Parque de las Ciencias, Granada

Granada in Spain has numerous museums, the Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) is centrally located and a perfect place to spark the imagination, for both adults and children alike. There are a variety of buildings and sections to the museum, including an aquarium in the Bio Dome, an Astronomical Observatory (aged 5+) and permanent…

Fiesta time

During the summer months in Spain and Portugal the heat intensifies during the day, averaging 40º, the days pass by in a blur of sticky sweat and heat induced siestas.  When the sun goes down and the heat abates (a little), it’s time to come back to life and party!  For whatever the reason, a…

Andalucian Sunset

Dramatic and moody Andalucian skies are providing a spectacular show for us each evening.  So beautiful, peaceful and relaxing, you cannot help but marvel at mother nature’s creative palette.  Although no two sunsets are the same, we seem to be guaranteed a rainbow of wonderful colours and the atmospheric low light and dark shadows which…

Marbella Old Town

Marbella is well known as an expensive resort on the Costa del Sol, cool bars, clubs, shops, boutiques, palatial homes, supercars and fine dining restaurants together with beautiful beaches and year round sunshine.  A town where you can party hard and blow your holiday money having a great time.  However, those in the know escape…

Poppies and Dandelions

Andalucia in Spring is a spectacular place full of life, colour and beauty. If you have holidayed in Spain during summer you can be forgiven for thinking that Spain is a dry, arid land with only a smattering of greenery. In the summer months the heat scorches the land and the foreboding temperatures drain colour…

Via Verde del Aciete

A fantastic Spanish initiative is the Vias Verdes concept; miles of old train lines have been removed to form long tracks, great for cycling or walking through stunning Spanish scenery, without the worry or intrusion of cars.  There are over one hundred routes nationwide and twenty five routes within Andalucia.  One such example is the…

Las Alpujarras

Las Alpujarras are a range of beautiful whitewashed high mountain villages perched and dotted around the Southern side of the steep slopes of the domineering Sierra Nevada. Precariously clinging to the side of the mountain, sheltered in deep gorges, the villages enjoy extreme weather conditions (for Spain), high altitude typically 4,000 feet above sea level,…

Andalucian Potato Harvest

An old rusty rotivator refused to rotivate so it was a case of good old fashioned hard labour with a mattock to loosen the soil on our veggie patch.  Motivated by the thought of our own crop of home grown veg we were keen to try to grow some ‘earlies’ but would it be possible…

The City of Cadiz

The city of Cadiz, with over three thousand years of history, is the oldest in Western Europe.  Phonecians, Romans, Muslims and Christians have all left their mark, once a stronghold, imposing walls, castles and fortifications still line parts of the seafront.  The city houses many preserved historic buildings; museums, towers, arches, churches, flamenco clubs, theatre,…

Rugs of the Alpujarras

The mountain villages of the Alpujarras in Andalucia, are home to workers skilled in a number of artisan crafts, producing traditional local mountain products such as olive mats, leather goods, ceramics and jewellery.  Thanks to tourism  these artisan products are now back in demand, providing a vital income for this remote area of Spain. One of…