Category Archives: Spain

First they came for the Roma: is history repeating itself for the forgotten victims of the Holocaust?

´Gypsy scum. Thieving tinkers. Workshy beggars. Child stealers´. A worrying program of ethnic cleansing is being carried out by governments across Europe. But while six centuries of negative stereotyping persists, who will defend Roma from further persecution? In what looks increasingly like a pre-planned ´clean-up operation´, thousands of European Roma – usually referred to by […]

Land of the real-life Robin Hood: proof that direct democracy works for all

This was first published in Salon and an edited version with hyperlinks can be read on their website here. EDIT: This was later ripped off by a writer calling herself Jade Small. Just pointing out I wrote it first. With virtually no police, crime, or unemployment, the Spanish town of Marinaleda has gained celebrity status […]

Catch-22: How Spain´s tax laws are unfit for purpose

Spanish tax laws are changing- and it´s about time. If Rajoy is serious about easing unemployment, he needs to stimulate growth through a complete system overhaul  Every day, my neighbour Alfredo sits under the fig tree outside the village bar, cutting off the plastic from used electricity cables with care and attention. They pay 1.50eu […]

“La Matanza”, Spain: is killing our own food the only way to eat ethically?

Just 40 kilometres inland from the hotels and souvenir shops of the Costa del Sol lies the Genal Valley, where tiny white villages forgotten by the march of time cling to pine-fringed mountains. These picturesque pueblos blancos, their crumbling houses brightened by red geraniums, are a quaint reminder of a rustic bygone age. Here, self-sufficiency […]

Eco-tourism: Ronda and the Genal Valley

Dubbed ´the city of dreams´, the famous hilltop fortress of Ronda is the third most visited city in Southern Spain, and by far the most spectacular. The largest of the celebrated pueblos blancos, Ronda is known for the architectural wonder that is the El Tajo bridge, which straddles a 300ft gorge and offers panoramic views […]

Upmarket tourism in Andalusia: Los Castaños hotel, Cartajima

Sophie McAdam discovers an irresistible blend of old and new where you can discover fine wine, mouthwatering food and sumptious decor…all in the heart of hidden rural Spain. Los Castaños is a sophisticated boutique hotel located just twenty minutes drive from the picturesque town of Ronda. This romantic hilltop fortress is one of the most […]

A disappointing festival, even with MGMT headlining: SOS 4.8 in Murcia,Spain review 2011

What do you look for in a festival? For me,  SOS 4.8 in Spain seemed like the cream of the festival crop. ‘Music, Art and Voices’ is the SOS 4.8 slogan, and in addition to music it boasted contemporary exhibitions, interactive workshops and conferences on dance culture and history. With MGMT headlining, performances by White […]