Big Lovely Day - Bringing up children in Andalucia

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Big Lovely Day - Bringing up children in Andalucia
An expat mom blog about life in Andalucia with three children focusing on fun stuff to do, the beautiful landscape here, good restaurants and fiestas and living life to the full.
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  • What NOT to forget when you go camping 6 years ago There are things I nearly always forget when we go camping. So I’ve made this list for myself (you can read it too!!) to consult just before we walk out the door on our next trip. 1. Phone charger 2. Flip flops For unknown showers. 3. Tongs For the barbeque 4. Bin bags 5. Cold... Read More
  • Cool and useful gift ideas for the camper in your life 6 years ago I’ve complied this list over the last year, mostly inspired by gear envy at camp sites on our road trip; also things I’ve read about on other family camping blogs. I got No. 2 for the other half’s birthday and I plan to print this post out for him when he’s flailing around for a... Read More
  • FAMILY HIKE towards El Cielo, Nerja 7 years ago Lately we have stopped looking for “child-friendly walks”. We are well over the buggy stage now, the kids are older and stronger and we find that once they’re with their friends and having fun, it is us old fogies that are struggling to keep up! So we’ve gone pro. And suddenly there’s so...
  • STUNNING CLIFF WALK East of Nerja 7 years ago Nerja is deservedly renowned for its beautiful beaches, but it is only the start of a magnificent stretch of coastline that extends all the way to Almuñecar. They draw a good crowd during the summer but at this time of year you can often enjoy a whole beach to yourself! This walk starts in the......
  • Camping Las Arenas, Cantabria 7 years ago The sea on your doorstep on Spain's northern coast. Camping Las Arenas was just how Antonio had described it: high on a hill with incredible views and bracing breezes, one of the few 'free camping' sites on the northern coast, almost surrounded by water facing the sea with a river running... Featured Expat Blog Badge:

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18:04 PM October 18, 2014

Every time we are thinking of doing a trip we browse through your site to know what we will do!!!keep on the good work!!!!ood info, good fotos, nice family!!!*

20:19 PM October 18, 2014

Very useful info if you live in Andalucía with kids, and this expat mom has a very funny style in writing, always amusing to read!

Laura Campbell
20:33 PM October 18, 2014

Excellent blog that gives down to earth info. Wonderful way to get insight to living in Andalucia and also really helpful for those who already live here.

Siobhan Doyle
22:34 PM October 21, 2014

Brilliant insight into family life in Andalusia, full of ideas for day trips & fun excursions. Lots of really interesting, diverse locations. Very well written. Natural, easy style.

Sandra Campbell
18:29 PM November 04, 2014

A fantastic, witty and accurate account of family living in a small Andalucian pueblo.....lots of useful and interesting tips and hints for both parents and grandparents, whether living in Spain, or just planning a holiday visit....Gr eat writing.....Keep up the good work!!

Georgina Craig
18:49 PM November 04, 2014

Great blog. You don't have to have young children to enjoy this. Thanks G for sharing the info.

Joseph White
21:36 PM November 04, 2014

A great source of information, our family use it regularly to plan trips at the weekend.

21:25 PM November 05, 2014

Such a great insiders guide especially for families, I just wish I'd more time last year to explore more. I guess I'll just have to go back again!

Rob Curran
22:58 PM November 05, 2014

An invaluable resource for anyone who is thinking about living in Spain with a young family. Or anyone who is thinking about living in (or visiting) Spain. Or anyone who has a family. Provides writeups of events that are otherwise hard to discover and offers sound advice, and always does so with witty aplomb.

Linda Cashman
23:48 PM November 05, 2014

Great blog about this region for family ideas- feel like I'm there, seeing the same things, walking the same walks- this writer has a beautiful way of descriptively capturing the essence of the place. Perhaps she should write a book some day. Keep up the great blogging

Cloda Ryan
10:01 AM November 06, 2014

Wonderful blog, very informative right down to what to pack for the perfect family camping holiday. It is really useful and very well written.

11:28 AM November 06, 2014

Great blog. Been travelling for years to Andalucia, now with 2 kids in tow the activities have definitely changed. Grainne gives ideas for things to do with them that we'll enjoy aswell, especially the walks . Love how she writes too.

12:02 PM November 06, 2014

love this Blog. very helpful and interesting. Great spot to bring up kids. I see a writer in this..a travel book perhaps ..

12:14 PM November 06, 2014

I love this blog, all and a sudden (two babies under the age of 2) this information is vital to me. Planning to travel that area soon. Thanks

14:58 PM November 06, 2014

I've lived here over 50 years, so I should know the place by now, but this is a constant and invaluable source of ideas and inspiration. Excellent!

12:08 PM November 07, 2014

Love this blog its so informative about such a wonderful part of Spain , great pics, great advice on what to do from beaches to visit to walks & trails from market stalls to restaurants & not forgetting those Spanish Fiestas! Oh I cant wait to return now thank you biglovelyday!

12:09 PM November 07, 2014

A soulful yet practical view of living in Andalucia. Great insights, a delicate touch and some gorgeous images. Sigh....

08:36 AM November 08, 2014

Excellent blog!! I found it very helpful, i wish I could hang out with this cool mom while there! Keep up the good work

Rachael Shanahan
09:25 AM November 08, 2014

This Expat mums shared experiences are invaluable. Great resource for getting real time insight into life in Andaluscia. Am planning a family trip for next year and will certainly be revisiting this site. Downtime is more important than ever and this cleverly written blog has all the info! Look fwd to reading more.

Timothy Lawrence
09:41 AM November 08, 2014

Always a very informative blog that is full of practical advice for families of all ages, local and expat alike. Especially love the photos and places to go. Can't wait to get back. We regularly recommend this blog to friends.

10:51 AM November 08, 2014

I can't get enough of this blog. Makes me want to move there and live that life and see and do all these wonderful things.. Please keep them coming..

12:36 PM November 08, 2014

Great blog. An informative and very useful resource whether you have kiddies or not! Well done and keep up the good work.

16:19 PM November 08, 2014

Love this blog. I travel a lot but I like to stay off the beaten track and there are some excellent recommendations in here for out-of-the-way places - especially for hiking. I'm planning a trip to Andalucia in the Spring and I will definitely be using this as my insiders guide. The beauty of this blog is that it caters to families, solo travellers or anyone with an interest in beaches, mountains, lakes, festivals, cultural events or generally exploring a region. It's also one of the better written blogs I've come across. Keep up the good work!

Linda Ryan
17:57 PM November 08, 2014

Love Andalucia and love this blog. So many tips for fabulous places to visit that you wont find on the usual usual tourist sites. Love that she caters to families as its a great comfort to know your kids will be able for the walks. climbs etc. Stunning photography too. Cant wait to go back and visit, keep the ideas coming please:)

Grainne B
19:25 PM November 08, 2014

Love the blog. We always had a yearning to live the expat life but it just didn't pan out that way. Can do so vicariously through this blog though! And I know if we ever did up sticks and move to Spain I'd be turning to this blog for advice :-) Thanks! Grainne

Hugh Mc Enaney
08:00 AM November 09, 2014

Super blog, well done to Grainne and Ivan and their kids for doing all the hard work and making choosing a family friendly holiday destination a whole lot easier. I'd happily recommend this site to my Russian and fellow expats here in Moscow and hope it continues with more insights and invaluable tips.

Neil Roche
13:49 PM November 09, 2014

Brilliant Blog. So delighted I came across it. Full of great information, beautiful pictures and stories of family life. Really practical for those in need of real, in the know information for this beautiful part of Southern Spain. Who needs the Lonely Planet when you have Big Lovely Day!!!

Tessa Hanafin
10:46 AM November 13, 2014

Stumbled across this blog expats while looking for info on China. Clicked thro' to Big Lovely Day and got stuck there. Never got to China and now I have to get back to work! It's a breath of fresh air and made me want to pack my bags (and children) and head off to Andalicia. To the lady who writes the site (Grainne?), I beg you, please come back to Ireland and do the same for Cork! I know there are hidden gems on our doorstep but we need someone like you to make them capture our imagination and get us out into them!! Great site - I'll be back - and I might just pack the cases yet!!

21:27 PM December 17, 2014

Invaluable. Fantastic blog :-)

08:37 AM February 07, 2015

What a great blog! Lots of blogs provide pointers on where to go and what to see; but what sets this one apart is the effort that has gone into researching the history of the places featured. These additional details give a richness and depth that draws you in and inspires you to go explore yourself. Looking forward to exploring this region myself with my three kids!

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