Category: Spain

5 exciting things happening in Barcelona in 2016

5 exciting things happening in Barcelona in 2016

Barcelona is a vibrant seaside city rich with culture. Throughout the year festivals and events bring visitors from all around the world. Here are some of the most exciting events to look forward to in 2016! 1. Benicassim Festival Festival Internacional de Benicassim is a four day music festival that takes place between Barcelona and […]

5 luxury musts in Menorca

5 luxury musts in Menorca

Just northeast of Mallorca and the party isle of Ibiza, is an exotic island that offers the best mix of ancient culture, casual beach life and subtle luxury. Menorca, the least known of the Balearic Islands and not yet over run with DJ junkies or masses of budget tours, is an idyllic escape which more […]

Wine Tourism

3 wine tours around Barcelona that you just won’t want to miss

Wine lovers certainly won’t go thirsty during their trip to Barcelona. Blessed with the perfect conditions for wine-making, this fabulous region is worldwide famous for its production of Cava – the go-to for sparkling wines. Enjoy a spectacular day out at some of the region’s top wineries for vineyard tours and tastings in the picturesque, […]

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 […]

3 new Michelin stars herald Malaga's world class cuisine

3 new Michelin stars herald Malaga’s world class cuisine

Many would rightly credit the global prominence of Spanish cuisine to such pioneering restaurants as El Bulli, Arzak and Mugaritz that first made their mark more than a decade ago, and El Celler de Can Roca near Barcelona tops the list today as the world’s best restaurant. While the Spanish Basque country and Catalonia continue as […]

Barcelona Christmas lights

City breaks: a shopping trip to Barcelona

Barcelona has plenty to see and do all year round, and winter is no exception. The city is filled with a cosmopolitan buzz, and shoppers can enjoy browsing the markets and high streets looking for New Year bargains. You’ll also find plenty of delicious treats can always be found in the bars and restaurants for whenever you need a […]

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 […]

5 favourite food markets in Malaga

5 favourite food markets in Malaga

Many a food loving traveller will tell you that one of the best ways to get an authentic feel for a locale is to visit its central food market. It’s always a feast for the senses that, for most, will lead to a feast on the table either at home or right there at the […]

A bright Christmas and New Year in Madrid

A bright Christmas and New Year in Madrid

When I first got to Madrid in 2002 I have to say I was not particularly impressed with what was on offer at Christmas time but Madrid has come a long way since then and this year is no exception. In addition to all the monuments, museums, and activities in Madrid, the city is packed […]

Top 5 Foodie Cities in Europe

Top 5 foodie cities in Europe

Are you crazy about cuisine? Passionate about finding the next delicious meal? If you are a devoted foodie, then Europe offers a fantastic smorgasbord of amazing food experiences to enjoy. Here are some of the best cities in Europe for foodies to explore. 1. San Sebastian, Spain This gorgeous Basque city is in love with […]

6 secret cities in Europe

6 secret cities in Europe

OK, OK, so the following cities aren’t completely secret, otherwise no-one would live in them, and then they wouldn’t technically be cities, but let’s just say these are magnificent metropoli that either fly under the radar entirely, or don’t feature in the upper echelons of people’s luxury city break wish lists when they really, really […]

My favorite rental properties in Spain

My favorite rental properties in Spain

One of my favorite ways for a more authentic yet luxurious  experience of Spain is to rent a villa or apartment instead of a hotel especially if you are traveling in a family group or just a group of friends. I think it gives a greater opportunity to relax while setting the tone for a […]

5 squares tell the story of Barcelona

5 squares tell the story of Barcelona

Where else can you find the true history of Barcelona but in those squares that have watched every step of Barcelona’s life evolve through the centuries? You may have strolled through Plaça St Jaume or taken the metro to Plaça Catalunya and walked down La Rambla to the seafront, but when you look a bit […]

5 reasons for a winter holiday in Andalucia

5 reasons for a winter holiday in Andalucia

While Andalucía is well known as a sun-seekers paradise, I have a little secret to share… summer is not the nicest time of year to visit. Sure, if you only have that short time for a break, you like it hot, and you want some guaranteed rays then it’s a good choice. However, there are […]

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 […]

A taste of Malaga in five historic dishes

A taste of Malaga in five historic dishes

Andalucian cuisine presents a tantalising array of flavours rooted in historical influences introduced by the Phoenicians, Romans, Islamic Moors, Jews and Christians amongst others. All is based on the freshest of local ingredients and here you find the finest fresh seafood, wild game and fowl, and an abundance of exotic spices such as saffron and […]

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