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  • 19th
  • Dec

The Beckett List 2015: Spain Trip Planner

12 day trips & weekenders in Andalucia, Gibraltar & Morocco

3D-Book5Since moving west from Fuengirola to the quirky village of Los Barrios, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to escape it find out what lies beyond.

Along the way, I’ve discovered some amazing trips in the Spain/Gibraltar/Morocco Golden Triangle, and…

  • 23rd
  • Aug

Sotogrande Polo

Cooler than the mint with the hole!

There’s only one place to be in with the ‘in’ crowd in summer on the Costa del Sol (and it’s not Nikki Beach). It’s Sotogrande polo.

More specifically, get yourself to Santa Maria Polo Club for the…

  • 16th
  • Apr

The Roman Ruins of Carteia

No thanks to Franco!

What did the Romans ever do for Spain?

That’s not a question Franco gave much thought to when he allowed Cepsa to build an ugly oil refinery on top of one of Spain’s most important Roman…

  • 02nd
  • Apr

Make Merry with Sherry in Jerez

2014 European Capital of Wine

3It’s a capital year to drink sherry in Jerez! The city is holding a year-long festival of wine tourism to celebrate its most important local product. And, as you’ll discover, sherry’s no longer a little old ladies’ drink!

 

 

My Sherry Amor

  • 14th
  • Dec

A Tapas Fest in Tarifa

Iberian Pork with a Touch of 'Sage'

tapas fest in Tarifa

Pork & Sage – a winning combination!

We’d gone to pig out on pork at a tapas fest in Tarifa. But a man in a pork pie hat on the poster had other ideas,…

  • 27th
  • Oct

Mr Henderson’s Railway Trip Planner

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If you haven’t ridden Mr Henderson’s Railway you’re missing a treat – it’s a great day out!

This scenic train line from Algeciras to Ronda takes you to parts of Andalucía most travellers rarely see:

Ride through 16…

  • 19th
  • Oct

Zahara’s Ruta del Retinto Festival

It's a pub crawl with (cow) bells on!

“No! Don’t take her photo,” I pleaded as we passed a particularly fetching russet-brown cow, grazing in a field along the coast road to Zahara.

“I can’t look her in the eye in case we might be eating…

  • 30th
  • Aug

The Underwater Virgin of Algeciras

She's as popular as Madonna!

So there we were, bombing across the Bay of Algeciras in a Zodiac with six strapping frogmen. Me and my mate Chris Gamble, looking for a virgin!

Spain’s coming down with them but the one in Algeciras plays very hard to get.

For 364 days of the year, she lives on the sea bed. Once a year,…

  • 18th
  • Aug

Zen & the Art of Gibraltar Border Queuing

How to make the waiting Rock!

Don’t get me wrong. It will never catch on as a tourist attraction.

No one’s going to get themselves trapped in a traffic jam for 6 hours 20 minutes and…

  • 18th
  • Jul

If you go down to the woods today …

You could meet a Real Corker!

He emerged from the undergrowth, tall, tanned and taut of torso, and I wondered if I was encountering my first bandit.

We were, after all, in bandit country – the wilds of Los Alcornocales Nature…