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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 half marathons. In fact, that should be singular as, other than the Great North Run each year, I tend towards couch potato-ness. However, when I first […]

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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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Tickle your tastebuds in Cadiz market

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! The market has more than 50 stalls selling fish and seafood, over another 50 offering fruit and veg, more than 40 selling meat, plus […]

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Things to see, do and eat in Cadiz

Since I watched Rick Stein’s Long Weekend in Cadiz on TV about a year ago 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 ten months and not only was I living in Andalucia […]

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Five things to do in Ronda

Ronda is one of Andalucia’s famous pueblo nuevos (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. Rather than drive there, we decided that we’d let the train take the strain so we could kick back and really […]

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A dip in the Roman baths in Casares

A chance glance at a map highlighted some Roman baths in the Casares hills and a Google search showed that they are just a 15 minute drive from home – perfect for our latest Sunday outing! Los Banos de la Hedionda Translated from Spanish it means Baths of the Stinking Place and, walking up the path […]

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Hiking in the Sierra Bermeja

It was a beautiful late October Sunday and the clocks had just gone back an hour, so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to go hiking in the Sierra Bermeja. The plan was to hike to the top of Los Reales. The reality found us, instead, walking part of the route of the Gran Senda […]