Author Archive for Jackie de Burca

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 Peñiscola

Secrets of Spain: postcard pretty Peñiscola

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 […]

9 intimate, luxurious hideaways fit for Royalty and celebrities

9 intimate, luxurious hideaways fit for Royalty and celebrities

Does the phrase “fit for Royalty” sound good to you? Or maybe these days we judge the beauty and exclusivity of a luxury getaway by the celebrities who have visited it. Here are 9 intimate, luxurious hideaways that are fit for Royalty and celebrities – some of which have already been visited by them. 1. […]

19 facts about the world's no. 1 foodie region - the Basque Country, Spain

19 facts about the world’s no. 1 foodie region – the Basque Country, Spain

The world is full of lists – I don’t know about you but I love my lists, they just seem to make life so much easier. Decisions are simpler; you know which fashion brands to wear, which hotels to go to before your friends do, which gadgets to choose to be super cool and, of […]

19 facts you may not know about Champagne

19 facts you may not know about Champagne

The idea of Champagne conjures up feelings of good living, elegance, sociability, and somehow that only the best in life is good enough. It’s funny when you think about it, Champagne is probably the only alcoholic beverage that you can drink in the morning and not be considered a raving alcoholic! Here are 19 fun […]

13 of Dublin's most romantic hotels

13 of Dublin’s most romantic hotels

Did you know that Dublin has outranked London in a 2014 poll of the top cities to live in Europe? Also its architecture, atmosphere, people, history, music, pubs and city’s hospitality have made Dublin one of the most romantic, popular travel destinations in Europe. It really doesn’t matter where you go in the world, and […]

8 of Dublin's best pubs to drink Guinness

8 of Dublin’s best pubs to drink Guinness

You can’t possibly visit Dublin without sampling at least one pint of Guinness. Apart from the embarrassment of having to admit this to family and friends back home, you know it’s good for you – at least that’s what I was told when I was growing up in Dublin! It was normal to understand from […]

11 of the world's best places to eat oysters

11 of the world’s best places to eat oysters

Here’s an idea for a trip – why not focus on travelling to places that can serve you delicious food, but food that is also an aphrodisiac? Oysters are a favourite aphrodisiac around the world, and in the words of Catalan man, Agustí Bertomeu, who has been farming oysters for most of his life: “Six […]

18 reasons to drop everything and visit Benicassim, Spain

18 reasons to drop everything and visit Benicassim, Spain

It’s always fun to be the first one out of your group of friends and family to discover somewhere new and interesting. You may have heard of Benicassim because of its famous music festival, but this gorgeous, stylish town on Spain’s Orange Blossom Coast has at least 18 reasons to encourage you to drop everything […]

5 amazing carnivals in Catalonia, Spain

5 amazing carnivals in Catalonia, Spain

There’s no need to travel to Rio to have a fantastic time at a carnival, you can join in on some serious festivities during carnival time in Catalonia, Spain. In the country where fiestas and carnivals are integral to the culture; Catalonia, which is considered by many to be the gastronomic capital, is also the […]

19 facts you never knew about Guinness

19 facts you never knew about Guinness

Go into a pub in Ireland and ask for Mother’s Milk, the Good Stuff or simply a pint of Arthur, and any bartender worth his salt should know immediately that you want a pint of Guinness. Being Irish I grew up on Guinness… okay, just joking, we’re not quite that bad in Ireland… we don’t […]

An award-winning, hidden treasure in Kilkenny, Ireland

An award-winning, hidden treasure in Kilkenny, Ireland

We may not always get the weather, but we do have an abundance of genuinely friendly people, delicious, locally sourced food and luxury accommodation in country estates and castles. Us Irish are waiting to give you a really warm welcome, after all Ireland is the land of “a céad míle fáilte” – a hundred thousand […]

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