The Route of Mantecado: the sweetest taste of Andalucia for Christmas


When Christmas gets closer the smell of mantecado (shortbread) covers the streets of Andalucia. These season sweets are one of the most popular demands by tourists in southern Spain, especially in Estepa, Antequera and Rute, all cities which have mastered the art of mantecado. We suggest a special route for you to visit mantecado factories, […]

The siesta: the healthiest Spanish tradition. Here are ten benefits of a nap after lunch


The siesta is the quintessential Spanish custom and many studies have shown that, performed correctly, it can offer a number of advantages. The origin of this short midday nap comes from the ancient Roman Empire where at the “sixth hour” (which would be two in the afternoon), all work would stop to rest gather strength. […]

Ancient Traditions: Don’t Go Swimming Until El Carmen!

Virgen del Carmen

There was once a tradition in Spain that people did not take their first swim in the sea until the procession of the Virgin del Carmen on the 16th of July. As tradition dictated, once the procession of the Virgin passed, our ancestors were threw themselves into the water. The belief was that the waters […]

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