The Beaches of Cabo de Gata

On May 27, 2011 in Almeria, Blog | 2 Comments
The Beaches of Cabo de Gata

Tuesday’s Frugal Traveler column in the New York Times covers the undeveloped and (so far) undiscovered beaches of Cabo de Gata in Almeria, Spain. In fact, author Seth Kugel describes his ideal beach as: one that you come upon after a hilly, rocky hike over scrub-covered hills. It’s a half-moon cove of ashen sand flanked at […]

Cleopatra in Almeria

On Mar 31, 2011 in Almeria, Blog | No Comments
Cleopatra in Almeria

By the start of 1963, the ill-fated 20th Century Fox production of Cleopatra was three years in the making and tens of millions of dollars over budget. The film had lost its first director, suffered months of delays due to the star’s illness, and moved its operations from London to Rome to Egypt, rebuilding enormous […]

Satanic Messages Save a Decaying Old Church: La Iglesia de las Salinas

On Mar 8, 2011 in Almeria, Blog | No Comments
Satanic Messages Save a Decaying Old Church: La Iglesia de las Salinas

The Iglesia de las Salinas has been slowly decaying since its construction in 1907. The century-old church lies the coast of Almería in the Cabo de Gata natural park. A combination of ocean winds and salt in the air–the church’s name comes from the fact that it sits next to a salt processing operation–have been […]

Insider Tips for Exploring Almeria

On Feb 22, 2011 in Almeria, Blog | One Comment
Insider Tips for Exploring Almeria

The art-themed October-December issue of YeahBaby magazine, from discount British airline bmibaby, offers local travel tips from artists and entertainers. I was asked to provide a few insider recommendations for Almeria–the results are shown above.

Casa del Cine Almeria

On Jan 12, 2011 in Almeria, Blog | No Comments
Casa del Cine Almeria

A long-awaited film museum in Almeria, Spain, is finally set to open January 15. The city spent 5 years renovating a nineteenth century manor house which itself has an intriguing history. As I’ve blogged about previously, John Lennon spent three months there during the filming of How I Won the War in 1966. Below is […]

Algarrobico

On Sep 29, 2010 in Almeria, Blog | One Comment
Algarrobico

Over a year ago I blogged about the background to the controversial hotel at Algarrobico on the coast of Almeria in southern Spain. It has been over four years since a court ruling delared the construction to be in violation of laws protecting the Cabo de Gata natural park and coastline and work on the […]

Preserving the Cortijo del Fraile

On Mar 29, 2010 in Almeria, Blog | No Comments
Preserving the Cortijo del Fraile

Federico Garcia Lorca’s drama Blood Wedding was inpsired by a true story that appeared in a Spanish newspaper in 1928. A bride-to-be ran off with another man (her cousin) the night before the wedding, but the groom’s brother discovered the couple and shot and killed the lover. The bride-to-be lived on a farm known as […]

Save the Cortijo del Fraile

On Jan 8, 2010 in Almeria, Blog | No Comments
Save the Cortijo del Fraile

Federico Garcia Lorca’s Bodas de Sangre was inspired by a true story that appeared in a Spanish newspaper in 1928. A bride-to-be ran off with another man (her cousin) the night before the wedding, but the groom’s brother discovered the couple and shot and killed the lover. The bride-to-be lived on a farm called El […]

Lawrence of Arabia and an Illegal Hotel

On Apr 22, 2009 in Almeria, Blog | 2 Comments
Lawrence of Arabia and an Illegal Hotel

Almost half a century ago ago this barren section of the Almeria coastline in southern Spain was bustling with the activity of a small metropolis. Workers were constructing a replica of the city of Aqaba for the filming of the famous battle scene in Lawrence of Arabia. After the shoot, the entire set was dismantled, […]

Ghost Houses of Cabo de Gata

On Apr 20, 2008 in Almeria, Blog | No Comments
Ghost Houses of Cabo de Gata

                      The landscape of Cabo de Gata, along the coast of Almeria, is dotted with architectural remains — eighteenth century fortifications, abandoned mining operations, and empty cortijos. These vacant structures, fixed in the arid desert landscape for decades or centuries, seem timeless. They could have […]