Of all things Spain is known and loved for by travellers, its idyllic beaches probably rank highest. You’ve only to visit one of Andalucia’s many bustling beach towns to see that. But such is the volume of these sandy stretches, there are inevitably many more you’ve never heard of. Think unspoiled landscapes, calm waves and enough room to swing a really big towel. This post takes a look at several of these understated beach heroes, in the hope that you will be tempted to explore beyond your comfort zone when holidaying in Spain. Playa de Rodas, The Cies Islands Known as the ‘Galician Seychelles’ by the locals, the tiny Cies Islands can be found off Spain’s northwestern coast, near Galicia. The sand on Playa de Rodas is about as bleached white as sand can get, powdery to the touch and backed by a Jurassic-like landscape. The beach itself extends for more than a kilometre, connecting the islands of Monteagudo and Faro. Regular boat trips from the mainland make day trips here easily doable, especially in summer, but there are hotels on the islands so spending your entire holiday here is also possible. Platja de Llafranc, Costa Brava Llafranc is one of […]
It’s been a while since I posted here but I’m happy to see a lot of the content is still finding its audience. I could have pulled the plug a few weeks ago when my hosting package was about to expire, but still the emails pour in from readers eager to learn more about moving to Spain, and still my heart strings clutch firmly on to this now rather aged blog. So on it lives. Even though I now live in the UK (sometimes it takes days to remember why), I find great pleasure and satisfaction in helping these people, with what knowledge I developed over my five years living in Spain. Recently, I received three different emails from readers worried about what items they should take with them to Spain; which are essential and which are not; which little things did I miss the most, etc. And so, ever the opportunist, I thought I should write my answer in blog post form, to help future readers and also because it really has been far too long… 1. Warm clothes Yes, Spain is a lovely sunny country but don’t be fooled like I was. Back in the very early days […]
At Eatapas, there’s nothing we know better than Spanish food. We understand that not everyone understands our country’s cuisine like we do. This is why we thought to produce a simple A-Z that will help you appreciate our gastronomy and hopefully lead you to broaden your horizons when it comes to Spanish cuisine. Every product listed here can be found on our online catalogue. A is for Andalusia The coastal region of Southern Spain has brought our country some of the most exciting food, not to mention our most famous export: tapas! The Arabic invasion of the 8th Century allowed the landscape to flourish through the integration of sophisticated irrigation systems. As a result, the vegetation of Andalusia has since been rich and plentiful. The poverty of the area led locals to form a level of self-sufficiency which is a trait that can be seen throughout Andalusian cuisine. B is for Boquerones Boquerones are Spanish marinated white anchovies. The very best varieties are found in the Cantabrian Sea. Usually marinated in vinegar or olive oil, these delicate fish are hugely popular in tapas dishes. Find the very best Spanish Boquerones here! C is for Chorizo Chorizo is an intrinsic part of […]
In June I completed just under half of the Camino Frances route of the famous Camino de Santiago. We started in Leon and walked 326 km from there. We’d have done the whole route if there had been time, but sadly that is no longer possible with the new 9-5 lifestyle I’ve finally succumbed to. The carefree days of good old Granada couldn’t last forever! Two of us walked together for 12 days, covering around 27 km per day, passing through picturesque towns, villages and farms, and mesmerising landscapes. There were a few lows along the way, but ultimately the Camino de Santiago is one of the greatest things I’ve ever done in my life. Here are ten reasons why: 1) Making new friends You can’t predict who you’ll meet on the Camino. But, inevitably, you will meet people you don’t normally hang out with, and these are the ones you learn something from. Take Igor, for instance – probably the coolest Spanish guy I’ve ever met (based largely on his impressive Britpop knowledge) but given our age difference of ten years (sorry Igor) I may never have met under other circumstances. Then there were the two Dutch ladies who […]
The moment has all but arrived. This time tomorrow I’ll be on my way to Spain (after a very long eight month stint away) with my backpack bulging, ready to embrace the 311 km-long challenge that is El Camino de Santiago, a.k.a. The Way of St. James. Well, just under half of it anyway – I neither have the time nor stamina to complete the full route, which starts in St. Jean Pied de Port in France. Instead, I’ll be starting in León, aiming to reach Santiago de Compostela in 12 days for a pre-booked flight back to London. To save you all that mentally painful arithmetic that means I’ll have to walk at least 25.9 km per day, unless I take the bus for the first 30-40 km which will relieve the pressure a bit. But that will feel like cheating, so I’m still undecided. Any camino veterans out there ever been in this position? Why am I doing el Camino de Santiago? Above all, I’m doing the Camino because I turn 30 this year, and I wanted to mark the occasion with a momentous life event. But there are other reasons… El Camino has been on my bucket list since I found […]
When it comes to visiting beautiful beaches near Valencia, you don’t have to travel very far. Spain is host to some of Europe’s best beaches, many of which can be found on the southeastern coast, either in or around the city of Valencia. Whether you are a couple looking for a romantic beach to spend the day, a group of friends looking for somewhere to soak up the Spanish sunshine, or a young family in need of a day out, there is sure to be a beach in Valencia that takes your fancy. In fact, there are plenty of gorgeous beaches perfect for any type of visit. The idyllic weather in Valencia draws tourists throughout the year, so the beaches in the city and the surrounding areas provide welcome respite. Within an hour’s drive, you’ll be out of the city and listening to crashing waves and the subtle, familiar sounds of beach-life all around you. But which of Valencia’s beautiful beaches is right for you? Six of the best beaches near Valencia Las Arenas Beach Las Arenas Beach is a firm favourite among tourists and locals alike. As it is only short journey from the city centre it can get busy, […]
Travelling to any new country is exciting and as one of the world’s key tourist hot-spots the USA does not disappoint. There are tonnes of great places to visit in the USA and though New York, Florida and California are arguably the most popular states for tourists to head to, wherever you go you are sure to be inundated with things to see and do. Make Your Trip to the USA the Best it Can Be One of the best ways to ensure your trip goes as smoothly as possible is to stay organised and on the ball. Here are some top tips for travelling to the USA as a Spanish person. ESTA Application: If you are travelling to the USA there is a lot to consider; where will you stay? What are you going to do? How will you get there? One thing many people forget to take into account is how they will get in. As with travelling to most other foreign countries the USA does have rules and regulations with regards to who can enter and what visa they require. However, if you are one from one of the 38 countries who participate in the Visa Waiver […]
The first time I visited Barcelona I was just 15 years old. The only thing I cared about was skateboarding. So I skated everywhere, hunting down the best skate spots in town and dragged my poor Dad with me. I had the best time ever. It wasn’t until my second visit in 2011 that I realised the best way to experience the awesome city of Barcelona is actually by bike. This time I was travelling solo and only had 3 days to see sights like Park Güell, Sagrada Familia, Casa Milá, Camp Nou and the Gothic Quarter. With no skateboard to get me from A to B, choosing to see Barcelona by bike was a no brainer. Why you should see Barcelona by bike Barcelona city centre is vast, so walking between the popular sights can be exhausting and time-consuming. Inevitably, you’ll need to take the city’s Metro at some point but on a beautiful day the last place you’ll want to be is the stuffy, overcrowded and predictably sweltering underground network of tunnels. Cycling is not only a more attractive and less stressful alternative, but is also eco-friendly and healthier too. These days, bike rental in Barcelona couldn’t be easier. It’s as […]
Unless you live permanently in Spain, have Spanish family or use your Christmas holidays to escape the bitter cold, Spain may not seem like such a ‘traditional’ place to spend Christmas. The weather is warmer, for a start. And as much as we love to bemoan the terrible British climate, we do cherish our cosy, by-the-fire and occasionally white winters. Generally speaking of course. We also love the classic Christmas jingles, gluttonous Christmas dinners and never-ending supply of mince pies. And you don’t get those in Spain. But, as a matter of fact, a Spanish Christmas isn’t too dissimilar from a British, American or German one. There are bustling Christmas markets, twinkling Christmas decorations, sweet Christmas treats and even Christmas jumpers have made their way into the likes of H&M and Zara. And believe me when I tell you winter temperatures can be as cold as the UK, depending on where you go in Spain and what part of the UK we are comparing. If you’re considering taking a holiday in Spain over the Christmas period, it might be worth your while learning about what different Spanish cities and towns have to offer at this time of year. So in no particular order, here are […]
Lots of readers get in touch to tell me they are thinking of moving to Granada. Inevitably, there are countless questions that need answering. I’ve done my best to answer most of these on this here blog but I guess it’s easier to contact me directly if what you’re looking for isn’t right in front of you! One of the things I am asked about most often is long term rentals in Granada. I completely understand why. People who need a place to live while they look for something more permanent don’t want to fork out on hostels or expensive Airbnb apartments. This was a gap in the market until Spotahome came along. Spotahome operate in a similar way to Airbnb, except their listed properties are for long-term rental only (starting at 30 days). Each listed property has professional photos, accurate room descriptions, an HD video tour, a floor plan, a personal review from a member of Spotahome staff who has stayed in the apartment and a comments section for guests. Last year they raised seed capital from London-based investors and earlier this year they won the award for best startup of the year at #SouthSummit 2016. So they’re a pretty safe bet. […]
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