Monthly Archives: March 2014

Pata asada, tapa canaria

Canarian tapas in Tasca Tapias, La Orotava (Tenerife)

  La Orotava is a sleepy little town on the island of Tenerife, a place full of history and stunningly located in the foothills of the Teide national park.  The historical centre is full of colonial-style buildings that will seem…

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How to make the best Spanish tortilla in 10 easy steps

If you have been to Spain, the likelihood is that you will have eaten a tortilla española.  This ubiquitous potato omlette is beloved of Spaniards and guiris alike, and is found in a variety of habitats including on bartops, inside…

Café del Centre, Barcelona

The best Spanish wines for under €7 – we ask an expert

Luis Tolosa, author of Supervinos 2014, is a no-nonsense kind of guy.  The book, a guide to the best Spanish wines available to buy in non-specialist shops including your local supermarket, reads as though you were having a chat about plonk…

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How to travel around Spain on a shoestring

Despite being one of Western Europe’s cheapest tourist  hotspots, travelling around Spain on a tight budget can still be a pain in the culo.  With a little local  know-how, though, you can save your hard-earned Euros and stretch your budget (and…

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War and Peace at Café de l’Opera, Barcelona

  The only place on Las Ramblas that has retained any real sense of the old Barcelona, Café de l’Opera has been serving churros to tourists and musicians from the nearby opera house for over 80 years now.  According to the owners, not even the Spanish Civil…

Garchico (Tenerife), Vista de El Caletón

Table with a view at El Caletón, Garachico (Tenerife)

Garachico was one of the most important settlements in the Canary island after their ‘conquest’ by 15th century Spanish empire-builders Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. The island’s most important harbour was at Garachico for over two centuries until the 1706…

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Majorca – a quick guide to family holidays

Majorca (that’s the dreamy, mountainous Balearic floating mid-Mediterranean between Ibiza and Menorca) has continued to grow as a destination for family holidays over the past few years, thanks to its beaches, warm climate and authentic Spanish flavour. A logical starting…

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Best fry-up in the Med at Restaurante Palmitas, Alicante

  The Mediterranean attracts Northern Europeans like moths to a flame.  Moths who are especially desperate to escape the long, grey winters of the higher latitudes  and soak up a bit of sun.  And, hey, let’s put it out there:…