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Calella de Palafrugell views from sea

Secrets of Spain: Calella de Palafrugell – Catalonia’s prettiest resort?

Considered to be Spain’s prettiest resort by some British travel journalists, Calella de Palafrugell is an idyllic, ancient fishing village, with crystalline water that laps up against the sandy shores, where fishing boats lie on the sand, just as they have done for centuries. Whitewashed and pastel coloured buildings watch over the Mediterranean, silhouetted by […]

Altafulla beach Spain

Secrets of Spain: Altafulla – an elegant, UNESCO Golden Coast jewel

Located on Spain’s Golden Coast – the Costa Dorada, Altafulla has a lovely golden sandy beach, which is embraced by a gorgeous, authentic promenade. What makes Altafulla different to some of the other seaside towns on the Costa Dorada, is its promenade, known as the Botigues de Mar, its Roman villa, Els Munts, which was […]

Javea El Arenal beach sunrise

Secrets of Spain: Javea the jewel of the Costa Blanca

Regarded by many as the jewel of the Costa Blanca, Jávea is a port town with an exclusive feel, set on a beautiful coastline, yet overlooked by an amazing mountain. Jávea has undeniably embraced tourism, yet in a far more classy way than some other towns on Spain’s famous Costas. Did you know that according […]

Valencia City of Arts and Sciences

Secrets of Spain – vibrant, 5 Michelin starred Valencia

It is hard to imagine a city that contrasts beautiful historical architecture so brilliantly with avant-garde modern architecture, as well as Valencia does. It’s hard not to fall in love with the sweet smell of oranges that emanates from the trees, which line so many of the city centre’s avenues. The weather is often good […]

Reus Plaza de Prim

Secrets of Spain: resplendent Reus

Reus is best known as the home town of Gaudí, but apart from this, the city centre is throbbing with remarkable architecture, sublime shopping and oodles of great food, culture and history. Located around 6 miles inland from the golden coast of the Costa Dorada, the beautiful city of Reus is frequently ignored by the […]

Delta de l-Ebre Catalonia Magical Landscape

Secrets of Spain: the delightful Delta de l’Ebre

Mother Nature has blessed the world with numerous beautiful places. Only she can choose the most perfect colours and ingredients to design environments that can affect us deeply. In my early days of living in Spain, I discovered the Delta de l’Ebre, which I fell in love with immediately. This is a place for anyone […]

Arrabassada Beach Tarragona

Secrets of Spain: tantalising Tarragona

The tantalising coastal city of Tarragona is only one hour down the road from Barcelona. It tends to get overlooked by many tourists, as it seems to pale into insignificance when compared to the buzzing city of Barcelona. However my advice to you is – Don’t Believe The Hype! Barcelona is a fabulous city, but […]

Istanbul in the footsteps of John Malkovich

Istanbul in the footsteps of John Malkovich

Palaces line the shores of the Bosphorus Strait. Mosques and minarets mingle with European colonial buildings, which are punctuated from time to time with skyscrapers. In between there are bazaars and an abundance of luxury brands. I’m visiting one of the world’s most vibrant cities – inspirational Istanbul; former Constantinople and originally Byzantium. I’m on […]

Suite of the week: Bentley Suite, St. Regis Istanbul, Turkey

Suite of the week: Bentley Suite, St. Regis Istanbul, Turkey

Suite name: Bentley Suite Location: St. Regis Istanbul, Turkey Size of accommodation: 140 sq metres plus over-sized terrace Cost per night: starts from €5,050.00 What makes it special: The Bentley Suite brings unique luxury motoring indoors, in a prime location, overlooking Istanbul’s answer to Fifth Avenue. You don’t need to be a Bentley owner, or […]

Secrets of Spain: the charming city of Castellon

Secrets of Spain: the charming city of Castellon

Spain has a plethora of beautiful cities, wonderful towns and gorgeous, charming villages. There are still villages here, where people leave their front door wide open, and Spain has so many beautiful cities, that it’s a struggle to whittle them down to a top 10 list! One that came into the news recently is the […]

Secrets of Spain: majestic, magnificent Morella

Secrets of Spain: majestic, magnificent Morella

I want to let you into a secret. I want to tell you about a town that is like a film set, but not so many people have heard of it, as yet. This town is worlds removed from some of the “popular” towns on the Costas of Spain. Although it gets its fair share […]

 Secrets of Spain: postcard pretty Peńiscola

Secrets of Spain: postcard pretty Peńiscola

There’s so much more to Spain than the Costa Del Sol, the Costa Blanca, Barcelona, Ibiza, Majorca, Seville and Madrid. In fact if you wander a little off the beaten track, away from Spain’s notorious tourist destinations, you’ll find a wealth of aesthetic delights, cultural wonders and culinary pleasures. The country is dripping in tempting […]

3 amazing safari and beach holidays

3 amazing safari and beach holidays

Who said you can’t have the best of both worlds…of course you can…don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! In terms of designing a magical holiday, here is one of my favourite options. I love to laze and sunbathe on a gorgeous beach, for a few days, but then go on an adventure, like out on […]

27 of Europe's best Christmas markets

27 of Europe’s best Christmas markets

Mulled wine, magical Christmas scenery, romantic European destinations, roasted chestnuts, local delicacies and the opportunity to shop til you drop. What more could you want? Festive singing, a bit of ice-skating, unusual local arts and crafts and plenty of Christmas cheer – that’s what it’s all about in some of the finest Christmas markets Europe […]

7 of the best quirky things to do in Dublin

7 of the best quirky things to do in Dublin

Am I proud to be Irish? The answer is that I most definitely am. As a nation we’re known to be one of the friendliest in the world, and most of us have a great sense of humour. We also love to embrace characters and experiences that are a bit different and quirky. I recently […]

6 of Spain's best Cava tours

6 of Spain’s best Cava tours

A little bit like “the rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain”, so does the Spanish version of Champagne. Cava, which was considered for a long time to be the poor person’s Champagne, has increased dramatically in popularity over the last few years. Of course there are differences between Champagne and Cava, that both […]

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