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La Isla Maxima – Andalucia scoops the Goyas 2015

Monday, February 9th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_16129" align="aligncenter" width="450"] The Goyas 2015 saw Andalucian cinema triumphant.[/caption] As I mentioned in my last blog post, several films shot in Andalucian were nominated for a total of 29 Goyas this year. In the glamorous ceremony, on Saturday 7 February, they won a total of 17: El Niño: Best Special Effects, Best ...

Malaga in top 50 cruise destinations

Monday, March 18th, 2013

The port of Malaga is one of the top 50 most-visited cruise ports in the world, according to new figures. Malaga comes in at number 44 in the list of the ports which receive the largest number of visiting cruise ship passengers. This is especially good news with the recent opening ...

Vote for art!

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8948" align="aligncenter" width="407" caption="A view of the Carmen Thyssen museum: Malaga Vision by Isabel Rosado."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8946" align="aligncenter" width="407" caption="Jul.iah! by Beatriz Ros and Violeta Niebla has a hidden extra factor which you can only see on the website, or on the postcard itself."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8947" align="aligncenter" width="407" caption="Malaga Color, by ...

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 ...

Shop till you drop

Monday, July 16th, 2012

I was astonished to read recently that the Spanish government is going to oblige shops in some cities to stay open for longer hours, and double the number of Sundays and public holidays - including Malaga, Cordoba, Granada and Sevilla. When I first arrived here in Spain almost nine years ago, ...

Dani Garcia heads to New York

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_3953" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Dani Garcia, the Next Big Thing on the New York restaurant scene."][/caption] While Ferran Adria is the undisputed king of Spanish gastronomy, noone would disagree that the crown of Andalucian kitchen creativity belongs to Dani Garcia. The Marbellan chef has two Michelin stars for his restaurant Calima in ...

A letter to the Telegraph: Spotless Malaga

Monday, June 25th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6892" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Impressively well-kept: Calle Larios, Malaga's main shopping street."][/caption] Earlier this month, I saw a letter to The Daily Telegraph, the UK's favourite Tory broadsheet rag, reprinted in my favourite news magazine The Week in their "Pick of the week's correspondence". Since it was in praise of Malaga, ...

San Miguel and Museo Carmen Thyssen: a match made in Málaga.

Monday, June 4th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6584" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Baroness Thyssen, Jesús Nuñez, of San Miguel, and Fernando de la Torre, mayor of Malaga, in the San Miguel beer factory."][/caption] GUEST POST: REBEKAH THOMPSON Museo Carmen Thyssen is a recently-opened art gallery in Málaga with paintings from Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza´s personal collection, which she and her late ...

Latest news on new Algeciras-Almeria train route

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6296" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Algeciras-Marbella section of proposed new high-speed coastal railway, Corredor Ferroviario Mediterraneo."][/caption] The latest plans for the new train route known as the "Corredor Ferroviario Mediterraneo", or Mediterranean Rail Corridor, have been announced. The first project for strategic freight transportation was approved by the Government in March last ...

Malaga city centre declared historic interest

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6191" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Malaga cathedral, part of the city centre's conjunto historico."][/caption] The Junta de Andalucia has declared the city centre of Malaga to be a conjunto historico, inscribing it in the Catálogo General del Patrimonio Histórico Andaluz - the General Catalogue of Historic Andalucian Heritage. [caption id="attachment_6190" align="aligncenter" width="578" ...