Spain

Spain (14)

It was about 9pm on a mildly warm Tuesday night when our bus came to a meandering crawl in Requena, Spain. This was not just any Tuesday night. It was the night before the annual tomato throwing festival known as La Tomatina. Tomatina was to be held in the small town of Bunol the following afternoon. That didn’t stop the entire province of Valencia from joining in on the celebration, however. This was the night of the annual Water and Wine Festival in Requena. I had been looking forward to this event for some time. Not just because I wanted…
When it comes to finding a great holiday destination, you've got the world at your feet. There's enough choice to suit virtually every different taste and budget imaginable, from cheap package holidays in Tunisia and romantic weekends in Venice, to ski holidays in the French Alps and walking breaks across the Spanish Pyrenees. One destination that serves up a fascinating array of holidays all on one island is Tenerife. With incredible volcanic geology that has left a legacy of dark sandy beaches, craggy mountainous terrain and bizarre volcanic landscapes, there's never a dull moment in this sun-drenched Canary Island. Thanks…
Chueca quarter, trendy bright and colorful decorated shops:Botique at a narrow cosy street:Just had a mild summer rainshower:Main road at the city centre, background: Banco de Espana:Narrow street at Madrid's gay quarter Chueca, pimpt up for the pride week:Narrow street, lovely decoratet, amazing people:Club Mediagual's truck at Madrid Pride:Club Boite's truck at Madrid Pride:Enjoy, and be inspired for your next trip.Lars 
Córdoba sits on the River Guadalquivir in the north of the Spanish province of Andalucía and is filled with the remnants of its rich history, a good portion of which can be found in La Judería - the Jewish Quarter.   The site to which most tourists flock to when first arriving in Córdoba is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Mosque/Cathedral and its surrounding streets. We made our way from our cheap and cheerful hotel on the far side of the river, across the much renovated Roman Bridge, past the statue of San Rafael in its centre, towards…
Nestled into the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas is one of Andalucía's well-known pueblos blancos or white villages. Just 8 kilometres from Fuengirola the village of Mijas has become a popular tourist destination. There was a settlement on the site of modern Mijas in prehistoric times. It became known as Tamisa during the Roman occupation and was a stopping point on the trade route between Málaga and Cádiz. Later Mijas came under the rule of the Moors and resisted the Catholic Kings attempts to remove the Moors from the peninsula and restore the country to Catholicism during the siege…
Pine trees gripped onto the orange boulder-strewn sides as we curled up the mountain. The sea, once a hazy ribbon, became a memory hidden behind the peaks. As we snaked around the valleys into the Serranía Ronda the trees thinned to be replaced by shrubs amongst which could be seen the odd sheep grazing. The rocks took on a greyer hue as we neared the town of Ronda in the Andalucían province of Málaga, with areas of flat land dressed with weathered rocks. Life became more evident with a few small hotels and restaurants grouped at crossroads as we approached…
It had been over a decade since I last visited Marbella and my memory of the town was hazy to say the least. I could have saved myself the bus fare and let it remain a soft-focused snap from my mental travel album. Only the day before, the biggest fire in Andalucía for twenty years had been extinguished after it had spread throughout the campo (countryside) from Fuengirola to Marbella and inland to Ojén, Monda and Coín. The hillsides to the north of the dual carriageway were blackened from the ravages of the fire whilst in stark contrast the firebreaks…
Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles spent a number of summers in the city of Ronda in Malaga. Both were drawn to bullfighting and in 1987, two years after Welles died, his ashes were buried in the country estate of his bullfighter friend Antonio Ordoñez, just outside Ronda.The location of Ronda is, in itself, one of it´s main attractions. The city is perched on a ridge with a drop of around 100 metres and the canyon is known as el Tajo. The old part of town is joined to the new part of town by the Puente Nuevo (the New Bridge). Just by the bridge is the Parador, housed in…
I love Málaga, but it is sadly under-rated. Its name is synonymous with the airport destination for drunken Brits who scatter themselves - generally westwards - along the Costa del Sol. But it shouldn't be. Málaga is one of the oldest cities in the world; its culture and history date back to the Phoenicians in the eighth century BC. It is an elegant, vibrant and interesting city. Málaga has been the home and birthplace of many famous people including Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas. It is home to art galleries - Picasso Museum, Carmen Thyssen Museum, CAC - museums and…
Some cynical Spanish folk say that Santillana del Mar is the town of three lies: ‘Santillana no es santa, no es llana, y no hay mar’.  Santillana is neither holy nor flat, and there is no sea!  After visiting the town on Friday we can certainly vouch for the last two but as for being un holy??  Who are we to cast doubt upon this delightful towns saintly credentials! Santillana lies 4km inland on the western coast of Cantabria and Jean-Paul Sartre in his novel Nausea described it as “the most beautiful village in Spain”. Quite an accolade we felt…
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