“I tried to give them their space, but I couldn’t help photographing their Barcelona love story as it unfolded before me.”
From tapas bar hopping in Madrid to beach bronzing in Barcelona, this is your ultimate inside guide to the very best of Spain. By Ben Holbrook and friends.
From Italy to California, Spain to South Africa, discover the world’s best wine destinations and sip some time away among the vines.
Whether you’re on your honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary or simply indulging in your shared love of travel, these are the best places for couples in Spain.
Fancy an informal kickaround in the Spanish capital? The footie fanatics from CeleBreak share their inside knowledge on where to play football in Madrid
Written by Barcelona native Cristina Fernández Cubas, this collection of six thrilling short stories transport you to scenes of delight, delusion and despair in the sun-kissed Catalan capital.
Craving a casual kickaround in the Spanish sunshine? The footie fanatics from CeleBreak share their inside knowledge on where to play football in Malaga, Spain.
From the Mediterranean metropolises of Barcelona and Valencia to the southern seducers of Seville and Marbella, here are the best and hottest places to visit in Spain during winter – even in the depths of December!
Paulina has lived in Spain for over 5 years and fell in love with the food, architecture and year-round sunshine of Tenerife. Here she shares her insider tips, with advice on the very best things to do, see, eat and drink in eternal sunshine of Tenerife.
I interviewed Margaux from Mosaic Flowers in Barcelona to find out how she uses her creativity “to make people’s hearts smile”.
Joni from ExpatsinBarcelona.com shares his top tips on moving to Barcelona and creating the life of your dreams!
It was 10.45am when I woke up to Barcelona’s brilliant winter sun glaring through the huge doors and windows that opened onto my terrace. Normally…
I was always at my happiest up in Barcelona’s Collserola mountains. I felt at peace, like I belonged, that I was free to be me.…
“It often felt like only cool beer could relieve me from the heat.”
Ever imagined what it would be like to live in Barcelona and hustle a living as a travel blogger? This is an entry taken from my actual diary. Written in 2016, about a year or two after starting my career as a travel blogger in Barcelona, it sets the tone and, I think, hints at the challenges I faced while living off my wits.
I asked the Spotted by Locals Barcelona team to share 5 of favourite secret spots in Barcelona.
Located on Barcelona’s ritzy Passeig de Gràcia, La Pedrera (aka Casa Milà) is one of the most famous Modernista buildings in Barcelona, if not the world. Here’s everything you need to know.
A few months back, before COVID-19 forced us all into lockdown, I was hired to photograph and film the team from Devour Tours during their…
With Zampoita’s culinary portal, you’ll find a selection of the best restaurants in Malaga that will make your dining experience truly memorable.
Discover the best family-friendly “barrios” in Barcelona, based on things like convenience, location, public transport, general safety and access to family-friendly facilities.
Seville is bursting with great tapas bars, culture and historic sites, and if you’re savvy about your spending, you can do it all on a tiny budget.
From the pyrotechnics of Las Fallas in sunny Valencia to the crazy ‘Tomatina’ tomato-throwing festival in the tiny town of Buñol, here are the best festivals and cultural celebrations in Spain for every month of the year.
Tucked away in the heart of Barcelona’s glitzy Eixample barrio, Hotel Alma Barcelona is a grand deluxe 5-star design hotel and a soulful home from home.
My personal recommendations on the best flamenco and Catalan rumba shows in Barcelona!
Starting in Spain’s sunny Andalucía in the south and ending in Figueres in the north, this is a dream route for adventurous travellers who like to go their own way!
Disfrutar is easily my favourite ‘fancy’ restaurant in Barcelona.
I’ve collaborated with UK recipe box home delivery service HelloFresh to share this quick, easy and extremely healthy vegetarian paella recipe that even the abuelos of Valencia would be proud of!
My summer in Asturias, northern Spain ~ in 90+ photos and video.
Every August, the street parties of Barcelona’s Festa Major de Sants offer an authentic insight into modern-day life in the Catalan capital.
See and do the best of Málaga in just two days.
This little rural-house-cum-bar had been my beacon for the last three hours I’d been hiking and huffing my way through the rural landscapes of Piloña in Asturias, northern Spain. This wasn’t the greeting I’d anticipated.
Taking over the space that once housed the fabled Roca MOO, Mr Porter is an atypical chop house and an equally indulgent space to meet…
Cradled by a series of lush mountain ranges, forests and valleys, Piloña is the perfect rural basecamp from which to explore the “Natural Paradise” of…
Whether you’re in need of a post-fiesta brunch, an evening feast with friends or a place to meet for drinks, GiGi Von Tapas is the sort of place you’ll want filed away in your mental Roladex of Barcelona restaurants.
With small groups, friendly guides and an admirable approach to responsible tourism, Buena Vista Bike Tours in Barcelona is a prime example of how all tour companies should be run.
Sitting on the southern coast of Spain, Malaga is a stunning coastal city that is the perfect romantic getaway for honeymoons and anniversaries alike. Enjoy…
A journey round my apartment in Gijón, Asturias (northern Spain) – with video.
… a more simple way of life in ‘Green Spain’.
April 23rd in Barcelona is all about celebrating love, literature and Catalonia’s dragon-slaying patron saint. Here’s how and where to do it!
A hotel I can confidently recommend to anyone looking for a little romance and luxury within walking distance of Barcelona’s best bits.
As the largest of Spain’s blissful Balearic Islands, Mallorca is a distillation of all that makes Mediterranean life so alluring.
I’ve always been something of an idealist. When I moved to Barcelona, it was all about living ‘the good life on the Mediterranean’. I was…
‘Carnaval’ is to Spain as Halloween is to the US and UK. A chance to get dressed up as a monster or your favourite super…
Life in Asturias is less about sophisticated urban living and more about connecting with nature and the ‘Costa Verde’. To see why, all you need…
Dear friends, family and fellow drifters, I have some personal news that I wanted to share with you, a sort of quick life update…
Fallen in love with Barcelona? Want to invest in something special to take home and remind you of your time in the Catalan capita? I’m…
One day in Madrid – with a camera.
Just two hours away from Barcelona, or an hour from Tarragona, the Delta de l’Ebre natural park offers a rejuvenating escape for those times when you feel the urge to cut ties with the modern world and reconnect with Mother Nature.
If you’re looking at hip boutiques in the centre of Barcelona and want something a little bit more progressive, you’ll struggle to find anywhere that competes with this new trailblazer.
My personal and somewhat overly-sentimental guide to the best things to do in Seville.
Just a short stroll away from Gaudí’s emblematic Sagrada Familia, the Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau is one of the most spectacular examples of Catalan modernism in Barcelona. A must for all architecture lovers.
If you’re planning a family escape to the sunny south of Spain, here are the best resorts for family holidays on the sunny Costa del…
Commissioned by business magnate Manuel Vicens, Casa Vicens was the first house Antoni Gaudí ever designed and is credited for inspiring the Catalan Modernisme architectural movement.
Just arrived in Madrid? Then head straight to the handsome main square of Plaza Mayor! Hop from tapas bar to tapas bar, watch the street performers and take part in Madrid’s endless cultural events. You have arrived.
Although Spain is known for its fantastic public transport, there’s nothing like exploring this dynamic country with the freedom of having your own wheels. From…
Tips on Formentera’s best beaches, restaurants, hotels and must-see landmarks – an essential one-day guide for people heading over on the ferry from Ibiza.
Held over four days every September, as summer turns to autumn, La Mercè celebrates Barcelona’s patron saint and is unquestionably the city’s largest and most…
Celebrate Barcelona’s creative culinary community at All Those – one of Barcelona’s original pop-up foodie markets.
My favourite things to do in Galicia in northern Spain, from tips on exploring Santiago de Compostela to hunting out the region’s best vineyards, beaches, palaces and seafood restaurants.
The secret’s out! The perfect beach town for family fun and romantic getaways – near Seville, Jerez and the the best of southern Spain.
Barcelona’s street parties are legendary but the Festa Major de Gràcia (held every August) is the biggest and the best. A photo journal.
Photo Journal: The anarchic ’diables’ (devils) of Catalunya and their explosive ‘correfocs’ (fire runs) are immensely important features of Catalan culture.
There’s a reason why Dalí signed his work as ‘Gala Salvador Dalí’. Many reasons, in fact…
There are so many fascinating architectural designs and stories to uncover in Barcelona – Rafael Gómez-Moriana shares some of the very best on FLC’s Barcelona Architecture Tour.
An escape from the sticky July heat and maddening crowds of Barcelona.
Enjoy live jazz, Catalan cava and romantic city views from the rooftop of one of Antoni Gaudi’s most famous buildings.
From dusty old bodegas where you can pour your plonk straight from the barrel to trendy wine bars specialising in natural and organic wines from the local vineyards of Catalonia – this is where to tip a few vinos back in Barcelona!
This is my guide to ‘the other Ibiza’, to the romantic, tranquilo, hippy side of the island, to what I’d like to think of as ‘the real Ibiza’. Based on my ridiculously romantic experience with my girlfriend Rosana.
A small selection of my personal favourite tapas bars in Barcelona – perfect at any time of day or night, and on any budget.
A visit to Barcelona’s 113-year-old Modelo prison, the site of some 1,000 executions, the most recent of which was in 1974.
This is my travel guide to the best things to do and see in Cantabria, northern Spain, with essential tips on where to eat, drink and sleep – in the capital city of Santander and beyond.
Just me, my camera and a sense of total liberation. Seeking action, seeking shade… seeking everything and nothing in particular.
Soulfully gratifying British and American pies (savoury and sweet) lovingly handmade on the premises and expertly paired with local craft brews.
Looking for cheap, secure and convenient car parking in Barcelona city centre? This is your essential money-saving guide.
My new travel book, ‘Barcelona Precincts’, is now available worldwide – online and at all good bookshops! “A curated guide to Barcelona’s best shops, eateries, bars and other hangouts.”
I’ve written about Mano Rota before. So have a lot of people. It’s one of my favourite restaurants in Barcelona and their new vegetarian…
My essential tips on what to see, do and eat on your first trip to Barcelona, as well as essential advice on what NOT to do.
One of Barcelona’s oldest and most important hotels located in the city centre. Its sumptuous Art Deco style, refined dining options and impressive rooftop terrace (with pool) make this one of the most romantic 4-star hotels in Barcelona.
Spain’s third largest city is famous for its blissfully sunny climate, fragrant orange trees, soft-sand beaches, culture-packed old town and, of course, for being the birthplace of paella! Here’s how to experience the best of it in just 2 or 3 days!
Hotel Medium Valencia is an extremely comfortable 4-star hotel located within walking distance of Valencia’s iconic City of Arts and Sciences and the historic old town – and cycling distance from the city beaches.
Northern Spain seems to have a way of drawing me back. For one reason or another I have visited this rugged “Green Coast” more than any other part of my adoptive home country.
El Born is my absolute favourite neighbourhood in Barcelona’s historic old town and Wanderbeak’s ‘Born to Eat’ food tour is the ultimate way to explore it – one mouthful at a time.
I feel like I say this all the time, but I’ll say it again anyway – Sant Antoni is my favourite barrio in Barcelona.…
Thoughts, reflections and photographs from my life in Barcelona.
The Torre Glòries skyscraper is one of Barcelona’s tallest and most iconic buildings – every bit as recognisable as the peaks of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. When…
From sandy beach boardwalks and urban cycle lanes to pine-scented mountain bike trails and family-friendly parks, there truly is something for every type of rider in Barcelona. Here are my favourite routes.
An obvious choice for travellers in search of the good life in Barcelona.
My favourite time to be in the Catalan capital…
A funky 4-star design hotel right in the heart of Barcelona, near Las Ramblas and the best of the old town. A spectacular rooftop terrace seals the deal.
Because Barcelona is one of the jolliest places to be during the holiday season!
A few of my personal favourite French restaurants in Barcelona – here’s where to go when you’ve had your fill of Spanish tapas.
I don’t usually spend my Sundays hanging around train stations, but Barcelona’s Sants Estacio is not your average train station. It’s located just at the…
I’ve been living in Sants for a couple of years now and these are what I personally consider to be the best local restaurants and tapas bars.
Explore the best photography spots in Barcelona and learn how to capture better images.
Just an hour away from Barcelona, Tarragona is a Medieval metropolis boasting 2,000 years of history, traditional tapas bars and beautiful beaches.
I was travelling through Santiago de Compostela recently and tried to capture the moments of pilgrims arriving at their final destination after hiking the Camino.
Experience authentic flamenco (dance and music) in a 17th century Baroque palace.
From market nibbles and bodega bites to avant-garde tapas and ‘surf & turf’ delights, the Barcelona Food Experiences tour is a delectable way to taste and understand Catalonia’s world-class cuisine.
Half an hour away from Barcelona lies one of the most romantic beach resorts in Europe. Day trip, anyone?
Interview: Discover the best of Barcelona’s independent fashion scene with Marwa and Adela from Wandermoda shopping experiences.
And it’s not just because of the eternal sunshine and blissful city beaches…
After more blackouts and fuzzy mornings than I dare admit, this is my boozy guide to the very best cocktail bars in Barcelona.