11 Oct
Pollenca

Traditional yet modern would be an apt overall description of Ca’n Trillo. Located not far from the traditional town of Pollenca on the eastern end of Serra de Tramuntana, this beautiful villa sleeps up to six guests in comfort and luxury.

The exterior and interior building design has been used to make houses like this one for a hundred years. The American style fridge in the kitchen is however a relatively recent addition along with all the other modern day necessities that contemporary society demands.

Wooden beamed ceilings and ceramic floor tiles with white-washed walls give a genuine Spanish feel to Ca’n Trillo. The colourful and stylish furniture, artwork and furnishings place a modern stamp on a bygone age of house design. Cool, light and roomy, houses such as Ca’n Trillo were built to a practical standard in order to deal with many hundreds of hours of sunshine beating down relentlessly onto the rooftops of the houses of Mallorca.

The house has three bedrooms plus three bathrooms. The traditional bedroom layout with iron beds and wooden cabinets contrasts with the modern requirements of satellite TV and air-conditioning. All the bedrooms are en-suite and comprise of two twins and a double. Doors lead out into the garden from the bedrooms.

The kitchen, dining room and lounge fuse together in one huge light and roomy open plan room. Cooks can enjoy getting to grips with the local cuisine in Ca’n Trillo’s well-equipped kitchen.

Ca’n Trillo’s exterior is equally as alluring. A sparkling swimming pool surrounded by a large lawn area means guests can bathe and dry off spread out under the sun. As well as the inviting pool there is a hot tub for guests to relax in. Whether it’s being immersed in the hot tub or bathing in the pool, with pretty pencil thin cypress trees planted round the perimeter you can enjoy total privacy at Ca’n Trillo. .

The built in barbecue is further enticement to lure guests at Ca’n Trillo into outdoors. It is easy to imagine a vibrant and joyful party taking place in this beautiful outside area of the house.

Less than a ten minute drive from Ca’n Trillo and all its fabulous amenities puts you at the horse shoe-shaped bay of Pollenca. This characterful town is framed by two mountains, each with their own sacred site on top. Pollenca and all its charms looks incredible against the backdrop of the Tramuntana Mountains.

With wonderful scenery, great restaurants and glorious beaches, your time spent holidaying in this refreshingly unspoilt region of Mallorca will be torn between staying at Ca’n Trillo or exploring the town of Pollenca.

For more information about Ca’n Trillo visit: https://www.vintagetravel.co.uk/villa_details.cfm?p_id=1269

 


 

25 Sep

If Spain is world-renowned for its penchant to party until dawn in its monthly, if not weekly, fiestas, then Andalucía has to be king in hosting unforgettable celebrations. And none more so than in the magical town of Arcos de la Frontera. In late September this traditional hilltop town in the province of Cadiz comes alive in a way only the Spanish make possible.

This four-day festival always takes place at the end of September when a throng of revelries of all ages, from different parts of Spain and of numerous nationalities, ascend on this pretty whitewashed “pueblo blanco”.


 

11 Oct

The Andalucian city of Malaga is the sixth largest city in Spain.  Due to its proximity to the southernmost tip of Europe, this cosmopolitan town is blessed with some of the mildest winters in the whole of Europe. Mild winters is however not the only reason to visit Malaga in winter.

The capital of the Costa del Sol is full of wonderful buildings, monuments and beaches and has a long and interesting history.

Malaga was founded around 800BC by the Phoenicians who looked for river estuaries, fertile land and plenty of trees for their furnaces when establishing a new trading post. Malaga fulfilled the Phoenician criteria and as a consequence the city was swallowed up by the old empire.

The Romans arrived in Malaga in 206 BC and ruled the city for 758 years. Byzantine rule followed from 552 AD but by 619 AD it was the turn of the Visigoths to rule the much sought-after city of Malaga.  Approximately a century later, the Moors took over and stayed in the Costa del Sol capital for roughly the same amount of time as the Romans had done. It was in 1487 when the Moors were finally ousted from Malaga when it came under the control of the Christians. For one city, that’s an awful lot of rulers of diverse religions and pays testament to the fabulously varied buildings, monuments and styles Malaga is home to.

Malaga Cathedral

It has to be said that Malaga Cathedral is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the whole of Spain. Construction on the present day cathedral started in 1528 but in 1680 was part destroyed by an earthquake. Restoration work went on until 1783 when the cathedral was officially declared finished even though the money had run out and a tower was missing. The cathedral today is known as La Manguita (one armed woman) in reference to the right tower being missing.

La Manguita was originally built in the late Gothic style although because it took so long to build, the cathedral boasts a combination of styles with renaissance and Baroque building work added along the centuries.

Malaga Alcazaba

This Moorish fortress is perhaps the best preserved citadel in Spain. The magnificent Alcazaba sits on a hill overlooking the whole of Malaga. The Moors built the fortress on top of an old Roman fort. Much of the fortress’s uniqueness and grandeur is owed to the 100 towers on its walls.

Today the Alcazaba is home to the city’s archaeological museum, which provides a truly fascinating family outing.  The breathtaking building is surrounded by beautiful gardens, fountains and palaces and it is hardly surprising that the Malaga Alcazaba was declared a national monument in 1931.

With many other inspiring sites such as the Castle of Gibralfaro, the Picasso Museum, who was born in Malaga in 1881, and the Museum of Glass and Crystal, which contains artefacts from Egyptian and Roman times, Malaga is certainly a Spanish city you can visit in the winter.


 

28 Aug

We have all heard of Gary Lineker. We see him every week on Match Of The Day and he is nearly always tweeting about something or other on the BBC. His brother Wayne, is perhaps more infamous rather than famous, but only in various spots in Europe and certainly not that well known in England.

Wayne Lineker is well-known in Spain and its islands because he is an extremely successful businessman. The Lineker name is seen throughout Spain above his chain of drinking establishments. There seems to be no stopping the man as his empire swells and new Lineker bars spring up like flowers in springtime.

Wayne’s first bar ‘Lineker’s Bar’ was opened on Tenerife in 1988 in Las Americas. It was an instant success and he quickly moved it into bigger premises. The sports bar / music bar combination worked well and Wayne soon opened another couple of bars on Tenerife, which also became instantly successful. His brother Gary was at the time the England football team captain and there is no doubt that this fact helped with the bars being full to capacity night after night.

Tourists and ex-pats alike sought out Lineker bars for their entertainment. The 1998 World Cup saw people spilling out onto the streets trying to get inside the already famous bar. There was no better atmosphere in Europe where you could watch an England World Cup game other than being inside the ground itself.

Lineker bars were opened on the Costa del Sol, the first of which was at Fuengirola. Gary’s younger brother opened bars on Mallorca and also, most recently, on Ibiza. His bar in Puerto Banus, not far from Marbella, was another massive success and prompted the thriving businessman to open several other bars in the Marbella vicinity.

Wayne realised that not every bar should be a sports/music theme so he diverged throughout the whole spectrum from shady lap-dancing bars to family-oriented bars and cafes.

If you are in southern Spain or the Balearics the chances are you won’t be too far away from the Lineker brand. If there is a “must see” sporting event taking place, make sure that you get in a Linker’s Bar early if you want a good seat and lap up that all important atmosphere!

 


 

25 Jul

Similar to Greek tavernas, Spanish chiringuitos are a unique feature of Spain’s Mediterranean coast, offering welcome shade, refreshingly cold drinks and maybe even a tapas or two.

With the summer now firmly arrived in southern Spain, these beach bars – chiringuitos as they are known locally – are open up and down the Andalucian coast.

On the friendly, relaxing, clean and picturesque beaches of Mojacar, in the Almeria province of southern Spain, many a chiringuito can be seen, all selling ‘helados y cervezas’ by the hundreds, including El Patio 2000, one of the last of the few original and authentic chiringuitos to remain in Spain.

Founded in 1968, El Patio 2000 is surrounded by a maze of palm trees, which together with its bamboo roof, provide refreshing shade from the strong summer sun that this part of Spain has become more than accustomed to.

The owners of El Patio 2000, alongside many other chiringuitos owners on this stretch of coastline, are campaigning for laws to be established that will protect the traditional chiringuitos from closure or having to be modernised and adhere to uniformity.

Talking about the possibility of enforced laws to change and modernise original chiringuitos, Beate Kuna, the owner of El Patio said:

“We need to preserve and acknowledge the traditional chiringuitos as a distinct culture that made Mojacar so attractive to tourists before it’s too late and they are lost.”

Mojacar Playa certainly would not be the same without the many bamboo roofed bars scattered along its soft and sandy shores, providing sunbathers will a well-deserved ice-cold refreshment.

Or in the case of El Patio 2000, a quality meal, friendly service and even live music at the weekends.

 


 

22 May

Is Velez-Malaga about to become the next Marbella with a 750 million euro new luxury complex in Costa Del Sol?

For the many thousands of tourists who flock to the Costa del Sol each year, they are after soaking up some rays of sunshine and experiencing a touch of pampering and luxury.

With resorts such as Marbella and Estepona giving the Costa del Sol’s penchant for being Spain’s forerunners of creating a holiday with an emphasis on luxury, many of the other towns in the region are determined to follow suit to attract the more ‘affluent’ of traveller.

Velez-Malaga is one such town, determined to recreate the glamour and glitz its Marbella ‘neighbours’ have created. At the core of its determination to offer luxury-style holidays, a luxury hotel complex has been proposed for Velez-Malaga, which would include a marina and an 18-hole golf course.

The complex, which has been called Fenicia, would cost approximately 750 million euros to build and would take 12 years to complete. Naturally, being this expensive and multifarious to build, one would expect Fenicia to be something spectacular.

According to the proposals, ‘spectacular’ would be at the heart of this ultra-modern and luxurious complex. The development would include 2,446 apartments, an 8,561-room hotel, a full golf course and a marina with 1,050 berths.

The 4,076,437 square meter complex would also incorporate some ‘natural’ spaces and environments, with a riverbank park, gardens and walking and riding paths being included in the proposal.

The construction of such a vast development would create approximately 600 new jobs a year whilst it was being built and then around 5,400 when the complex was open – a significant employment opportunity given Spain’s worryingly high levels of unemployment at present.


 

05 Nov

Malaga, a modern and cosmopolitan city on Spain’s Costa del Sol, a centre for international trade and commerce, lined with designer outlets and thriving with tourists and life. But despite being home to such comprehensive commercial activity, which ensures Malaga is one of Spain’s more ‘up-to-date’ and ‘in-touch’ cities, Malaga nostalgically clings on to its traditional past, unwilling to surrender entirely to the consumerist expectations synonymous with a modern city.

Malaga has a huge amount on offer

One of the most visible traces of Malaga’s reluctance to wholly relinquish its past are the hundreds of horse-drawn carriages that glide through the city’s streets, impassive to the many big, swanky and expensive cars impatiently belting past to accomplish their fast-paced lifestyles.


 

08 Oct

Andalucia has played an essential role in the most spectacular chapters of Spanish history. It is a region characterised by extreme variables in landscape and climate. But what really makes Andalucia stand out from other Spanish regions, is the tasty snacks they compassionately provide for free in many of the bars when you order a drink – universally known as “tapas”.

Where does Spanish Tapas originate from?

The Spanish word “tapa” actually means “lid” or “cover” so how does this relate to food? There are several interesting accounts…


 

25 Aug

Andalucia is notorious for its bizarre and wacky festivals and none more so than the Feria de Cascamorras held in the historical market towns of Baza and Guadix, in the province of Granada. The event takes place on the 6th September each year.

Feria de Cascamorras Festival

One extraordinary image that stands out when you visit the town of Baza is the amount of black handprints arbitrarily embossed on many of the town’s whitewashed walls. It is not until you attend the Feria de Baza in early September that you understood the true meaning behind this bizarre spectacle.  This particularly popular Spanish fiesta kicks off with the Feria de Cascamorras, when thousands of locals cover themselves in oil and throw paint at the “Cascamorras” as he attempts to steal the Virgin statue from Baza.