21 Mar

Festival of Mare de Deu de Gràcia in Mahon, Menorca

If you’re lucky enough to be in Menorca during early September we can definitely recommend taking time out to visit the Mare de Deu de Gràcia Festival in Mahon.

Here’s our Deborah’s first hand review of last year’s festival –

We parked the car down at the port and meandered along the harbour front before joining the tourist trip on the glass bottom boat around the harbour.  After a leisurely hour on the water, we arrived back and walked along to the famous Xoriguer gin factory; finding it closed, a bit perturbed we then ambled along to the church and that too was closed, as were all the shops.  It was only when we reached the centre of town and found the paved streets covered with sand, that I realised this was the day of one of the island’s biggest festivals.


 

03 Dec

Vintage Travels’ Inland Andalucia experience

By Debbie Bartlett, Vintage Travel’s area representative in Andalucia.

Inland Andalucía is so beautiful that I never tire of the scenery, even though I have lived here for 20 years! I particularly love Ronda and the nearby area, where the landscape varies so much. There are mountains, lakes, little villages where time seems to have stood still, vast areas of protected woodland where you can drive for miles without seeing another vehicle, and, everywhere, stunning views. It’s a real paradise for photographers, and for walkers, cyclists and bird watchers too. What is also lovely is the feeling of space and closeness to nature, but wonderful cities like Sevilla, Córdoba, Granada and Cádiz are an easy drive away so although we are ‘away from it all’, we’re not isolated. Andalucía is lovely at all times of year; I love the Spring, when the air is fragrant with blossom and wild flowers, and it’s hard to beat sitting by the pool or on the terrace on a summer’s evening, drink in hand, enjoying the herb-scented breeze and watching the sun go down.

Map of Andalucia