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The Bilbao Effect

February 25, 2015 - Sin comentarios

There are so many things to like about the largest city of Euskadi (the Basque name for Spain's Basque Country). Bilbao was not long ago a gritty industrial city, these days an urban-renewal star effervescing with excitement in design, culture, c...Leer más

The Bodacious Basilica of Marseille

February 23, 2015 - Sin comentarios

A very special few of the world's countless places of worship manage to become truly extraordinary places in their own right. One of them is the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde, a green-and-white neo-Byzantine vision which looms over the French...Leer más

6 of the World’s Choicest Chinatowns

February 19, 2015 - Sin comentarios

恭喜發財 (That's Kung hei fat choy! to you). As hundreds of millions ring in the Year of the Sheep for Chinese New Year (aka Lunar New Year) today, I'm reminded of one of the Chinese diaspora's great gifts to travellers across the planet: ...Leer más

Under the Sea in Lanzarote, a…Museum?

February 17, 2015 - Sin comentarios

If César Manrique, the architectural and sculptural genius so identified with the easternmost of the Canary Islands, could see his beloved Lanzarote today, he'd no doubt be rather proud that it has remained so open to artistic innovation, and esp...Leer más

4 Romantic #IberiaDestinations for Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2015 - Sin comentarios

The day of lovers is once again upon us, and we dedicate this post to lovers of romantic destinations - whether or not they have significant others. Among them we'd highlight Paris, Venice, Prague, and New York - places we think particularly imbued...Leer más

4 Pop-Culture Stops in London

February 12, 2015 - Sin comentarios

London Town has without a doubt been over the years a premier destination for aficionados  of pop culture, as well as modern culture in general. In my experience, here are my four top of the pops (you can I'm sure think of others - please shar...Leer más

Extremadura’s Eco-Wonder: Monfragüe National Park

February 11, 2015 - Sin comentarios

Spain is fortunate indeed to be blessed with many superb natural spaces, and one of the most valuable is called the Parque Nacional Monfragüe, (pronounced mone-fra-gwey) in the western Spanish autonomous communty of Extremadura, bordering Portuga...Leer más

Reveling in Raval, Barcelona’s Funky ‘It’ Neighbourhood

February 4, 2015 - Sin comentarios

Fewer neighbourhoods in Spain than Barcelona’s Raval are as multicultural (dubbed by some Ravalkistan because of its high number of Pakistani immigrants), lively, and bursting with cultural and dining options. Not so long ago a red-light district...Leer más

Skating on Cool Ice

February 3, 2015 - Sin comentarios

You don't necessarily have to ski or snowboard to have fun playing outside during winter travel - nor do you even need a mountain! Right in the middle of many of our urban #IberiaDestinations, renting a pair of skates and mingling with the locals i...Leer más

Venice a Cinematic, Watery Wonderland

February 2, 2015 - Sin comentarios

This week one of Italy's top annual extravaganzas is underway. Carnevale in Venice is a spectacle like no other in the world, with people in elaborate masks and costumes with centuries of tradition (back to the 12th century!) roam the piazzas, e...Leer más

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