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  • 09th
  • May

Los Barrios Romeria

A Right Rural Rave-Up

I don’t do pilgrimages, as a rule; they smack of incense, austerity and blisters. But a personal invitation from the Mayor brooks no refusal, even when it interferes with my Saturday morning…

  • 14th
  • Mar

El Estrecho Natural Park

A Little Arcadia in Algeciras!

In springtime, some of the world’s top natural history experts gather at Huerta Grande Eco-Resort for El Estrecho Natural Park Nature Fair.

There are lectures and workshops, whale and dolphin trips and front row seats at the…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 21st
  • Sep

Rockin’ On at Gibraltar Music Festival

... and getting my 10cc's-worth!

  • 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,…