Author Archive for Alan Hazel

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 […]

5 favourite food markets in Malaga

5 favourite food markets in Malaga

Many a food loving traveller will tell you that one of the best ways to get an authentic feel for a locale is to visit its central food market. It’s always a feast for the senses that, for most, will lead to a feast on the table either at home or right there at the […]

5 reasons for a winter holiday in Andalucia

5 reasons for a winter holiday in Andalucia

While Andalucía is well known as a sun-seekers paradise, I have a little secret to share… summer is not the nicest time of year to visit. Sure, if you only have that short time for a break, you like it hot, and you want some guaranteed rays then it’s a good choice. However, there are […]

A taste of Malaga in five historic dishes

A taste of Malaga in five historic dishes

Andalucian cuisine presents a tantalising array of flavours rooted in historical influences introduced by the Phoenicians, Romans, Islamic Moors, Jews and Christians amongst others. All is based on the freshest of local ingredients and here you find the finest fresh seafood, wild game and fowl, and an abundance of exotic spices such as saffron and […]

How to plan the perfect destination wedding in Andalucia

How to plan the perfect destination wedding in Andalucia

Thanks to its temperate climate, dramatic sun-swept landscapes and romantic traditions, Andalucia is one of Europe’s top spots for a destination wedding abroad. But with so many things to consider it can be complicated to organize such an important event well in a foreign country or little known location. Below are some of the most […]

Autumn in Malaga Province, a harvest bounty of Spanish culinary festivals

Autumn in Malaga Province, a harvest bounty of Spanish culinary festivals

Maybe you’d like to visit southernmost Spain for the reliable, sunny weather this Autumn, or perhaps you’re planning for a tour of one of the iconic cultural and historical sites such as the Alhambra in Granada or the Mezquita in Cordoba after the summer crowds have thinned. There’s always a great reason to visit Andalucia […]

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 […]

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