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He looked like any normal tourist on a sightseeing trip to the Alhambra.

Pointing his camera at every nook and cranny, Antonio Banderas was clearly enjoying his morning's tour of Spain's most popular monument.

But Malaga's famous son was actually on a fact-finding mission for his new project Boabdil, a film about the last king of Granada.

Once again, the Alhambra in Granada has maintained its position as the most visited monument in Spain. In 2010, the Alhambra and Generalife gardens were visited by 3,345,311 people, 4.85 per cent more than in 2009. This is the first year since 2007 that visits have increased, which is in part thanks to more Spanish visitors, and many have visited the exhibitions which have been organized in the Palace of Carlos V, which is within the same complex.

IN a bid to encourage talented young people to get into the sport the Sierra Nevada is set to revamp its ski resort ready for the 2010/2011 winter season.

The head of Tourism, Trade and Sport, Luciano Alonso announced there will be a new Sulayr superparque dedicated to fans of snowboarding and freestyle.

The new super park will offer three different areas with natural and artificial snow including a space with music and Wi-Fi.

In addition Granada-born World Cup skier Maria Jose Rienda is to offer a 'clinic' for top class youngsters aged between 13 and 16.

This year's ski season officially opens on November 27.

Source: The Olive Press

The first snow of the winter has fallen in the Sierra Nevada in Granada, coinciding with the bank holiday weekend of El Pilar. The snow's arrival is later than that seen in other years; the first flakes fell there last year on September 13.

The fresh snow is a thin layer above 2,700m, but enough to excite skiing fans.

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Wine in Andalucia has come a long way since the Phoenicians first planted vineyards in the fertile Cadiz area in 1100 BC.

Today, there are over 40,000 hectares of vines planted in 20 regions, and Andalucia is slowly becoming revered worldwide as an important center for wine-lovers.

From the historic sherry huses of Jerez, to the up-and-coming new vineyards near Ronda and Granada, Andalucia boasts numerous top-quality wines.

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