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The idylls of Nerja

MARY ROULSTON takes a stroll around Nerja – the place mass tourism forgot. In this pleasant coastal town, she discovers a surge in the buy to let market

Granada top of the table for wines

Despite the heavy storms in May that battered La Alpujarra, laying waste to hundreds of hectares of vines, two of that region’s signature bodegas had a bumper end to the year.

Making a difference in 2008

Tired of mundane New Year resolutions? Instead of giving up smoking why not make some small lifestyle changes and help to save the planet. The Olive Press’ Rosie Sinclair, one of Al Gore’s Climate Project foot soldiers, shows you how.

Planet saved!

Jason Heppenstall argues that we must not rely on the politicians and big business to solve the global warming crisis

Sun, Sea & Sadness

The Olive Press launches a Christmas appeal for the forgotten street children of AndaluciaLisa Grant FOR most people on holiday in Spain, the country...

Nineteen things you (probably) never knew about navidad

By Theresa O’Shea YES, there are Christmas trees everywhere and the shopping centres are crawling with unconvincing Papa Noels. True, department store El Corte Inglés seems...

Bah, humbug!*

*Or how to see the night sky and save the planet in the process Could the innocent fairy light be the reason Spain is struggling...

Climate Change will see the “Africanisation” of Spain

Study warns of environmental catastrophe before the end of the century as Spain struggles to meet Kyoto demands

Olive Press news review of the year

Twelve months of corruption, environmental matters and the best English-language coverage of the local issues that matter, the Olive Press brings you an indispensable...

An island of cold in a sea of warmth

Home to mainland Spain’s highest peaks, the Sierra Nevada is a treasure trove of rare plant life and animals

“Only ghosts will live there”

Dream homes left unfinished in La Alpujarra as agent refuses to return deposits

Predatory behaviour and the destruction of Iberia’s coast

Charles Schoengrund draws interesting parallels between the twin disappearances of Madelaine McCann and the coastline of IberiaAFTER reading the feedback on YouTube concerning the...

The true cost of being cheap

As the furniture superstore opens in Málaga, the Olive Press asks if Ikea goes far enough to combat the exploitation of child labour in...

Oil spillage poisons aquifer

A GRANADA court is investigating how 120,000 tonnes of a vegetable-based contaminant was allowed to enter underground water supplies. Mayor of Atarfe Víctor Sánchez and...

The gentle giants of the wasp world

Man’s misunderstanding of the hornet has led to the insect becoming almost extinct in certain parts of Europe

The man who changed history

Emilio Silva laid the foundations for the recent law which denounces Franco - his uprising and his dictatorship - and recognises the Republicans who...

“My grandfather was buried in a roadside ditch”

Emilio Silva, director of the ARMH (Association for the Recovery of Historic Memory) shares the Civil War story of his own grandfather with Lisa...

It’s in the climate, stupid

Following last issue in which Fiona Flores Watson attacked the slick, corporate image of the Climate Project, after meeting him in Nashville this year, Rosie Sinclair has quite a different view of Nobel Laureate Al Gore

Andalucia and the Strategy for Coastal Sustainability

AT the end of October, Madrid made an announcement of a radical change in the policy that has seen Spain’s coast become saturated in...

Remembering Franco

Writing exclusively for the Olive Press, Franco biographer Paul Preston claims the legacy of the dictator’s rule has come to nothing as Spain embraces democracy.

Justice defeats the conspiracy

As those responsible for the train bomb attacks in Madrid are brought to justice, Carlos Pranger believes Spain’s politicians should respect the victims and...

Who is that crawling up my wall?

Anyone who has a country property probably knows well the sticky footed lizards known as geckos.

Drowning in a desert of plastic

There is a certain irony, claims Bob Maddox, that not only do the plastic greenhouses of the coast of Almería and Granada suck the land dry to stock the shelves of supermarkets, but also threaten the lives of local populations with increased risk of flooding

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Climate Change*

With the news that up to 85 per cent of Andalucia is under threat from desertification, in this simple Q&A scientist AZZAM QASRAWI explains the phenomenon of climate change

Climate undergoes sea change

Bob Maddox assess the findings of a report claiming the oceans are not absorbing as much carbon dioxide as they once did

Saints and souls and modern day ghouls

For Theresa O’Shea, Halloween in Spain is a time for visiting departed loved ones and eating roasted chestnuts PUMPKIN sales in Spain at the end...

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