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  • 28th
  • Feb

Get thee to a nunnery

Medina Sidonia Guide

image_63077_jpeg_640x480_q85Whatever I expected to find in Medina Sidonia, it wasn’t the Spanish inquisition; or the ruins of a subterranean Roman town; or the greatest Sister Act in home baking since Two Fat Ladies.

Like most tourists, I’d gone to this hilltop fortress pueblo (just off the Los…

  • 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…

  • 01st
  • Feb

The Rebirth of Marbella

A Marbellous Come-back!

“A place to make a fortune, spend a fortune, drink shots, get shot – whatever takes your fancy – that, at its heart, is Marbella,” wrote…

  • 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…

  • 05th
  • Jul

The Zahara Tuna Festival

A great gourmet gig on the Costa de la Luz

  • 22nd
  • Jun

Bambi’s Great Escape

En-deer-ing encounter with a Malaya Case fawn in Jimena

You’ve seen him in Babycham adverts and a well-known Walt Disney cartoon but I never expected to come nose-to-nose with the real-life, polka-dotted, velvet-antlered version: Bambi in the flesh.

That pleasure awaits visitors to the…

  • 10th
  • Apr

Riding Mr Henderson’s Railway

& a journalist's noble cause ...

It’s teatime on a wet Wednesday in April when the Algeciras-to-Ronda train makes an unscheduled stop at San Pablo to collect two dozen passengers from the rain-soaked…

  • 04th
  • Feb

Sun, Snow & Mulled Sangría

Welcome to the Costa del Ski!

The smart ski set used to look down its collective Prada sun visors at the unfashionable Sierra Nevada, famous for its lack of cuckoo clock charm. But this year a lush new designer hotel has put the maligned Spanish ski resort back in the winter sports race.

Opened in December 2012 by the Marbella Club…