Naxos Town Port

A Road Trip around Naxos

Without wanting to sound overenthusiastic, Naxos is a jewel of an island. It has everything: a pleasantly bustling town, inland villages, some impressive hills and, of course, the beautiful Mediterranean Sea lapping at its shores. Naxos is the largest of the…

Valletta View

A walk around Valletta’s city walls

Understandably, lots of visitors to Malta’s beautiful capital get drawn in to the sights that line the little city’s streets.  But one of the most beautiful things about Valletta is its impressive coastline, and taking a walk around the shoreline…

Raffaele Portelli 1917

Valletta’s retro charm

Here at Gusto Guides we love the Mediterranean.  A lot.  So we’ve decided to expand the blog and start publishing about out travels outwith the Spanish Peninsula (don’t worry, Spanish dad has packed us off with plenty of jamón). Malta is one…

Casa Morales Sevilla

Malaga Top 5 for Foodies

Malaga is heaven for food lovers: there are great wines, streets stuffed with tapas bars and some of the freshest seafood you will find anywhere in the world. Sweet wine.  Malaga is famous for its strong, sweet wines, and has…

hotel ritz madrid habitación

Hotel Ritz, Madrid – another name for luxury

Thankfully, some things never change.  In the case of Madrid’s Hotel Ritz, opened 12 years after the Paris branch in 1910, luxury still abounds: this place is as close to perfect as you can get.  The upholstery is plush, the staff…

parador de ronda el tajo

Road trip! Malaga to Seville via Ronda

We don’t care what you say, Spain is the best country in the world for taking a road trip.  It’s big enough that you can drive for days, but populated (and food-crazed) enough that you will almost always find a…

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…