El Raval is, together with El Born, El Gòtic and Barceloneta, part of Barcelona’s Old City (Ciutat Vella in Catalan). Although the Raval-barrio may be considered the ‘toughest’ of them, due to its history of crime-related problems, it’s by far the coolest one, if you ask us. Compared to the gothic area or El Born, … Read more
Before I moved to Seville, I had a vague idea that everyone in Spain drank sangria and the kind of earthy red wines Hemmingway used to write about. I soon discovered that the repertoire of Spanish beverages is far larger and more nuanced than I had imagined. If you ever find yourself in southern Spain, … Read more
Without doubt, El Born is one of Barcelona’s best neighborhoods, so it would be a pity to limit yourself to just a quick stop. There’s plenty of boutiques of local artists and designers, romantic wine bars and fancy restaurants, but it’s also home to some of Barcelona’s most popular highlights. Travelling with little ones? El … Read more
Wondering about vacation rentals in Europe? The advantages over staying on the bustling tourist track can be huge. However, we’ve got the low down on vacation rentals in Europe so that you can make an informed decision. Maybe you’ve tried the weekend mini break, the city exploration and the all-inclusive – but have you tried a … Read more
Like many girls, I am in a long-term love affair with chocolate, and have a weakness for fairytale castles. Imagine my delight when I happened across a small town which combined the two. Not so surprising, you might be thinking, if I were in Belgium, or Switzerland perhaps. In fact, I was in northwest Spain, in a town called Astorga.
Full of friendly people and balmy weather, a Canary Islands vacation with Inka I always think of the Canary Islands as a box of jewelry; full of precious gems to suit every mood and occasion. There is the emerald green of the Orotava Valley in Tenerife and there are the black diamonds and onyx of the … Read more
During these winter months, Seville’s markets offer a wealth of variety: wild mushrooms from the nearby Sierras, tagarninas (thistle-like shrubbery) and wild, bitter-tasting asparagus. But the most prominent feature are those round, vibrant-coloured boules, synonymous with Seville: oranges!
Go to Mallorca, Spain, to experience much more than just sunshine and sandy beaches Mallorca, the tiny island off the coast of Spain is known to many travelers for its beautiful beaches, all-inclusive resorts and vibrant nightlife. What many vacationers fail to see, though, is Mallorca’s historic and enchanting villages. Set away from the tourist … Read more
My first visit to the city of Seville was not as a tourist, but as a resident of a nearby town. As a twenty year old Spanish student at a UK university, I was required to spend a year in Spain or South America, fine-tuning my language skills. I applied to work as an English Language Assistant in a Spanish secondary school, ticking ‘Andalucía’ as my ideal destination, hoping that I’d be placed in a quaint coastal town offering plenty of tanning opportunities (my cultural sensibilities were highly developed back then, as you can tell).