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…

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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…

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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…