Amazing Weekend Getaway in the Heart of Barcelona’s Wine Countryside

Barcelona Weekend Getaway After our Castle sleepover in January, we decided to do some more weekend splurging – this time in the superb cava inspired architecture of Hotel Mastinell, located in the heart of the Catalan wine country and a stone’s throw away from Barcelona. Penedès is the equivalent of France’s Champagne’s region and has … More Amazing Weekend Getaway in the Heart of Barcelona’s Wine Countryside

Catalunya’s Castells Behind the Scenes: An Authentic Tale of Human Towers

A tradition which almost disappeared 1000 years ago, Castells – Catalan for castles – are a unique cultural phenomenon, particular to Catalunya, which were declared UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010. … More Catalunya’s Castells Behind the Scenes: An Authentic Tale of Human Towers

Come See Barcelona’s Gegants and Fiesta Differently

Every year in September, Barcelona celebrates its birthday with a unique fiesta: Fiesta de la Merce. A mashup of crazy street celebrations including correfocs, Castellers and, the object of my immediate affection: gegants.
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Want To Sleep in a 9th Century Medieval Castle? This is Spain!

Castle Sleepover in Spain 2018 saw the debut of my Fifty Weeks of Spain with an original weekend away at the 9th-century castle turned hotel, some 100 km away from Barcelona. Spending the night in a castle was a first for me, especially in what can easily be one of the oldest of Spanish medieval castles. Canopy … More Want To Sleep in a 9th Century Medieval Castle? This is Spain!

Fifty Weeks of Spain & What to Expect for the Next 3 Months

Remember Fifty Weeks of Spain? And how I said we would forget all about flamenco, tapas and bullfights? I promised you a lot, and I mean to keep that promise. So here goes: This is Spain! Haunted castle sleepovers, luxury splurging in wine country, or hanami madness in Spain’s least known region? That’s just a taste … More Fifty Weeks of Spain & What to Expect for the Next 3 Months

You have *NOT* Seen Spain. Let me Explain…

So you’ve been to Spain. Congratulations!  You and 75 million other people in 2016.

But I’m willing to bet you, you’ve not seen Spain. Let’s put it to a test. The question is, have you seen a Spain with :

Beaches,
Sangria & paella
Sagrada Familia
Ibiza clubbing
flamenco shows
and maybe the Alhambra (points for you!)
OR:

Medieval castles
balloon flights over volcanoes
pink flamingos
Viking landings
Smurf villages
and Geological Trains … More You have *NOT* Seen Spain. Let me Explain…

Travel. Differently. The Reasons Behind My 2018 Staycations

Fifty weeks of Spain is a journey through Spain, filled with insider tips, hidden gems, and surprises. You will truly get a taste of the six continents. Fifty Weeks of Spain will be blowing your socks off regularly – weekly, as the title promises – peeling Spain off its hidden wonders. Travel. Differently. … More Travel. Differently. The Reasons Behind My 2018 Staycations

Hidden Spain Collection: In a Medieval Mood

It’s been one year already. One year since I packed up and moved away from gloomy Brussels and into sunny Barcelona.

One year that flew by, as I purposefully neglected Spain’s gems and instead fell in love with South Africa, Indonesia, and soon New Zealand.

But as the end of the year draws near, so will my travels. And I guarantee you this much: Spain will shine in the spotlight of the year to come, in colors you’ve never seen it wear before!

I figured gorgeous Besalú with its matching, picture perfect neighboring friends will make for a wonderful start or that journey – and an easy day trip from Barcelona.

Prepare to be taken by surprise by a Spain few people know: … More Hidden Spain Collection: In a Medieval Mood

Off the beaten Spain: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

It was a sunny Saturday morning and I was sitting on my balcony, scrolling Instagram for my weekly fix of travel daydreaming, when I saw it:
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

Just… love at first sight!

And this wanderlusting was not for a far away place, because the amazing piece of nature -meets – man-made is a mere 50 minutes flight away from Barcelona.

In my mind this was a done deal, right there on that balcony. … More Off the beaten Spain: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe