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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 ...

Is the future of bullfighting, and other taurine events, in doubt?

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

If you've been following the Spanish news over the summer - wherever you may have spent the last couple of months - or indeed if you've been reading the international press, you may have noticed a glut of stories on injuries and deaths from bull-related events here in Spain. A total ...

Cultural events in Seville for summer 2015

Monday, June 29th, 2015

In visitor figures released last week for May, Seville's position as number one destination in Andalucia was confirmed, with overnight stays by foreign visitors who stayed a night in the city up by almost 10%. Visitors to the Alcazar are up year on year by 11.5%, with the best May ever, and ...