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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. Vivienne Fisher
    April 19, 2016 @ 9:43 pm

    I’ve been coming to the island since 1982, and have never visited Ranch Texas, I read about the evening functions, and they look like fun, but there is NO WAY, I would want to see animals etc in captivity.


  2. Stevie
    April 20, 2016 @ 2:46 am

    Thank you Alan and Elle, not in our name!


  3. Lucia
    August 21, 2016 @ 12:47 am

    Really well written, absolutely worth sharing. Thank you!


  4. Mich davies
    January 6, 2017 @ 11:29 pm

    In this day and age this is not acceptable


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