Cafe comercial

Café Comercial, Madrid: churros with the lit crowd

One of Madrid’s most emblematic and traditional cafés, Café Comercial has remained unchanged for much of its 126 year history, with the first credit card machine installed only in January 2013 after many years of valiant resistance.  A favourite among…

running of the bulls

7 Essential Tips for Running with the Bulls in Pamplona

What would Pamplona’s legendary San Fermines fiesta be without the running of the bulls (aka the encierro)?  Yes, it would be a huge party that lasts for a week (not a bad thing in itself), but without the irresistible element…

La Laguna, Tenerife

5 Authentic Towns and Colonial Villages in Tenerife

Tenerife has, over recent years, developed an unfair reputation as little more than a package-holiday destination, over-run with lairy Northern Europeans intent on living as much of the good life as possible before their return flight home. But for those…

Cakes from Escriba, Barcelona / Pastelería Escriba, Barcelona

Escribà: Exploding Cakes at Barcelona’s Weirdest Bakery

The Escribà bakery in Barcelona is easy to miss, from the outside at least.  This family-run Catalan bakery and choclatier’s main store, on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, has a tasteful window display of proper (if a little kooky) birthday…

Ulzama Valley

10 things to do in Navarra, Northern Spain

Navarra is much more than a certain fiesta famous for the running of the bulls (that’s you, Sanfermines).  This semi-autonomous frontier region was the last of the great Iberian kingdoms to join the union of states that became the Spain we…

Isidre Gironés en La Boquería

Boqueria Market Tour with a Barcelona Master Chef

We meet Isidre Gironés at the busy entrance to La Boqueria, just off Barcelona’s main tourist drag of Las Ramblas.  The proprietor of the world-famous Ca l’Isidre is easy to spot among the scruffy travellers: he is the only person…