Cadaques barcas de pescadores

The weekend guide to Cadaques

Cadaques is possibly the prettiest town on the Costa Brava, and certainly among the most beautiful places in Spain.  Sitting in a rocky bay and surrounded by the hills of the Cap de Creus natural park, this old fishing town…

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A family affair at Can Tanu (Fornells)

You would think that the market on fresh seafood is covered in Fornells, the idyllic fishing village in the North of Menorca that sits on a crystal-clear sea creek.  The few streets of this little town are lined with restaurants…

MACBA Barcelona

5 Unmissable Barcelona Museums (and how to get in for free)

Here at Gusto Guides, we are culture lovers and always on the lookout for things to do in Barcelona, our adopted home town.  A few weeks ago, we posted our picks of Madrid‘s best museums and today we turn our attentions to Barcelona and…

Cappuccino at Caffe Terzi, Bologna

Caffè Terzi, Bologna: the art of coffee

Coffee at Caffè Terzi is not like coffee anywhere else.  This unassuming café is located in the heart of Bologna’s beautiful city centre and has earned a well-deserved reputation for serving the best brew in town since opening in 2002….

Caffee Gilli Florence

Caffè Gilli, Florence: timeless style (and gin)

A friend of ours always says that ‘nobody enjoys life as much as they do in Northern Italy.’  And Caffè Gilli, on Florence’s central Piazza della Repubblica, is proof. Gilli opened its doors in 1733, when a Swiss family opened a…

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…

Mdina Malta

Mdina, Malta’s silent city

Mdina, the old capital of Malta, is known as the silent city On an island as crowded, as congested, as joyously chaotic as Malta, Mdina is an anomaly.  In this ancient town (and we really do mean ancient – Mdina…

La Confitería, Barcelona

La Confiteria, Barcelona (Paral-lel, bar/cocktails)

Outside La Confiteria, Barcelona What’s the deal? A former confectioner’s shop that has somehow metamorphosed into a real gem of a place.  The owners have left the century-old interior untouched since reopening the premises as a bar 15 years ago,…

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When it snows in Venice

It doesn’t snow often in Venice, and when it does, the salty air of the lagoon tends to mean that it doesn’t last too long. Historically, ice was a great concern for the Venetians.  Back in Venice’s heyday at the…

Pipa Club, Barcelona

Barcelona Pipa Club: secret cocktails on Plaza Real

  Unless you knew where to look, you wouldn’t expect to find the plaque hidden by an inconspicuous door on one of Plaza Real’s grey cloisters. You wouldn’t expect, when you rang the doorbell, to be buzzed up with nay…