Alhama de Granada

The location of Alhama makes it a special town to visit, around 50km from Granada and 75km from Malaga, Alhama is far enough from the big cities to have retained a feeling of quiet isolation and strong historical traditions.  Alhama also sits on top of a cliff overlooking a stunning gorge and is worth visiting simply for the…

Pomegranate Sky

A very blue sky during the day with a few high clouds made for this wonderful Andalucian sunset of pink, orange and purples which reflected against the cortijo windows.  It was a pleasure to watch the colours gradually change and dim.  In the opposite direction was a full moon beaming down.  The olive trees and…

24 Hours in Malaga

Malaga, once previously over-looked city in comparison to Barcelona and Madrid is now a formidable adversary.  There has been extensive restoration and re-generation, which has much transformed Malaga into a great cultural tourist destination.  Think museums (so many fantastic museums), art, restaurants, bars, shops, beach and impressive historical monuments all boosted by a new port and metro…

The Three Kings – Los Reyes Magos

​The Three Kings are Spanish children’s favourite,  as Santa may leave them a token gift to open on December 25th, but the Three Kings, leave them their main presents on the night of the 5 January,  which they can then open on the Feast of the Epiphany (Día de los Reyes Magos) when the Three…

The Olive Pickers

The quiet campo (countryside) in the hills above Granada, Andalucia, suddenly spring to life at the end of December.  Christmas and the festive season takes second place for most, as harvesting the olives becomes the priority, almost a way of life, as it is the main industry and therefore main source of income.  There are…

Farewell 2016, Happy New Year!

This year has been a truly amazing year for our little tribe.  We started off the year living in peaceful central Portugal, then made the move to Spain for our next housesitting assignment.  Our first stop was within a stones throw of the Costa del Sol in Spain, but still a good distance away from…

Merry Christmas

This year we are in Spain for Christmas, enjoying the run-up to Christmas we have done tonnes of Christmassy things, trying to spend quality time with the boys, rather than spending loads of money on their Christmas gifts. We live deep in the Spanish Campo, in the hills above Granada, but we are lucky enough…

A Simpler Life at Christmas

We’ve always loved Christmas, I mean really loved Christmas.  Even pre-children we had our tree up way before the beginning of December.  Now we have two gorgeous boys we have even more reason to celebrate and relive the glee and wonder of believing in magic that is Christmas. When we lived in the UK we…

Sierra de Loja Cuevas

Towering 1670 meters above the city of Loja,  Granada are the Sierra de Loja.  A huge mountain range which dominates and provides a beautiful backdrop for the city. The Sierra is best known for paragliding and climbing,  we went for a family walk and to see the range of caves,  cueavas. All of the caves…

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Ronda, Spain

Ronda, Spain with Toddlers in Tow Ronda is a stunningly located hilltop city in the Malaga province in beautiful Andalusia, Spain.  With around 35,000 living there, it is a small city with a friendly feel.  Ronda offers an impressive blend of architectural delights, culture, dramatic views and history and is one of the most visited and…