Cadíz: City Guide

Torre de Force There’s an ‘ends of the earth’ feeling to Cadíz. Its old town, almost surrounded on all sides by water, is bleached in a bright white light, creating dramatic, architectural shadows across its rooftops and famous towers. The oldest inhabited city in the Western world (so the gaditanos say), each and every twist…

An Ode To… Osbourne Bulls

  When I moved to Spain, some 13 years ago, glimpsing the black metal toros on the horizon caused huge excitement – and still does. The Osbourne Bulls – named after the sherry family – are dotted across Andalucía, and the whole of Spain. They started life as fancy billboards to promote the bodega’s brandy,…

Casa Aranda, Málaga

We spent an unexpected night away in Málaga over Christmas. The city, with its twinkling lights and bustling streets, filled with families eating and drinking, was so beguiling, we decided to stay the night. Often overlooked – merely as a gateway to the Costa del Sol, thanks to its busy airport – the city itself is…

Homiés Marbella

We’ve been fan-girling the Homiés Marbella brand ever since we came across their white box lifestyle store in Puerto Banús this summer. Spot-on use of typography, a cleverly-curated collection of scents for the body and home, and great accessories including beach towels, jewellery and laptop cases, we’ve been wearing our white-on-black tee all summer. Founded in…

Baigorri, Rioja*

*Yes, yes, you’ve spotted it: a geographical mistake on our part. As, obviously, the Rioja region, in northern Spain, isn’t in Andalucía. Well done. Gold stars, and all that. But when you’re in Spain, exploring and seeking out the very best of produce, then it would be kind of churlish to omit a beautifully crafted…

An Ode To… Trashy Patatas Bravas

You know how it is. After one too many, pre-prandial fish bowl gin & tonics, followed by a late-night meal washed down with a bottle or two of Rioja, the next day – shading your delicate eyes from the bright sunshine and blue skies – requires just two things: carbs and cold beer. There is no…

Venta Garcia, Casares

We’ve been visiting this venta – roadside restaurant – on the winding road up to Casares, for over a decade. When we first discovered it, we were living up in the campo near the postcard-perfect white village of Casares. Back then, this little one-room restaurant with its modern, plate glass windows overlooking the Andalucían countryside, was…

Atlas Beach, Tarifa

All images copyright of Atlas Beach The Costa de la Luz, and its surf-hub town of Tarifa, are two of our favourite spots on the planet. Out of season, the surf lashes the Moorish town of Tarifa, wind whistling through its winding streets while the wind farms nearby whoosh eerily, cranking out the kilowatts. On…

An Ode To… Habitas

The humble broad bean has been elevated to dizzy gastronomic heights by the Spanish. As a child, gluts of them from my Dad’s garden would blight my summer, served the size of a large thumb with a thick, chewy outer, and bitter in the middle, with every single damn meal. Not in Spain, though. Here…

Barcelo La Bobadilla

The Eat Andalucia team take our eating very seriously indeed. Very seriously. So, when two of our number decide to tie the knot, the hunt for the perfect honeymoon spot was seen as a challenge by the rest of the team. One hotel that kept being mentioned by people we love and respect was La…

Abastos & Viandas, Marbella

We love how the Spanish have held onto their food markets, and brought them bang up-to-date to ensure a younger clientele use them frequently. Some new-style markets, like Málaga’s Mercado Merced, have added food stalls to the existing, more traditional vendors – such as greengrocers, fishmongers and butchers – while, over in Marbella, there’s a…

An Ode To… Flan

Each and every time I order a ‘flan de la casa’ – allegedly a homemade flan, which is a kind of baked custard-y, crème caramel-style pudding – I look out for the giveaway sign that it’s been bought in, from outside the premises: no holes. If it’s perfect and smooth, this more-ish little pud has,…