playa de Barceloneta

Spanish honeymoon ideas

A couple of weeks back, a friend of Gusto‘s asked us for a few words of advice.  Not only was she planning her first-ever trip to Spain, she was going to be taking her new hubby along for the ride….

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Restaurant S’Ancora, Fornells: hot water for lobsters

Stepping into the back room at S’Ancora is like finding yourself in the kitchen on board the Nautilus, the submarine that famously accompanied Captain Nemo on his adventures in Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  But instead of Nemo…

Queso de Mahón, Menorca

Cheese heaven: Menorca

What is it with Menorca and cheese? If there isn’t a cow within a hundred yards of you, there is a good chance that either someone is trying to feed you some of the good stuff or that you are…


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…

Hotel Tres Sants, Menorca

Hotel Tres Sants: Balearic charm in Ciutadella (Menorca)

Here at Gusto Guides we love Menorca, and especially the island’s old capital Ciutadella.  We try to spend at least a few days in this beautiful sandstone town each year to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, friendly welcome and lovely 16th-…


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…

Bar Selva, Madrid

Bar Selva: budget luxury on Gran Via, Madrid

You know who your best friends are when you trust them to choose where to eat.  On our last visit to Madrid, the friend in question was writer and journalist Eduardo Laporte and, boy, did he choose well.  We asked for a…

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,…