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Freya’s fashion advice: bag a bargain in the January sales in Spain

SOMETHING to keep up your spirits during the disappointing post-Christmas calendar are the January sales! A chance to get your mitts on as many...

A Christmas tale of La Alpujarra in Spain’s Andalucia

IF you fantasise about picture-perfect Christmas card scenes, with snow-laded pine trees, mountain vistas, and real wood-burning chimneys, the Alpujarra fits the bill. With...

Photographer in Spain’s Órgiva, Franc Enskat, is launching his new portrait project

TIRELESSLY capturing the most eccentric characters in and around Órgivan is a favourite task for Franc Enskat, a German/French photographer who moved to the...

La Oveja Verde – buy an ongoing hotel business with potential to sell separate apartments in the beautiful Alpujarra...

THE Oveja Verde complex occupies a prime site at the entrance of the Alpujarran town of Pitres, in the popular municipality of La Taha,...

From booming basslines to valleys of sound: How the Alpujarras in Spain became known for its dub reggae scene

AT a time when many popular forms of music are bland and formulaic, those who want to be lost in music will be spoilt...

DISPATCH: The ‘loca fiesta’ of San Juan returns to the spa town of Lanjaron in Spain’s Alpujarra

SPAIN is known for some oddball fiestas that go way beyond enjoying drinks and music with friends in the village plaza. While the town...

Stained brown: Spain’s ‘white villages’ call for help to clear up after Sahara sandstorms  

THE recent ‘calima’ sandstorm that swept across Spain dumping Saharan dust has left thousands of buildings stained with ugly discolouration and brown streaks.  The effect...

EXCLUSIVE: Body of a man discovered by hiker could match that of mystery head found last month in Spain’s...

A BODY has been found in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The skeleton, found near Orgiva, could belong to a head located nearby in November. The gruesome...
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Viable alternative: A look at the ‘hippy’ communities around Orgiva in Spain’s Alpujarras

Forget mystery skulls, the Madeleine McCann prime suspect and expat extraditions, Orgiva’s celebrated alternative community is bustling and counts cultural links to Robert Graves, Genesis, the Olive Press, and even the Romans, writes Jo Chipchase

Expat couple’s dreamy Andalucian home features on new BBC show with Richard E Grant

AN EXPAT couple are front and centre of a new TV show uncovering the history of writers in Spain.  David and Emma Illsley, who run...

WATCH: Bush fire threatens homes and environmentally sensitive National park in Spain

AN expat has told of a dramatic bush fire that broke out in the Alpujarras region of Granada that needed 100 firefighters to bring...

British expats in Spain among 100 homeowners to face compulsory purchases of land due to huge pylon network

The next step is for the Junta to declare the 182km route as a public utility and the process of expropriation will begin

FIGHT THE POWER: Olive Press launches campaign to stop network of 352 pylons ‘destroying’ Andalucia’s Lecrin Valley and Alpujarras

Thousands of people are affected and the proposed route, which begins in Conchar in the west and ends at Benahadux in the east, was approved back in 2015

Celebrities join thousands of expats and locals battling ‘ugly’ and ‘devastating’ electricity pylons planned for Granada’s iconic Lecrin Valley...

The Di No A Las Torres (Say No To The Towers) group argues high voltage towers would have a ‘devastating effect’ on tourism and agriculture, as well as health
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Couple to trek over 3,000km on horseback from Spain to their wedding in Brighton

Niki Fray and Mark of Cadiar in the Alpujarras will ride the length of Spain and France along the GR7 and E2 routes, which will end with them trotting down the aisle in Brighton

Fundraising plea to help Alpujarras new mum beat cancer

Alpujarras resident Colette Nolan, whose son Zebedee is 10-months-old, desperately needs to raise €100,000 to pay for innovative therapy at the ChemoThermia Oncology Centre in Istanbul

Sierra Nevada: Perfect for families

Telemark has been catering for families and adventurers on the snow since 1989, writes Jon Clarke

Two Spanish retreats make list of top 10 mountain cabins in Europe

Two Spanish pads in Europe’s 10 best mountain hideaways

Agony uncle: Managing expats moves to Spain

Having lived in Spain for two decades, Leon Cohen offers peace of mind for anyone moving here

Up to 30 expats turn out to escort elderly llamas to their new Alpujarras home

The llamas are enjoying their new home

Off piste perfect in the Sierra Nevada!

Swap your skis for a wild mountain adventure with experienced Telemark, writes Jon Clarke

Rural Andalucian school wins €300 million in El Gordo Christmas lottery

Rural school in poor village celebrates after winning big in national lottery
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Donald Gray’s Andalucian arcadia

Donald Gray has devoted his life to traditional Andalucia architecture, with Brigitte Bardot and Gerald Brenan big fans. Joe Duggan met the man

EXCLUSIVE: Conned Brit pleads for property fraudsters to finally be jailed in Spain

British couple Neil and Caroline Riddoch’s Spanish plans quickly became a nightmare, after it turned out they had paid €92,000 to fraudsters for land in a nearby village

Costa del Sol architect Donald Gray honoured with award

The award recognises work that respects the surrounding countryside and traditional Spanish architecture

‘Driving Over Lemons’ author Chris Stewart takes a sabbatical year

The farmer, author and former Genesis drummer has announced he is taking a year off from writing




Reduced VAT on electricity bills to end this month in Spain

VAT on electricity bills will leap up from 10% to 21% in March due to big falls in the wholesale price of energy. Anti-inflation measures saw...


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