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These posts are about the local people we meet, with insider tips we gather from locals, Q&As with locals, as well as great local spots and hidden gems we discover.

Local Knowledge: Belen from Jerez

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The only woman among the 17 professional horse riders at La Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre (the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art) in Jerez, considered to be the world’s best riding school of its kind, Belen Bautista is “a gifted girl” according to colleague Javier. “She makes something so difficult look so easy,” ...

Local Knowledge: Jamila from Marrakech

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Jamila, the manager, housekeeper and chef at the riad we are staying at in Marrakech, has been our go-to girl in this magical Moroccan city, providing us with local tips, advice and directions each day. Born and brought up in the kasbah of Marrakech, Jamila, 35, is the daughter of a businessmen and a mother who by ...