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Ten top tapas bars in Andalucia

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According to legend – well, one legend, anyway – tapas were invented in Seville, when bartenders placed a saucer on top of a glass of wine to keep out the flies, then added a little ham or some olives. In any case, Andalucia is the heartland of this quintessentially Spanish snack – and here are ten unmissable tapas bars to try in the region, from Seville to Málaga, Ronda to Granada…

7 accessible cycling adventures

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Tackling an epic cycling trip doesn’t mean you need to be an epic cyclist. Dervla Murphy, who launched her distinguished travel-writing career pedalling from Ireland to India, sagely wrote: “one of the advantages of cycling is that it automatically prevents a journey from becoming an Expedition.” These bike-based trips offer high adventure that’s achievable for most of us…

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6 great Spanish journeys

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Transport comes in so many different forms in Spain – each with its own joys. Explore the country by train and tram, bike and boat, car and cablecar to discover fabulous views and historic highlights in Andalucia, Catalonia, Mallorca, the Canary Islands and more

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You know about the beaches, the buzzing cities, the spectacular cuisine – but how about the dunes, the ancient remains, the snowsports? Discover five unforgettable experiences you never expected in Spain

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In AD 711, an Islamic army from North Africa crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and began an invasion of the Iberian Peninsula. That conquest resulted in the creation of Al-Andalus, a domain of the vast Umayyad Caliphate. Though the last Moorish ruler was expelled from Granada by the Christian monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492, Spain still boasts many extraordinary Moorish monuments to explore…

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