Ode to Ham

Some people call it the 119th element in the Periodic table, others refer to the hundred years of culinary tradition and others again will label it animal welfare with a happy ending. It’s the Iberian Black ham – also called Jamón Ibérico. The observant reader will have guessed by the Ibérico, that this ham is from the…

Bohemian Bars of Barcelona

  That Barcelona offers world-class cuisine, is not a secret. That this trendy and vibrant city has an abundance of cool bars to choose from, comes as no surprise either. But while you’re in a city that boasts so much astonishing Art Nouveau architecture – or Modernisme, as it’s called in this Catalan region – why…

In the footsteps of the Moors: Seville

Seville is a dynamic tapestry of eastern and western architecture and culture. For hundreds of years it was the capital of Moorish dynasties with Arab names like the Abbasids, Almoravids and the Almohad. This 2.200 year-old jewel has undergone just as many changes with its culture, as it has with its architecture and even its name. The ancient…

In the footsteps of the Moors: Cordoba

Although most of Spain and Portugal was under Moorish rule for many years, it’s the southernmost Spanish province, that is still a living testimony to its muslim past. Al-Andalus, the Moorish reign was called. The Andalusia of today is wonderful patchwork of Arab architecture, lemon groves, shadowy patios in hot cities, olive trees and water fountains. Here,…

Art Nouveau Walking Tour in Valencia

Did you know that Valencia is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest collection of Art Nouveau architecture? Or Modernismo, as they call it in Spain? Me neither! Let’s discover these architectural gems together! We’ve put together this 5 km. self paced walking tour, a.k.a. Art Nouveau Treasure Map, together for you to follow…

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,…