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,…

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.…