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A cycle across the rooftops – in Gran Canaria

Danny MacAskill does daring things and this clip of him riding across rooftops in Gran Canaria is no different. He’s a trials cyclist – and here, more specifically, he’s performing a type of street trial – basically a high degree of control of a bike in an urban environment, normally without the feet touching the ground. He’s … Continue reading

Alhambra documentaries

A friend who is visiting us soon asked about the Alhambra in Granada; whether there were any documentaries about it and the best books. The official guide to the Alhambra is a good start but fairly basic as one would expect. One book to look out for, we’ve been told, is ‘Reading the Alhambra’ by José Miguel … Continue reading

A special shop and an old tile

We’ve discovered a shop in Granada called Tauriq. It’s near the cathedral on Calle San Jerénimo and sells old stuff: tiles, ceramic bowls from cities such as Seville and Granada, marble slabs, clay vases which once stored olive oil or wine, clocks and more (a shop that has several clocks ticking simultaneously always has the … Continue reading

Rainforest Órgiva

A friend told us recently: “do not leave that huge hole in the orchard without filling it in, otherwise it will turn into a well if it rains heavily.¨ Oops. Imagine pouring a bucket of water over a couple of ants; that’s how we felt earlier today. One of us stayed inside ‘holding the fort’ as … Continue reading

A battered bite on the beach – Lute y Jesús, Almuñécar

This isn’t a food review but to report back about a fabulous little seafood bar we discovered just off the beach in Almuñécar. It’s called Lute y Jesús, one of several outlets in the town. This place is more a fish ´n chip shop than a restaurant – the only seats are outside. We ate just … Continue reading

Granada junk shops

Junk may be a little unkind as there are some lovely items to be found among the grot. Descend into one of Granada’s rastros there’s a chance, among the cemetery of pine and chandeliers, you may never be seen again. But at least you’d have a choice of seating. in fact you could sit in a different … Continue reading

Day of wine and roses

A snaking road just past Torvizcón takes you on a stunning journey up the Sierra de la Contraviesa. In 16km only two cars squeezed by us as we headed for Europe’s highest vineyard. At 1400m above sea level this was the first time in Spain we experienced absolute silence; no breeze, no dogs, no flies, … Continue reading

Cabo de Gata, Almería – isolated beauty

Heading east along the coast from Motril, the greenhouses around Almería sweep right to the seashore giving the impression you might be driving through a winter-wonderland rather than the driest place in Europe. More than half of Europe’s fresh fruit and vegetables are grown in these vast greenhouses which cover an area the size of … Continue reading

Órgiva from on high

If we only had wings, eh? This photograph – probably taken in the 1950s – shows Órgiva from above. An annotated version beneath it highlights certain locations and buildings, with further information. At the top of the photograph we love (what we think is) the track leading to Benizalte, the 16th century olive mill. Click on images … Continue reading

A mine of information in Órgiva

A while ago, small rock boulders suddenly appeared outside the building on Plaza Alpujarra that never opened and what people thought was the tourist office but it wasn´t (see this post). But it´s open and from mausoleum to one-room museum, Órgiva now celebrates the area´s history of mining on what is its own Uluru, the Sierra de Lújar. … Continue reading

Playa Granada, Motril

Playa Granada isn´t some tacky, man-made attraction in the suburbs of Granada city – it´s a real beach – yay! – and a huge one at that. Mainly stoney with some areas of sand and a golf course hugging its boundaries, we were taken by surprise at the sheer expanse of a great place to chill on … Continue reading

Jardin Nazari – Vélez de Benaudalla

A small piece of the Generalife in the Alhambra was seemingly plucked from Granada and gently placed in this sleepy town, a short distance inland from the Costa Tropical. But the Jardin Nazari, tucked away in the backstreets of Vélez de Benaudalla, is no Johnny-come-lately – it´s been here, in one form or another, since … Continue reading

Granada ceramics

Corpus Christi dominates Granada at the moment; a seven day fiesta of processions, exhibitions, competitions and even puppet shows. Being campo-dwellers the celebrations took us a little by surprise as we left the underground car park into a camera flash of sunlight – and 30 degrees. The entire centre of the city had become a … Continue reading

Sunday market in Almuñecar

Órgiva has its own rastro but there are many others dotted around the province. If you head to Almuñecar on the Costa Tropical on a Sunday, you’ll be greeted with a football pitch-sized market heaving with people seemingly not buying anything. But they do, otherwise these markets – there’s another one further down the coast … Continue reading

The Long Good Friday in the Alhambra

Like all good tourists, we decided to take the plunge and go on a three hour tour. Our guide wore jeans in the heat, spoke to the group via microphone – which picked up everything including what his wife was cooking him for supper – and led us around the breathtaking Alhambra Palace in Granada. So much … Continue reading