This year Easter Sunday falls very late, on April 21st but celebrations of the biggest religious festival of the year begin a week earlier. Why is Easter such a big deal in Spain? Holy Week (Semana Santa) is the biggest religious celebration of the year in Spain, which means public holidays, a good deal of […]
Today, 28 February is “dia de andalucia” or “Day of Andalucia” and marks the anniversary of a successful referendum on granting Andalucia its statute of autonomy. That statute created the Junta de Andalucia regional authority and its parliament. Streets in towns and cities across the region are decked with bunting of the Andalucian flag for […]
There are so many fabulous walks to be had in the National Park’s surrounding the house, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From an easy walk along the Castril boardwalk to the more challenging hike to the waterfalls at Cerrada de la Magdalena, there’s something here for everyone.
Three Kings Day, or Dia de los Reyes in Spanish, falls on January 6 every year. It’s the day that most children in Spain receive their Christmas presents. While children from other parts of the world eagerly await Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, here in Spain the jolly bearded man takes a backseat to the three kings of biblical […]
Celebrating ‘nochevieja’ tonight in Spain? Here’s a guide to ensure you get off to a good start. Spain has more than a few traditions that need to be upheld to make sure that 2019 is a year that brings good fortune and even love. 12 lucky grapes As midnight approaches on New Year’s Eve everyone […]
As we head towards December and Christmas many locals are turning to preserving some of the fruits of the land. And there couldn’t be a more traditional Spanish preserve than membrillo What is Membrillo? Dulce de membrillo (or just membrillo) is a sweet, sticky, very thick jelly made from the fruit of the quince tree […]
Never drink on an empty stomach! Andalucia is the birthplace of Spain’s tapas culture, where a free bite of food used to come with your drink as a way of topping it (tapar in Spanish) and protecting it from the elements. While the free tapa has all but disappeared elsewhere in Spain, no self-respecting local […]