the perfect place to buy bread, pastries and biscuits for...
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REVIEW: Madrid’s three star DiverXo exceeds expectations for the tastebuds and the wallet

With news that Dabiz Muñoz has just been named the world's best chef, check out the review by Olive Press editor Jon Clarke of DiverXo restaurant in Madrid.
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These are officially the 10 best tortillas served in Spain

With onions or without? Runny or well done? These are the questions that continue to divide Spanish society when it comes to Spain's unofficial national dish - tortilla.  But however you like your tortilla, a recent competition has determined which are the ten best tortillas...
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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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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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Ten of the most desirable (and expensive) delicacies produced in Spain

WE ALL know Spain has good food. But look beyond the paella and tapas and you can discover some of the most expensive culinary delicacies the world has to offer, made right here in Spain. From an ethical foie gras produced without cruelty in...
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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.

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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Calling all adventurers: ‘Zarajos’ and ‘entresijos’ – tried the weird Spanish food from Madrid?

Jon Clarke tests his tastebuds with a few of the culinary oddities of Madrid
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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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Life’s a picnic: The Olive Press tests Bilbao’s famous Azurmendi restaurant

As Spain’s top chef Eneko Atxa opens in London, Jon Clarke checks out the green and wacky world of his Basque restaurant
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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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REVIEW: Kava, the hottest new restaurant in Marbella on Spain’s Costa del Sol

THERE is almost nothing routine about Kava. The cooks also serve as waiters, the head chef taught himself at home and everything on the wine list can be served by the glass. And one thing it is very big on is precision. Precision in its presentation,...
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Tapas and flamenco: Where to eat in the Macarena district in Sevilla

MACARENA is packed with great little tapas bars and flamenco taverns.  Sprawling out from its iconic basilica, you’ll find anything from South American tapas fusion joints to decades-old sherry and wine bars. Below we’ve rounded up the must-visits for 2021. Maravilla Social Club  Tucked away on the narrow...
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The 10 best tourist sites in Spain’s Sevilla (and how to see them all...

Andalucia’s capital is one of the most walkable cities in the world and many of the best wonders are concentrated in and around the centre
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Alameda: A guide to Sevilla’s trendiest district

THE Alameda neighbourhood is the area surrounding and including the Alameda de Hercules, a long mall accompanied by bars, cafes and restaurants on either side.  Lying in the northern part of the city’s old town, the Alameda was once a meeting point for the elites...
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Top five dining spots in Sevilla: Where to eat and soak up the Spanish...

BEING the capital city of Andalucia, the dining scene in Sevilla is unsurprisingly diverse. Famous for its central tapas bars, where locals typically tapear at up to five or six different bars in a session, it also has a bustling restaurant community that is as...
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REVOLUTION!: The best places to eat in Spain’s Madrid

MADRID has gone through a food revolution since I lived there in the early 1990s when it was literally all about roast suckling pig, pinchos de tortilla and there was just one vegetarian restaurant, near the Retiro. Today, it has as buzzing a food scene...
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New stars are born, and only one lost, as the celebrated Michelin foody bible...

IT must have been one of the hardest years in the food bible’s hundred-year history. But somehow the Michelin guide - which launched in 1910 in Spain - has managed to wheedle out a few new stars for Spain for 2021. A total of 22 new...
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The best Ibiza restaurants to eat at whatever your budget

Editor Jon Clarke serves up the ultimate insider guide for eating around the island
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