Monthly Archives: August 2014

Gaudí, Casa Batlló, Barcelona city centre

How to rent an apartment in Spain

In 2008, the bubble in Spain’s housing market finally burst.  This was the bubble that had driven the country to a collective mania that saw the construction of around 800,ooo new homes in one year alone, more than the UK,…

La Boquería, Barcelona

Help! I’m a veggie in Spain

Vegetarians get a bit of a raw deal in Spain.  This is the country of jamón, calamares and cocido.  In which other country could you ask for a salad and end up with a plate of meat (true story)?  But there is a whole…

Vista de San Sebastian

A weekend in San Sebastian

San Sebastián, the pearl of the Cantabrian. The city widely regarded as the most refined in Spain’s often rugged North, and a place that has really taken care of itself over the years, maybe thanks in part to the fact…

Tenerife wine

A wine lover’s guide to Tenerife

The largest wine producer in the Canaries, Tenerife is little known for its vineyards on the Spanish Peninsula, let alone in the rest of the world.  Over recent years, however, things have started to change. From international prizes to local…

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10 tips for travelling hand luggage only

Why are budget airline tickets so much cheaper?  The answer is obvious to anyone who has ever flown with traditional airlines’ cut-price cousins: because of all those little extras that they charge you for, including up to a whopping €50…

San Juan de la Peña monastery

San Juan de La Peña, rock-cut monastery in Northern Spain

Have you ever visited an ancient building and found it hard to believe that it was really built in a time before concrete, cranes and similarly beefy construction equipment?  That’s exactly what happened to us at the stunning monastery of…

Girona city centre

A Weekend in Girona

Girona, a small city just an hour north of Barcelona, is a much-overlooked place full of history, culture and stunning mediaeval streets.  This is a perfect place to enjoy a relaxed long weekend or as a stopping-off point for those…

Bar Metro

Going underground at Bar Metro 1, Barcelona

Bar Metro 1, Barcelona What’s the deal? No, it isn’t a mirage.  One of Barcelona’s most unusual eateries and bars, the tiny Bar Metro 1 occupies an unlikely spot on a passageway inside the labyrinthine Passeig de Gracia metro station…