jaleo de mahon portada

Mahón fiestas: dancing horses and local pride

Mahón, the largest town on sleepy Menorca, erupts into a frenzy of horses and gin every September for the town’s fiestas, nominally celebrated in the name of the Mare de Deu de Gracia.  While not as big or as famous…

chocolat madrid chocolate con churros

Chocolat, Madrid: churros and chocolate in Huertas

Yes, times are hard in Spain at the moment.  So hard that it can be tricky to fine a good dose of churros con chocolate (strips of fried dough served with a cup of thick chocolate for dipping) in the city centre….

hotel corral del rey cama

Hotel Corral del Rey: Luxury in the heart of Seville

Something is happening in the centre of Seville.  The traditional neighbourhoods around the Casco Antiguo are being slowly but surely upgraded.  Galleries and luxe hotels are springing up where once there were ramshackle shops and shady streets. We weren’t sure…

bodegón Sarría pinchos

Bodegón Sarria: it’s raining pinchos in Pamplona

Here at Gusto Guides,  we are fans of Pamplona‘s simple, hearty approach to food and the passion for local ingredients and traditions.  Yes, there is more to this particularly green corner of Spain than San Fermines and the running of the bulls….

Bodegas Bellver sifones

Authentic Palma: Bodegas Bellver (Mallorca)

Yes, there are still one or two corners of Palma de Mallorca that remain untouched by the sticky hands of mass tourism. On out most recent visit, Gusto Guides was lucky enough to stumble across a little slice of old Palma known…

parador de ronda vista de ronda

Living on the edge: Ronda’s 5* Parador

Ronda, said Hemingway, is the place to go ‘if you are planning to go to Spain for a honeymoon or for being with a girlfriend. The whole city and its surroundings are a romantic set’. And, honeymoon or no, this…

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Bar Abaco (Mallorca): Baroque luxury in Palma

What’s that?  You want to have a cocktail in central Palma de Mallorca while listening to Vivaldi and watching an open fire roar?  Well now you can, thanks to the magnificent Bar Abaco.  You flippin’ diva. Slap bang in the middle…

Soldados de Salamina / Soldiers of Salamina

11 Spanish films you need to see

Soldados de Salamina/Soldiers of Salamis ( 2003 ) Film based on the book of the same name by Javier Cervas, a writer who has been known to whip up controversy over his own-brand mixture of reality and fiction.  A university professor searches…

Alcazaba de malaga más naranjos

Inside Malaga’s eccentric Alcazaba

Andalucia has a long, colourful history full of battles, conquests and re-conquests, and the port city of Malaga is no exception.  Remnants of the city’s moorish past are everywhere, from place names to Mudejar-syle architecture to the serene 8th century…