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Record tourist numbers for Spain, world’s no3 tourist destination, plus Andalucia has top national attraction

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

[caption id="attachment_13639" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Fabulous seaside resorts and beaches are one of Spain's biggest draws for international visitors.[/caption] More foreigners visited Spain than ever before in 2015, as unsettled situations in North African countries caused European holidaymakers to take their holidays nearer to home. Record visitor numbers again - Spain is third-most-visited country ...

Atararazanas project approved

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

After many years of prevarication, consultation and administrative wrangling, the Royal Shipyards of Seville, which date from Alfonso the Wise's reign in the 13th century, are finally going to be restored and converted into a cultural centre. The 25-million-euro project, presented by Fundacion La Caixa and Fundacion CajaSol, was approved by the ...

Historic houses opening to the public in Seville this autumn

Friday, July 17th, 2015

If you are planning a visit to Seville once the intense summer heat has dissipated, then you may be pleased to hear that, from this autumn, two important historic monuments with aristocratic heritage will be available to visit for the first time. One is the Palacio de las Dueñas, the home of the late Duquesa ...

Review of 2014’s blog posts

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

This year, here on the Andalucia.com Blog, as always, we've covered a wide variety of topics - from culture and gastronomy to local news - everything from International Sherry Week to the Seville Film Festival, Spain winning top place as the world's number one wine producer, and Andalucia as Trip ...

New king of Spain: Felipe VI

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_14182" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="King Felipe VI of Spain is sworn in at the Palacio de Congresos de los Diputados in Madrid."] [/caption] Today is a historic day for Spain. The country has a new king: Felipe VI. The abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos, was officially approved as a ...

Dolmens of Antequera: UNESCO World Heritage?

Friday, April 4th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13537" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Peña de los Enamorados - Lovers' Leap, part of the Monumental Complex of Antequera, entered as Spain's 2015 application for UNESCO World Heritage Status. Photograph: Michelle Chaplow[/caption]   Spain has moved a step closer to having another UNESCO World Heritage site, to add to the 42 sites already in the ...

Burladero and Hotel Colon – the rebirth of a classic from Expo 29

Friday, March 28th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_123" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="The beautiful glass dome of the Hotel Colon, which opened in 1929."][/caption] This year, indeed this very week, an institution in Seville celebrates its 85th anniversary: the Hotel Colon. When this revered establishment opened on 29 March 1929, as the Hotel Majestic, it was the grandest and ...

Happy Dia de Andalucia, and farewell to Paco de Lucia

Friday, February 28th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13249" align="aligncenter" width="515" caption="Legendary guitarist, Paco de Lucia, who died this week. © Tony Bryant."] [/caption] Today is Andalucia's regional holiday, Dia de Andalucia, 28 February, when green and white flags are proudly flown from Huelva to Almeria. But today's celebrations have been tinged with sadness by the death this ...

Model railway wonderland in Seville

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_12916" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The oil refinery section of the spectacular ASAF model railway."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_12904" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Location of the model railway - ASAF (Seville Association of Railway Friends), at Santa Justa station."] [/caption] Of the many attractions on offer in Seville over the Christmas and Reyes period, one of ...

The Lakonia – 50 Years on: The Survivors

Friday, December 20th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12808" align="aligncenter" width="578"] (From left) John Hynes, Carol Woolnoth and Philip McGovern at the Lakonia Commemoration cememony on 6 December in Gibraltar.[/caption] If you read this blog regularly, you'll know that we at Andalucia.com have been closely involved in marking the 50th anniversary of the Lakonia tragedy, when over 100 ...