Based on countless food-filled trips to visit my girlfriend’s family (Rosana is from Asturias), this is my essential gastronomical guide to Asturias.
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Based on the last few years of visiting my girlfriend’s friends and family that live in this outrageously beautiful part of northern Spain.
Madrid food tour guide reveals the capital’s most essential local dishes, as well as a few recommendations on where to eat them.
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The freshest, healthiest and most delicious cold press juices and acai bowls in Barcelona.
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One of only three two-Michelin-starred restaurants in Barcelona.
Martin Ebner from Ebylife is a Scottish personal trainer and sports nutrition specialist who wants to help you reach your heath and fitness goals in Barcelona.
With FREE walking tours, bike tours and bar crawls in Barcelona, Original Europe Tours make the dazzling Catalan capital more fun and affordable than ever.
Progressive, refreshing and extraordinarily creative, Disfrutar (‘Enjoy’ in Spanish) elevates Catalan cuisine to a whole new level.
Near pristine beaches and the Mediterranean village of Begur, Camping Begur is without doubt one of the very best campsites on the Costa Brava.
To celebrate #WorldPhotographyDay this year, I’d like to share a few photos that I took of Barcelona.
An enchanting gastro emporium housed in a 14th century palace with undulating stone arches and a delectable array of 17 speciality eateries.
Wondering what the best time of year to visit Barcelona is? Wonder no more.
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Escape the crowds and enjoy a moveable Spanish feast at one of Barcelona’s very best local picnic spots.
Treat yourself to the best cheeses from Spain’s rural producers and discover a whole new world of flavour and texture.
Discover the most famous Antoni Gaudí buildings and very best Modernista architecture in Barcelona.
In an attempt to see more of my adoptive home, I took off on a 2-day, 160km bike riding adventure from Barcelona to… “somewhere on the Costa Brava” and found everything I’d been dreaming of.
The Donkey Republic bike rental app makes it quicker, easier and cheaper than ever to explore Barcelona’s 200 km of designated cycle paths, leafy parks, world-class architecture and sandy beach boardwalks.
Quality coffee, beastly brunch, lunch and dinner options, as well as home-brewed craft beers, Caravelle is your go-to gastro spot at any time of day.
One of my favourite craft beer sipping spots in Barcelona.
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Experience what it’s like to tear through Barcelona like a billionaire. Unreal.
Sant Antoni is the perfect neighbourhood for a foodie stay in Barcelona. Seriously!
Updated for your gastronomic pleasure in January, 2018.
The place to be for blissful brunches and caffeine-charged chinwags.
Mariachi Bar is one of Barcelona’s original clandestine bars…
Dine like a true Barcelona local with home-cooked paella and tapas treats at Chef Teresa’s home.
Classic Sail Barcelona’s boat Gemini is the perfect vessel for a relaxed and romantic sailing trip along Barcelona’s dazzling Mediterranean coast.
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With 27 museums and attractions included FREE on the Barcelona Card, you’ll save money and time as you experience the heart of Catalonia!
Sip 10 quality wines at some of Barcelona’s best wine bars and bodegas and discover the best of Spain’s fertile vines. Highly recommended.
Vino connoisseurs from Madrid Wine Tours reveal the very best wine bars in Madrid.
Located just an hour-and-a-bit up the coast from Barcelona, Salvador Dalí’s beloved hometown of Figueres makes for a surreal and sublime day-trip.
The Barcelona Eat Local food tour is the perfect way to see, eat and drink your way off the beaten track…
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My hope is that this little “travel manifesto” will act as a sort of self fulfilling prophecy and help me turn my dreams into reality. Here’s to the summer and getting away from it all!
Whether you’re in Madrid for a few hours or a few days, the Dropit! left luggage facility allows you to store your luggage quickly and securely…
Real ramen and superior sushi, The Tatami Room is a serene escape from Barcelona’s boisterous tapas trail.
Whether you’re in Barcelona with friends, a loved one or alone, the Food Lovers Company food tour presents the perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded travellers whilst eating all the right dishes at all the right places in Barcelona’s best neighbourhoods.
On assignment in Girona, Catalonia. Summer 2015
Palo Alto Market is the biggest “creative market” in Barcelona and showcases the latest trends in design, street food, culture and entertainment.
With its sweeping sea views, pine-scented trees, live music and irresistible BBQ food, it’s no surprise that La Caseta del Migdia is where the locals go to escape the crowds of the city below.
Live from Las Vegas… in Barcelona, Greg Miller’s “Rockking” production is one of the best Elvis tributes you’ll ever see.
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Foodies rejoice! Barcelona’s street food scene is now bulging at the seams with delicious foodie markets, but Eat Street was the one that started it…
Tucked away just a few steps off the glittering Passeig de Gràcia, this sophisticated food hall is divided into eight distinctly different dining spaces…
A collaboration between Spanish brewers Naparbier and Michelin-starred chef Miquel Aldana, this thoroughbred gastro-brewpub is a must for gourmets and beer freaks in Barcelona.
Legend has it that this ancient bar was where Barcelona’s saltiest sea dogs and wildest artists came to sip on illegal absinthe in the late 1800s.
Indulge in organic, whole-wheat heaven at this artisanal bakery in Barcelona’s old fisherman’s quarter.
Vikings and craft beer snobs rejoice! Ølgod craft beer bar brings a touch of Scandinavian sophistication to Barcelona’s bohemian Raval neighbourhood.
The app we’ve all been waiting for… Wicard App for Foodies and Travellers
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The best neighbourhoods and best hostels, hotels and apartments in each. All budgets and tastes considered.
From traditional trattorias to rustic hideaways under the city’s iconic arched porticos, here are 5 of the best restaurants in Bologna, compiled by the local gastro experts at EmiliaDelizia.com.
Whether you’re flexitarian, vegetarian or 100% vegan, it’s never been such an exciting time to eat in the Catalan capital.
Travel blogger Liz Peterson shares her personal favourite things to do and see in her beloved Sevilla.
As central as it gets! All of these cherry-picked hotels are just a gentle stroll away from Las Ramblas and the very best that the Catalan capital of cool has to offer.
From Catalan soul food perfected by between the Pyrenees and Mediterranean Sea to the latest hipster eats and traditional Spanish tapas, this is your definitive Barcelona gastro guide.
There’s no menu at this iconic market stall bar, but the dickie-bowed owner Juanito Bayen will make sure you get exactly what you need.
From candlelit Asian fusion fare to Michelin-starred Catalan cuisine, here are the most romantic restaurants in Barcelona.
It’s such “a thing” now that I consider having brunch in Barcelona an essential experience for all visitors. Here’s where >
A feat of architecture dating back hundreds of years, Granada’s Alhambra Palace, in Andalusia, is one of Spain’s most popular tourist attractions. Click through and see why!
Sheltered from the masses down one of the Gothic Quarter’s labyrinthine passageways, L’Arca offers an exquisite selection of antique bridal wear and high-end vintage fashion…
Born and raised in this charming riverside town, Galician writer Marta López shares her insider recommendations on the very best things to do in Ourense.
From the dazzling Modernista architecture and labyrinthine streets of the Gothic Quarter to the palm-filled parks, mountains and glistening beaches, this is my inside guide to the best FREE things to see and do in Barcelona.
Words and photos by Ben Holbrook.
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The sun kissed island of Majorca has much more to offer than sprawling tourist resorts and crowded beaches. Head off the beaten track and you’ll…
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Moving to Barcelona and finding my dream home, becoming a full-time travel writer and travelling across Spain and Portugal… the last year has been one hell of a ride. Whether you need a little inspiration for the new year or you just feeling nosey, this is the post for you.
Local travel writer Josie Sampson shares her inside advice on the best free things to do in London.
Find your perfect accommodation in one of Spain’s most iconic cities. From luxury 5* boutiques to budget friendly hostels, these are the best beds in Seville.
A Barcelona Must-See: Lazy palm trees and sprightly water fountains, Parc de la Cuitadella is one of Barcelona’s most revitalising green spaces.
Food tour guide Lauren Aloise from Devour Madrid Food Tours shares her personal favourite foodie spots in Madrid.
Granada (Spain) city expert and local blogger Molly shares her personal recommendations on the best hotels in Granada, Spain – EVERYTHING from 5* luxury to budget and family-friendly hotels.
Full-time travel writer/blogger Ben Holbrook reveals exactly what travel gear and gadgets he has in his backpack.
Abigail Roule from Devour Málaga Food Tours shares her favourite foodie spots in Málaga, Spain.
Discover the heart of Spain’s tapas culture with Cyra Alcock, your inside guide from Devour Seville Food Tours.
Granada-based travel blogger Molly from the beautiful Piccavey blog shares her personal top 10 favourite places to eat and drink in Granada.
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Tried and true favorite tapas bars, restaurants and bars in Seville, Spain.
The start of Barcelona’s coffee to-go revolution…
Brunch, lunch, dinner or just coffee… Barcelona never had it so good!
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Great news for the quiet Barcelona neighbourhood of Sants, and even better news for beer lovers.
Just the right amount of raunchy and full of whole-hearted laughs, El Molino’s Cabaret Experience is everything you could wish for from an authentic cabaret show.
Food tour guide Renée Christensen from Devour Barcelona Food Tours reveals her personal favourite foodie spots in Barcelona.
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Sip on the best craft beers from Catalonia, Belgium, Italy, Britain, Germany, USA and beyond, right in the heart of Barcelona’s chic Eixmaple barrio.
Experience Barcelona’s best nightlife, cultural attractions, shopping and beaches on a budget.
From backstreet dives to beachfront beauties, here are my favourite places to drink vermouth in Barcelona.
It’s taken me some serious slurping hours and countless blurry mornings, but here is my essential guide to the best craft beer bars in Barcelona. Updated 08/07/17
Located right next to Paral-lel metro stop, La Confitería bar is one of Barcelona’s best spots for vermouth aperitifs and pre-theatre gin and tonics.
Essential insider advice on visiting Gaudi’s seminal masterpiece – La Sagrada Familia. By Barcelona blogger Ben Holbrook.
Local blogger Ben Holbrook shares his inside tips on Barcelona’s most opulent and sumptuous luxury hotels. Prepare to be dazzled.
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