Monthly Archives: July 2014

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Rustic lunch at Los Pinos, Garachico (Tenerife)

 Garachico is a seaside village in the North West of Tenerife that is well worth a visit for any discerning traveler.  In contrast to much of the south coast, you can enjoy views along a shoreline that has remained largely undeveloped…

Kinds of Spanish Coffee / Tipos de café en España

Spanish coffee – the essential guide

The first thing to know about having a coffee in Spain is that the coffee is really the least of it.  Having a Spanish coffee is a great excuse for stopping by your local bar, meeting for a quick 15…

Casa Camacho, Madrid

5 Madrid bars to start a night out

“Salí a tomar una cañas y me lié” (“I went out for a few drinks and got waylaid”).  A classic excuse heard all over Madrid bars, and one that explains that phenomenon whereby during the exceptionally hot and sweaty Castillian…

Cordoba Mosque

7 unmissable Andalucian towns

Top of most must-see lists for Spain is the Southern province of Andalucia.  This large region has it all: Moorish palaces, traditional towns and villages, golden beaches and hot flamenco.  Here are Gusto Guides’ picks of the towns that should…

Cafe comercial

Café Comercial, Madrid: churros with the lit crowd

One of Madrid’s most emblematic and traditional cafés, Café Comercial has remained unchanged for much of its 126 year history, with the first credit card machine installed only in January 2013 after many years of valiant resistance.  A favourite among…

running of the bulls

7 Essential Tips for Running with the Bulls in Pamplona

What would Pamplona’s legendary San Fermines fiesta be without the running of the bulls (aka the encierro)?  Yes, it would be a huge party that lasts for a week (not a bad thing in itself), but without the irresistible element…

La Laguna, Tenerife

5 Authentic Towns and Colonial Villages in Tenerife

Tenerife has, over recent years, developed an unfair reputation as little more than a package-holiday destination, over-run with lairy Northern Europeans intent on living as much of the good life as possible before their return flight home. But for those…