Archidona, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain

Archidona, Spain

In the very centre of Andalucia you will find the rural town of Archidona.  Set  amongst olive groves of the Sierra de Gracia, with amazing views of the surrounding countryside.  Archidona once had an impenetrable Moorish Castle and was designated a historico-artistic site in 1980 for baroque, urban and architectural heritage.  At the centre of […]

Mini Burger Gourmet Tapas, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Tapas

Tapas O Tapas, the fantastic Spanish nibble, the variety, the deliciousness and the sheer volume of tapas makes it a quintessential part of Spanish culture and identity.  Sure you can get tapas anywhere now, go to a Spanish restaurant chain in the UK or a €1 tapas bar on the Spanish Costa, to sample these […]

Mayhem Feeding Mummy Figs, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Fabulous Figs

Yum! Sweet, fruity, soft, jammy Spanish figs are ready, packed with fibre, minerals and vitamins and amazingly delicious to eat.  It was great to get Chaos and Mayhem involved to pick plenty of purple and green figs to eat fresh and make into a rich fig chutney.  The two fig varieties from our garden produced […]

Fun in the Swimming Pool, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Heatwave

Scorchio!!!  The Iberian Peninsula has been experiencing rather a large rise in the mercury levels recently.   August is usually the month for 40º plus weather, but the end of June and beginning of July has been seriously hot.  When it’s boiling hot and dry we try everything we can to keep cool, shutters are […]

Marbella Old Town Clock Tower, Andalcuia, Spain www.topsyturvytribe.com

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, Andalucia, Spain

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, […]

Rooftops, Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain

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, […]

Traditional Jarapas, Coarsley Woven Rag Rugs in Pampaneira, Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain

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 […]