With so many countries not open to tourists yet, I’m going to make the most of this paradise on my doorstep and have a Spanish staycation this summer. After all, why bother going anywhere else with all the associated risks when I can be a tourist in my own beautiful backyard? Andalucia has got it …
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 …
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 see the mountain every day as I’m heading home from work so the temptation is always there) but the summer heat put anything too strenuous off limits!(more…)
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 in Jerez de la Frontera and knew I had to take part. A run around the vineyards with the chance to sample local delicacies and partake of a sherry or two en route – I’ll drink to that!(more…)
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 de la Virgen de la Pena.(more…)
Spanish food is truly world class and, during a recent weekend in Seville, I was in foodie heaven. Read on for highlights of my foodie tour of one of Andalucia’s most beautiful cities.(more…)
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 village of Pradollano, in the Monachil region, nestles at the foot of the mountains and has over 100 kms of ski runs.(more…)
I love wandering round markets and Cadiz’s Mercado Central is a food lover’s dream! So much so, that I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking for me!(more…)
Ever since I watched Rick Stein’s Long Weekend in Cadiz on TV I’d wanted to pay it a visit. At the time of watching, I wasn’t even living in Spain so mentally filed it away for a future holiday destination.
Fast forward a few months and not only was I living in Andalucia but Cadiz was practically on my doorstep. No excuse not to go!(more…)
Ronda is one of Andalucia’s famous Pueblos Blancos (white towns) and is perched above El Tajo Gorge in the Serrania de Ronda with spectacular views across the mountains down to the Costa del Sol.(more…)