Author Archive for Jackie de Burca


Secrets of Spain: magical Miravet in Catalonia

A mystical mist enshrouds the magical Castle of Miravet, wafting over the little Catalan town that clambers its way up the hillside. Miravet overlooks the River Ebro, with narrow streets, that ooze character. Although it only has a population of around 770 inhabitants, it boasts a Renaissance Baroque Church, a Jewish quarter, and an interesting […]

Mykonos Greece celebrity holiday destination

12 classy European destinations that celebrities love

Dramatic shorelines, Mediterranean elegance, iconic walled cities and a quaint Irish town with a friendly dolphin are some of the many attractions that draw celebrities to these classy European holiday destinations. Follow in your favourite celebrity’s footsteps to one of these wonderful European locations, in search of beauty and chic, and live it up like […]

Shipwreck beach sunset Zakynthos Island Greece

14 breathtakingly beautiful Greek islands

At the delicate age of 13, I visited the Greek islands for the first time in my life. I have never recovered from the experience, nor do I want to! The breathtaking natural beauty, that typical blend of bright white and azure blue that embellishes so many of the buildings, the curious, friendly Greek people, […]

Tamariu Catalonia

Secrets of Spain: Tamariu – a tiny, precious jewel on the Costa Brava

They say that the best things in life come in small packages, and certainly when it comes to the tiny coastal village of Tamariu this is definitely true. Smell the wafting aroma of the pines overhead as you lie on the beautiful horseshoe shaped beach, and listen to the lapping Mediterranean waves. You don’t need […]

Frigiliana Spain beautiful cobbled street

Secrets of Spain: fabulous Frigiliana

Frigiliana is officially one of Spain’s most beautiful towns. A whitewashed village that simply oozes charm, Frigiliana is perched in the Sierra Almijara mountain range, overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean, located 300 metres below. Only a few minutes drive will take you to the gorgeous seaside town of Nerja, located just 6 km away. A stay […]

Cadaques Catalonia at night

Charming Cadaques: Dali’s dreamy Summertime town

Salvador Dalí soaked up heaps of inspiration, light and colour in the charming, dreamy seaside town of Cadaques, in Catalonia. He spent many a delightful summer there, in his younger days, and later worked and lived in his home workshop in Port Lligat. Cadaques’ crystal bay is located where the Pyrenees mountains come down to […]

Begur Costa Brava Sa Tuna

Beautiful Begur: Spain’s secret jewels

Beautiful Begur is where you will find some of the best beaches and coves that the Costa Brava has to offer. Imagine crystalline waters, embraced by verdant green pines, that dig their roots into the cliff face. Their aroma is seductive, as you explore the spectacular surroundings of this chichi Catalan town. Cast your eyes […]

Ronda Spain

Secrets of Spain: spectacular, romantic Ronda

A spectacular city, in a daringly dramatic location, romantic Ronda is a must for anyone who loves beauty, history, culture, romance, delicious food and a taste of Spain’s Andalucian lifestyle. Perched on a plateau above a deep ravine, this captivating place is named Ronda because it is “surrounded” by the mountains of the Serrania de […]

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

Seductive Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Santiago is seductive. Once referred to as “an ideal city, which is overflowing with history and timeless as well” in a UNESCO-ICOMOS report, Santiago de Compostela is one of Northern Spain’s jewels. Many consider it to be Northern Spain’s most important tourist destination. Its old quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city […]

Girona Bridge Decorated Flower Festival-1

Secrets of Spain: gorgeous Girona

Explore chic boutiques, gastrobars and galleries, some of which can be found in delightful Art Nouveau buildings and even in Medieval palaces, in the gorgeous city of Girona. A city of fascinating contrasts, Girona enjoyed wealth during the Medieval period, which means that visitors can see fine Gothic and Romanesque architecture: buildings which still remain […]

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 […]

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