Author Archive for Alan Hazel

Unspoiled Andalucia: 5 reasons to visit La Axarquia this season

Unspoiled Andalucia: 5 reasons to visit La Axarquia this season

Few people outside of the region itself know La Axarquia by name. Though technically still part of the well known and well tread Costa del Sol, La Axarquia is in many ways the antithesis of what the Costa del Sol has come to be associated with, having preserved its natural beauty and historic culture, having […]

The world's best olive oils and mills: a tour of Andalusia

The world’s best olive oils and mills: a tour of Andalusia

Many a cultured traveler will have seen their fare share of wineries, tasted some of the finest vintages and built a good knowledge base around grapes and wines; but how many of these same people can name more than a few varieties of olive (there are in fact hundreds) or describe the difference in taste […]

4 reasons to hire a personal concierge for your next trip

4 reasons to hire a personal concierge for your next trip

As more and more people forego the luxury of possessions for the luxury of unique experiences, the personal concierge business is booming. Few travelers have the time, contacts, or knowledge and insight necessary to arrange those truly unforgettable experiences in any location around the world. Of course, the rich and famous themselves have a team […]

5 new reasons to visit Malaga, Spain

5 new reasons to visit Malaga, Spain

In the past ten years the city of Malaga has spent €100 million on the development of the arts, with additional spending on tourism infrastructure. With more than 30 museums, the city is rising in prominence as a world class destination for cultural enthusiasts of all sorts. It is only fitting that Malaga, the birthplace […]

Malaga city in 5 grand gardens

Malaga city in 5 grand gardens

With its privileged position on the temperate Mediterranean coast and as one of the southern most cities in mainland Europe, it’s little wonder that the city of Malaga would be so alive with lush and thriving gardens. Indeed, many private gardens on the hills above the city would themselves be worthy of an entrance fee […]

Get lost! 5 Andalucian pueblos to lose yourself in

Get lost! 5 Andalucian pueblos to lose yourself in

Renowned for its pretty white-washed pueblos and characterful cities, Andalucía offers a virtually endless scenic route for cultural and historical explorations. It’s no wonder that many of these villages have maze-like clusters of narrow, irregular streets, given that they were founded thousands of years ago. However, much of this can be attributed to the Moors […]

A light-hearted look at the top 5 luxury travel trends for 2015

A light-hearted look at the top 5 luxury travel trends for 2015

The start of the new year is always a time for the travel industry to review data (or consult crystal balls) and present predictions for the top trends influencing travel in the coming year. Some of these trends grow year on year and 2015 is no exception; for example, immersive experiences summed up by the […]

The eleven stars of Andalusian cuisine

The eleven stars of Andalusian cuisine

The constellation of Andalusia’s Michelin stars just got a little brighter. In a seemingly symbolic nod to the rising eminence of Andalusian gastronomy, the gala event to announce the 2015 Michelin Guide for Spain was held in the Andalusian port city of Marbella this year. While no new restaurants were added to the elite list of […]

A sunny outlook for Andalusia in 2015

A sunny outlook for Andalusia in 2015

The World Travel Market in London, which recently closed its 2014 session the first week of November, is always a key venue for tourist boards and industry insiders to reflect on the outgoing year and look forward to the next. This year, few were more optimistic than the delegation from Andalusia, with a banner year […]

Top 5 draws for art aficionados in Malaga, Spain

Top 5 draws for art aficionados in Malaga, Spain

The Andalusian city of Malaga is finally beginning to gain the respect it deserves after decades of investment in development of infrastructure, culture and the arts. Malaga is not so much of a well kept secret as a place that has seemingly struggled to overcome an underserved, tainted reputation thanks to the negative connotations attached […]

Iconic French Pompidou Centre branches out to Malaga, Spain

Iconic French Pompidou Centre branches out to Malaga, Spain

Yet another reason to visit Malaga! Malaga is one of those oft overlooked cities, underrated and underappreciated even amongst other Andalusian capitals such as Seville and Granada. Many people might be surprised to learn, for example, that Malaga has some thirty museums and a combined cultural offering only surpassed by Madrid and Barcelona in Spain. […]

4 money saving tips for post-Summer sun in Andalusia

4 money saving tips for post-Summer sun in Andalusia

While summer in sunny Andalusia lives out its full term and autumn arrives sublimely, we’re all aware of the abrupt, unofficial end of summer that comes with the close of August and the children’s return to school. For those with a bit of flexibility, September and into October is possibly the best time of year […]

Top tips for the perfect holiday house party with friends

Top tips for the perfect holiday house party with friends

Who doesn’t love a party? And I’m pretty sure anyone reading A Luxury Travel Blog likes travel as well… A growing segment of the upward trend in private vacation rentals is down to group travel for friends and families looking for that special place to celebrate that special occasion – or simply any excuse for […]

Advantages of the long term luxury let

Advantages of the long term luxury let

Everybody loves a summer holiday and rightly so. But this same fact sometimes makes a quality, immersive stay in an enriching location somewhat elusive in these peak months, when even a supposedly “off the beaten path”ť location can become a bit too well tread. Particularly for the Baby Boomer generation and parents with an “empty […]

The Al-Andalus tourist train: "a palace on wheels"

The Al-Andalus tourist train: “a palace on wheels”

Anyone who has crossed Europe on sleeper trains will know that they’re not always so comfortable. However, the Spanish Al-Andalus tourist train is possibly the most spacious and luxurious train of its kind in all the world. So much so that it is billed as “a palace on wheels”. The cars containing the sleeper suites […]

4 must-see May festivals in Andalucia

4 must-see May festivals in Andalucia

Famed for its colourful cultural and gastronomic celebrations, Andalucia hosts a seemingly endless stream of festivals for every occasion across the year. In many ways the month of May really kicks off the festive season after the solemnity of the weeklong Semana Santa spectacle leading up to Easter. The temperatures creep up, the days lengthen, […]

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