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Just because the island is famous for its beaches, it doesn’t mean you have to stay on the coast. Further inland, there are some wonderful rural hotels and self-catering cottages, providing a perfect base for hikers and nature-lovers.

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Tapas are mini portions of varied cuisine, designed to accompany a beer or other drink. Raciones are larger portions of the same, providing enough food to make a meal for one. A media racion is a half-portion, and the norm is to order a few of these to share among friends; usually one less plate than the number of people is the right amount.

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Some city buses are adapted for wheelchair users, with a low floor, retractable ramp and extra space on board. All number 1 buses – on the main tourist route, crossing the city from Triana to Las Canteras – are wheelchair-friendly. For details of other routes, contact the bus company.

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Although larger chain stores stay open throughout the day, the majority of businesses observe the traditional Spanish timetable, closing for two or three hours in the middle of the day. Avoid shopping between 1pm and 4pm, if you don’t want your spree to be a washout.

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The hotel may be less exclusive than some of it’s peers, but its spa is one of the best equipped. Enjoy tennis and squash courts, mini golf and a gym.

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