Category: Andalusia

Why is Marbella the hen do capital of Europe?

| February 26, 2013

If you have been given the responsibility of organising a best friend’s hen do, or you are the lucky bride-to-be yourself, then look no further than Marbella for the most luxurious and memorable foreign hen party resort you could wish for. In recent years, Marbella has become THE hen do destination for any discerning potential bride. So why is Marbella the go-to destination for such gatherings? Continue Reading

Cordoba Holy Week

| March 16, 2012

The week leading up to Easter, and especially Holy Thursday and Holy Friday, is full of ritual, display and devotion. Throughout the week, costaleros from Thirty Catholic associations, or brotherhoods, bear images of the Passion of Christ and of the Virgin Mary on their shoulders through the narrow streets for hours, taking turns under the heavy load. Thousands of candles and masked penitents leading the way and trailing behind, accompanied by music, add to the solemnity and symbolism.
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Costa da Luz

| February 15, 2012

Apart from a few rocky stretches, the Costa de la Luz is a continuous line of fine sandy beaches backed by pine groves. Flanked by saline and marsh, the lower reaches of the rivers present a scene that has barely changed in centuries. The name Costa de la Luz, or Coast of Light, comes from the way the sea reflects the sunlight  like a mirror. Continue Reading

Nerja

| February 1, 2012

The vibrant little coastal town, Nerja, lies at the foot of the Sierre Almijara, Andalusia. Here, mountains plunge straight into the crystal clear sea and coastlines jut proudly against an backdrop of sea and sky. Continue Reading

Casa De Carmona Hotel, Seville

| January 29, 2012

The Casa De Carmona Hotel has been described as one of the most unique and elegant hotels in Spain. It is a lovingly restored 16th Century palace to a small hotel of character, with 33 bedrooms in the tiny ancient, hilltop, walled, picturesque town of Carmona, only 20 minutes outside Seville and 15 minutes from the airport, and to stay there is to stay in the house of a Spanish Nobleman with good taste. Continue Reading

Costa del Sol

| January 15, 2012

The Costa del Sol or “Sun Coast”, one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world due to its natural beauty and infrastructure, extends along the entire coast of the province of Málaga and the Mediterranean coast of Cádiz. Continue Reading

Granada Alhambra

| January 6, 2012

During the centuries the Moors ruled most of Spain, including Andalucia, they built numerous palaces and fortresses in the style of their original country (Morocco, hence the name Moor). But no example is more magnificent than the Alhambra citadel in Granada. The series of palaces and gardens, including the famed Generalife at the base outside, is justifiably among Spain’s most often visited sites. Continue Reading

Granada Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens tour

| January 2, 2012

Take a trip to Granada and the Alhambra Palace, one of the most beautiful architectural marvels in the world, on a day tour from the Costa del Sol. Granada is home to two of Spain’s best-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the gardens of the Generalife and the exquisite Moorish architecture of the Alhambra Palace. Continue Reading

Cordoba gastronomy

| December 31, 2011

There is a lot of art and tradition in the gastronomy of Córdoba. The weight of history and tradition is in the dishes that have been passed down from the Moorish and Jewish past, they are put on the table today with innovating touches and a fusion of tastes. Continue Reading

Costa del Sol tours: La Axarquía route

| December 30, 2011

“Good water and healthy air, good land for producing silk and many raisins and fermented juice”, this was La Axarquía for the 17th century writer, Henríquez de Jorquera. A land east of Málaga, extending from the division formed by the mountain ranges of Sierra Alhama, Tejeda and Almijara in the province of Granada. Continue Reading

Malaga, capital of the Costa del Sol

| December 30, 2011

Vicente Aleixandre, the distinguished Nobel prize-winning poet, described Málaga as the “City of paradise. You seem to reign under the heavens, over the waters, between the air”; a city in which different peoples and cultures have left an imprint of their rich historical and cultural heritage. Continue Reading

Holiday rental on the golf course, Elviria, Marbella, Costa del Sol

| December 28, 2011

Attractive 2 bedroom 2 full bath condominium right on the golf course located in Mijas Golf very close to Hotel Byblos. All rooms but especially the livingroom and, of course, the patio look out over the golf course with spectacular sunset views. Very quiet and relaxing. Close to markets and shopping. You want a quiet, fun getaway…this is it! Continue Reading

Malaga gastronomy

| December 26, 2011

Malaga’s cuisine boasts a wide variety of simple, healthy dishes prepared with natural ingredients, some of which are protected by a denomination of origin: olive oil with the Antequera Denomination of Origin; cherimoyas with the Chirimoya de la Costa Tropical Granada-Malaga Denomination of Origin; raisins with the Pasas de Màlaga Denomination of Origin; and wines with the Malaga and Sierras de Malaga Denominations of origin. Continue Reading

Cordoba festivals

| December 25, 2011

Holy Week in Córdoba is silent and serious, different to other cities. The most representative procession is of Christ of Remedio de Ánimas on Holy Monday leaving from the church of San Lorenzo. Continue Reading

4-Day Spain sightseeing tour to Cordoba, Seville and Granada

| December 24, 2011

Head on out of Madrid and spend four days exploring Andalucia’s most popular cities: Seville, Cordoba and Granada. You’ll visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Alhambra and discover the rich history of this beautiful Spanish region. Continue Reading

Cadiz gastronomy

| December 23, 2011

Cadiz’ cuisine is heavily influenced by the famous wines which are produced in the province and is largely based on the wide range of fish and shellfish which are caught along its coast: gilthead bream, red-banded bream, sea bass, dab, blacktail bream, prawns, lobsters, bocas, dye murex, and the celebrated king prawns from San Incar. Continue Reading

Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol

| December 23, 2011

Southern Spain’s answer to Benidorm, Torremolinos is a vast purpose-built resort situated 10 miles west of Malaga, on the road to Marbella. With six miles of broad, sandy beaches, lots of watersports, masses of bars and restaurants and an exhausting nightlife, the resort attracts tourists of all ages from all over Europe. Continue Reading

Roquetas de Mar, Costa Almeria

| December 23, 2011

The popular tourist resort town of Roquetas de Mar was once a sleepy, scenic fishing village dating from Roman times. It still retains its maze of Moorish alley-like streets and pretty white-washed houses clinging to the hillside. Continue Reading

Conil de la Frontera, Costa de la Luz

| December 23, 2011

Conil de la Frontera offers visitors a traditional Andalusian flavour, with cobbled streets, flamenco dancing, genuine tapas bars and of course, beautiful beaches. Popular with Spanish tourists, the resort comes alive in summer and is a hive of activity. Continue Reading

Malaga festivals

| December 22, 2011

The portrayal of Christ’s passion in Riogordo, the “throne races” of the nights of Easter Thursday and Good Friday in Antequera, and the solemn processions in Malaga itself, which have been declared a fiesta of International Tourist Interest, are just some examples of the significance of the Easter celebrations for the province as a whole. Continue Reading