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20 years of Andalucia.com

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Treasure hunt between Estepona and Casares Back in 1996, in the early days of the internet - when WIFI, twitter and touch-screen smart phones were but a far-off futuristic dream - a tech-savvy young British engineer living in southern Spain had an idea: to register the domain andalucia.com. Chris Chaplow, along ...

Adios Cilla

Friday, August 7th, 2015

"What's your name and where do you come from?" For many of us, back in the 1980s and 1990s, Saturday nights were all about watching Blind Date before going out. With her red hair, broad smile and warm manner, Cilla always set the nervous contestants at ease, as they chose their potential partner from ...

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 ...

Drawing on urban life

Monday, September 12th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3896" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Urban sketcher and architect Luiz Ruiz's sketch of Estepona beach."][/caption] We all take photos endlessly these days, using a wide variety of hardware, from the simplest mobile phone, via ipads, to digital cameras - from tough, chunky children's models to high-tech professional ones, like photographer Michelle Chaplow ...

Nuns with a web

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

POST BY GUEST BLOGGER CATHERINE CUNNINGHAM A night in a convent for only 15 euros The Monasterio Santa María del Monte Carmelo is perched on a hill outside Estepona; its accommodation is basic and clean, with a shared bathroom, communal kitchen, lounge and ample parking. The Mother Superior and sisters Gracie ...

Life’s a Beach

Monday, August 30th, 2010

When you think of Spain, what comes to mind - sun, sea, sand, paella, bulls, tapas? Something that I will add to that list from now on is chiringuito (beach bar). They’re everywhere on the coast and my week wouldn’t be the same without a visit to one. I’ve often ...

The Wheels on the Bus

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Leaving home to embark on a six-month work placement in a foreign country is a daunting experience for most, and I am certainly no exception. With this, my first post as guest blogger for andalucia.com during the month of August, I’d like to share with you my initial encounters on ...