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12 Fabulous Beaches in Spain

Calas de MallorcaSpain and the Spanish islands have some of the most stunning beaches in the world. Move away from a few over-crowded resorts and you will find places that are a match for anything you could see in the Caribbean or the Indian Ocean.

White sand and turquoise water. Rugged, rocky shorelines. Long, long stretches of firm sand. And the occasional surprise.

Do you have a favourite? If so, please tell us. Meanwhile, here are a few contenders for our own favourites.

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Antequera

The Antequera valley has been a trade route and a place of settlement ever since stone-age man set foot on the Iberian peninsula. Indeed the area has some of the most important bronze-age dolmens to be seen anywhere in the country, and the bronze-age relics are then followed by Roman, Moorish, Christian and the various political and architectural epoques that have followed. Read more

Cáceres (way out west)

Cáceres may not be so well-known to the average traveller as, say, Seville or Barcelona, but it is certainly a place that rewards those intrepid voyagers who are prepared to go that extra mile. It is a city characterised by numerous old palaces, endless archaeological exhibits, and the unique Moorish underground water deposit (the “aljibe”) with it’s 16 arabic vaulted arches. Read more

The Basque Language

I don’t know if there is a Basque-language edition of Scrabble, but there really should be. Without some adjustment to the scoring system and the numbers of each letter, the game would become impossible. When you’re up in that area, if you see words liberally peppered with t’s, x’s, z’s and k’s; that’s Basque! Read more

Madrid – A Visit

An often repeated proverb dating back to the Renaissance says, with a little exaggeration, ‘Madrid, nueve meses de invierno, tres meses de infierno’ (Madrid, nine months of winter, three months of burning hell). In August the temperature averages 30ºC while in winter it can fall several degrees below zero. Although the saying is exaggerated, the continental climate in the middle of the peninsula and the altitude of Madrid at 646 metres above sea level certainly does make for an extreme climate. Ideally the best times of the year to visit are between April and June and September to October, Read more

Guadalest

If Guadalest didn’t already exist, someone would have had to invent it. This amazing little village offers so much.

Let’s start with the castle. The vertical precipices of rock couldn’t fail to attract the attention of anyone looking for position that would readily hold back their enemies. Read more

Pamplona

PamplonaSome while back I had the opportunity to wander around the centre of Pamplona, the city made famous by the annual “running of the bulls”. Although I didn’t find a little hotel there suitable for Little Hotels (yes I know, I’m fussy!), that’s no reason not to pass on a little of what I learned. Anyway, it’s only a short drive from Hotel Iribarnia, set out in the Navarra countryside.

Just like in nearly every city, it’s the old quarter that is the most interesting bit. In Pamplona, that’s the little maze of streets radiating out from the Plaza Del Castillo. I sat there a while in the centre of the square and decided that I really must pay a visit to Café Iruña. Read more

Sierra de Aracena

The Sierra de Aracena is situated towards the northern boundary of Huelva province close to the Portuguese border. It is a scenic area of wooded, rolling hillsides and whitewashed villages, which are very picturesque. The guide books tell you that the best time to visit is in the spring when an ‘incredible profusion of wild flowers colonize a verdant sierra’ or in the autumn when ‘the chestnut trees are ablaze and the orchards are laden with fruit’. Read more