Andalucia.com Blog

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.
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…
Tony Bryant's third book focuses on the writer's time in Utrera, a small town in Seville province known for its gypsy flamenco dynasties. For those of us who choose to live in Spain, many aspects of the country and its lifestyle and culture are powerfully seductive. The weather, the tapas, the…
Madonna's bullfighter-themed Grammys 2015 performance, in Givenchy outfit. Photo: madonnaphotos/Flickr The world of bullfighting in Spain, especially here in Andalucia, is one which provokes strong reactions. From the breeding of toros bravos, fighting bulls, specifically for la corrida (…
Beautiful Estepona Beach For a large majority of Europeans, Spain is still the top country of choice for the big annual holiday, according to YouGov. And among the Brits, one favourite area is Andalucia. The survey asked 7,562 people in seven different European countries, both northern and…
Women in the Feria, with red striped casetas to the right. Every town throughout Andalucia holds its own party between April and October - throughout spring, summer and autumn, from small villages to large cities, such as Malaga, Cordoba, Jerez and Granada, hold their feria (Here is our list).…
On Friday 17  April Andalucia.com celebrates its 19th birthday - the website was founded by Chris Chaplow on 17 April 1996. Andalucia has established itself as the leading website about the region, with visitor statistics which have grown exponentially, as southern Spain is a consistently popular…