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Swimming Pools Without Chlorine

Hotel Son PonsWe are so accustomed to the chlorine in a swimming pool that most times we barely notice it. It’s only when we experience a non-chlorine pool that we realise just how much nicer it can be.

The main alternative to traditional chlorine is salt-water electrolysis. Although people usually describe this as a salt-water swimming pool, it’s a bit of a misnomer as it’s really nothing like swimming in sea water. The concentration of salt is only about a tenth of that in sea water, so there are no stingy eyes and it doesn’t taste salty. Read more

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

Why We Keep Coming Back to Puerto Pollensa

Sarah Scott explains the allure of Mallorca for her young family. Read more

Getting it Wrong (so very wrong!) in Spanish

Spanish is quite an easy language to learn for a native English speaker. It’s not without its pitfalls though, so let’s enjoy a few blunders committed in the name of International Relations. Read more

5 Lasting Memories of Haute-Savoie

It’s official – its ski season. Many Brits are packing up their salopettes, bound for the slopes with their skis over their shoulder and SPF lip balm in their back pocket. Many will be heading for Geneva, which serves as a hub airport for connections to the ski resorts. Read more