Barcelona in Christmas

Catalunya’s Curious Christmas Traditions

Christmas comes this time each year.  No prizes to the Beach Boys for that lyrical insight.  But what Brian and co might not tell you is that Catalunya, the autonomous province to the North East of Spain that has Barcelona…

Underwater sculpture Jason deCaires

Lanzarote’s underwater sculpture park

Sometimes, people have great ideas that are almost too crazy to be true.  For example, creating an underwater sculpture garden.  It seemed too strange to be true until Jason de Caires Taylor, an ‘underwater sculptor’, managed to pull it off.  This…

Lithica, Menorca

Lithica – Menorca’s Secret Garden

When you get tired of Menorca’s stunning beaches, picturesque towns and country restaurants, where do you go?  Many visitors choose to take in some of the island’s cultural sights – including Talayotic villages and monuments.  A site from the more…

Receta de carrilleras de cerdo

Recipe: Spanish pork cheek stew

Another warming winter favourite from Gusto’s Spanish dad.  This traditional recipe uses a cheap but delicious cut of meat that is excellent for stews and casseroles, although often overlooked.  Ask any good butcher if you have trouble finding it – and…

Vista de Fornells, Menorca

A guide to Fornells (Menorca) (and its 87-year-old king)

It’s easy to imagine that Fornells, the whitewashed fishing village on Menorca’s Northern coast, has always been as quiet as it is today.  But you would be wrong.  This little town 30km from this island’s old capial, Ciutadella, and the new, Mahon, has a history…

Edificio Telefónica, Gran Vía

5 Madrid buildings with a secret history

Despite being a modern metropolis and home to over 3 million people, Madrid retains a sense of the Castillian town that grew into a bustling capital city.    Here are Gusto Guides’ picks of places in Madrid with a story…

Madrid plaza de Callao

Shopping in Madrid: the essential guide

Madrid is known for its tapas bars, art galleries and bullfighting, but increasing numbers of visitors are hitting up the Spanish capital in search of some of the best shopping in Europe.  From high-end labels to street markets and individual…

Plaza San Felipe Neri Barcelona

5 quiet Barcelona plazas for a nice sit down

It’s a warm day and you want to be out in the sunshine.  But there’s a problem: it’s nigh on impossible to get a seat at any of Barcelona’s city centre terraces, thanks to the crowds of tourists and sun-hungry locals…

Pueblo de Covarrubias (Castilla)

Covarrubias – land of El Cid

Gusto Guides continue our tour of the lost medieval towns of inland Spain with a visit to Covarrubias, founded by Chindasvinto (king of the Visigoths, no less) in the 13th century around 40km south of the comely provinical capital of…