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Doñana saved from fracking – for now

Monday, April 29th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10608" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Pine trees and grassland inside Doñana National Park, which has been temporarily saved from the dangers of fracking."] [/caption] Good news for environmentalists and nature-lovers: the plan to drill for natural gas in Doñana National Park, which is a UNESCO-recognised biosphere, has been halted. In a victory for ...

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 ...

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 ...

Spring has sprung!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10060" align="alignright" width="578" caption="Sweet-smelling orange blossom offers one of the most vivid sensory experiences in Seville's springtime."] [/caption] Yay, my favourite season of the year is here! The rain has stopped, finally, after weeks and weeks of endless downpours, showers, drizzle, thunder, lightning, puddles, wellies and waterproofs - and, of ...

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 ...

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 ...

In the mountains, near the sea

Monday, April 9th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_5949" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The town of Cortes de la Frontera near Ronda has a stunning setting, below steep limestone cliffs."][/caption] After all the hustle and bustle, crowds and excitement, of Semana Santa, my family and I went to the sierra for the last part of the week. I still kept tabs on ...

Andalucia’s sense of community

Monday, February 27th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_5279" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="One of Andalucia's most famous buildings, and witness to its strong Moorish heritage: the Mezquita in Cordoba."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_5277" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="El Rocio, pilgrimage destination for millions every May."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_5280" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Barrels in Bodegas Gonzalez Byass in Jerez - home of sherry."][/caption] Andalucians are prouder of their ...

Nine new natural monuments for Andalucia

Monday, January 9th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_4652" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Duna de Bolonia (Cadiz) is a protected natural monument. "][/caption] At the end of last year, the Andalucian government named nine new natural monuments, including five in Malaga province. This means that these beauty spots - such as peñas (hills), fuentes, ...

Picture post

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

I haven't done a photo post on this blog for some time now. So here's an interactive post for you: seven photos, one from each of all the provinces in Andalucia except Jaen, which I'm ashamed to admit I've never visited in my eight years of living here. See if ...