Monthly Archives: June 2014

Cakes from Escriba, Barcelona / Pastelería Escriba, Barcelona

Escribà: Exploding Cakes at Barcelona’s Weirdest Bakery

The Escribà bakery in Barcelona is easy to miss, from the outside at least.  This family-run Catalan bakery and choclatier’s main store, on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, has a tasteful window display of proper (if a little kooky) birthday…

Ulzama Valley

10 things to do in Navarra, Northern Spain

Navarra is much more than a certain fiesta famous for the running of the bulls (that’s you, Sanfermines).  This semi-autonomous frontier region was the last of the great Iberian kingdoms to join the union of states that became the Spain we…

Isidre Gironés en La Boquería

Boqueria Market Tour with a Barcelona Master Chef

We meet Isidre Gironés at the busy entrance to La Boqueria, just off Barcelona’s main tourist drag of Las Ramblas.  The proprietor of the world-famous Ca l’Isidre is easy to spot among the scruffy travellers: he is the only person…

Berenjenas con miel

Market Square Tapas at C’an Rafa (Ciutadella, Menorca)

The ancient capital of Menorca, Ciutadella is one of our favourite places in the Mediterranean.  This was the island’s most important settlement right the way through from the 13th century up until the English invasion of 1714, and Ciutadella’s narrow…

Barcelona crime

10 ways to get robbed in Barcelona

Barcelona: sun, sea and…petty crime?  Over recent years, the city has earned a reputation for pickpockets and con artists as well as its world-class art and architecture, to the extent that many of our friends and readers’ first question is…