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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…

  • 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…

  • 19th
  • Jul

In Praise of Palmones Beach

... and sucks to Cadiz Tourism!

  • 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

  • 08th
  • Mar

The Algeciras of Paco de Lucía

Farewell to a favourite son

So farewell then, Paco de Lucía. I may be the only person in the world to have walked out of one of your concerts. Over some damned silly argument with a…

  • 15th
  • Feb

Castellar de la Frontera

The Finca Salma wants to 'Hayek'

So will it be Next Stop Hollywood for Castellar de la Frontera? If actress Salma Hayek is buying a large chunk of it, that’s a definite maybe.

The sultry Mexican movie star and her billionaire…