Beekeeping in Andujar

While talking with Mercedes at Villa Matilde, we learnt that Andujar used to be the beekeeping capital of Spain and is still one of the most important ones, due to its garrigue landscape of rosemary and other such flowers that the bees love.

Malaga - An Unexpected Bird Paradise

We put our lynx project on hold this week after Luke got a phone call from an old friend of his asking if he was free to film some wildlife. That old friend some of you may have heard of, his name, David Lindo aka, the Urban Birder

10 Pintxos bars in sensational San Sebastian

Pintxos is the biggest jewel in the crown of Basque cuisine. Also known as ‘pincho,’ which translates literally as ‘thorn’ or ‘spike’, they are Northern Spains answer to tapas, and are, quite literally an art form. Laid out in mouth-watering rows along the bars of most restaurants in San Sebastian, on my recent trip there with Luke and my parents we made an attempt to sample as many as possible in our two days. Here are the results.

Five things to do in San Sebastian

A Spanish fishing village transformed into a royal resort when Queen Maria Cristina of Spain built her summer residence there, we booked into an apartment in the old quarter, Zurriola, and allowed ourselves to be swept along by this incredibly vivacious city.

Pinxtos in Pamplona

Known worldwide for the running of the bulls through its iconic streets, during their San Fermin festival, the city of Pamplona sits in the midst of the Navarra Valley. Our visit didn’t coincide with this famous event however, Luke and I had also been told that the food of this city was not to be missed.

Organic olive harvest with Luque

One of the practices that we explored was olive oil farming, the second largest agricultural use of land after the Iberian pig farming. We visited Luque, an organic family run olive farm, to document them harvesting the olives.


Situated on the “coast of light” and facing Morocco, Tarifa is well known for its wind sports. But watching the kitesurfers out on the waves at chiringuito Agua, on Playa los Lances, with a drink in hand, and wondering how they don’t crash into each other is just one of my favourite pastimes here!

Vulture hide with Photo-raptors.

Last week Luke and I stayed in Salorino to visit some hides in order to capture some of the other species that call the land of the Lynx home. I got to visit the vulture hide with him, and what a spectacle it turned out to be! Set in the middle of an open oak dehesa, with Mediterranean forest and the Sierra de San Pedro’s crags and cliffs as the backdrop. We witnessed an absolute feeding frenzy which Luke likened to having front row seats at a sporting event.

Villa Matilde in the Sierra de Andujar Natural Park

Villa Matilde is a beautiful little rural finca situated right at the heart of lynx land. A typical white wash villa built in 1926, surrounded by wooded hills, a patchwork of holm and cork oak, pinewoods and Mediterranean scrubland, the picture of unspoilt nature. It is run by Spanish and Dutch couple, Mercedes and Roland, a fascinating team who ensure their guests an unforgettable stay.