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British expat takes legal action after leg operation left her paralysed in other leg

EXCLUSIVE: Grandmother Carolyn Emmett was left with no movement in her left leg after an operation on her right femur went badly wrong

On your bike in the Serrania de Ronda!

Joe Duggan dons lycra to see Ronda from the perspective of pedal power

Malaga’s olive oil industry attracting importers from China

A family company in the Serrania de Ronda is also marketing its liquid gold in India, Bahrain and Kazakhstan

Coach just inches away from disaster on the icy roads of the Serrania de Ronda

As the vehicle negotiated a steep, narrow mountain pass near the abandoned Hundidero dam it lost traction and started sliding backwards towards a sheer drop of several hundred metres

Walkers protest in Ronda

Walkers and hikers in Ronda are campaigning for access to a footpath between Montejaque and Grazalema

Where to eat in the Gaucin area

The Gaucin and nearby white village restaurant scene is improving by the month, writes Dining Secrets of Andalucia editor Jon Clarke

Competitor 501 – Did Not Finish

Twenty-five kilometres into the 40-km night walk, I concluded we were the last of the 806 competitors

Holding my head up high

Mantilla: a lace or silk shawl worn over the head and shoulders, often over a high comb. Peineta: (1) a large comb, with a convex body and set of prongs, used to hold up the mantilla; (2) when being fitted, an instrument of torture for women with short, fine hair

A bun-fight in Montejaque

More than 50 local and international dishes – from gazpacho to Teriyaki chicken to ‘Gypsy Arm’ – were waiting to be tasted by the villagers and tourists. The judges had just started scoring the desserts when the masses could no longer wait. Those with the longest arms got to eat the most

A gastronomic delight

Taste more than 50 dishes from Spain and all over the world when the village of Montejaque launches its bilingual (Spanish/English) Cookbook and Village Guide on 10 August

Hauling ass… or, what I’m willing to do for publicity!

The printer jokingly suggested I travel by donkey to collect the first print run of the cookbook. So, wearing the traditional costume of 200 years ago, I rode sixteen kilometres over the mountains from Montejaque to Ronda. Now that is one sore ass ... and my bum is hurting, too

A backward glance

After four lessons to learn the ‘sevillana’ dance, I think I have finally mastered the steps. I’d been muddling my paso with my pasada, and turning right when I should have been turning left

Cooking up a storm?

For the past three months Carolyn Emmett has been co-ordinating the design and production of a cookbook and guide for the village of Montejaque

Rio Carnival? It came close…

Six brawny men (three dressed as women and one in a chicken suit) won the jug-throwing contest - this was Carnaval day in Montejaque

My knickers are not wet!

Up the hill and down the dale, I walked the rocky mountain trail; I saw the plains... I’ve got the pains to prove it.

Doppelgängers in Andalucía

You’ve all heard the rather wacky theory that John F Kennedy, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Princess Diana et al aren’t dead at all and are living on a remote island somewhere in the world, well Paul Whitelock thinks that Andalucía is also a hiding place for the rich and famous

Review of 2011… from the mountains

Here’s Paul Whitelock’s personal review of the year – of events which have affected Spain in general and the Serranía de Ronda, where he lives, in particular

My Top 10 places to visit around Ronda

Following a request from a reader, Paul Whitelock chooses his Top 10 places to visit around Ronda having already shared his Top 10 places in Spain and in Andalucía and his Top 10 favourite spots in Ronda itself

Into battle against the French

Villagers of Montejaque re-enact the 1810 battle, in which around 200 locals won a famous victory against 700 French soldiers. Photographs by Karl Smallman

¡Buen provecho!

The foreign residents of Montejaque give the Spanish locals a ‘taste of the world'

Andalucia’s ‘pink pound’

As Torremolinos’ celebrates its increasingly popular Expogays festival, Wendy Williams looks at the impact the ‘pink pound’ is having on Andalucia

My Top 10 places to visit in Andalucía

Which are your top 10 places to visit in Andalucía?

Four Spanish weddings …

Paul Whitelock has had the good fortune to have been invited to four weddings on Spanish territory

‘Walking in the Ronda Mountains’ book launch

New book features 30 half-day walks in the Serranía de Ronda

Spätzle auf Spanisch!

Montejaque and neighbour Benaoján, in the Serranía de Ronda, featured on German TV’s SWR channel this week

Gypsy Rose Lee has to strip again

I am SO excited about moving to our little mountain village in Spain at the end of March
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