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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 ...

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 ...

The Andalucia Hymn – La Bandera Blanco y Verde

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Continuing our theme of videos about Andalucia, what could be more fitting on Dia de Andalucia than the late adored copla singer Rocio Jurado (from Chipiona, in Cadiz) singing the Himno de Andalucia? This video has the words in Spanish - here's the English translation: The Green and White Flag returns ...

Busy autumn in Sevilla

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Life in Seville - cultural life, that is - has definite seasons: January and February are both cold and dull, lit up only by Carnaval and the Dia de Andalucia puente (bank holiday). Then comes the holy trinity of Semana Santa, Feria and El Rocio, followed by months of school ...

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 ...

Beach life

Monday, February 28th, 2011

This bank holiday weekend we're having fantastic weather here in Andalucia. It's unusually warm and sunny for the end of February - today is Dia de Andalucia. Which means that it's perfect weather for heading to the beach for the day. One of the great things about living in Andalucia ...

Drink away your sins

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

We're just coming up to the first puente of the year here in Andalucia - for Dia de Andalucia, this Monday - which is a three-day bank holiday, although many children also have tomorrow off school, giving a four-day break, almost like a shorter version of the English half-term. It's ...

Joining the ranks

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

I'm not talking about the armed forces here. No, the four million-odd people in Spain who are now out of a job. For those of us who are unaware (I can't believe anyone who lives in Spain hasn`t heard), the numbers of unemployed in Spain hit 4,612,700, or 20% of ...

Happy Dí­a de Andalucia!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Time for yet another holiday here in Andalucia. That's right, February 28th is a day to celebrate. It's Andalucia Day thanks to this region's founding father, Blas Infante, the man whose ideas eventually served to make this region the separate autonomous community it is today. The question many foreigners living in ...