Extra virgin elixir of life

Not just fabulous on toast and salads, olive oil can help you live longer. As the olive picking season begins, Andrew Pearce and Jon Clarke discover that Andalucia's world-beating olive oil was not just the world's first example of branding, but how many of its century-old techniques still survive to this day

Canary Islands to cut environment protection

Green groups protest as half the islands protected species could be put in danger

Hold the front page!

The Olive Press predicts issues likely to dominate Spanish news this year

The 12 days of Spanish Christmas

From El Gordo to the Three Kings... Confused about Spanish customs and the length of Spanish Christmas. Our Spanish Learning column should clear things up.

Spain seizes record cocaine haul

Two tonnes of cocaine seized in air shipment of carnations and roses

Meet the man obsessed by money

EXCLUSIVE: Last month the Olive Press revealed that dozens of people are anxiously trying to chase millions of euros they invested with the services of Jose Luis Maseda. Here, Andrew Pearce, investigates the so called lawyer and estate agent, who has always been “utterly consumed with making money”

Ho ho ho for a festive break

Beat the lousy weather by heading for an Andalucian bolthole

So sweet a Spanish Christmas

Forget Lapland... Andalucians all head for Rute, where even the world's sweetest tooth can be satisfied. Here, the three chocolate kings arrive in time to meet marzipan Jesus

Are sickly Brits asking too much?

The year started with reports on the healthcare threats for British pensioners in Spain. Now it is ending with protests over a 270 euro charge levied on expatriates in Valencia. Anna Nicholas is not impressed

Too hot to handle?

Spain cools down to save energy

Facebook protest fights to save virgin Spanish beach

Demonstration called to save El Palmar beach from mass development

Dozen dockers nicked in drugs swoop

Half of the 24 held in cocaine swoop are staff working in Algeciras port

Spain to snuff out smoking

Protests over plan to ban smoking in all public places next year

My reality TV experience on the Way of St James

With 2010 being the Xacabeo and the year to resolve your sins by undertaking the Camino de Santiago, Tracy Saunders recalls how she started alone, but by the end was in a group of 13 pilgrims from eight countries, living a strange psychology experiment

The Prehistoric museum of Andalucia

2010 is the 600th anniversary since the Christians conquered Antequera... But that is almost like yesterday in the glorious history of Andalucia’s oldest town, where Spain’s ‘first architects’ were based, writes Jon Clarke

How times change

Paul O’Connell re-visits a town of growth and prosperity

Home truths shame Spain

Just when you thought UK politicians were the world’s greediest, author Daniel Montero has revealed the excesses enjoyed by Spain's ruling elite

The Right Honourable Member for Torre and Puerto Banus

Does Spain need an MP? Giles Tremlett poses the question

Sustainable Spanish retreats

Are you concerned about the environment? Would you rather take the train than travel by aeroplane, or car? As the Copenhagen earth summit looms, Asha Stuttard finds ten eco-friendly options right on your doorstep around Spain

Young boy dies from swine flu

Sudden swine flu death hits Torrevieja

A need for stamina in town with big heart

A white town with a buzzing social scene, Andrew Pearce gets in shape and explores the vibrant streets of Jimena de la Frontera and neighbouring San Pablo de Buceite

Wild goose chase to Extremadura

Andrew Pearce explains why these geese are by foie the happiest in the world... just ask President Barack Obama!

Save our dunes

Bird group pleads with developers to save last wild dune area on Costa del Sol

The writing was on the wall

Olive Press editor Jon Clarke recalls his visit to witness the fall of the Berlin wall 20 years ago and what the implications would be on both his life and his belief in a united Europe

I was a fifth wheel

Matthew Pritchard reflects on his sense of uselessness becoming a father

In a big flap!

Couple return home to find a rare Griffon vulture on their bed, while second family find another on balcony