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Midsummer beach party noche san juan almeria andalucia
For most people today the summer solstice is a time for celebration marking the first day of summer, usually associated with the big mid-summer parties in countries like Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Spain etc. However, it was also a hugely important date for many ancient cultures , with the event often marked in some ritualistic way, usually through the alignment of ceremonial buildings/structures specifically for the mid-summer sunrise. Examples...
Alhambra view Granada Andalucia Spain
Flamenco not Football in Andalucia... With Euro 2016 kicking off today in France, all eyes will be glued to tvs for the next few weeks of football. And with a record number of “home nations” present - England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland all qualified – the hosts France looking good and (our adopted country) Spain being one of the favourites to recapture their title, it promises to be a great tournament. However, not everyone is in to...
Bardenas Reales national park Navarra Game of Thrones 6 filming locations
Winter is coming - HBO´s hit series, Game of Thrones, returns to our screens soon..! This Sunday (24 April) sees the premier of the eagerly-awaited Season 6 of Game of Thrones . And it´s not just the keenest set-jetters who are desperate to find out which filming locations were used this time. HBO is calling it " A Journey to Spain ", with five different regions of Spain being used in the filming. So, from the north to the south of Spain, here...
The Mezquita, Cordoba´s mesmeriazing mosque cathedral
Did you know that April 18 is World Heritage Day? It´s also called World International Monuments and Sites Day and is a day to celebrate the diversity of cultural heritage and the importance of trying to protect and conserve it. The perfect time to remind ourselves of just how many amazing World Heritage Sites we have here in Andalucia and share the news that two local sites look set to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List soon… Photo:...
ubeda parador hotel and salvador church
A new motorway has just been opened between the city of Jaen and the UNESCO towns of Ubeda and Baeza . The 50km stretch of new road is apty named the Autovia del Olivar (Olive Motorway) as it winds through Spain´s largest olive belt in the heart of Jaen province. Reducing the journey time to Ubeda from Jaen by around 40%, this new motorway helps open up two of Andalucia´s finest (yet least known) historic towns to visitors – making it now...
view of the mezquita and roman bridge cordoba spain
Where to go in Spain in 2016… Tired of the crowds in Tuscany; feel like you have “done” the Dordogne; or don´t really fancy Turkey right now? Then Spain should be high on your bucket list. So, what are best things to see and do in Spain this year...? Once popular for little more than Sol y Playa and Golf, Spain is at last becoming known for its dynamic cities & historic towns, arts & culture, food & wines, nature & outdoor...
Alhambra Granada romantic locations Andalucia Spain
Ideas for a very Moorish Valentines weekend getaway in Andalucia ... Valentines Weekend is only a few weeks away but don’t panic, there´s still time to plan a romantic getaway in sunny Spain. And there´s no more romantic place to head that the Heart of Andalucia ... Photo: the Patio of Orange Trees at the Mezquita, Cordoba. In addition to visiting the classic Moorish sites of the Alhambra in Granada, the Mezquita in Cordoba and Seville´s Giralda...
View of Antequera Andalucia lovers rock and dolmens unesco sites spain
Andalucian sites may soon be added to the new UNESCO World Heritage List. El Torcal national park along with the Peña de los Enamorados (Lovers Rock) and the Megalithic dolmens of Menga, Viera and El Romeral , near Antequera, have been nominated for this year´s UNESCO´s World Heritage List , due to be announced in July. The five sites - three cultural and two natural - are described by UNESCO as: “The Antequera dolmens are outstanding examples...
craft beers spain el cabo microbrewery cabo de gata andalucia
Artisanal Andalucia: on the Craft Beer Trail in Spain… Over the past couple of years, the number of Spanish microbreweries in Andalucia has doubled ( see map ) The region´s been slow to catch on, but now Andalucian craft beer is here to stay...! Spain is the 3 rd largest producer of beer in Europe (behind Germany & UK), with a monopoly of giant-brewers Mahou, San Miguel, Cruzcampo (owned by Heineken) and Estrella Damm etc. But there has been...
El Torcal karst landscape Andalucia Spain setting for Emerald City
Emerald City & Game of Thrones 6 filming in Andalucia The dramatic karst scenery of El Torcal national park in Andalucia has been chosen as a key filming location for the new NBC fantasy drama series, Emerald City , to be based on L. Frank Baum´s classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Filming will begin in El Torcal next week , with other destinations in Andalucia expected to be Cabo de Gata National Park near Almeria; the Castillo de...

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