Whats On Gloucestershire-Music Events May 2019

whats on Gloucestershire music events May 2019

Around Gloucestershire in May 2019, we have plenty of great music events for your entertainment. From free music events for the family such as Baby Bounce & Rhyme to tribute bands and choral singing, there’s sure to be something for everyone. In our calendar below, all you need to do is have a look around, or search using keywords and/or … Read More

10 beautiful places in Cornwall England

Cornwall beautiful places

Come on a virtual tour with an incredibly talented photographer, Graham Custance, who will show you these beautiful places in Cornwall through his eyes, revealing the special moments he has captured with his camera. Let’s open the door to this magical tour of Cornwall. As you go on this journey with Graham, some of these places may be familiar, possibly … Read More

9 beautiful places to visit in the Isle of Wight England

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Discover 9 beautiful places in the Isle of Wight on a virtual tour with the super talented photographer, Graham Custance.  Graham captures the essence of The Island in magical moments, where the landscape and light merge to make pretty postcards of perfection. The Isle of Wight is located in the English Channel. It lies between two to five miles off … Read More

15 things to do in Copenhagen Denmark

Copenhagen 15 things to do

Copenhagen, originally a small Viking fishing village created one thousand years ago, is the capital city of Denmark, a frequent winner of ‘the happiest country in the world’. Laura in Copenhagen This is partly due to their world-renowned welfare model, including excellent health care and education, and partly due to Hygge. Pronounced hoo-gah (or maybe not, there is a lot … Read More

The 5 most Instagrammable places in the Chilterns

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Come on a virtual tour with talented, local photographer, Graham Custance who will show you the 5 most Instagrammable places in the Chilterns. The Chilterns are an official AONB: area of natural beauty. Currently there are 46 of these in the United Kingdom. There are few people who will know an area, its landscape and changes throughout the seasons, as … Read More

Auray France 15 Things Do & See

Auray Brittany France what to do port

Located in Morbihan, Auray is a picturesque town with a lovely old quarter, which enjoys mild short winters and long blissful summers. It is a good base from which to explore the Gulf of Morbihan, the Quiberon Peninsula and Carnac. The town is set in a bend in the River Lock, which is spanned by a seventeenth century bridge. In … Read More

Nice France Travel Guide

Nice France travel guide

There’s a certain warmth in Nice which doesn’t just come from the Mediterranean sun. Perhaps it’s the picture-postcard vista. After all, that view of nodding palm trees overlooking a gently sweeping bay, with its sparkling azure waters and dramatic mountainous backdrop, would warm the coldest of hearts. Or maybe it’s the terracotta roofs of the Old Town, and its cosy … Read More

Bordeaux France Travel Guide

Bordeaux France travel guide beautiful vineyards

Think Bordeaux, think wine. But not just any old plonk. Located on the River Garonne, Bordeaux is the largest wine-producing region in France, and possibly the most famous too – producing a range of wines that are considered among the best in the world. The Romans brought vines to the area as far back as the 1st century, and in … Read More

Biarritz France Travel Guide

Biarritz France travel guide

France’s ritzy Atlantic resort of Biarritz is famous for many things, among them its love affair with Napoleon III’s wife, Empress Eugenie. On a visit to Biarritz in the 1850’s she fell in love with the city and built a palace on the beach – now the swish Hôtel du Palais – and stayed here frequently. Among her regular guests … Read More

Agen France Travel Guide

Agen France travel guide

Located on the river Garonne in the South-Western region of Aquitaine, Agen is a historic market town that dates back over 2,000 years. Once a bustling Roman trading centre, Agen’s prominent location between the cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse – and between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic – meant it provided a vital crossroads and trading route. Because of its … Read More

Bergerac France Travel Guide

Bergerac France travel guide

An incredibly picturesque spot on the edge of the River Dordogne, Bergerac is embraced by rolling fields and lush vineyards, and of course is well-known as the birth place of satirist and dramatist, Cyrano de Bergerac. And even though it seems like there is an almost endless list of towns and cities throughout France that proudly uphold its gastro reputation, … Read More

Bayonne France Travel Guide

Bayonne France travel guide traditional facades with colourful windows

The town of Bayonne, barely 50 km from the border with Spain, nestles a few kilometres inland from the coast at the confluence of the rivers Adour and Nive (known as Errobi in the Basque language). An important tourist centre and prominent Basque town, Bayonne is one of the principal towns in the department of Pyrénées Atlantiques. The town was … Read More

Galway Most Beautiful Towns and Charming Villages

Galway beautiful villages Renvyle beach

While Galway city is undoubtedly a gem, filled with colour, gorgeous buildings, culture, friendly people and lots of “craic agus ceol”, the county of the same name has much to offer. It would be a shame to travel to the West of Ireland without exploring some of the beautiful towns and charming villages of County Galway. I spent numerous childhood … Read More

Galway Most Beautiful Places & A Few Local Legends

Galway most beautiful places Clifden Roundstone and Connemara in Ireland

Galway’s wonderfully wild Connemara coast was the adored location of my childhood family holidays. The contrast with my hometown of Dublin was deliciously different and after a journey into the west, there was nothing I loved more than to hear the sound of the Atlantic waves crashing on the shores of a beautiful, remote white sandy beach. I can still … Read More

Spain Top Carnivals

Spain top carnivals

Carnival is an amazing time to visit Spain. Step off your plane or train, and come to party with the locals, understand some more of the culture and marvel at some of the antics and fascinating traditions. As you can imagine, in a country where fiestas take pride of place, these events can be rather spectacular. Carnival falls just before … Read More

Cuenca Spain Travel Guide

Cuenca Spain travel guide-bridge over canyon

The old part of the city of Cuenca Spain is placed high up in the mountains of east-central Spain, situated above the gorges of the Huécar and Júcar rivers below. The old town is compact and all around it is green or stone. This idyllic Spanish town is located in the region of Castilla la Mancha, a region that has … Read More

Granada Spain Travel Guide

Granada Spain Travel Guide

Oh, Granada Spain! Of all the cities and pueblos on the Iberian Peninsula, this one may be the most Spanish—and I mean that in the best way possible. The city shares its name in Spanish with the pomegranate. And much like the fruit, the city has a tough exterior. But its insides are lush and delicious. For many of us … Read More

Villajoyosa Spain Travel Guide

Villajoyosa Spain Colourful Houses View From Sea

Villajoyosa translates as “joyful village”. This title is very descriptive, as it is difficult not to be joyful while you are here in this Spanish Costa Blanca town. This tranquil seaside destination has sunny days, soft sand and bright multi-coloured houses that are sure to make you smile. Life in Villajoyosa is pretty sweet and joyful so make the most … Read More

Javea Spain Travel Guide

Javea Spain Cave dels Arcs Costa Blanca

Every now and then, a holiday becomes a necessity as you just need to get away from it all and recharge your batteries. It’s amazing how refreshing it can be to wake up in a new place, explore unfamiliar streets, try new food and meet new people. An ideal spot for a rejuvenating break is the town of Javea, in … Read More

Denia Spain Travel Guide

Denia Spain Port Costa Blanca

Denia is situated in a prime location right at the northern edge of Alicante province. This beautiful city enjoys both the warm Mediterranean Sea as well as the impressive mountains within the Montgo Natural Park. It is the ideal place to visit if you are looking for somewhere tranquil to explore nature, relax on the beach and savour the slower … Read More

Benidorm Spain Travel Guide

Benidorm Spain El Poniente Beach

It’s that time that the whole family has been looking forward to for weeks, your holiday to beautiful Benidorm. You have your swimming costumes and suncream packed, your flights booked and you are already dreaming of lazy days by the pool and playing on the beach. You only get to enjoy your holidays for a short time, so you want … Read More

Altea Spain Travel Guide

Altea is an ideal spot for a day trip or it is also a quiet and peaceful spot to stay if you want to escape from the crowds that usually gather on the beaches and want a more laid back holiday. A visit to Altea might involve walking through the lovely cobblestone streets of the old city or sipping wine … Read More

Madrid through the eyes of a 16 year old: a city for all generations

Madrid travel guide

I had a dream of visiting Madrid since I studied Spanish in year 9 of British secondary education and on the 8th July 2017, that dream finally came true. I have visited Spain prior to this trip, to Murcia in 2009 and 2015, and will revisit in 2018. This blog is based on my account of travelling accompanied by my … Read More

An Idyllic Olive Oil Route In Western Granada, Spain

Spain travel guide olive oil route Algarinejo

Although Granada city certainly deserves to be famous for its UNESCO listed Alhambra, and in fact for lots of other reasons, many tourists miss out on visiting some of the most gorgeous spots that can be found in the province of Granada. Not only can you find beautiful nature, but the province of Granada is full of fabulous authentic villages … Read More

5 Underrated Towns In Valencia Spain-Waiting To Be Discovered

Towns Valencia-5 Underrated Towns In Valencia Spain-Waiting To Be Discovered

The beautiful region of Valencia is known for its varying landscapes. The turquoise coastline, impressive mountains, quaint countryside and urban areas encompass the nearly 24,000 km2 that make up this gorgeous part of Spain. While many escape to the metropolitan cities of Valencia or Alicante, there is a multitude of charming towns and villages located throughout the region that should … Read More

Valencia Spain Travel Guide: a city full of surprises

Valencia Spain travel guide-Malvarrosa Beach

When I first visited Valencia, I had very little expectations. I had recently moved to Madrid and wanted to venture out and explore another part of Spain. I hoped to enjoy a little beach time and eat some paella but that was all I had planned. For me, this trip was a mini break to relax and enjoy the sea … Read More

Salvador Dalí Triangle: discover the land that most inspired him

Dali Triangle-Cadaques Costa Brava Fishing Boats

This feature firstly gives you an overview of the artist’s connection to these places, and then suggests an overnight itinerary to enjoy the route. “Aside from being forbidden in the kitchen I was allowed to do anything I pleased. I wet my bed till I was eight for the sheer fun of it. I was the absolute monarch of the … Read More

Food with amazing views & Belle Epoque by the beach

Spain travel guide foodie and wine experiences Desierto de las Palmas views and food wow

Starting off in Benicassim, which is best known for its music festivals, this route includes Belle Epoque by the beach, plus a tour in the Carmelitano liqueur distillery. Then head up into the Desierto de las Palmas, for food with the most amazing views!

3 beautiful towns with foodie experiences

Spain travel guide foodie and wine experiences

Travel to three of Spain’s officially most beautiful towns, where foodie and wine experiences abound! This experience takes you through Peñiscola, Vilafamés and Morella!

A boat trip, meeting the Mussel Professor & 2 natural beauties

Spain travel guide foodie experiences

For true foodies, who wish to see the process from source to table, the Delta de l’Ebre is a must! Take a beautiful boat trip, where you can visit the mussels and oysters farm area, while seeing a stunning perspective of the wonderful Delta. From there, once you’ve been suitably educated by the Professor, you can head back to land … Read More

The Michelin Triangle

Michelin Triangle Spain

This Michelin Triangle route is one very close to my heart! With one foot in Catalonia and the other in the Valencian Community, this route is a treat for any foodie, who wants to experience Spain & Catalonia at their best.

Blue Flag Beaches Catalonia

When I first moved here in 2003, I was based in Catalonia, I’ve travelled and lived in various parts of Spain since then, but ended up settling back very close to Catalonia. With almost 90 Blue Flag beaches, it is a superb choice for any type of holiday. Check out this amazing feature: Catalonia Best Beaches with Blue Flag Status

Spain Top 10 Med Beach Destinations

Barceloneta Beach in Barcelona

Spain’s Mediterranean offers such a vast choice of great beaches, that choosing the best is definitely a challenge. This article rises to that challenge by suggesting 10 of the top Spanish Med beach destinations. Discover: Spain Seaside Destinations-Top 10 By The Mediterranean

Ali Meehan: Creator of Costa Women Social Network

Ali Meehan confesses to being a serial expat. She has lived and worked in Australia, Spain, the Middle East, Asia and now she is back in Spain! Her partner (now husband) introduced her to Spain and the rest, as they say, is history. Ali originally set up Costa Women, as a way for her to find other expats and make … Read More

Rioja and Basque Country Guided Wine & Foodie Tours

best of rioja wine tour

Carol is passionate about her job and has been in the tourism and hospitality industry for more than 25 years. She was born in Catalonia and after living in different places in Spain and Europe, she established herself in Rioja Alavesa in 1998 where she founded her own company, Thabuca. Carol is an avid globertrotter and travel addict and loves … Read More

La Rioja Spain: where the magic of wine happens

La Rioja Spain travel guide

An evocative, informative, insider article about La Rioja Spain wine experiences in beautiful surroundings, by tour guide Carol Gutiérrez. The name of Rioja evokes wine, great wine. It is one of Spain’s best known wine regions with a long tradition of wine production since Roman times. But La Rioja is much more than..

Castellon Wine Route

Castellon wine route

Although it’s impossible to know exactly when wine arrived in the Iberian Peninsula, we do know that it can be traced to at least the 7th century BC, because of archaeological finds in sites in Andalucia. However for those of you who appreciate wine, you may like to know that there is also evidence that suggests that not far from … Read More

Javea Spain: as an Expat Relocation Destination

Javea relocation destination spain for expats

Cave dels Arcs Costa Blanca Quite often expats will find that the idea of moving to another country is much more pleasant than the reality, and many don’t last a year in their new country surrounded by local people, who sometimes have radically different attitudes about what’s important and what’s not. Probably the largest stumbling block for Brits is a … Read More

Barcelona Travel Guide-An Incredibly Useful Guide

Barcelona travel guide

At the time of writing (February 2018), Jessica had been living for three years in Barcelona. This feature is absolutely jam-packed with insider tips. Paella, tapas, sangria, and parties that continue until the morning light… Barcelona is known worldwide as one of the most beautiful, culturally rich cities in Europe, with flocks of tourists coming to visit every year. In … Read More

Madrid Guided Tour Patricia Morcillo

ommunity of Madrid Spain Aranjuez Palace

Our meeting point at the statute of Carlos III, at Puerta del Sol, dating from 1478. We normally meet around 10am, but tours can be customised to your needs. 1. There we will see the most outstanding elements of this famous square that has the shape of the sun, hence its name: Statue of the Bear and the Madroño (Strawberry … Read More

Majorca Spain travel guide: an insider guide by Nicola Dunkinson

Spain travel guide Majorca Cala S'Almunia

The beautiful island of Mallorca sits in the Mediterranean ocean surrounded by neighbouring Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera. Known as the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is the largest. It is a place that holds many happy memories for me as a child, of family holidays and lazy beach days. View of Palma from the cathedral Visiting as an adult, I now have … Read More

Zaragoza Spain Travel Guide

Zaragoza Spain travel guide-1200

If you have been to Spain before and explored some of its cities, then you’ll know that this country is literally heaving with interesting cities to visit. Zaragoza is not overrun with tourists and offers an authentic city option to travellers who enjoy understanding more about the country’s culture, which can be appreciated by spending time in Spain’s cities. Zaragoza … Read More

Madrid Travel Guide: 14 Unmissable Things To Do In Madrid

Madrid travel guide Gran Via

Crystal Palace Retiro Park The magic and charms of Madrid are almost endless. In fact, as experiential tourism continues to rise, around 12 million visitors were seduced by Madrid’s jewels in 2017. Traditionally, visitors flocked to Andalucia, the Balearic and Canary Islands, and Catalonia, but these days the many merits of Madrid are tempting travellers to discover this highly desirable … Read More

Barcelona: a magical city full of energy, symbols and hidden secrets

Parc Guell Barcelona

Barceloneta Beach With more than 2000 years of history, Barcelona is the fourth city in Europe preferred by tourists and Spain’s top tourist destination, with over 30 million tourists, of which more than 2.6 million were cruise passengers, who came to visit the city in 2016. The majority of its visitors come from Great Britain, France and the United States. … Read More

Nerja Spain Travel Guide

Nerja Spain travel guide

Did you ever get shivers down your spine when you went to a new place? Nerja Spain has done this to me and others I know who have been there. Breathe in the immense beauty and views at the Balcón de Europa (Balcony of Europe); take the right turn by the ancient fountain and marvel at the vista down into … Read More

The Ana De Jesus Triangle

Ana De-Jesus Madeira

Madeira Portugal-Wild beach at Ponta de Sao Lourenco I was born to Portuguese parents, who hail from the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira, surrounded by black basalt beaches, flower parades and awash with vibrant and fresh colour. When I was younger and still lived with my Dad, we would visit my Portuguese family and marvel at how cohesive and tight knit … Read More

Silver Coast Portugal Travel Inspirations

Peniche Portugal Silver Coast

This inspirational travel route takes you from one of last towns of Costa Lisboa (Lisbon), Ericeira, through a selection of delightful, relatively undiscovered places along Portugal’s Silver Coast. Peniche Silver Coast Portugal sunset This article has been written by my partner, who is Portuguese, so he has spent lots of holidays in the area, and he knows the region extremely … Read More