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Infographic: 22 Interesting Facts about Mallorca

Do you know how Mallorca got its name? Or when the first human inhabitants arrived on its shores? Got any idea how many restaurants are on the island or just how many glorious hours of sunshine it gets each year? Continue reading

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Interactive Map: The Best Sunset Spots in Ibiza

To help get you ready for your summer holiday, the folks at SkyParkSecure have shared this fun and interactive map featuring the best sunset spots in Ibiza. Continue reading

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Graze Across Galicia: Bullish on the Best of Galicia

My end of April graze across Galicia to help a friend with a bit of recon for an upcoming foodie endeavour was a delicious way to delve deep into one of Spain’s most bounteous and beautiful regions. Continue reading

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Graze Across Galicia: Árbore Da Veira

Chef Luis Veira’s frisky if restrained approach toward haute cuisine highlights immense culinary talent and an especially inventive palate through a light-hearted approach that refrains from straying beyond the bounds of elegance and formality. Continue reading

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Graze Across Galicia: Casa Rita

Casa Rita is a rustic and “típico gallego” tavern, with a touch of Art Deco in its décor and a few homey and cheeky embellishments here and there. Continue reading

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Graze Across Galicia: Casa Marcelo

For fine dining that’s as fun as it flavoursome, Casa Marcelo in Santiago more than fits the bill. Continue reading

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Graze Across Galicia: O Gato Negro

Similar in feel to other Spanish cities renowned for their tapas such as San Sebastian and Madrid, Santiago de Compostela has its own classic collection of old school bars and taverns serving small plates of regional dishes. Continue reading

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Graze Across Galicia: Mercado de Abastos

Santiago de Compostela may be best known as a city of architectural excess in the name of Catholic grandeur. But just as key to what makes it such a fine destination for any sort of pilgrimage is the humble foodie action happening on the ground at Mercado de Abastos. Continue reading

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Graze Across Galicia: Benboa

Next stop on my Graze Across Galicia is Benboa at the pretty little port of Corrubedo. Continue reading

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Graze Across Galicia: La Bodeguilla de San Roque

For classic Galego fare, San Roque in Santiago de Compostela is a safe and savoury bet. Continue reading

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Graze Across Galicia with Vaca y Marela

I spent the end of April grazing across one of my favourite foodie regions of Europe – Galicia – helping an amigo get a little closer to making his dreams a reality and discovering why this picturesque and verdant corner of northwestern Spain is an ideal setting for what he’s cooking up. Continue reading

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Barcelona Uncovered with Avis

Avis has teamed up British travel writer Ben Holbrook to tour of his chosen home and uncover the best of Barcelona to help you experience the city like a local. Continue reading

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Tio Pepe Challenge 2017

The Tío Pepe Challenge is an international cocktail competition offering bartenders and mixologists around the world a chance to demonstrate their knowledge and creativity preparing a signature drink with sherry. Continue reading

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Best Bars of 2016 (Excluding London)

What a year! Ready for a drink? Might I recommend having it in style at one of these fabulous bars? They’re the best I came across in 2016. Continue reading

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Feeling Fino | Outro

As I wrote in my introduction to this series of posts, visiting Jerez felt like a dream. Being able to experience the city with hometown hero Tio Pepe made it one of the tastier dreams to come true for me as a writer since I started this blog. Continue reading

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Feeling Fino: Win a Bottle of Sherry, Retro Poster and More from Tio Pepe

Hola! I hope you’ve been enjoying my series of posts about visiting Jerez de la Frontera in the sunny south of Spain to discover what makes Tio Pepe such a flavoursome and refreshing drink. Would you like to discover the taste for yourself? Keep reading? Continue reading

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Feeling Fino: Bars and Restaurants in Jerez

I ate, drank and propped up bars with such pleasure during my short stay in Jerez. For a town of hardly more than 200,000 residents and not an overwhelming lot of tourists passing through, there’s an awesome lineup of dynamic restaurants and bars. With memories of authentic Spanish food and drink, served with warmth and pride in evocative settings, my heart (and appetite) remains in Jerez. Continue reading

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Feeling Fino: Montesierra Jamon Iberico

Since the late 1800s, family-owned Montesierra has been sourcing free range, acorn munching Iberian pigs from the dehesas (wooded scrublands) of the Sierra Morena mountains and curing them without additives or preservatives (just salt and mountain air) in the village of Jabugo and the city of Jerez. Continue reading

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Feeling Fino in the Viñedos and the Bodegas of Jerez

Key to understanding what makes a great wine so distinctive is discovering where it’s grown, produced and aged. In the case of Tio Pepe – that means discovering the wonders of Jerez, from the vineyards on its outskirts to its cellars in the heart of town. Continue reading

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Feeling Fino in Jerez with Tio Pepe

Warm summer nights with a cool breeze blowing in from the nearby Atlantic, rapturous flamenco performed live and rumbling from the stage of an age-old bar with a reverberant and heartfelt wallop, irresistible tapas after irresistible tapas devoured al fresco with ample sherry to wash it all down – Jerez de la Frontera in the far south of Spain is a dream. Continue reading

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Infographic: Visiting Mallorca on a Budget

Dreaming about having some fun in the sun with your toes in the sand? Why not take your vacay on the Spanish island of Mallorca? You can do it on a budget and still have a blast. Continue reading

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Best Hotels of 2015

My list of favourite hotels veers toward the luxury end of the spectrum. But there are some budget friendly considerations included. In large part, hospitality and appreciation won out over bling or lavish excess. Continue reading

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Spain’s 15 National Parks (OneTravel)

The different regions of Spain are as varied from one another as they are incredibly beautiful. From the verdant northwest to the arid and ever sunny south – with all sorts of shores and mountains, forests and wilderness expanses in … Continue reading

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El Rápido Guide to Spain’s 17 Regions (OneTravel)

Paella, flamenco, tapas, modern art, wine, world-class museums, ancient churches, Roman ruins, sandy beaches, massive mountain ranges – it’s all in Spain but not in the same place. The country is one of Europe’s largest and arguably its most culturally diverse. There are 17 autonomous regions in total, and two autonomous cities, Ceuta and Melilla, on the northern coast of Spain. Continue reading

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Teide Observatory Gets New Telescopes, Ups “Astro-Tourism” Draw (OneTravel)

Tenerife has boosted its position as one of the best locations on the planet for stargazing, with the introduction of eight new telescopes at the island’s Teide Observatory. Introduced in June, the telescopes will appeal to amateur “astro-tourists,” trained scientists, … Continue reading

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Polo Bar Pop-Up at Barcelona’s OneOcean Club (CDCLifestyle)

Mayfair heads to the Med this August when The Westbury Hotel’s award-winning Polo Bar pairs with Barcelona hotspot, the exclusive OneOcean Club, for a pop-up bar promising to keep club guests refreshed with a delicious array of gin and tonic … Continue reading

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Happy Canary Islands Day (OneTravel)

Today is Canary Islands Day, an opportunity to celebrate Spain’s archipelago of fun-in-the-sun island destinations just off the coast of southern Morocco. There are seven main islands in the Canaries – Fuerteventura, Gomera, Gran Canaria, El Hierro, Lanzarote, La Palma, … Continue reading

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Barcelona’s Spa at the Top of the World (OneTravel)

That the tallest building in Barcelona is the five-star waterfront Hotel Arts speaks volumes to this sensational city’s much-lauded reputation as the dream Mediterranean getaway. The 43-storey luxury hotel is situated at a marine between town and beach and caters capably to guests seeking both seaside chills and urban thrills. At the very top of the Arts is 43 The Spa. For rarefied pampering with a view to match, the spa’s signature 43 Sea Experience allows the body to unwind while the mind and spirit soar. Continue reading

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Barcelona Brief: What a Brilliant Time!

There’s somewhere for just about any taste or interest readily at hand and to be enjoyed to the fullest extent – and all with its own distinctively Catalan flair. I had a wonderful time taking in the sights and delights of Barcelona and loved this opportunity to share the very best of that trip with you. Continue reading

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Barcelona Brief: OneOcean Club at Marina Port Vell

A key component of my brief Barcelona visit was a browse around OneOcean Club at Marina Port Vell. When it opened at the end of 2014, this private club raised the bar (and expectations) for the boating world by offering a range of luxury services and facilities just steps from the boundless amenities and amusements of an ever buzzing metropolis. Continue reading

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Barcelona Brief: The Stylishly Sumptuous Hotel Majestic

If you’re keen to hold convenient court in Barcelona’s elegant and central Eixample district (yet never realise it as long as the door to your room’s terrace is kept shut to not allow even a decibel of noise to seep in from the streets), then this five star hotel’s location is for you. Within easy reach of Las Ramblas; loads of upscale shops; Gaudi’s Casa Batlló, La Pedrera (Casa Milà) and Sagrada Familia; and the Barri Gòtic, it’s a fine location for sightseeing. The hotel is also only a minute’s stroll from Passeig de Gràcia station, where you can hope a train to the airport and be there in about a half hour. Continue reading

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Barcelona Brief: Ah-Inspiring Hotel Arts

The highest building in Barcelona? It’s the five-star, 43-storey Hotel Arts. At the top floor of this seaside beacon of luxury is 43 The Spa. For rarefied pampering with a view to match, the spa’s signature 43 Sea Experience allows the body to unwind while the mind and spirit soar. That guests can have a gorgeous al fresco lunch several floors down just minutes after … or a stroll the beach … or hit the far humbler but nonetheless inviting neighbourhood bars in nearby Barceloneta … or hop the Metro/hail a cab for more decidedly Barcelonan delights adds dreamy depth to such splendorous me-time. Continue reading

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Barcelona Brief: High on Generator

For my first of only two nights in Barcelona, I stayed at Generator … in the 8th floor penthouse … and absolutely loved it! If you hanker for a bit of luxury and a chance to spread out when in Barcelona (while still holding on to more than a few spare euros in your pocket), this suite is hard to beat. But whatever you might hope to achieve when booking a budget conscious visit to this bodacious city, you’d be smart to keep in mind Generator’s rather broad spectrum of possible overnight arrangements. Continue reading

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Barcelona Brief: Too Brief but Brilliant!

Just back from far too few but still wonderfully rejuvenating days in Barcelona, it’s easy to proclaim it as the ideal getaway. So ideal, I can’t stop thinking about what it might be like to getaway there for good! No matter your “thing” – art, food, beach, luxury, street life, shopping, history … etc etc ad nauseum – or whether you’re one to zealously guard a small budget or magnificently blow a big one, you can do so with flying colours in this captivating Catalan capital. And if you’re like me and want the best of it all in maximum dosage, then keep an eye out for upcoming posts in my Barcelona Brief. Continue reading

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Best Restaurants (Everywhere Else) – 2014

Have I ever eaten so well in so many different destinations? Nope. If 2014 was one thing for me, it was a fantastic time of great foodie adventures. When coming up with this list of noteworthy restaurants visited the past year (see my list of London’s best here), I realize I did the bulk of the job of making a list of the best restaurants I’ve ever visited in my life. Continue reading

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