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Off-the-beaten-track: Ten destinations in Spain that should be on your travel bucket list this summer

Looking for a destination that is picturesque but also tourist-free, well look no further, here is a list of the top ten hidden destinations to visit on your next holiday. El Rocío, Andalucía  This small town feels very apart from the outside world and is only...
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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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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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Celebrate spring: Six of the most beautiful places to see almond blossom in Spain

THE beginning of March welcomes the unique spectacle of almond blossom in Spain, ushering in spring and creating unmissable sights and smells. While you can enjoy blossom wherever you find an almond tree - and they grow across much of Spain - there are certain...
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Albacete: Why you should visit central Spain’s underdog tourist destination

To mark Castilla-La Mancha day on May 31st we take a look at one of Spain's most under rated cities.
Iconic Tourist Attraction On Spain's Costa Blanca Offers Guided Tours In English To Boost Visitor Numbers

Iconic tourist attraction on Spain’s Costa Blanca offers guided tours in English to boost...

ONE of Alicante's biggest tourist attractions, Santa Barbara castle, has made a good start in a new bid to double visitor numbers. New free guided tours, half of them in English, were introduced at the end of January, with nearly 6,000 people visiting the castle...
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Where bandits once trod: A riding adventure through the stunning Sierra Morena in Spain’s...

Jon Clarke heads on a riding adventure into the Andalucian outback of the Sierra Morena near Sevilla
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Discover one of Spain’s best kept secrets: The Guadalhorce Valley, Andalucia’s answer to the...

There’s a secret world of lakes, white villages and rocky mountain highs in the Guadalhorce hills behind the Costa del Sol, writes Jon Clarke
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The 13 birds to look out for in Andalucia and across southern Spain this...

These 13 high-flying highlights have got birdwatchers going wild
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Halloween: These are the ten most haunted houses in Spain

FROM haunting wails to ghostly figures appearing in the mirror, those on the hunt for paranormal activity this Halloween have plenty of options across Spain to scare themselves silly. The Olive Press delved into urban legends and spooky tales to bring you the definitive list...
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Under the sea: Five wineries in Spain with underwater cellars that you can visit

Spanish winery submerges bottles underwater in a twist to the aging process
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Ecija: A visit to the charming city known as ‘the frying pan’ of Spain

IT is known as ‘El Sarten’, the frying pan of Spain because it’s location in a dip surrounded by the olive groves of La Campina means it regularly records the hottest temperatures in southern Europe. But Ecija is also dubbed the ‘City of Towers’ and...
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All roads lead to Rome in Merida, one of Spain’s best kept travel secrets

THE city of Merida boasts the best-preserved Roman ruins outside Italy, and without the crowds. Founded in 25BC, Augusta Emerita as the city was then known, served as the capital of Rome's westernmost province, Lusitania.  Today a modern city stands where Romans once dwelled, architecturally unremarkable...
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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
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How a Toledo synagogue became a symbol of anti-Semitism in Spain

To mark Castilla-La Mancha Day, the Olive Press visits a curious monument symbolic of an age-old conflict in Spain.
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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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SPAIN TRAVEL:What to see in Sevilla’s Macarena district

MACARENA is to Seville what Shoreditch once was to London.  Packed full of young professionals, it is fast becoming the coolest neighbourhood in which to live, work and play, offering a perfect combination of hidden bars and an evolving food scene while serving up heaps...
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Once home to sailors, potters, Flamenco dancers and bullfighters: Why you should visit Sevilla’s...

ONCE home to sailors, potters, Flamenco dancers and bull-fighters, Triana’s rich history is as colourful as its buildings which light up the river bank on its iconic Calle Betis. The barrio was once known as an arrabal, the name given to areas separated from the...
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Sevilla: What to see in Santa Cruz

SANTA Cruz is the most visited neighbourhood by the millions of tourists who flock to Sevilla each year.  And it’s no surprise, given it houses the city’s most important and visited sites, including the iconic Real Alcazar. The old Jewish Quarter of Sevilla, the barrio...
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Sevilla: What to see in La Cartuja

LA Cartuja is best known for being home to the Isla Magica and Agua Magica theme parks. Locals and tourists flock to the attractions in the hotter months for their rollercoasters and extensive water slides. But once home to the Exposicion Universal 1992, the neighbourhood, north...
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Sevilla: What to see in Alfalfa

ALFALFA is a typical Sevilla neighbourhood, filled with narrow streets, independent businesses and fantastic tapas bars.  So fantastic, in fact, that Barack Obama couldn’t help but pay a visit last year after attending the WTTC Global Summit in April. The former US president didn’t stick around...
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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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Sevilla: What to see in El Arenal

EL Arenal sits on the banks of the Guadalquivir river and while not so big, features some of the city’s most important sites. Most notable are the iconic bullring and the medieval Torre del Oro - or Tower of Gold in English. Below are the best...
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Covid cancelled Christmas: One reader’s experience of a rather different celebration in Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands

Faced with spending Christmas alone in a cold flat in Madrid after Covid scuppered a return to see family in Scotland, Sarah Crozier made the last minute decision to book a trip to Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands.

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