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Personal account of the Cascamorras Festival in Baza

Friday, September 16th, 2016

  Journalist Anastasia Sukhanova and Sarah Gatward with her GoPro were thrilled to run alongside anther 12.000 in the Cascamorras, Baza.   Personal account of the Cascamorras Festival in Baza   Guest post by Anastasia Sukhanova   6th of September is an important day for Baza – the whole town and its 20.000 inhabitants are brought ...

Me Vuelves Lorca: summer cultural festival in Alpujarras open-air theatre

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

  Me Vuelves Lorca 2016   A couple of years ago on this blog, I interviewed a dynamic and enterprising Brit called Anna Kemp, who was organising a project to build a mountainside open-air theatre in the tiny Alpjuarras village of Laroles (population: 600). The aim was to bring visitors to a stunningly beautiful, if ...

Landscapes of Andalucia

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Clockwise Sierra de Ronda near Gaucin. wetlands of Doñana Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Almeria’s desert landscape, used as a location for Series 6 of Game of Thrones. Los Muertos beach in Almeria, with volcanic cliffs. Those of us who are fortunate enough to live here in Andalucia will be ...

Two major openings in Malaga: Caminito del Rey and Pompidou Centre

Friday, March 13th, 2015

In two weeks' time, on 28 March, Malaga province will have two exciting new attractions for visitors. On the Saturday before Semana Santa, one of Andalucia's most intriguing and death-defying attractions reopens to the public after a major refurbishment, the same week as a fourth major art gallery opens in Malaga, ...

Building an open-air theatre in the mountains

Friday, March 21st, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13404" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption= "Anna Kemp, director of the Open Air Theatre Project in Laroles, on the threshing-floor stage."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_13370" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption= "An idyllic setting for the theatre: olive and almond groves, backed by snow-capped mountains."] [/caption] During my ten-plus years in Spain, I have met a large ...

On your bike – around Andalucia! Plan Bici 2020

Friday, January 24th, 2014

This week, the Junta de Andalucia (Andalucian Government) announced the "Plan Andaluz de la Bicicleta". This ambitious but admirable project aims to complete a network of over 5,000km of cycle lanes and routes throughout the region, in cities and countryside. The investment is 420 million euros, with benefits including job ...

A cold and windy puente? Hit the spa (with the kids)!

Monday, March 4th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_9948" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption=" A Thalassotherapy spa uses water taken from the sea, with all its wonderful curative properties."][/caption] It's a new month on the blog today, and here in Andalucia we're struggling to start the week after a four-day weekend (to celebrate the anniversary of the region gaining its ...

On the buses… to Malaga’s stunning interior

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_9475" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="The comarcas of Malaga province, with its mountains, rivers, and unspoiled hilltowns."] [/caption] If you are a regular visitor to the Costa del Sol, here's a question for you: have you ever visited the interior of Malaga province? This region is the smallest province in Andalucia, but ...