Top 5 Winter restaurants with a View in Valencia

There’s nothing like dining or drinking with a vista. Looking down upon the bustling pedestrians from a rooftop restaurant or taking in the scenery from a café with a view, soaking up the blessed rays of the sun. In wintertime, it’s even essential to find a warm, sunny spot if you want to sit outside…

Appetite for Adventure: Caminito del Rey

The early morning sun is a blinding ray of light through the narrow gorge as we walk along the boardwalks clinging to the side of the vertical cliff. Many metres below our feet, the Guadalhorce river rushes on, slowly digging deeper into the canyon. The track alters between tight gaps and stunning views. And the old,…

The Holy Grail in Valencia

No, I don’t mean it figuratively. I mean it literally: THE HOLY GRAIL is in Valencia!! My inner Indiana Jones is wide awake with the mentions of this fabled relic. I imagine myself walking through rat-infested sewers and solve puzzles, the Knights of Templar thought up hundreds of years ago. But someone’s beaten me to…

Dreaming of The Fat One – a Spanish Christmas tradition

There’s a Christmas tradition in Spain, that’s even more popular than Christmas: La Lotería de Navidad. This national lottery is much more than just a draw of numbers – it is a whole day of festivities, drawing and singing – and it’s always on December 22nd. The climax of the lottery is the moment when El Gordo –…

Where every house has a name

We race down the mountain on the narrow single track. Victor in the front and me on his heels, trying to keep my balance, focus and speed. 2 minutes later, we’re on the Plazaola, a former railway track turned into a 44 km greenway through the Navarese Pyrenees and 10 minutes later, we’re back in Leitza.…

The Art of Pintxos

From Donostia (Basque for San Sebastián) to Iruña (Basque for Pamplona), in every posh bar or local tavern, they’re lined up in the bar. Some more lavishly decorated than others, but all with the same purpose: to satisfy the small or big appetite. Maybe even in a happy marriage with some local wine. Pintxos! Related to…

In Salamanca: The Castilian cuisine

by Marius Stankiewicz While Madrid is often considered the heart of Spain—or perhaps the geographical middle of the Iberian Peninsula since you could literally stand in Puerta de Sol marking KM 0 of all outward bound roadways—Salamanca, on the other hand, may very well be the ‘golden milestone,’ the crossroads of Spanish history where the…

In Salamanca: The Castilian lisp

by Marius Stankiewicz While Madrid is often considered the heart of Spain – or perhaps the geographical middle of the Iberian Peninsula since you could literally stand in Puerta de Sol marking KM 0 of all outward bound roadways – Salamanca, on the other hand, may very well be the ‘golden milestone’, the crossroads of…

San Sebastian: Cannes, Biarritz and Rio de Janeiro combined

San Sebastián – or Donostia, as it’s called in Basque – is both similar to other beach cities like Cannes, Biarritz and even Rio de Janeiro while maintaining it’s own, personal charm. Like Cannes Like Cannes it has a glamorous feel to it. Whether it’s the fact that they both host a film festival or have…

Bilbao: An architectural succes story

The story about Bilbao is an architectural fairy-tale. It began many years ago, when the proximity to the sea made Bilbao and its port activities to one of the busiest in Spain. In 1602 Bilbao was made the capital city of Biscay and later, it became even more wealthy because of the iron resources in…