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 […]

Cafe Roaylty Cadiz, Andalucia Spain

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.  

Bologna part of the Costa de la Luz

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. 

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El Torcal

El Torcal Natural Park is 12kms from the town of Antequera.   The road to El Torcal is sporadically signposted with brown signs bearing the pancake rock logo.  In true Spanish style (aplogies Spain) the signposts disappear when most needed, the steep and winding road to the park is found to the South end of Antequera, […]

Río Pesquera River Walk

The Río Pesquera is a river running near the hilltop town of Zagra in the Granada province of Andalucia, Spain.  The Río Pesquera joins into Lake Iznajar which is the largest lake in Andalucia and extends far into the Cordórba province.  There are great circular walking routes all around this area, a wonderful place to go for […]

24 Hours in Malaga, Spain by Topsy Turvy Tribe24 Hours in Malaga, Spain by Topsy Turvy Tribe

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 […]

El Balcón del Coño, Ronda

Ronda is the mountaintop city of dreams located in Spain’s Malaga province, Andalusia. One of Spain’s oldest cities popular with Hemingway and Orson Welles. This little balcony close to the Alameda park has to be one of the best places to marvel at the surrounding landscape.  Lean over the balcony and take a deep breath if […]

Cortijo in remote Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Escaping the Rat Race – A New Chapter

We have been in our new house-sit for just over a week.  We moved away from the the beautiful beaches of Andalusia, the hustle and bustle of the touristic Costa del Sol and travelled up to a remote part of the mountainous province of Granada.  Our Casita is a two bedroomed house adjacent to a Cortijo, […]

Cómpeta

Idyllic Cómpeta, the  ‘pearl of Axarquia’, a fine example of a Spanish whitewashed village.  It’s labyrinth of steep streets, cobbled alleyways and traditional houses nestled on the hillside. The picturesque Andalusian village is cloaked by mountains and with incredible views down towards the med. Each year on the 15th of August the village hosts a […]

Frigiliana

Yesterday we visited Frigiliana in Andalusia.  A beautiful whitewashed village nestled in the hills, twenty minutes from the coast, one hour from Malaga.  Voted the most picturesque village in Andalusia by the Spanish Tourist Authority, the gem of Axarquía. If your feet get tired you can always hop onto the three cultures train for some great views! […]