Category: Spain

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 […]

Arabic Baths in Barcelona

5 unmissable Autumn treats in Barcelona

Each season in Barcelona has its own special pleasures, from wrapping up warm and feeling the crisp sea breeze as you take a walk along Barceloneta in winter, to long lazy summer evenings in the city’s many terrace bars. Autumn has arrived, bringing with it the whisper of several treats that are especially pleasant to […]

Salamanca - a city of many pleasures

Salamanca – a city of many pleasures

Whether your interests are architecture, religion, art, history, music, education, food or sport Salamanca has something for you. I went as an independent visitor travelling from Segovia by bus having already visited Irun, Hondarribia and Toledo, all with ease and comfort either by train or bus. All the towns had some interest for me in […]

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 […]

Top 10 most expensive villas and chalets to rent

Top 10 most expensive villas and chalets to rent

From the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea to the white peaks of the Alps, there’s no such thing as too much luxury when it comes to holiday rentals. The most exclusive properties in the world have one thing in common: their uniqueness, which reveals itself in every detail, in their styles, in the grandness […]

Urso Hotel

The 10 best boutique hotels in Spain

Historical and architectural preservation and city building codes play a big role in the level of creativity needed to design boutique hotels in cities that date back hundreds and thousands of years. Designing a contemporary hotel in old but beautiful buildings can be a challenge not only in design but also delivering a great experience […]

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