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Alan, along with Elle, is the owner of Spain Buddy. He was born in the North of England (Lancashire) and travelled extensively before eventually settling in Almería. Alan has 3 sons from the first of his 18 marriages, (Sam, Joe & Ben) who are all now adults. You can read more articles by Alan on his personal blog at and see more of his photography on his photography website as well as on Flickr and Instagram. Also, for less than the price of a cup of coffee each month you can help support Alan's photography (and get some freebies into the bargain). Click here to visit his Patreon page to find out more.


  1. Anne Szymanska
    March 31, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    A man of taste, Alan x


  2. Victoria Twead
    March 31, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    Enjoyed this, thank you Alan. I love Almeria airport, easy, stupidly cheap parking and very efficient. You forgot to mention that Cabo de Gato is a nature reserve. Take your binoculars next time and you’ll probably see flamingoes.
    Victoria. :)


    • Alan
      March 31, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

      My dad worked for the Wildfowl Trust when I was a kid, they had flamingoes there. Used to tag along with the ‘bird men’ at feeding time.


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