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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. thisisspain
    November 20, 2014 @ 9:42 am

    Wow, a book reviewer who has actually read SOME of a book! In this 247 digital world that is quite a revelation.

    Almería???? Way way too many square kilometres of plastic sheeting and dust-bowls for me to get excited but, perhaps, I too have just skimmed the surface. It’s neighbours Murcia and Granada add to my party. Almería? No.

    Thanks for sharing


    • Elle Draper
      November 20, 2014 @ 9:54 am

      Hi Steve.
      Spain Buddy never review books without reading them. It just wouldn’t be right. ;)
      It’s good to see that someone has looked beyond the instants in Almeria to provide an insight to the hidden secrets. Plus Kevin happens to be a bloody nice bloke too.
      E x


      • thisisspain
        November 20, 2014 @ 10:01 am

        ThisIsSpain never ever reviews books without reading them either… that makes too of use

        I feared a “hidden gem” or “Real Spain” coming on. I hope his book sells well to those who are considering Almería for a holiday or a life

        Good Luck, young sir


  2. Lily Lau
    December 9, 2014 @ 1:43 am

    I’ve been to Almería, and I’d love to go back! Currently I’m at the north, and I feel so welcome here :)


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