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The English in Andalucia

Friday, July 26th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11518" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="An English soldier who fought with the Spanish forces against Napeoleon's occupying troops, is buried in the Seville town of Alcala de Guadaira, part of the region's close ties with the UK."] [/caption] The history of Andalucia stretches far back to early human habitation, with Copper Age ...

Top 10s of Andalucia

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10375" align="aligncenter" width="317" caption="We'll be bringing you lists featuring the best of Andalucia."] [/caption] Here on the AC blog, and on the website itself, our aim is to keep you, our audience, updated on what's happening here in Andalucia. We want you to enjoy the latest and best of ...

Semana Santa for younger ones

Monday, April 1st, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10343" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="This boy's outfit is a mini version of the Nazarenos of his hermandad, Las Cigarreras, who wear purple hoods over white robes."] [/caption] Here in Spain, most events are open to all the family, and this includes religious ones. At last week's Semana Santa processions in Seville, you ...

Doñana Park – experiencing untouched nature

Monday, March 25th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10191" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="A deer, a common sight in the woods of Doñana."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_10193" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="El Acebuche, the main visitor centre for Doñana, near Matalascañas."][/caption] Ever since I arrived here in Andalucia, nine and a half years ago, I have wanted to go to Doñana National Park, the UNESCO-recognised ...

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 ...

A useful video for those buying property in Spain

Monday, February 25th, 2013

If you've ever considered buying a property here in Spain (or anywhere else abroad), or perhaps you're in the process now, the FCO (UK Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office), in association with property media expert BuyAssociation, has produced an excellent video which covers all the key aspects. As with many such ...

Follow the Reyes

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_9273" align="aligncenter" width="124" caption="This year Seville has an app for its Reyes Magos procession, or cabalgata, which takes place on Saturday."] [/caption] This Saturday is one of the most important for children all around Spain. It is the day when the Reyes Magos (Three Kings) come to every town ...

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

We're back from our Christmas week blogging break - I hope you didn't miss us too much! I trust you've all had (been having - it's not over yet!) a wonderful Christmas, whether you're in Andalucia, elsewhere in sunny Spain, or back in the old country with friends and family. Tomorrow ...

The belen viviente

Monday, December 17th, 2012

One of the most delightful features of Christmas in Andalucia are the belenes vivientes, or live Nativity Scenes, where many of the townsfolk dress up to take part, using the town's streets, houses and plazas as their stage set. The one in the pretty pueblo blanco (white hilltown) of Arcos de ...

Have an eco-Christmas by hiring your (living) tree

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_9102" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Paco and Lucia with two of their prized pines, which are hired out as Christmas trees."] [/caption] One of the most essential features of Christmas, wherever you are celebrating it, is the Christmas tree. Choosing it, decorating it, putting presents under it on Christmas Eve... you can't ...