Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Spanish Costas

by Robert Bovington Costa Almería The coastline of Almería is dotted with virgin beaches, particularly in the natural park of the Cabo de Gata-Níjar. Some of the coves here are only reachable on foot. Northeast of this spectacular park is … Continue reading

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Mijas

by Robert Bovington Mijas, a pueblo blanco, is situated in the foothills of the coastal mountain range that overlooks the Costa de Sol. Mijas itself is a typical pretty mountain town but due to it’s close proximity to Fuengirola it … Continue reading

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Almería – the film capital of Spain?

by Robert Bovington Well, the city of Almería has been used as the location for a number of films including ‘Patton’ (1969) and ‘Never say never again’ (1983). However, I was thinking more of the province of Almería especially the … Continue reading

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Calar Alto

 by Robert Bovington The province of Almería is the sunniest driest place in Spain. It also has the cleanest atmosphere in Europe and hardly any cloud making it an ideal location for installing an observatory. Calar Alto, at an altitude … Continue reading

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al-Andalus

by Robert Bovington In 711 an army of 7000 under the command of the Berber Tarik-ibn-Zehad crossed the Straits of Gibraltar and defeated Roderic the Visigothic King of Hispania. The Muslim armies swept through Hispania and conquered Toledo which was … Continue reading

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Día de la Hispanidad

by Robert Bovington Today is another Bank Holiday in Spain – Día de la Hispanidad or Columbus Day. Why? Firstly, Columbus was not Spanish – he was an Italian born in Genoa. Secondly, he is credited with discovering America so … Continue reading

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