Secret Spain: Time-Travel Sleepover in a 15 Century Monastery

Parador Spain: The Experience Having had a great time at another 9 Century Castle turned Parador recently, we decided to repeat the experience and enjoy our rather rainy weekend in Extremadura with a stay at a XV century Gothic style monastery-turned hotel. Paradores was the initiative of Spain’s King Alfonso XIII. Created as a means … More Secret Spain: Time-Travel Sleepover in a 15 Century Monastery

Spain’s Hidden Cherry Valley: How to Visit The Million Tree Hanami

Imagine two millions of cherry trees, all budding in snow white unison every year, late March. 

Covering over 50 square miles, Valle del Jerte, sitting in Spain’s Extremadura region, is the largest area in Europe covered with cherries. Extremadura is bigger than Belgium, or Switzerland – and yet it remains Spain’s least known region. 

This is raw Spain, unspoiled by tourism. … More Spain’s Hidden Cherry Valley: How to Visit The Million Tree Hanami

Secret Spain: Juzcar Smurf Village, Now Evicted

Not too many tourists visiting Spain know about the Juzcar Smurf Village, set in the scenic, hilly region of Andalusia. An actual Smurf village – or rather, what used to be one. Juzcar witnessed its fifteen minutes of fame back in 2011, shortly after the Smurfs movie came out – and for good reason too. But … More Secret Spain: Juzcar Smurf Village, Now Evicted

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

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

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