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…

Monachil Los Cahorros Gorge Walk Granada

Walking in the Los Cahorros gorge is absolutely fantastic, the walks here are so varied and interesting there is enough here to fascinate even the most reluctant of walkers.  The gorge has a network of tunnels, suspension bridges, steps and waterfalls with walks suitable for all ages and abilities.  Only 8km from the city of…

Tips to Survive a Road Trip with Small Children

Taking a road trip with your children in our case a two and four year old, can be a wonderful experience full of exploration and adventure, or a tantrum-filled, screaming-journey-to-hell… an utter nightmare. Children in a confined space are hard work, when you have a long road trip to take, either for fun or necessity,…

Vejer de la Frontera

A fantastic feature of Spain’s vast province of Andalucia is the abundance of stunning white villages, or pueblo blancos.  Often perched high up on the hill sides with a dominant church tower or castle and a centralised plaza where you can socialise, or simply sit and people watch.  Best explored on foot through their narrow lanes…

Dia de la Cruz Fiesta Granada

The day of the Cross (Dia de la Cruz) is celebrated on May the 3rd throughout Spain.  We visited Granada to attend this hugely popular festival which attracts many visitors from all over Andalucia and Spain.  The  Granda the roots of the festival originate in the San Lazaro district, where a plaster cross was installed in…