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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…