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Where to play golf all year round in the sun...
Friday, January 21, 2022

Would you like to play golf at any time of the year, enjoying springtime temperatures and a pleasant sea breeze? You can, in the Canary Islands: a veritable paradise for golf lovers, close to the beach and offering excellent services.

In the Canary Islands, you are sure to enjoy an ideal holiday playing golf. Many reasons make it possible: a privileged climate that enables you to play golf 365 days a year; spectacular, varied scenery including exceptional volcanic landscapes, beaches, mountains and nature reserves; first-class infrastructure for services and leisure to satisfy every need and offering magnificent value for money; and, of course, an excellent variety of golf courses. Most courses are to be found on Tenerife and Gran Canaria, but there are also excellent fairways on the islands of FuerteventuraLanzarote and La Gomera. There is no doubt about it: any time of the year is ideal for playing your favourite sport in the Canary Islands, where you can enjoy some truly extraordinary conditions.



Another attraction of playing golf in the Canary Islands is that you can try out different courses by simplymaking short trips around the islands without having to change accommodation. Wherever you go, you will find top quality, modern facilities with all the necessary conveniences. Fun, original courses dotted with bunkers of black, volcanic sand and surrounded by unique indigenous vegetation await you on the islands. You are sure to have fun overcoming the challenges they pose while admiring the fabulous views over the Atlantic ocean or the magnificent mountains that dominate the archipelago.

You will find courses to suit all tastes, ideal for both professional players and those who wish to improve their skill: from golf clubs that are venues for major PGA tournaments, such as the Tenerife Ladies Open, to courses for beginners or improving your game in a friendly, quiet atmosphere.

One of the clearest indications that the islands are perfect for golf is the abundance of available space: as well as the existing courses, many more are planned or are already being built and expected to be opened shortly.



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A Must-See Restaurant in Chiclana
Thursday, January 13, 2022


What is El Cuartel del Mar? It is a beachfront restaurant, which opened shortly before the summer of last year. This site represents the first foray into Andalusia by the Madrid-based Azotea Grupo, a gastronomic group that is also the creator of La Azotea del Círculo de Bellas Artes, Azotea Forus Barceló (in the Barceló Market), Picalagartos (NH Gran Vía Collection hotel) and Nubel ( in the Reina Sofía Museum).

This space, which has become so popular with everyone who passes through Chiclana, has an indoor restaurant, patio and roof terrace with sea views. It is located in an old barracks house of the Civil Guard, which was unoccupied for about 30 years, a 19th-century building in ruins. Do you want to know why it is so popular? 



The project to create El Cuartel del Mar was a dream that the owners of Azotea Grupo, the journalist Cristina Lasvignes and her husband José Manuel García, had for a long time. The couple has been spending summers in Chiclana for years and whenever they walked through La Barrosa, they daydreamed thinking: "What if we turned it into a restaurant?" With that prime location, it wasn't a far-fetched idea.

When the opportunity arose, they didn't think twice. They were awarded a management contract until March 1, 2027, extendable for a maximum of two periods of ten years each. The concession consists of the exclusive use of the old Civil Guard barracks, located next to the Torre del Puerco.


Then it was time to carry out the comprehensive rehabilitation and adaptation of the building, as well as the complementary development around the barracks. It was inaugurated shortly before the start of the summer of last year and was an immediate success. The Cuartel del Mar became an incredible surprise for the tourists who arrived in Cádiz after spending months locked up at home.



The Basque, Manuel Berganza, executive chef of the group, is responsible for the design of the menu, which is based on local produce. Due to its location, it is obvious that the sea and its products have a prominent presence in the menu of El Cuartel del Mar. The team has made a fresh menu, where the smoked touch of the grill predominates.

It is a menu designed for sharing, which seeks to create a tailor-made gastronomic experience. An important part of this menu is the almadraba tuna, as it is possible to highlight the wide range of elaborations that can be made with this product, so characteristic of the area.

As if that weren't enough, each visit to El Cuartel del Mar can begin or end with a fresh cocktail. These were designed by Luca Anastasio, a three-time World Class Diageo Spain winner and the group's director of bars and mixology. His proposal includes long and refreshing drinks, adapted to the Chiclana climate, which follow the line of supporting local products. The menu also gives importance to the wines of Chiclana and the province of Cádiz.


In El Cuartel del Mar, everything has a neat aesthetic sense, which enhances what has been preserved and enhances the natural and historical value of the place. The design respects the environment, through the use of local and natural materials, of traditional use.


The restaurant offers an impressive roof terrace, a must-see vantage point to witness the stunning sunset. 



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What documentation must you carry in your car?
Wednesday, December 15, 2021


The DGT warns of the three documents that the Police can ask us for in a control :

Driving without proper documentation is a violation of the Penal Code in Spain, with penalties of up to 6 months in jail in some cases. Despite this, sometimes some drivers doubt what documentation is mandatory to always carry in the car.

As clarified from the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT), the necessary documentation will either refer to the driver, or to the vehicle. If the police stop us, you may require any of these papers:

- Driving license. In case of having lost it, for example, the provisional authorization issued by the Traffic Headquarters or a certified photocopy may be presented.

- Circulation permit. It is mandatory to carry it in the car whenever it circulates.

- Vehicle Technical Inspection Card (ITV). To meet this requirement, we must have the ITV report on hand as well as the corresponding sticker on the windshield.

- Obligatory insurance. In Spain, all vehicles must have insurance. However, from the DGT they remind us that since 2008 it is not mandatory to carry the insurance policy in the car, although it is recommended.

If, on the other hand, the car is not ours because it is a rental vehicle, it will continue to be mandatory to check all the relevant documentation.

In case of having lost any of these papers, a duplicate can be requested by appointment at the Provincial Traffic Headquarters or at the ITV.


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Gallery : La Confinada de Adsubia
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

As we approach a sense of normality and freedom following the Covid restrictions, we have a lady in the village who will stay in confinement as a lasting memory of these difficult times. You will find her looking out of her window of the Adsubian Gallery annexe in Calle  Principal. 

`La Confinada de Adsubia´ was created by `Aldo Nonis´ of the Adsubian Gallery, as a gift for the village. 

The Adsubian Gallery opened its doors in 2016, and showcases and sells the art of over 50  artists from countries such as Spain, France, Germany, the UK and the United States. All the artists having a strong connection with Adsubia.  

Adsubia is a small village of two hundred houses, situated between the sea and the mountains, restanques covered with orange trees. A main street descending towards the old washhouse that can be observed from the terrace of the gallery. A population of less than 800, of which 30 are artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians and comedians. A cultural life driven by professors, journalists, a historian and writers. 

Please do come and visit ´La Confinada de Adsubia´ the gallery and our wonderful village.  You can be sure of a very warm welcome.






Adsubia - L'Atzuvia
Calle Principal, 2
Tél : 00 34 634 31 28 26


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Spain's Transporter Bridge
Thursday, October 21, 2021

The objective of Vizcaya Bridge began simply enough: link inhabited riverbanks without disturbing the shipping traffic navigating its waterways. But when this planning is all transpiring in the late 19th century and involves the royal throne, plans have a way of escalating.

Locals living along the Nervion River in the conjoined summer resorts of Las Arenas and Portugalete have taken to calling the Vizcaya Bridge “Puente Colgante,” the hanging or suspension bridge. Lest spectators be fooled from a distance, this is no ordinary suspension bridge even though it may appear so. 

Designed in 1893 by Basque architect Alberto de Palacio, the same man responsible for the Crystal Palace in Madrid’s Parque Retiro, the Vizcaya Bridge’s planning was meticulously thought-out. Not only did it ensure that the period’s tall ship traffic could pass uninhibited beneath its 200-foot-tall arches, but the 538-foot long bridge itself was designed to transport passengers and cargo in its own right. A gondola system still in use to this day was devised to ferry humans and vehicles together, suspended above the waterway, across to the other side. 




Since its opening in 1893, every day, every eight minutes, all day and night, a gondola suspended beneath the bridge’s upper walkway carry up to six vehicles and dozens of passengers from one bank of the Nervion to the other. With over a century of use under its belt, Vizcaya Bridge only experienced a single lapse into disuse; during the Spanish Civil War, dynamite was detonated on the bridge’s upper deck, and it took four years before the damage could be repaired, returning the beloved bridge to serviceable condition. 

In 2006, this truly remarkable piece of engineering was recognized by UNESCO, adding an extra degree of security that this rare, mutant bridge that genuinely has managed to do it all will continue to delight and service its passengers for centuries to come.


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The Best Viewpoint in Madrid Reopens after 15 years
Wednesday, October 13, 2021



National Heritage has reopened the viewpoint on the cornice of the Royal Palace of Madrid. After being closed for 15 years, you can now return to admire the best views of the capital!

The viewpoint on the cornice of the Royal Palace of Madrid offers one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city by being able to contemplate the Campo del Moro and the Casa de Campo.

With the inauguration of the viewpoint, the five gates that make up the historic gate have also been opened for the first time. In addition, it has been relocated, now located between the Royal Armory and the Almudena Cathedral.

The opening of the doors and the relocation of the gate, which is now further away from the viewpoint, represent the consummation of a project consisting of the reinterpretation of the cornice as a tourist space, a new space prior to the Royal Collections museum.

The reopening of the iconic viewpoint is part of an agreement that National Heritage signed with the Madrid City Council to improve access to the Royal Collections museum.

You can enjoy these unbeatable views offered by the viewpoint of the cornice every day of the week for free from 10 am to 10 pm. Don't forget to bring your camera, you won't be able to resist taking some photos of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the city of Madrid!

More info here


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How Much Do You Know About Spain?
Thursday, October 7, 2021


Think you know it all about Spain?

Take the test and see how you do!

No cheating now!


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Discover Navarra through the seasons
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

You can get to know Navarre at any time of the year. Whether you want a quick visit or to spend more time there, the Kingdom of Navarre offers a wide range of attractions every season of the year.

Spring: the 'green thaw'

This is an ideal season to discover the splendour of the Bardenas Reales or follow the routes of old railway lines on foot or by bicycle: the Bidasoa, Plazaola or Tarazonica vías verdes (green routes). In spring the Pyrenees wake up and the snows give way to a host of colours that you can discover by climbing Mount Ori or wandering through woods such as Orgi, Urbasa-Andía, Irati or Quinto Real. It is also a time to enjoy the Easter Procession in Corella, popular pilgrimages at Roncesvalles or the delights of towns like Ujué, Olite, or Elizondo. At the table, it is the time of menestra (vegetable stew), asparagus and salmon.

Summer: the time of fiestas

In July Pamplona plunges into the fiesta of San Fermín and all the towns and villages of Navarre celebrate their festivities some time during the summer. Tudela, Tafalla, Estella-Lizarra or Sangüesa set the tone for good fun and hospitality. It is also a time to discover traditions such as the dances of Ochagavía. The summer encourages you to enjoy Nature and discover the green valleys of the north of Navarre: Roncal, Baztán and Bidasoa. Culture is present in emblematic places: The Classical Theatre Festival of Olite (next to the town's majestic castle) and the Ancient Music Week in Estella-Lizarra are two good examples of major cultural activities. At the table, the select cuisine of Navarre pays tribute to the varied vegetable dishes from the market gardens along the river Ebro.

Autumn: Navarre in shades of ochre

The Selva de Irati (Irati forest) is the best example of the thousand colours that inundate the landscape of Navarre. The Urbasa mountain range, the Aezkoa or Salazar valleys, the gorges of Lumbier and Arbaiun or the Bertiz Natural Park offer scenery that is difficult to forget. The Central Zone celebrates the start of the wine harvest and invites the visitor to artistic places such as the monasteries of La Oliva, Leire or Irantzu and historic towns like Puente La Reina, where the two main routes of the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago come together. These are days for eating game, including the doves of Etxalar and a variety of dishes in which wild mushrooms, boar or pigeon are the stars.

Winter: treading virgin snow

In Navarre winter is something to enjoy. It is the time for Nordic skiing in the Roncal and Salazar valleys and to feel the healthy cold of sunny winter days while trekking. Another option is a casa rural (country house) and a good book next to the fire. Then comes New Year and Carnivals at villages like Lantz, Ituren and Zubieta, ceremonies whose origins are lost in the mists of time. The most demanding palate will enjoy alubias pochas (succulent beans) and the meats, cheeses, wines and liqueurs of Navarre.





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Valencia's Volcano
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The province of Valencia has a volcano. It is not active and it seems that it will not be for a while, but if you pass through Cofrentes area you can pay it a visit. It is located in Cerro de Agras, at about 500 meters above sea level and its last activity was about 2 million years ago.



The Valencian Community is home to 2 of the 4 areas with volcanic activity in continental Spain. One of them is this area of ​​Cofrentes; the other, the Columbretes Islands.

The Cerro de Agras volcano is a "sleeping" volcano. Classified as such due to the fact that it has not registered activity in the last 10,000 years. However, deep inside there is still enough activity to cause some natural springs where fantastic spas have been built nearby such as those at Balneario Hervideros. 



The process that causes this activity is the expulsion of CO2 (carbon dioxide) and CH4 (methanol), which travels from a magmatic chamber installed deep within the volcano to the Hervideros spring and generate bubbles.



The volcano itself is located about 3 kilometres from the Cofrentes nuclear power plant, which is scheduled to close in 2030.  Studies were carried on the possible impact of the volcano on the construction of the power plant, and they revealed that the last activity was about 2 million years ago. However, an eventual eruption is a possibility that can never be ruled out in geology. If you want to visit it, you will have to go to Cofrentes, taking the road towards Requena. 


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Golfing in Galicia
Thursday, September 2, 2021


Enjoy playing golf in your free time? Why not check out this privileged location to practice your hobby? 

Galicia in northeastern Spain. A Region that is not normally associated with golfing destinations but offers courses set in pine forests, at pleasant spa resorts or links courses with breathtaking views of the coast. Admire the surroundings while you practise your swing in some of the most peaceful surroundings.

Between Cantabrian and Atlantic breezes, this unique location is the perfect destination for lovers of stunning countryside and golf. The climate and countryside here are ideal for building golf courses in naturally green areas where the weather is fantastic and not too hot in summer. A real treat for the eyes, highly recommended while you have some healthy fun playing golf and enjoying the fresh air. 

There are many golf courses to be found throughout Galicia. That is why, whether you are looking to perfect your stroke on city courses, courses on the coast or right in the mountains, then Galicia is the place for you. If you love the sea, I would recommend the Pontevedra area. There you can find, the La Toja Golf Club, with its magnificent views of the coast, is particularly outstanding. See for yourself how the green seems to extend right into the sea. And don't forget to admire the view of Vigo Estuary from the course by the Clubhouse there.

If you prefer inland options, then make for the A Coruña, Lugo and Orense areas. Many of the clubs there, such as Golf de Lugo and the Monte-Castrove Foundation (Pontevedra province), have courses with ancient trees and natural lakes as obstacles.

The motto of golf in Galicia could be: "No one should be left without a round". The variety of the courses here (9- and 18-hole) mean that you can have a fun day playing whatever your level or handicap. There are ever more courses on offer, with everything from broad fairways (like those at La Coruña Golf Club), to narrow, winding courses with numerous obstacles (like the one at Real Aero Club de Santiago).

If you have never played golf, don't worry, because at many courses in Galicia there are courses for beginners and experts, adults and children. You will also find modern installations and services such as club hire, buggy hire, putting greens and driving ranges to practise, pitch & putt, and golf pro shops.

If you love golf but your family have other preferences, then no problem either. Some courses in Galicia, like the one at Balneario de Guitiriz Golf Club (Lugo province) or Golf Balneario de Mondariz (Pontevedra province), are alongside spa resorts where your family can rest and relax in thermal waters while you have a round. What is more, in Galicia you can do a range of other sports like kayaking, paragliding, hiking, horse riding, fishing…



Make the most of your trip by visiting emblematic locations such as the Old City of Santiago de Compostela or Lugo City Walls, both UNESCO-designated World Heritage sites. Enjoy its stunning beaches, its six nature reserves and the Atlantic Islands National Park. Above all, remember to savour the exquisite regional cuisine.

Galicia is one of Spain's great regions.



[Contributed by J.L Williams]

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