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Things to see, do and eat in Tarifa

Tarifa, located at the southern end of Spain’s Costa de la Luz, is the meeting point of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Morocco is almost within touching distance and, for many people, Tarifa is simply the stopping off point for a trip to Tangier whether that’s for a day trip or for a […]

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The Barbary Macaques of Gibraltar

Gibraltar’s famed Barbary macaques are originally from Morocco but have been a presence on the rock for centuries and are the only wild monkeys in Europe. Legend has it that, as long as they exist on the rock, Gibraltar will remain under British rule. This caused panic during world War II when the number of […]

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A visit to Castellar Zoo

It’s astonishing to think that, even in this day and age, there is still an illegal trade in wildlife, whether that’s the animals themselves or their by-products (elephant tusks and rhino horns for example).   In the village of Castellar de la Frontera there’s a small zoo which looks after animals that have been rescued […]

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Top ten things to do in Gibraltar

Think of Gibraltar and it’s likely that two things spring immediately to mind. However, there’s so much more to this small British Overseas Territory than just the Rock and its most famous inhabitants, the Barbary Macaques. So read on for my top ten things to do in Gibraltar. START WITH A STROLL ACROSS THE RUNWAY […]

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Reaching the summit of Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja

If you’re holidaying in or around Estepona you can’t miss the Sierra Bermeja mountain as it dominates the landscape behind the town. At just under 1,500 metres high it’s only 10km from the sea so makes an ideal day trip from the beach. I’ve been wanting to reach the summit for a while now (I […]

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Running the Sherry Marathon in Jerez de la Frontera

I have a well-documented love/hate relationship with running and, although I’ve run both the London and New York marathons in my time, these days I tend to stick to shorter distances including my annual trip to Newcastle for the Great North Run. Not long after we moved to Spain I heard about the Sherry Marathon […]

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A day trip to Mijas Pueblo

Mijas Pueblo is a typical Andalucian white town (pueblo blanco) and makes a lovely daytrip from the coast being easily accessible from the A7 and less than 10km from Fuengirola. The most famous inhabitants of Mijas Pueblo are the donkeys which, in their capacity as burro taxis, have their own special parking area in Plaza […]

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A foodie tour of Seville

Spanish food is truly world class and, during a recent weekend in Seville, I was in foodie heaven. With hundreds of bars and restaurants in the city we really were spoilt for choice. I’d read up on a few ‘must visit’ places but, for this first trip, we simply wandered around and went in to […]

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Not skiing in the Sierra Nevada

While friends and family in the UK have been shivering under a blanket of snow, we’ve had to go actively seeking the white stuff so took a whistle-stop trip to the snowfields of the Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Nevada is home to Europe’s most southerly ski resort. Less than 30 kms from Granada, the resort […]

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Climbing the Mediterranean Steps to the top of the Rock

If you want to get to Upper Rock Nature Reserve in Gibraltar there are a few options including the Cable Car (the easiest!), via Castle Steps that are accessed from Main Street near the Post Office (fairly easy and which come out by the Moorish Castle), or the Mediterranean Steps (definitely not for the faint hearted!). […]