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12 places to visit in Andalucia in 2017

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Andalucia is full of cultural and gastronomic treasures, from Moorish castles to the best prawns in Spain. Some of these are, at long last, starting to receiving wider recognition, with international attention being focussed on our diverse landscapes, extraordinary monuments and unique culinary history. Across the region's eight provinces, each with its ...

Dolmens of Antequera win UNESCO World Heritage status

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Map of Dolmens de Antequera, shown as  small red dots (C)Instituto de Estadistica y Cartografia de Andalucia As expected, Andalucia's latest UNESCO World Heritage site was confirmed recently: the Dolmens of Antequera were inscribed on the list earlier this month at the committee meeting in Istanbul. We've mentioned this topic a few times on ...

Andalucia’s monuments on the world stage: from prehistoric to islamic

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

The interior of the Mezquita of Cordoba, Europe's fourth-top attraction, according to Trip Advisor users. Trip Advisor has just released its top ten landmarks in Europe, as voted by users of the frighteningly influential reviewing website. Two of these, both in the top five of the list, are in Andalucia. Number 2, rather ...

Hoard of Roman coins uncovered near Seville

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Amphorae insitu containing the Roman Coins found in Tomares Photo: Ayuntamiento de Tomares   Huge excitement here in Seville recently, when an extraordinary hoard of Roman coins was discovered in a park near the city. Workmen were digging a trench to lay pipes using a digger vehicle in the Parque Zaudin in Tomares on Tuesday ...

20 years of

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 Chris Chaplow, along ...

Atararazanas project approved

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

After many years of prevarication, consultation and administrative wrangling, the Royal Shipyards of Seville, which date from Alfonso the Wise's reign in the 13th century, are finally going to be restored and converted into a cultural centre. The 25-million-euro project, presented by Fundacion La Caixa and Fundacion CajaSol, was approved by the ...

Dolmens of Antequera: UNESCO World Heritage?

Friday, April 4th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13537" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Peña de los Enamorados - Lovers' Leap, part of the Monumental Complex of Antequera, entered as Spain's 2015 application for UNESCO World Heritage Status. Photograph: Michelle Chaplow[/caption]   Spain has moved a step closer to having another UNESCO World Heritage site, to add to the 42 sites already in the ...

Light in Art and Science from the Islamic world

Friday, October 25th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12327" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Sunlight shines on the wall of the Hospital de los Venerables in Seville, where this exhibition is being held."] [/caption] No civilization left a more profound and lasting legacy in Andalucia than the Moors. From exquisite art and architecture, to advanced scientific and philosophical concepts, and even ...

Noche en Blanco Seville 2013

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12053" align="aligncenter" width="408" caption=" Noche en Blanco is a night of cultural events and activities on Friday 4 October"]

The English in Andalucia

Friday, July 26th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11518" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="An English soldier who fought with the Spanish forces against Napeoleon's occupying troops, is buried in the Seville town of Alcala de Guadaira, part of the region's close ties with the UK."] [/caption] The history of Andalucia stretches far back to early human habitation, with Copper Age ...