Journal – News

Tapas: a great Spanish invention

What was the inspi­ra­tion for the cus­tom of serv­ing a snack with every drink you order in a bar or café? The Span­ish word tapa lit­er­al­ly means “a lid”. Peas­ants going out to toil in the fields would take with them a jug of wine sealed by a piece of bread on which would be a slice […]

Alpujarra: “the land known only unto its sons”

Lying between the high peaks of the Sier­ra Neva­da range and the shores of the Mediter­ranean is a moun­tain­ous region called “La Alpu­jar­ra”, which until rel­a­tive­ly recent times was ignored by tourists and whose inhab­i­tants lived in an iso­la­tion per­haps best summed up as “a land known only unto its sons” by 19th cen­tu­ry trav­el […]

Andalusia: on the pulse of Flamenco

Fla­men­co, described by the play­wright-poet, Gar­cia Lor­ca, as “one of the most gigan­tic inven­tions of the Span­ish peo­ple”, is the art form most read­i­ly asso­ci­at­ed with Spain and in par­tic­u­lar the south. Its spe­cif­ic ori­gins, although shroud­ed in much myth, undoubt­ed­ly lie in Andalu­sia, nur­tured by its size­able Gitano (Gyp­sy) com­mu­ni­ty. The Gyp­sies’ pres­ence in Spain […]

Granada Music Festival: Nights in the Gardens of Spain

The Grana­da Inter­na­tion­al Fes­ti­val of Music & Dance is one of the most pres­ti­gious music fes­ti­vals in Europe, with more than half a cen­tu­ry of his­to­ry behind it and the involve­ment of some of the lead­ing names in clas­si­cal music and dance. Renowned for the beau­ty of its set­tings, which makes exten­sive use of the […]