Author Archive for Alan Hazel

Celebrate gastronomy with pre-summer sun in Andalusia

Celebrate gastronomy with pre-summer sun in Andalusia

Andalusia is already enjoying temperatures upwards of 30ºC this Easter weekend, which bodes well for those seeking some spring sunshine ahead of summer. The season from April through June is undoubtedly the best time to visit the region, when the hillsides are positively bursting with spring wild flowers and greenery, and the temperatures are simply […]

Expanding luxury horizons in Malaga, Spain

Expanding luxury horizons in Malaga, Spain

If 2016 saw a burst of luxury developments for the Andalusian port city of Malaga in Spain, 2017 is shaping up to continue apace. With a stellar increase in Michelin rated restaurants, two new world class museums in the Russian Museum and Pop-up Pompidou, increased port facilities hosting the world’s largest cruise ships, and yet […]

Celebrate Spring in Andalusia

Celebrate Spring in Andalusia

Winter never seems to linger long in Andalusia. With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, Andalusia claims the sunniest spot in Europe and it often feels like Spring is the longest season of all. The warm weather contributes to the virtually endless string of festivals throughout the year, which always kicks off with […]

Spain's Stonehenge - the heart and soul of Andalusia in ancient Antequera

Spain’s Stonehenge – the heart and soul of Andalusia in ancient Antequera

Little known outside of Andalusia until recently, the ancient city of Antequera in Malaga province has gained a lot of international recognition of late. Much of this renewed attention comes thanks to the Antequera Dolmens Site being awarded a UNESCO World Heritage designation in July of 2016; however, the town has held strategic importance for […]

Top 10 museums in Malaga, Spain

Top 10 museums in Malaga, Spain

Over the past ten years, the Malaga council spent more than €100m on the arts and cultural developments in the city. No more is Malaga known only for its bustling Mediterranean port, beaches, sunshine and tapas; the city now emerges as the cultural capital of Andalusia with an art scene rivaling Madrid and Barcelona. With […]

10 exciting ways to pass the Winter in Andalusia

10 exciting ways to pass the Winter in Andalusia

Andalusia may be best known for its sweeping beaches and seemingly endless summer sun, long serving as a haven for those wishing to soak up some reliable rays. This reputation is well founded; however, even throughout the winter there is no shortage of fascinating and exciting things to do. And with the best climate in […]

5 unique culinary products to sample on your next Andalusian tour

5 unique culinary products to sample on your next Andalusian tour

The cuisine of Andalusia, and particularly Malaga province, has been on the ascendant for years already. An ever increasing number of Michelin stars adorn restaurants across the region and the ubiquitous, traditional tapas have been elevated from a simple snack food served free with a drink to an experience in itself. Some of these artful […]

A very Andalusian UNESCO tour

A very Andalusian UNESCO tour

With an undeniably rich history and cultural legacy, Spain holds more UNESCO World Heritage designations that all but two countries in the world. Of the total 44 designations within Spain, the southernmost region of Andalusia is home to seven of these, second only to the largest region in Spain, Castile y Leon. While Andalusia is […]

Top Andalucian harvest festivals this Autumn

Top Andalucian harvest festivals this Autumn

In the southern-most Spanish region of Andalucia, local festivals and celebrations seem nearly as abundant as the summer sun. There’s virtually no end to them across all seasons and the residents of Andalucia are particularly known for their flamboyant displays, warm openness, and a knack for partying all through the night. Some festivals, such as the […]

The cheerful chiringuitos of Malaga, Spain

The cheerful chiringuitos of Malaga, Spain

Time generally passes slowly in Andalucia, which is perhaps why so many people flock to the pastoral hills and shimmering shores of this southern most region of Spain for rest and relaxation in the seemingly endless sunshine. The blazing summer sun inches unhurriedly across the sky with the pace that for many has come to […]

Turning Japanese in Malaga, Spain

Turning Japanese in Malaga, Spain

The culinary scene in Malaga has been on the ascendancy for years already, with more and more Michelin stars each season and increasing international attention. With some of the busiest fishing ports in all of the Mediterranean, Andalusia’s Malaga province, on the southern most Spanish coast, has a long established culinary tradition of super fresh […]

The best beaches in the world

The best beaches in the world

With more than 8,000 km of coastline, Spain has long been a primary destination for European sun and surf seekers. In fact, Spain is the third most visited country in the world, thanks in no small part to its seemingly endless beaches and sunshine. But it’s not simply the quantity of hidden coves or vast […]

Luxury developments on the horizon in Andalusia's Malaga province

Luxury developments on the horizon in Andalusia’s Malaga province

Though the Andalusian resort town of Marbella, on Spain’s southernmost Mediterranean coast, has long been renowned as a luxury travel playground of the rich and famous, the Costa del Sol itself gained a bit of a reputation for lower end tourism and overcrowding, particularly to the west of Malaga city. However, in recent years Malaga […]

The Andalusian festival season is in full swing for Spring

The Andalusian festival season is in full swing for Spring

Andalusia is a region known as much for its colourful and culturally rich festivals as it is for the seemingly endless supply of warm sunshine over its Mediterranean coastlines and seas of shimmering olive groves. Happily, these festivals and fiestas run right throughout the year so there’s bound to be something interesting happening no matter […]

The best culinary tour agents to satisfy your appetite for Andalusia

The best culinary tour agents to satisfy your appetite for Andalusia

There has been much buzz in the culinary world of late about the emergence of the fine food scene in Andalusia, particularly in Malaga. With eight Michelin stars awarded to restaurants in Malaga province and a total of fifteen across Andalusia, the region is challenging the long standing prominence of the Basque Country and Catalonia. […]

3 new Michelin stars herald Malaga's world class cuisine

3 new Michelin stars herald Malaga’s world class cuisine

Many would rightly credit the global prominence of Spanish cuisine to such pioneering restaurants as El Bulli, Arzak and Mugaritz that first made their mark more than a decade ago, and El Celler de Can Roca near Barcelona tops the list today as the world’s best restaurant. While the Spanish Basque country and Catalonia continue as […]

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