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Fortuny’s vision of Andalucia at CaixaForum Seville

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

[caption id="attachment_18158" align="aligncenter" width="578"] La Maestranza de Sevilla by Mariano Fortuny[/caption] A new exhibition at CaixaForum in Seville, Andalucia in the Imagination of Fortuny, examines the Granada period of Catalonian painter Mariano Fortuny. Fortuny (1836-1874)  is considered by many the greatest 19th-century painter after Goya, and one of Spain's most important artists, ...

5 Things I’ve Noticed as a Repatriated Spanish Expat

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Guest post: Andrés Lopez Sheridan My name is Andrés and I have just returned to Málaga after living abroad for nine years. I grew up in a bilingual home in a small town 80 km away from Málaga. When I turned 18 I moved to the capital to study journalism at ...

Summer in Seville – Pick of the Palaces

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Outdoor events rule the scene in summertime Seville, as temperatures climb to the 40s on a regular basis (105F). Here are some of the cultural events on during July and August, from music, theatre and dance to outdoor cinema. One of the most long-standing events is the Noches en Los Jardines ...

Across the Alpujarras in a campervan named Pepa

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

  About to head up into the mountains - the van's roof window was an instant hit.   We all have our lists of places we want to visit – in Andalucia, top of mine for some years has been the Alpujarras, the mountainous region south of the Sierra Nevada in Granada and ...

New caseta for tourists at the Feria de Abril in Seville

Friday, April 28th, 2017

  This year's Feria portada (gateway) celebrates the 25th anniversary of Expo 92, and the Murillo 400th Anniversary too.   Big changes are afoot at one of Seville’s biggest annual events, the April Fair, known in Spanish simply as "La Feria". As well as the Fair starting two days earlier – ...

Spain is the world’s number one tourist destination!

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

  The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017 ranked Spain as the world's top tourism destination. (Source: World Economic Forum)   For the second time, Spain has been ranked as the world’s top tourism destination, above France and Italy. Among the country’s key strengths recognised were that it is extremely well-prepared ...

12 places to visit in Andalucia in 2017

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Andalucia is full of cultural and gastronomic treasures, from Moorish castles to the best prawns in Spain. Some of these are, at long last, starting to receiving wider recognition, with international attention being focussed on our diverse landscapes, extraordinary monuments and unique culinary history. Across the region's eight provinces, each with its ...

Literary Andalucia

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

An invaluable companion for anyone who is interested in the literature of Andalucia. Andalucia – A Literary Guide for Travellers by Andrew and Suzanne Edwards (IB Tauris) This is a thoroughly-researched, comprehensive guide to every major writer who has ever lived, or spent time, in Andalucia. From Miguel de Cervantes to Michael Jacobs, ...

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 ...

Route of Casas Palacio in Seville: the “New Rome”

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

[caption id="attachment_5025" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Casa de Pilatos, one of the casas-palacio on the new route in Seville. Photo: Michelle Chaplow[/caption]   After the excitement of the opening last week of Las Duenas, the Duquesa de Alba's palace, a new route in Seville has been announced of palaces and casa-palacios. Individually, these 23 palaces ...