Category: Culture

Loggia dei Lanzi Florence - The Rape of the Sabine Women

Florence’s open air sculpture gallery at Loggia Lanzi

The Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence is a good starting point for those who come to this beautiful city in search of beauty itself.  This, after all, is the city where the French writer Stendhal felt so overwhelmed by beauty…

Es Baluard gallery Palma Mallorca art Dali Miro Picasso

An Art Lover’s Guide to Palma, Mallorca

Palma is fast gaining a reputation for its galleries and exhibitions, and when Mallorca’s capital city ‘does’ art, it’s in its own inimitable style. Galleries are laid-back, collections are just the right size to offer good variety but without overwhelming…

Soldados de Salamina / Soldiers of Salamina

11 Spanish films you need to see

Soldados de Salamina/Soldiers of Salamis ( 2003 ) Film based on the book of the same name by Javier Cervas, a writer who has been known to whip up controversy over his own-brand mixture of reality and fiction.  A university professor searches…

7 Spanish bands you should have on your playlist

Okay, so Spanish bands don’t get as much attention as their American and British counterparts.  But there are some absolute gems to discover – and Gusto Guides has done all the hard work, so you don’t have to. Veneno Formed…

Barcelona in Christmas

Catalunya’s Curious Christmas Traditions

Christmas comes this time each year.  No prizes to the Beach Boys for that lyrical insight.  But what Brian and co might not tell you is that Catalunya, the autonomous province to the North East of Spain that has Barcelona…

Underwater sculpture Jason deCaires

Lanzarote’s underwater sculpture park

Sometimes, people have great ideas that are almost too crazy to be true.  For example, creating an underwater sculpture garden.  It seemed too strange to be true until Jason de Caires Taylor, an ‘underwater sculptor’, managed to pull it off.  This…

Vista de Fornells, Menorca

A guide to Fornells (Menorca) (and its 87-year-old king)

It’s easy to imagine that Fornells, the whitewashed fishing village on Menorca’s Northern coast, has always been as quiet as it is today.  But you would be wrong.  This little town 30km from this island’s old capial, Ciutadella, and the new, Mahon, has a history…

Calatañazor

Calatañazor – Spain’s prettiest medieval town

When you get to Calatañazor, home to just 70 people in deepest darkest Soria, it is easy to imagine the heated battles that came to define this tiny stone village in the Spanish imagination. From its privileged position in the…