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Archive for February, 2012

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 ...

Carnaval!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

GUEST BLOG POST: REBEKAH THOMPSON Coming from a small town in the north of England, my knowledge of carnivals prior to last weekend was limited to the annual parade of the local “Rose Queen”, which entails lots of bunting, a few horses and carts, and a large garden party afterwards – ...

The Alhambra is fourth-most popular tourist attraction in Spain

Monday, February 20th, 2012

I was very interested to see a list of the top four tourist attractions on a blog about Spain recently. The list quoted was as follows: 1 City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia 3.7 million visitors 2) Sagrada Familia, Barcelona 3.2 million visitors 3) Prado, Madrid 2.9 million visitors 4) Alhambra, Granada 2.3 ...

Tesoro del Carambolo

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Andalucia is well-known for its fascinating past: this region has been colonised by Phoenicians, Romans and Moors over the centuries. Evidence of their settlements is constantly being discovered, from Roman houses and mosaics, to Moorish water channels. You can visit whole towns, such as Medina Azahara, Italica and Baelo Claudia. One ...

Andalucia tops spend on research and development

Monday, February 13th, 2012

With all the headlines about Whitney, the BAFTAS, Grammys and labour reform, you may have missed one news story this morning: the birth of the second baby who was born to save a sibling. Estrella was born on Saturday at the Virgen del Rocio hospital in Seville. Estrella's big brother Antonio ...

British expats are happiest in Spain

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

A recent survey by Lloyds TSB International found that out of nine countries, British expats are happiest in Spain. More than 11,800 expats were surveyed, in the following countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, the UAE and the USA. They were asked whether their overall happiness was ...

Lose weight, and help others too

Monday, February 6th, 2012

While it's probably too early to be worrying about your bikini body for beach trips, many of us still have "excess baggage" left over from the Christmas, New Year and Reyes round of non-stop eating and drinking. Having the discipline to cut down on eating unhealthy foods - cakes, biscuits, crisps, ...

Sevilla Card: the new, easy way to see the city

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

When you come to a city, you want make sure to see all the main sights and experience all the culture - monuments, museums, shows; maybe take a few hours checking it out, and getting orientated, from the comfort of a bus (top deck, back row); or get an alternative ...