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At we have a team of expert writers and photographers, whose specialist fields and areas of knowledge between them offer the most authoritative and comprehensive collection of information online about Andalucia, with 10,000 pages on everything from spas to sport, monuments to marketing, finance to flamenco.

From heritage, culture and geography, to photographing its people and places, as well as a complete guide to living here as an expat, their wealth of experience makes the leading website about the region; all content is our exclusive and written especially for

Our writers have all lived in the region for some years and many contribute regularly to guide books on Andalucia. Some are published authors on topics such as the region’s history; flamenco; and Spanish law. With their fingers firmly on the pulse of Andalucian life, these writers will keep you up to date with everything you can experience in the region, from the finest restaurants, hotels and spas to the latest news on practical aspects of living here; and from the most off-the-beaten track villages to the newest museums.

Regular Contributors

Fiona Flores Watson

Contributing Editor and Chief Blogger 
Fiona Flores Watson has lived in Spain for nine years, and has been a journalist since completing a post-graduate journalism course at City University in London 20 years ago. More>

Chris Chaplow

Founder & Managing Director
Chris is the key Content Strategist & Contributor. His main interest is in destinations; their geography
and history. In particular the historic influence of foreign companies, industrial and mining in the development of Andalucian culture. More>

Chris Wawn

Chris' knowledge on Andalucia has been of great assistance to the site's content pages and he has made available many articles, based on his series. More>

Michelle Chaplow

Michelle Chaplow is a hispanophile. She is British by birth but has lived and worked in Andalucia in Spain for 15 years as a freelance photographer. More>

Tony Briant

Flamenco Specialist
Tony's life has been closely linked with music since an early age. Born in Stockwell, south London, there always seemed to be music in his home. More>

Saskia Mier

Saskia is a Spanish national but was educated in the UK. She had always longed to return to Spain and once graduating from University in 2011 with a degree in Equine Sciences, came back to Andalucia to pursue her passion of horses. More>

Sam Pulman-Slater

Sam joined the editorial team in June 2018. Originally from Wales, he graduated from the University of Cambridge with a 1st Class Hons degree in English Literature. He has a particular interest in historic buildings, heritage sites, and cultural traditions, and enjoys using the writing skills garnered during his studies to produce copy on these subjects. More>

Alex Cutts

Alex began writing for in November 2021. She graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2020 with a first class honours degree in Journalism. Her particular interests within writing are food, travel and music. More>


Tony Hall
Tony Hall is a passionate specialist in the plants of Andalucía. He has visited, botanised and given regular tours in Andalucía for more than 15 years.  He is an expert in their propagation and have created a naturalistic Mediterranean habitat within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew More>

Previous Contributors

Florence Long

Florence started writing and editing for in November of 2021. She graduated from UCL in 2018 with a degree in English. Florence’s ongoing projects focus on Andalucia’s international cultural history in the context of art, music and literature. She hopes to broaden her understanding of the region and transfer this knowledge to the site. Aside from this, Florence is passionate about slow travel and environmental issues concerning tourism. She works for the AEF (Aviation Environment Federation) as a communications officer and freelances as a copyeditor and writer. More>

Max Phythian
Max Phythian

Editorial Assistant 
Max was a student from Lancaster University taking part in a placement with under Erasmus´ working abroad scheme.
He was in his third year of studying management studies and Spanish with the university
and joined to consolidate both his learning of the Spanish language
and the way in which a business operates theoretically and practically.

Belinda Beckett

History and Culture 
Belinda is an NCTJ-qualified journalist and
travel/lifestyle writer specialising in Andalucía,
Gibraltar and Morocco from her home in Spain. More>

Belinda Beckett

Excursions, Parks and Family 
Marianne blogs about her travels and experiences
living and working in Spain  and writes articles
for various sites related to Spain. More>

Paz Rosado García

Paz is the key Editor and Journalist on the
Spanish version of the website
and was with the company from 2003 to 2013.

Shenai Martinez Fernandez

Spanish Journalist 
Shenai Martinez Fernández has a degree in
Journalism from the Complutense University
in Madrid and a diploma in digital media from
Villanueva University. More>

Marta Palomo Hermoso

Marta is a fully qualified journalist having
graduated from the European University in
Madrid. Marta works in media production. More>

Owen Thomas

Owen was born in England and immigrated to
Canada at an early age. He was awarded his
Master's Degree in History from the University
of Western Ontario in London, Canada. More>

David Wood

David Wood was born in London. His humorous
articles and stories have appeared in magazines
both in England and in Spain over many years. More>

Rebekah Thompson

Rebekah was a student of Spanish and
International Media Communications at
the University of Nottingham.
Graduated in 2013. More>

Emma Cattle

Editorial Assistant 
Emma Cattle was a student of French and
Hispanic Studies at the University of Nottingham.
Graduated in 2013, she was spending her year abroad. More>

Morwenna Francis

Morwenna was a student of Modern languages
at the University of Sheffield when she spent
her year abroad working as a editorial assistant
for More>

Sophie Careful

Editorial Assistant & Photographer 
Sophie was a student of French and Hispanic
Studies at the University of Sheffield when
she spent part of her year abroad working as a
editorial assistant for More>

Charlie Edwards

Editorial Assistant 
Charles, who is from London, is studying Modern
Languages (French, Spanish and Italian) at the
University of Southampton. He is very sporty and
plays tennis, padel and football, and enjoys travelling. More>

Barcley Spicer-Jenkins

Editorial Assistant 
Barcley is from Devon and is studying Spanish and
business management at UEA (University of East Anglia).
As a country boy, he enjoys the outdoor life: cycling,
free climbing, free diving and spear fishing. More>

John Gill
John Gill

Journalist and Author 
John Gill lived in Ronda, overlooking the Tajo (gorge) for nearly ten in the 2000s. At this time he was a regular contributor to the pages of including those on Ronda. More>

Janet Mendel
Janet Mendel

Food writer  
Janet Mendel is an American journalist who has lived in Spain since 1972. Janet wrote a monthly cookery column for the pioneering LOOKOUT Spain Magazine for many years. She is the author of ten books on spanish cooking. Janet was one of the first contributors to More>


Josephine Quintero
Travel Journalist 
Josephine Quintero, a travel journalist who has lived in Malaga since early 1990s.
She was one of writers for the Andalucia Magazine and became one of first writers being comissioned for pages on Malaga city in late 1996 which she tactfully described as 'gritty'. More>


Brenda Padilla
Contributing Editor

Brenda Padilla joined as first dedicated editor in Sepember 2002. In the role she comissioned and wrote many articles, especially on Lifestyle and Living in Andaluca. More>

Denyse Lampière

Denyse Lampière, a french journalist based in Seville was one of writers for the Andalucia Magazine and became one of first writers being comissioned for pages on Seville city.

Other frequent contributors also include   Dee McMath, Colm Gill, David Crumpler, Simon Zolan and Susie McCawley.

Sadly missed RIP

Archeology, History, Heritage Contributor 
Lawrence lived in Andalucia from from 1960 to 1963 amd then returned in the late 1980s until 2002. Sadly Don Lorenzo passed away at home in Nice in September 2021 but not before he completed his interesting life story called 'My Very Long Youth' in parts 1 to 13. More>


Law and legal matters. 
David Searl, a US citizen, settled on the Costa del Sol in the mid-70s and was until his death one of the Costa del Sol's most important writers of articles and books focusing on legal substance. More>


A valuable contributor to, as well as one of the Coast's best known journalists and travel writers, Mark Little tragically died in August 2001. More>

Eamonn Power

Golf Contributor 
A long time resident of the Costa del Sol, Eamonn Power was a member of the prestigious Association of Golf Writers who travels extensively reporting on the game. More>

The late Gillaine Hathaway

Events Contributor 
Gilaine Hathaway having retired from an extensive media career and television presenter specialised in keeping up to date with Costa del Sol events as well as Charity and Associations news and events round-up. Her monthly contributions to in the late 1990s and early 2000s were impressive for their volume and detail. Gillaine was founding President of the Costa del Sol Press Club. She died in 2002.


Guy Hunter Watts
The late Guy Hunter Watts

Expert in hiking around Andalucia and best selling author, Guy Hunter Watts, 63 had lived in Andalucia for 30 years. Guy suffered a fatal accident on his eBike decending the MA-8403 from Montejaque. No other vehicle was involved. His family and friends and almost all the village of Montecorto attended his bi-lingual funeral service in the Virgen del Carmen church on 19th May 2023. School friend Andy Warner read the Eulogy followed by tributes from Tiki, Leyla, Seamus and Manfred. He touched the lives of thousands of walkers that he led personally through the mountains of Serrania de Ronda and Andalucia in addition to all those who have enjoyed his books. Guy was a contributor of and suggested we publish several of his favourite walks in Andalucia for our readers to enjoy.
Suggested Andalucia Walks by Guy Hunter Watts


Occasional Contributors

Accountancy and Tax Specialist 
Susana Serrano-Davey, ACA, is a Spanish
National and holds the UK qualification of
Chartered Accountant where she now practices. She founded  
Rose & Clavel, Anglo-Spanish Acountants. More>


Moorish Heritage Contributor 
Wijjie, as she is known, has lived in Andalucia since 2002.
She came from Damascus, because she wanted to visit Cordoba,
where her ancestors the Ummeyads ruled a thousand years ago,
and Granada, because the Alhambra has so much in common
with the architecture in Syria. More>


Writer & Editor 
Michel is a writer and editor who covers a very wide
field of topics, ranging from finance and property to
art and décor. More>

Milagros Vacas

Milagros came to Spain as an Erasmus student and
spent a year studying at the University of Málaga.
She was attracted to Spain's Moorish heritage.
Her advice for future students is, "Work out a
budget for yourself as soon as you get here.


Student Contributor 
Melanie spent six months studying at Málaga University
as part of her UK university course. She was attracted to
Andalucia's many monuments and the history and culture
they represent. Her top piece of advice for future students
coming to study here is: "Ensure that you set aside time to travel. More>


Cultural Specialist 
Katie has lived in Spain for several years, moving to
Andalucía five years ago. She originally came here
because her husband's family is from this area
and therefore it seemed logical. More>

Other occasioinal contributors also include   Giorgio Maulini, Marta Peña, and Lidia Sanchez.