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Costa Cálida; Surprising Gem of the Mediterranean

When first offered the opportunity to participate in trip to Costa Cálida, flying into Alicante, I had visions of the very things I’m really not fond of; budget destinations, over packed resorts, beer and chips, stag and hen parties….. Nothing, and I mean nothing, could have been further from the truth! The flight had plenty of passengers looking to party, …

Walking Through History in Cantabria, Spain

Guest post by Alison Bailey The Northern coast of Spain is rich in history. The geography is ideally suited to seafaring activities, there is ready access to the Bay of Biscay, and Santander has played a major part in shaping European history. Cantabria’s history goes back further than man’s first attempts to tame the sea, much further. The rock found in northern …

Postcards from Catalonia, Building castells

The building of Castells is an extremely important part of Catalan culture, the people are proud of the traditional actitvity which is considered central to their identity. “Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” Catalans consider it to be an important form of Catalonian expression and vital to the community, seeing them being built, this is easy to understand. …

Postcards from a Barcelona architecture tour

Taking a walk through the districts and narrow streets of Barcelona is an architecture buffs dream, whether ambling down Passeig de Gracia or strolling through Las Ramblas it is a feast for the eyes. Antoni Gaudi is almost synonymous with the Catalan capital and his presence is evident everywhere in the Barcelona cityscape. The Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Park Guell …

Experiencing traditional Catalonia in Delta de L’Ebre wetlands

Meeting people is a travel highlight; those that live in a traditional manner unchanged for many generations using associated crafts and skills are particularly fascinating. I have the utmost respect for them, continuing to fight the irresistible tide of technological advancement and reliance. “a prime example of a people that value their culture” Retaining community ties and preventing the inevitable …