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The belen viviente

Monday, December 17th, 2012

One of the most delightful features of Christmas in Andalucia are the belenes vivientes, or live Nativity Scenes, where many of the townsfolk dress up to take part, using the town's streets, houses and plazas as their stage set. The one in the pretty pueblo blanco (white hilltown) of Arcos de ...

Which is the best beach in Andalucia?

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_4652" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Which is your favourite beach in southern Spain? Many people like to kick back on the white sands of Bolonia (number 2)."][/caption] A (freebie) Spanish newspaper website started a "ranking" of Andalucia's beaches a few weeks ago. The ranking works on a points system - you score each ...

La Huella Inglesa en Huelva

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

[caption id="attachment_5299" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="The English barrio of Rio Tinto in Huelva province, which dates from Victorian times."][/caption] Many visitors to, and residents of, the western-most part of Andalucia are not aware of the strong English legacy that exists in Huelva. In the town of Minas de Riotinto, there is a whole ...

Jamon al chino? Que no!

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

If you live here in Spain, you'll be used to seeing Chinese shops in every town. They are stacked high with ridiculously cheap goods, from clothes to toys to garden furniture and household crockery. Much of it is poor quality - I call it "CCC" - cheap crap from China. ...

Picture post

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

I haven't done a photo post on this blog for some time now. So here's an interactive post for you: seven photos, one from each of all the provinces in Andalucia except Jaen, which I'm ashamed to admit I've never visited in my eight years of living here. See if ...

Doñana endangered

Monday, July 18th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3509" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The wetlands of Doñana Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site."][/caption] A key natural attraction of Andalucia, and one of the most important natural areas in Spain - indeed, it is said to be the most important wetland in the whole of Europe - is Doñana Park, a ...

Romero and romerias

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3284" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Two rocieras and a rociero at the start of their pilgrimage from Triana to El Rocio"][/caption] Andalucia isn't short of ferias (each town's annual party) and fiestas (others celebrations) - there are plenty every month throughout the year. Many of these have religious roots - Semana Santa, saint's days, ...

¡Nos vamos a la playa!

Monday, July 19th, 2010

It's that time of year again when you pile bags and bags of stuff into the car boot: swimming costumes, towels, sunhats and suncream (and sunsuits if your kids are blanquitos like mine), buckets and spades, beach parasol, folding deckchair, cold box replete with water, soft drink, snacks, sandwiches (if ...

The beautiful game

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

What I know about football could be written on the back of a postage stamp, and what I like about the sport could just about fit into the price on its front, but as it's World Cup time, I can't escape the topic. Especially as Spain is the current favourite ...