Cafe Royalty Cadiz

In 1912 Café Royalty in Cadiz, Spain, was the place to be if you were ‘a somebody’. Politicians, writers, poets, artists and thinkers would enjoy the service, craftsmanship, artwork and live music.  The café closed it’s doors in the 1930’s and the premises fell into disrepair. Incredibly, one hundred years after the initial opening a team of experts painstakingly recreated original techniques of that time to restore the café’s decor and materials back to its initial glory and grandeur.  

Costa de la Luz Beaches

The Costa de la Luz, is Western Spain’s ‘Coast of Light’ and includes the Cadiz and Huelva provinces.  Tourists head for the beautiful Costa Del Sol in their droves, to sample the sunshine and sangria, however if you are the kind of traveller who would like to discover the wilder white sandy beaches with less crowds, and development, the Costa de la Luz is a must visit. 

​Living on the Edge

Being the parent of a child that is seriously ill is the worst thing you can ever imagine…and then some.  You never think it will happen to you, to your baby, to your family but it does.  It hits you like a car crash, a head-on impact by an out of control ten tonne truck….

Gibraltar

Gibraltar, a home away from home? Britain in Spain? Or most famous for the rock and the apes.  As a family we wanted to go there so the boys could see the apes.  There was a lot of excitement in our car as we crossed the border into British Gibraltar, our eldest boy, Chaos, loves…

The Lost Village of El Acebuchal

Visitors to the Granada or Malaga provinces of Andalucia in Spain looking for an interesting day trip should head to the Sierras of Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park.   Not only is the walking in this area is fantastic, but you also get the chance to explore the nearby wonderful Spanish White villages, ‘pueblo blancos’ such as…

Semana Santa, Holy Week in Spain

This week many places around the world will mark the Catholic feast of Holy Week to celebrate Easter.   In Spain,  predominantly a Catholic country, the stunning spectacle of Semana Santa is participated in, or witnessed by huge numbers.  Over a million line the streets in Seville to see the most respected brotherhoods or fraternities….

Cadiz Province Costal Walk

Whilst exploring the Cadiz Province in Southern Spain, we found a wonderful footpath called the Sendero del Acantilado, in the coastal park Breña y Marismas del Barbate.  A costal footpath part of which is high up on the cliff tops of the Costa de la Luz.  The full 7.2km walk links the coastal villages of Los…

How to Preserve Olives

It was fun in January to pick any olives we had and take a car boot full to a next village to have them separated from any unwanted leaves and weighed (see post here).  We were keen to keep some decent looking olives to one side and to preserve them in jars, this is how…

Montefrio’s Amazing Views

Montefrio is a striking whitewashed Andalusian town with a Moorish heritage surrounded by valleys, upon valleys of Olive groves.  At Montefrio’s highest point there is a ruined Moorish fortress and church.  We made the climb to the top to admire the view and had a well deserved picnic inside the fortress walls.  Spain’s only round church is…

Ruta del Gollizno, Moclín

The Ruta del Gollizno is an example of one of the many fantastic walking routes that you can find in the vast province of Andalucia, Spain. Moclín is a small, typical Spanish hillside village only 50 minutes drive from the city of Granada.  We parked right in the centre of the town in plaza Espana, popped…