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Welcome to the Andalucia.com blog. In this section we feature newsy and quirky stories that we hope you will find of interest. They are written by our Editor Fiona Watson-Flores or a guest blog post writer.
Today, a new investment was announced for the Antequera-Granada high-speed rail link, with AVE trains due to start running in 2018. Andalucia's budget for 2016 includes 62 million euros to  finish this AVE route linking Antequera (Santa Ana Station), the geographically central junction of the…
Whether you have made Andalucia your permanent home, you're staying for a long sojourn over the summer months, or you're just here on holiday (or planning to be shortly), you will be aware of the extreme heat in July and August, especially in the inland cities such as Seville and Cordoba where the…
"What's your name and where do you come from?" For many of us, back in the 1980s and 1990s, Saturday nights were all about watching Blind Date before going out. With her red hair, broad smile and warm manner, Cilla always set the nervous contestants at ease, as they chose their potential partner…
After many years of prevarication, consultation and administrative wrangling, the Royal Shipyards of Seville, which date from Alfonso the Wise's reign in the 13th century, are finally going to be restored and converted into a cultural centre. The 25-million-euro project, presented by Fundacion La…
If you are planning a visit to Seville once the intense summer heat has dissipated, then you may be pleased to hear that, from this autumn, two important historic monuments with aristocratic heritage will be available to visit for the first time. One is the Palacio de las Dueñas, the home of the…
In visitor figures released last week for May, Seville's position as number one destination in Andalucia was confirmed, with overnight stays by foreign visitors who stayed a night in the city up by almost 10%. Visitors to the Alcazar are up year on year by 11.5%, with the best May ever, and up…
As I mentioned in a recent preview  blog post, last Tuesday 9 June saw the world's foremost sherry-pairing culinary contest: the Copa Jerez. Copa Jerez 2105 winners, Sommelier Ian Adams and Chef Michelle Matthews, of 16 Romolo in San Francisco, in front of the judging panel. Teams of chefs and…
GUEST BLOG POST: CHRIS CHAPLOW Foro La Zagaleta The fourth edition of Foro La Zagaleta was held on Friday 5 June 2015, with the theme of the Culture of Art. As with previous years it was held in the Marbella Palacio de Congresos and coincided with the Marbella Town Hall’s tourism initiative…
This 6th bi-annual cooking and pairing competition showcasing sherry wines is on Tuesday 9 June. Jose Lopez-Montenegro - sommelier of  Atrio restaurant in Caceres. Every two years, the world’s finest chefs and sommeliers come together in Jerez de la Frontera to compete in a unique…
The Aceite Olivo Experience, with the tasting carts lined up outside Palacio San Telmo in Seville. Display of EVOOs - in all shapes of bottles and tins. Anyone who knows Andalucia will know the importance of olive oil in the diet here. For breakfast, on toast, in cold soups, to dress salads…