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A local’s guide to Ibiza: 10 top tips

The White Isle takes a break from partying in winter and spring but there is still plenty of fun to be had at its cool bars, restaurants and famous marketEs Cavallet – a kilometre of beautiful sand, dunes and wild rolling waves – is one of Ibiza’s official nudist beaches. It is home to the Chiringay bar, the high-end La Escollera restaurant and also one of my favourite places to eat, El Chiringuito, which has DJs, views of the sea and good food. Seafood and meat mains start at around €25 and the...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Bars and clubs, Top 10s, Clubbing, Beach Holidays, Ibiza, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, White Isle, Balearic Islands holidays, Ibiza holidays, Chiringay, La Escollera

All rise: a bread-making break in Spain's Sierra Nevada

It’s more D’oh! than dough at first but our writer warms to the art of baking on a retreat where the mountain views are as heady as the aromaMy pizza dough is stuck to the table. It couldn’t be more steadfastly attached if I’d superglued it. I forgot to put flour on the surface but, in my defence, I was distracted by the view.I’m in the Sierra Nevada at a sourdough baking retreat, run by E5 Bakehouse’s Ben Mackinnon at Las Chimeneas hotel. Owned by British pair David and Emma Illsley, Las Chimen...
Tags: Travel, Spain, Life and style, David, Bread, Food And Drink, Baking, Sierra Nevada, Learning Holidays, Spain Holidays, Andalucia Holidays, E5 Bakehouse, Ben Mackinnon, Las Chimeneas, Emma Illsley Las Chimeneas, Mairena

10 of the best tapas bars and restaurants in Almería, Spain

As Spain’s gastronomic capital for 2019, Almería will be in the spotlight. Here, the author of a new book on Andalucían food picks her favourite places to eatSome find it a bit of a mystery that Almería has been named Spain’s gastronomic capital for 2019. The modest city in the south-eastern corner of the peninsula is often overlooked and draws fewer visitors than the rest of Andalucía. Yet it boasts Europe’s largest Islamic fortress, after Granada’s Alhambra, with 10th-century walls clambering ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Restaurants, Spain, Morocco, Food And Drink, Algeria, Top 10s, Mediterranean, Spain Holidays, Granada, Europe Holidays, Andalucia Holidays, Alhambra, Almeria, Almería Spain

Cycle and surf from Bordeaux to Bilbao

A 300-mile bike ride from France into Spain, with surfing and beach yoga interludes along the way, proves exhilarating – if exhaustingWhen I heard about Ticket to Ride’s new “cycle surfari” from Bordeaux to Bilbao – cycling 300 miles over seven days and surfing en route – I jumped at the chance to join. OK, so I only ever cycle a few miles to work. And sure, I’ve never been on a surfboard. But how hard can it be? Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, France, Spain, Cycling Holidays, Adventure Travel, Bordeaux, Spain Holidays, Surfing Holidays, Camping Holidays, Yoga Holidays, Europe Holidays, France Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Bilbao

Amid lava fields and lizards: a walking trip on El Hierro, Canaries

Before Columbus, the island of El Hierro was the ‘edge of the world’. Today, its volcanic peaks and forest offer superb family trekkingClouds of volcanic dust envelop the car as we judder down the track through the Malpaís – the badlands. Contorted lava fields and cinder cones surround us in a fierce display. This was once believed to be the end of the Earth. Before Columbus voyaged to America, El Hierro – the smallest and least-visited of the Canary Islands – was the westernmost edge of the kno...
Tags: Travel, America, Family Holidays, Short breaks, Walking Holidays, Canary Islands, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, Canary Islands Holidays, El Hierro, Hierro, El Hierro Canaries, Earth Before Columbus

Random holiday generator: a new city break service to surprise destinations

With BRB, members pay a monthly fee to take a European city trip every four months, only finding out the location at the last minute – ours was SevilleI’m standing on a bridge, taking in the panorama of the Plaza de España in Seville. I’m in this spot because a month ago I received a cryptic postcard from a stranger instructing me to travel to the Spanish city. I’m not a kooky assassin who receives her assignments via postcard like Villanelle in Killing Eve, it’s just that I’ve signed up to new ...
Tags: Travel, Spotify, Netflix, City Breaks, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Spain Holidays, Seville, Europe Holidays, Andalucia Holidays, Seville holidays, Villanelle, Plaza de España

Solar, thermal… Spain’s historic hotels go green

State-run chain of heritage properties converts to sustainable energy to set wider example to countrySpain’s state-owned chain of paradores, the grand hotels often housed in ancient castles and monasteries, has announced that all 97 of its establishments will use only electricity from renewable sources from the start of the new year.The 90-year-old chain said the decision to switch to green electricity had been made for both environmental and symbolic reasons. “Paradores is a company that suppor...
Tags: Travel, Energy, Europe, Environment, Renewable Energy, Spain, World news, Energy industry, Spain Holidays, López Águeda

A local’s guide to Granada: 10 top tips

Once you’ve ticked off the Alhambra, check out Granada’s edgier barrio culture, with both alternative and traditional bars, great flamenco, food and street artThe Alhambra may be Spain’s most visited attraction year on year, but wandering the hills and the backstreets of Granada’s barrios will give you the real feel of this fascinating city, which has elegance and edginess in equal measure.Granada’s fertile valley and sweeping hills have attracted many different civilisations through the centuri...
Tags: Travel, Spain, Food And Drink, City Breaks, Bars and clubs, Top 10s, Spain Holidays, Granada, Flamenco, Alhambra, Granada holidays

Seasonal city breaks: 10 of the best pre-Christmas European getaways

From a bedecked Zagreb to twinkling Turin, here are the best places to spark your festive spiritWith an ice-skating rink, a huge ferris wheel and an attractive Christmas market (7 December-6 January), Ghent offers no shortage of opportunities to get into the Christmas spirit. But beyond the baubles and twinkly lights, there’s plenty to keep winter visitors to this Flemish city happy, from browsing the bric-a-brac stalls of the Bij Sint-Jacobs flea market to hanging out with the hipsters at the H...
Tags: Travel, Life and style, Christmas Markets, Turin, Spain Holidays, Zagreb, Europe Holidays, France Holidays, Christmas And New Year Holidays, Poland Holidays, Italy Holidays, Denmark Holidays, Finland Holidays, Croatia Holidays, Turin holidays, Wrocław holidays

Islas Cíes, Galicia: Spain’s treasured islands

They’re home to one of Spain’s finest beaches, but have no cars, no hotels and visitor numbers are strictly limitedAs with all the best adventures, we never actually intended to go to the Islas Cíes. The beaches of northern Galicia were our destination. Well, they were until my wife clicked her weather app and saw blanket rain for a week. Suddenly we weren’t going north after all.Travelling up from Portugal, we had got as far as the industrial port city of Vigo, which has a sunnier climate than ...
Tags: Travel, Spain, Portugal, Family Holidays, Vigo, Green travel, Beach Holidays, Adventure Travel, Spain Holidays, Camping Holidays, Europe Holidays, Islas Cíes Galicia, Islas Cíes Illas Cíes

Bilbao baggings: the ultimate picnic road trip

It’s no surprise that a region with so many Michelin-starred restaurants is also home to world-class food producers. Time to fill up the picnic basket for a Basque country food odysseyPrice aside, eating at a one of the Basque country’s many Michelin-starred restaurants and sitting on a sea wall with a picnic have more in common than you’d imagine. The region’s greatest chefs – including Eneko Atxa, Elena Arzak, Andoni Luis Aduriz of Mugaritz, and Victor Arguinzoniz of Asador Etxebarri – all say...
Tags: Travel, Road Trips, Food And Drink, Michelin, Spanish Food And Drink, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, Bilbao, Mugaritz, Basque country holidays, Bilbao holidays, Eneko Atxa Elena Arzak Andoni Luis Aduriz, Victor Arguinzoniz, Asador Etxebarri

Why tourism is killing Barcelona – a photo essay

One of the coolest destinations in Europe just two decades ago, Barcelona is now so overcrowded it has become a tourist theme park – and is losing the character that made it so popularIt’s 9am on a hot August morning and timed tickets to visit Barcelona’s emblematic Sagrada Família basilica have already sold out. Only a few years ago you could turn up and queue for maybe half an hour to get in but with the soaring numbers of visitors to the city (around 30 million last year) anyone who arrives o...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Photography, Barcelona, Travel Photography, Sagrada Familia, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, Barcelona Holidays, Catalonia Holidays

A foodie homage to Catalonia: a tour of its unsung delta

Exploring the food and drink of the Ebro delta, our writer follows sustainably caught tuna from sea to plate, visits a ‘wine cathedral’ and samples Spanish sakeI’m snorkelling in the Mediterranean, three miles off the Catalan coast, and for a heart-stopping split second I’m eyeball-to-eyeball with my dinner – a 250kg bluefin tuna that shoots out of the deep blue abyss like a torpedo a metre below me. Our group of 30 or so snorkellers is surrounded by hundreds of the fish. When they swim past, th...
Tags: Travel, Catalonia, Seafood, Food And Drink, Sustainable Development, Mediterranean, Spanish Food And Drink, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, Catalonia Holidays

A local’s guide to Córdoba, Spain: 10 top tips

This ancient Andalucían city boasts world-famous Moorish architecture, beautiful courtyard patio houses and a revitalised riverside full of cafes and barsThe Mezquita-Catedral is the attraction everybody talks about, because it’s incredible. Originally a mosque, built in the 10th century, it later became a cathedral. Being local I don’t pay to get in, but anyone can get in for free by showing up at 8.30am while they’re preparing for the service – although they push you out at 9.20am. There’s a t...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Life and style, City Breaks, Top 10s, Short breaks, Spanish Food And Drink, Cordoba, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, Andalucia Holidays, Cordoba Spain, Andalucían city, Mezquita Catedral, Calle Cardenal Herrero

The heat is on: record temperatures forecast for Spain and Portugal

Holidaymakers across the continent should expect extreme temperatures as forecasters suggest European record could be toppledTemperatures may break records across Europe in the coming week with weather warnings currently in place across much of Spain and Portugal. Although holidaymakers might normally expect heat in the mid-30s in these countries, there is the potential for extreme temperatures – edging towards 50C.Saturday is forecast to be Europe’s hottest day of the week and the Met Office ha...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Spain, Portugal, Athens, Met Office, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays

Mallorca: the other side of Love Island

As the hit TV show nears its finale it turns out you don’t have to be a ‘melt’ to fall for Mallorca’s good looks, traditional cuisine, fine walking and long literary historyIt was a muggy morning in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar – in the meteorological rather than the Love Island sense. Although the villa where the programme is filmed is only 6km away, the small town of caramel stone houses in the interior of Mallorca, an hour’s drive from Palma, has remained glitz-free. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Television & radio, Mallorca, Beach Holidays, Walking Holidays, Spain Holidays, Palma, Literary Trips, Europe Holidays, Mallorca Holidays, Love Island, Sant Llorenç des Cardassar

Northern Spain road trip: pull over for pintxos

There’s great food and striking design on the route from the Basque country to Galicia, taking in boutique hotels and beautiful beachesThe road from San Sebastián to A Coruña is one of big cities, pretty fishing towns, high cliffs and raging sea. It skirts the rugged Basque coast, runs through lush Cantabria and Asturias, and ends up in Galicia, on the wildly beautiful Costa de la Muerte.San Sebastián is all about food, and there is so much to recommend. Stay a few minutes from the old town and ...
Tags: Travel, Food & Drink, Road Trips, Galicia, Food And Drink, Spanish Food And Drink, Spain Holidays, San Sebastian, Europe Holidays, Asturias, San Sebastián Holidays, Northern Spain, Cantabria, Bilbao holidays, Costa de la Muerte San Sebastián, Zeruko

Barcelona continues crackdown on illegal holiday apartments

Catalan city’s council is advising tourists to check its fairtourism website to ensure apartments are correctly licensedFor tourists to Barcelona who want to avoid being duped by fake listings on holiday apartment websites and social media accounts, or who simply wish to be more ethical visitors, the city council has created a website providing checks on whether a rental is legal.To avoid arriving and discovering the rental is one of the 2,000 apartments the city has closed down in the past year...
Tags: Travel, Barcelona, World news, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, Barcelona Holidays, Catalonia Holidays

Walking Spain's most spectacular coastline

Galicia’s new Lighthouse Way connects fishermen’s ways and farm tracks – and is a more meditative walk than the busy Camino de SantiagoGuide to mysterious inland GaliciaHave we hit peak Camino de Santiago? Almost, according to a copy of the El Correo Gallego newspaper I found lying in a bar in the harbour town of Muxía in north-west Spain: a record 301,036 walkers completed the pilgrim trail last year – 98.6% capacity, said a professor.I mention this because Muxía – a splatter of peach, royal bl...
Tags: Travel, Spain, Santiago, Galicia, Cultural Trips, Walking Holidays, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, Santiago De Compostela Holidays, north west Spain, El Correo Gallego, Muxía, Santiago de Compostela Continue

Holiday guide to inland Galicia, Spain: vineyards, hotels and restaurants

One of Spain’s most mysterious regions, Ribeira Sacra is home to spectacular gorges and rivers, ancient monasteries and some of the country’s best wineWalking Spain’s most spectacular coastStraddling the provinces of Lugo and Ourense in the middle of Galicia sits La Ribeira Sacra, one of Spain’s least known and most mysterious areas. Its rivers, Miño and Sil, which meet at the region’s heart, mould the landscape, gouging out vast canyons and vertiginous valleys. Thick green forests frame these r...
Tags: Travel, Hotels, Restaurants, Spain, Galicia, Food And Drink, Cultural Trips, Walking Holidays, Mediterranean, Wine Holidays, Spain Holidays, Galicia Spain, Lugo, Mino, Ourense, Ribeira Sacra

‘Don’t drink, undress or defecate in public’ – how Magaluf is trying to tame its British tourists

It’s summer and warning signs are going up in the Mallorcan town. But can European party resorts ever really rebrand themselves?Summertime, and the livin’ is easy … unless you live in one of Europe’s party towns, when it is a daily battle against the excesses of British holidaymakers on a mission to get trashed. Magaluf has marked the start of the holiday season by putting up signs warning visitors against drinking alcohol on the street, stripping off, fighting and even defecating in public – wi...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK News, Spain Holidays, Magaluf, Europe Holidays, Mallorca Holidays, Mallorcan

Britons’ fake claims of holiday illness fall as hotels fight back

Threat to all-inclusive deals in Spain and Turkey recedes as industry curbs multimillion-pound fraudAn epidemic of false food-poisoning claims that has cost hoteliers hundreds of millions of pounds and threatened an end to the all-inclusive package holiday has triggered a ferocious legal fightback from the travel industry.Between 2013 and 2016, a 500% increase in gastric sickness claims by British holidaymakers prompted some hoteliers to warn they would withdraw the holiday deals from the UK mar...
Tags: Travel, UK, Spain, UK News, Turkey, Spain Holidays, Portugal Holidays, Europe Holidays

Palma de Mallorca to ban residents renting apartments to tourists

Concerns about high rental prices and over-tourism in the capital of Mallorca have led authorities to ban homeowners from renting out flats to visitorsIt is the capital of one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations but Palma de Mallorca will be the first city in Spain to ban private homeowners from renting their apartments to visitors. There will be fines of up to €400,000 for those who violate the new restrictions, which come into force in July. The measures mean tourists will no longer ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Spain, World news, Mallorca, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, Mallorca Holidays, Palma De Mallorca, Palma holidays

A wander near Ronda: Spain’s empty quarter

Andalucía’s first parque natural is pretty unknown, yet Sierra de Grazalema is a stunning wild place of peaks, gorges, hilltop villages and vulturesA goat farmer told me no one swims in the lake at Zahara de la Sierra because it’s full of fish with crocodile heads. Is that why I’m the only person in 128 sq km of cool water on a very hot day? I later learn that this manmade lake (embalse), the mountain ranges to the south of it, and the cliffs, gorges, flower meadows, forests and caves all around...
Tags: Travel, Spain, Wildlife Holidays, Walking Holidays, Andalucia, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, Cadiz, Andalucia Holidays, Ronda, Zahara de la Sierra, Sierra de Grazalema

Pedro Almodóvar’s Madrid: top 10 film locations to visit

The Spanish capital is the ‘centre of the Almodóvarian universe’. The writer of a new book on the film-maker guides visitors to locations where he shot key scenesThe city of Madrid is no less essential to the films of Pedro Almodóvar than kinky sex, crimes of passion and gasp-inducing plot twists. Though born out in Castilla-La Mancha – Don Quixote country – Almodóvar made his punkish early movies here in the capital, where the death of General Franco gave rise to a buckwild creative scene.Later...
Tags: Travel, Film, Culture, Franco, Pedro Almodóvar, City Breaks, Top 10s, Madrid, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, Madrid Holidays, Don Quixote, Castilla La Mancha, Almodóvar, Sacha Azcona

Ibiza in winter: unplugged but still on song

Off-season, Ibiza reverts to its beguiling, unhurried self and its history and culture resurface, says the novelist, who has been visiting since childhood and set one of his books on the islandIt takes two hours to reach the Lost City. My guide, Toby Clarke from Walking Ibiza, leads me down a road that dwindles into barely perceptible paths rising and falling through the forest. Toby’s dog, Cosmo, runs off on long diversions, a flickering presence in the sea mist that drifts through the trees ar...
Tags: Travel, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Cosmo, Mediterranean, Winter Sun, Ibiza, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, Toby, Balearic Islands holidays, Ibiza holidays, Toby Clarke

25 of the best beaches in Europe

As the country recovers from Storm Emma and the Siberian ‘beast’, we’re dreaming of warmer days – picking the best beaches in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Greece and Croatia, with a place to stay and eat in eachby Celia Pedroso Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Hotels, Life and style, Food & Drink, Croatia, Food And Drink, Beach Holidays, Summer Holidays, Spain Holidays, Portugal Holidays, Europe Holidays, France Holidays, Italy Holidays, Greece Holidays, Croatia Holidays

25 of the best beaches in southern Europe

As the country recovers from Storm Emma and the Siberian ‘beast’, we’re dreaming of warmer days – picking the best beaches in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Greece and Croatia, with a places to stay and eat in eachby Celia Pedroso Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Hotels, Life and style, Food & Drink, Croatia, Food And Drink, Beach Holidays, Summer Holidays, Spain Holidays, Portugal Holidays, Europe Holidays, France Holidays, Italy Holidays, Greece Holidays, Croatia Holidays

Hooked on Galicia: spectacular seafood … but not without a fight

A foodie pilgrimage to northern Spain, in the company of a chef on a mission, means inventive fish dishes, fun at the market, friendly locals – and a battle with an octopusIt’s one thing to cook an octopus. It’s quite another to catch one, to actually haul an octopus out of the sea and try to convince yourself, as its tentacles wind around your arm, that you’ll be eating it for dinner, not the other way round. The Basque chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho, who has just opened a new restaurant in Londo...
Tags: Travel, London, Spain, Life and style, Fish, Food & Drink, Seafood, Food And Drink, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Spanish Food And Drink, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, Fishing Holidays, north west Spain, Nieves Barragán Mohacho

Instagram journey around the Canary Islands

For a destination associated so strongly with mass tourism, the archipelago still has wild places and isolated villages, as Genie Austin’s images show Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Travel Photography, Canary Islands, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, Canary Islands Holidays, Genie Austin

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