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Valencia: America’s Cup on the Cheapo, Sporto

Valencia: America’s Cup on the Cheapo, Sporto

At America’s Cup, Goliath always wins. Team skippers are some of the richest men on the planet. Take Ted Turner, for example. But even if your last name isn’t Prada or Vanderbilt, if you have a penchant for sailing, you can still watch the 32nd America’s Cup on an unwavering budget that won’t get you » Read more

Tarifa Redux: Pick A Color, Any Color

Tarifa Redux: Pick A Color, Any Color

Tarifa, perched on the southern tip of Spain, is a major windsurfing center. We’ve shared our take on a top budget-friendly Tarifa hotel in the past. Now we’re expanding the network. Read on. Misiana is another standout on the Tarifa hotel scene. It is not only one of the town’s more stylish (and affordable) places » Read more

Spain: Holy Week in Andalucia

Spain: Holy Week in Andalucia

With processions and festivities planned through Easter Sunday, Holy Week (“Semana Santa”) in the South of Spain is the best chance to bear witness to the country’s rich religious heritage. While Sevilla, the region’s cultural capital, sets the standard for the week’s processions in sheer scope and size, you’ll find the streets of most town centers in Andalucía packed with faithful » Read more

Wandering Cheapos: Órgiva, Spain

Wandering Cheapos: Órgiva, Spain

Órgiva, the main town in Spain’s western Alpujarras, is a small—though bustling and slightly crunchy—place. Since the publication of Chris Stewart’s book Driving Over Lemons in 1999,the town has absorbed a large influx of Brits. Be sure to be around on a Thursday, market day, when locals and the sizable expat community gather to buy » Read more

Málaga: Opie’s Show Time Oh So Short

We spoke to British artist Julian Opie just before the opening of his exhibit Show Time at the Contemporary Art Centre in Málaga, in southern Spain. He looked stumped when he started in on all the possible reasons he creates the pop art he does (he also insisted the work shouldn’t be called “pop” but, » Read more

Spain: The Botellón Takes a Hit

Spain: The Botellón Takes a Hit

Granada, Seville, and Madrid. With public drinking comes noise, and the Botellón circuit has attracted no shortage of complaints from annoyed neighbors. In university towns like Granada and Malaga, the weekly Botellón became so huge that city halls could ignore critics no longer. The result? A wave of new laws designed to curb street drinking » Read more

Ronda’s Little Lettuce

photograph courtesy of Christopher Coats It can be difficult to find the right balance of cheap and delicious in the middle of Ronda, southern Spain’s plateau-set birthplace of bull fighting. With a city center overrun by lousy tourist menus, Ronda’s culinary selection can strike discerning Cheapos as limited. Hungry budget diners with a penchant for local attitude » Read more

Orange You Glad You Came?

Americans like to go nuts and have food fights. Spaniards like to throw “des tomatoes.” The annual La Tomatina festival, in which locals throw tomatoes at each other every August in Buñol near Valencia, establishes Spain’s crazy tomato credentials. It turns out that Americans and Spaniards aren’t the only ones throwing food around in the name of crazy. Locals in Ivrea, » Read more

Andalusian Wine on the Rise

Andalusian Wine on the Rise

photograph courtesy of Christopher Coats Tired of leaving the table wine market to the northern regions of Rioja and Navarre, Andalusia has begun sinking public funds into promoting local labels to national and international markets. Still difficult to track down outside of specialty stores and the vineyards themselves, the Andalusian wine movement is gaining steam » Read more

Troubadours Take to the Streets

Troubadours Take to the Streets

Photo courtesy of Ayuntamiento de Cadiz Spain’s southern coast is awakening from its rainy winter slumber just in time for Carnival season. The show may not be as prim and proper as the spectacle in Venice, but the participants in Andalusia know how to throw a party. Your best bet is to head west to the Costa del » Read more

Tarifa’s La Estrella

Tarifa’s La Estrella

Chain hotels seem to all but disappear from the landscape somewhere south of Algeciras, allowing one-off, small, personal lodges to fill the gap throughout Spain’s southernmost tip region. Many of these small hotels have surprisingly low rates even in the high season, which stretches (more or less) from late May until October. In Tarifa—a town » Read more

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