Fortification and Art: Exploring the History of Tossa de Mar

Fortification and Art: Exploring the History of Tossa de Mar

Tossa de Mar is a popular tourist destination. Not just for the beauty of its location on Spain’s Costa Brava, or the quality of its food and hospitality, but also because of its long and varied history. You can explore this history as you walk around the town, taking...

Enjoying the Food (and Drink) of the Costa Brava

Enjoying the Food (and Drink) of the Costa Brava

I was surprised at how well I ate in the Costa Brava. Ignoring the snack bars and the fast food restaurants, I set off to find some traditional Spanish food. It was all there: fresh fish and vegetables, excellent cheese and ham and, of course, tapas. Plus the local...

Coastline and Forest: Hiking Around Tossa de Mar

Coastline and Forest: Hiking Around Tossa de Mar

The Costa Brava has some magnificent scenery, with a wild rugged coastline and tranquil Mediterranean forests. And there is no better way to appreciate that scenery than by hiking through it. So I jumped at the chance of a guided walk around Tossa de Mar, taking in a...

Lloret de Mar – a Great Place for Hiking

Lloret de Mar – a Great Place for Hiking

One of the many unexpected pleasures of Lloret de Mar is the many miles of hiking trails in and around the town. The well waymarked routes offer the option of a short stroll or a more challenging hike. And whether you pick the coastal path or an inland trail you will...

The Unexpected Buildings of Lloret de Mar

The Unexpected Buildings of Lloret de Mar

We’ve all seen the classic view of Lloret de Mar, the beautiful sandy beach and the line of gleaming modern hotels. And I assumed the rest of the town would be much the same, filled with anonymous concrete. But what a surprise when I stepped back from the sea front...

Dodging the Rain at Seville’s Contemporary Arts Centre

Dodging the Rain at Seville’s Contemporary Arts Centre

Even rain has its advantages. If it had not been quite so wet, we might not have sought shelter in the Monasteria de Santa Maria de la Cueva. As it was, we had a fascinating morning exploring Seville's Contemporary Arts Centre. It was a treat not to be...

Layers of History at Seville’s Metropol Parasol

Layers of History at Seville’s Metropol Parasol

What would you do if you were digging the foundations for a new car park and you came across something unexpected? We all heard the furore when the remains of a long lost king were found in England last year, but something similar happened when construction workers in...

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