Recent Blog Posts

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  • 25th
  • Jul

‘Talking’ with Monkeys

But where the heck is Alice?

There’s a much better way to have a Gibraltar monkey experience – a Sunset Safari to the top of the Rock with primatologist Brian Gomila to learn about the Barbary macaques David Attenborough-style. Prepare to…

  • 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…

  • 29th
  • Dec

Restaurant Reviews I Wish I’d Written

Now, read them here!

When the waitress asked: “Would you like a torch with your menu?” I thought she was joking!

Agreed, it was dark. Pitch dark. The restaurant’s windows were shuttered, the lighting…

  • 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…

  • 21st
  • Nov

Foraging for Wild Mushrooms

In Los Alcornocales Nature Park

Every year, after the first rains of autumn, wild mushrooms sprout on restaurant menus throughout the Campo de Gibraltar.

Nutty brown boletus, trumpet-shaped chanterelles, crunchy saffron milk caps and a cornucopia of other varieties,…

  • 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…

  • 19th
  • Jul

In Praise of Palmones Beach

... and sucks to Cadiz Tourism!

  • 27th
  • Apr

Website Tips: Planning for the Terrible Twos

The Continuing Saga of a Cybermum

My cub reporter days gave me a marked distaste for mother and baby contests, where you were expected to goo-goo over gurgling infants that mostly looked like gremlins. (“So how old is little Jenny?…