Category Archives: Spanish traditions

To stay or not to stay in Spain for Christmas – that is the question

If you are still in denial that Christmas is coming, it’s time to wake up and smell the mulled wine! We’re just eight weeks away from Christmas Day and so if you’re renting long term in Spain it’s time to make the decision on whether to stay here for the festive season, or make the […]

Get to grips with the Spanish holidays!

We’ve just had Labour Day (Día de los Trabajadores) and then a surprise extra day on Monday when many schools were closed and a lot of expats we know are heading into the summer with trepidation wondering when the next holiday is due. Did you know that last Sunday was Spanish Mothers’ Day, or did […]

Learning Spanish – Christmas shopping

The Costa del Sol is an enchanting place to be at Christmas time and a great chance for you and the family to learn about Spanish traditions. Pretty Christmas lights are sparkling in the towns, the restaurants and bars are once again bustling and the supermarkets are stocked with juicy turkeys and all kinds’ of […]

Marbella Carnival February 10th – February 28th 2012

It’s that time of year again, the days are staying lighter longer and we are all looking forward to Spain’s famous fiestas this summer! Until then though its carnival season, and the fun kicks off this year with the fabulous Marbella Carnival taking place from the 10th February to the 28th February 2012 in four […]

San Juan Night Celebrations

Bonfires on the beach, great food and drink, and all night entertainment, San Juan Night is one festival not to miss. Held on the 23rd June every year until the early hours of the 24th, San Juan is a traditional festival commemorating the shortest night of the year in Spain. Originally a religious based celebration, the […]

Marbella Fair – La Feria de San Barnabé

If you’re living in the Marbella area and looking for something traditional to do with the family, then you should definitely visit the Marbella San Bernabe annual fair. It’s a chance to soak up the Spanish culture and a fantastic way to meet local people and feel part of the community. It’s a fun filled […]

Keep up to date with your local and national holidays

Living in Spain can offers you a more relaxed lifestyle, fantastic weather, food and plenty of culture. As if this wasn’t enough, you also enjoy the most bank holidays in Europe with a whole host of national and local holiday days to experience. The holiday days are a great excuse for a party and a […]

Spain guide – Bullfighting

Although for many non-Spaniards the ethics of bullfighting are questionable, what is beyond doubt is the sport’s enduring status as one of the defining icons of Spanish cultural heritage. Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles were both fascinated by the art, so much so that Hemingway immortalised bullfighting in his book “Death in the Afternoon”, whilst […]

The etiquette of kissing in Spain

If you’re going to live in Spain and want to integrate into the Spanish culture (highly recommended) you will find yourself kissing a lot of people! This is a bit strange for us restrained Brits, but the two kisses when you meet is standard between two women and a man and a woman, even if you are introduced […]