The first cut is the deepest as a vine weeps for its loss.

Here in Galicia, the annual grape harvest is a time for celebration; the culmination of six months hard work. This year is different. Many growers …

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The medieval castle dominating the town

Many borders are simply lines drawn on a map, but not in Galicia. The canyon of the river Sil, dividing the provinces of Lugo and …

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I’m really lucky. It’s been so easy to get private students here in Cadiz. Who knew?  I had no idea English was such an important language. Word …

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A roadmap to paradise

Does paradise exist? The council of Sober certainly believes so. Their latest tourist guide proudly boasts, ‘O Paraiso Existe’ (Paradise Exists). Its publication coincided with …

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A Stunning Cremello

Horse ownership is on the increase. At least it is in this quiet corner of Spain. To be perfectly honest, horses aren’t really my thing: …

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Encoro de San Martino

The province of Ourense, in the south of Galicia, has the distinction of being the only landlocked province in the region. That said, finding a …

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Sober town hall

Earlier in the week, Alberto Nunez Feijoo president of the Galician government, made a significant announcement. The municipality of Sober, in the province of Lugo, …

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The pilgrims goal - The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela

In 2012, just over 900,000 tourists visited Galicia (source: Institute of Tourism). Of those, less than 200,000 were pilgrims walking El Camino de Santiago (Way …

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El Caudillo Francisco Franco is in a sorry state. One rumour has it that he’s about to kick the bucket. The part ‘about to’ is …

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The river Sil meanders its way West

The town of San Clodio is situated on the eastern edge of the area known as the Ribeira Sacra in Galicia. It’s a small town …

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Rodeiro town hall - possibly the prettiest in the whole of Spain

Nestled in the foothills of Monte Faro, on the eastern edge of the province of Pontevedra in Galicia, is the small town of Rodeiro. It’s …

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Growing grapes in the Ribeira Sacra on a staircase to the sky

The Ribeira Sacra is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) and one of the most difficult places on the planet to harvest grapes. This relatively …

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The little kitten I found on a wall recently is growing fast. He has a great life, it seems to me. If he’s not outside climbing trees, …

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Bodega Regina Viarum

The name Regina Viarum might ring a few bells for some. You could be thinking of the Appian Way in Italy: the ancient Roman road …

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The church of San Francisco

Without doubt, Ribadavia is a sparkling jewel in Galicia’s historic crown. In 1063 King Garcia chose Ribadavia as the capital of the kingdom of Galicia. …

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The British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley CMG hosted a reception at his official residence in Madrid on Thursday 12th June to celebrate HRH Queen …

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