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A black-faced apology from Canal Sur

Monday, January 5th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_15228" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Canal Sur's apology video - two men are packing coal for the channel - given to naughty children instead of presents by the Three Kings."] [/caption] As you will have read on our previous blog post by Chris Chaplow, New Year's Eve here in Andalucia was unexpectedly ...

Noche Vieja Campanada Shenanigans on Canal Sur

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Guest blog: Chris Chaplow We hope that those of you who live in Andalucia (or indeed the rest of Spain) managed to celebrate Noche Vieja (New Year’s Eve) in the traditional way with the 12 grapes at midnight. Just before 12pm on 31 December everyone tunes in to the national television channel, ...

Christmas in Seville

Friday, December 19th, 2014

This Christmas visitors are spoiled for choice for things to do and see in Seville. From traditional nativity scenes to delightfully original handicrafts – which make ideal Christmas presents – as well as camel rides and ice-skating, together with the pretty Christmas lights which make the centre into a magical wonderland. ...

Some Andalucian sparkle (in a glass) for your festive season

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_15821" align="aligncenter" width="280" caption="Sparkling version of fragrant dry muscat Botani."] [/caption] The Christmas season has now officially started here in Spain, with the Puente de la Constitucion - the December bank holiday. Families all over Andalucia are starting to think about their big Christmas dinner, which takes place on the night ...

The season of romerias

Friday, June 13th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_14103" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="A flower-festooned wagon passes the Giralda in Seville."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14116" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The simpecado visits the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall)."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14105" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The insignia of the Seville hermandad of El Rocio."] [/caption] Groups, or hermandades[caption id="attachment_14106" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Groups of rocieros are always accompanied by drummers ...

Feria fun and merry with sherry

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13735" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="Carriages, horses and flamenca dresses are traditional sights of the Feria which haven't changed in centuries."] [/caption] Spring is the time for fairs here in Andalucia, and kicking off the season each year is the mother of all Ferias - the Feria de Abril in Seville. As ...

Best wishes for 2014, and a look at 2013’s blog highlights

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Wishing all our dear readers a very happy Noche Buena - New Year's Eve - from the team here at Andalucia.com. May your 12 grapes, eaten on the strokes of midnight, slip down easily, along with plenty of cava! From everyone here in our Estepona offices, we want to wish ...

Merry Christmas from Andalucia!

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12822" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Christmas lights in Seville.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12823" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Orange and lights - Christmas in Seville[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12838" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Singing zambombas, Christmas songs, in the street.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12826" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Holy family in belen (nativity scene), found across Spain in homes, schools and offices.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12827" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Part of ...

Feria de Jerez – flamenco and flounces

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10720" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="A technicolour group of ladies at the Feria de Jerez."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_10712" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The way to enter the Feria in style - by horse and carriage."] [/caption] One of Andalucia's best-known Ferias, after the Seville Feria de Abril, is the Feria del Caballo in Jerez. This ...

Cordoba Patios Festival – new (free) weekend ticket system

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10551" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The spectacular Cordoba Patios Festival is in May: this year, you need a ticket to see the patios at the weekend."] [/caption] The next major cultural event here in Andalucia is the Cordoba Patios Festival, which takes place on 8-19 May. This is one of the region's most ...