Category: Culture

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…

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Circulo de Bellas Artes – art and cake in Madrid

Madrid’s Circulo de Bellas Artes tends to get lumped in with the city’s galleries by guidebooks and tour guides, but this stunning 19th century arts centre is much more than that. Consistently home to some of the most interesting exhibitions…

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…

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…