This is a treat of a park out of the way in the quiet Horta district of Barcelona. One of the city's oldest, most romantic and unusual parks. The construction began in 1791, and this is certainly somewhere you can "get lost" (in the labyrinth) and escape into your own world.
Pg Castanyers, 1-17, Germans Desvalls, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
+34934 132 400
Google map: bit.ly/r1ViDM
I rented the Barcelona Terrace apartment of pillowapartments when being with my husband in BCN. We actually planned to stay in a hotel, but a friend recommended this company. The apartment was really nice and cool, friendly service. Borne has an amazing vibe and nice restaurants; I loved the food at Salero. The fresh green apple martinis at "No Se" stunned us too. It's a stylish little bar at the boulevard in Borne with friendly people. I didn't expect to enjoy Barcelona this much, it was perfect and we will be back!
A self catering house set in a private road with beautiful views and walks. The owners say you get a taste of 'real Spain' and you do, as you see the goats being herded through the local village. Local people will cook you a 'campo' paella and all the bars in this area provide tapas with your drink (free portion of meat, fish or salad).
You are close to such treasures as the Alhambra Palace in Granada, beautiful Seville and Cordoba with its awesome architecture.
The owners have an outdoor activity business and you can book them for a day or a week at a time for abseiling, guided walks, 'wild camps', kids activities etc.
Friends of mine visited with their teenagers as a birthday gift and at 14 and 16 years of age they loved the adventure and challenge of it all and forgot to be moody for a couple of days!
I loved the sound of silence and the pretty walk down a shaded track to the local village (20 mins). I live in Spain and I love the sun and this region gets the best of the weather all year round.
Molino Vega 9
Santa Cruz Del Comercio
(Close to Moorish town of Alhama de Granada)
Tele 0034 958 363901
Nearest airport Granada (25 mins)
Malaga (70 mins)
While traveling through Granada this summer and searching for a site with air conditioning to escape the 45 degree heat, I found Hannigan and Sons Irish Pub. It's a classic Irish pub, has free WiFi, sport, etc. A good mix of giris (foreigners) and local Spanish people. Calm during the day (laptop time) and lively after 10PMish, I found it was a good place to meet people while traveling and while enjoying a pint of Guinness.
In between Calle Elivra and Gran Via, a few blocks down from Plaza Nueva.
And they have a website:
The new bus station in Malaga offers comfort for departing and transit passenger. Serving the whole of Andalucia as well as routes to most major Spanish cities the bus station includes retail outlets nad refreshment aress.
This is a typical Spanish tapas bar and restaurant in a Spanish populated area of town. You receive a tapas with every drink and there is an extensive menu. There is limited seating outside for drinks or to dine.
The locals frequent this bar for lunch, dinner and to watch the live football matches. A very friendly atmosphere and interesting to experience.
19 Calle Herrera Oria,
This is a family run business for self catering in Barcelona. They have a good range of apartments in central Barcelona. The service is friendly and the owners very helpful. I have recommended the company to friends and family and everyone has has a similar good experience with renting through this site.
B For is a restaurant situated in Avenida 8 de Agosto in Ibiza, just close to the famous club Pacha.
The name explains everything, if you are going to B For, you are definitely going to taste some sushi, sashimi and other japanese dishes.
With beautiful interior design, relaxed atmosphere and lounge music, this is the place to go to have a nice dinner before a proper dance night.
I recommend it for its exclusive and relaxed atmosphere.
Avenida 8 de Agosto, Edificios Los Girasoles 2 - 07800 - Ibiza
Tel: +34 971 316 797
Mail for reservations: email@example.com
A city hugely popular as a tourist destination, Granada is problematically populated by people who don't like outsiders. The Andalusians are not famed for their friendliness. This is something you have to accept before going, but you must go, it's quite spectacular.
However, be careful, stay away from the city centre. The Hoteles and Pensiones in the middle of the city are crammed full of zealous foreigners and 'Granadinos' with attitude.
Perched up on 'the' hill, overlooking the Alhambra, are the white houses and cobbled streets of the Sacromonte, just next to the Albayzin. It's a world within itself, yet close to everything. The views over the Alhambra are breathtaking. To the north, the snow-capped Sierra Nevada towers over the province.
The beauty of this place is also the lack of tourism. No one knows about it. I shouldn't be telling, perhaps. If you see this, and get the urge, go, if you don't you're making a mistake. There's no way one would fail to enjoy this area.
It's easy to get into the centre, too. Simply drop a ball, and follow it. It'll take you all the way there.
Send them an email, say you want to stay, tell them when, and roll up.
This is a relatively new tapas bar/cafeteria just off the main through road of town. It is the second El Duque in Nerja and is run by the son of the family that owns both. It serves a tapas with every drink and has a very good menu that will suit all family members, a great bar to watch the football during the season, especially the big games when all the locals come out. Very entertaining.
Avenida de Pescia 20,
Edificio Bella Atalaya,local 3
I also did a course at this school in March 2009. I really can recommend it, especially the options Spanish and Flamenco and Spanish and Tango but then I love dancing. I had Spanish classes in the morning and flamenco and tango lessons in the afternoon. And all this in Granada, one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited.
C/ Conde Cifuentes, 11
18005 Granada, Spain
If you’re staying on the Costa del Sol, the Rif Mountains of Morocco glitter tantalisingly on the horizon… and for about 50 euros each for a return trip, you can take a ferry which spans two hours and two cultures.
You can leave from Algeciras, an enormous, industrial port with an expensive car park, or drive a little further round the coast and use the more low-key port of Tarifa, which also has a free car park right by the ferry terminal.
Don’t forget the Moroccan time difference when catching the return boat, and also, make sure you get your immigration forms stamped on board before arriving.
The ferry is often rammed full of travellers returning from harvesting jobs in Europe, and a bag of sweets to share with curious children is a real ice breaker (a pack of Polos was shared between dozens of families).
You get great views of the Rock of Gibraltar and usually there are dolphins accompanying the ferries. In Tangiers, you can hire a guide for about 25 euros and experience the Kasbah and the markets for a few hours- a rowdy, colourful jumble - and try some of the unusual food and drink before returning to Europe… which will now seem grey and homogenous!
Several ferry companies including:
Studying at the Escuela Montalban in Granada, Spain has for me been a great experience from both a cultural and linguistic point of view. The Spanish classes, always organised in small numbers, are interesting and dynamic, and the teachers always make sure to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere so that it becomes a pleasure to learn Spanish! You also study in a truly international atmosphere with students representing cultures from all over the world, which you discover in addition to the Spanish lifestyle. What I enjoyed most about this Spanish school was the staff and the students’ friendliness and openness, which definitely helps to make you feel at home in a foreign country. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone who is looking to improve their Spanish in a friendly environment and keep great memories of Andalusia!
C/ Conde Cifuentes, 11
18005 Granada, Spain
AYO's is famous for his paella which he makes on a wood fire at the side of the eating area. If you order the paella you can return for seconds if you wish. They also have a full menu of all the usual dishes served in the Costa del Sol.
It opens in the morning and has the beach bed area were you can hire a bed for the day using the facilities up until it closes around 9pm. It opens late on a Wednesday evening for Paella and Flamenco.
Aguas Blancas means White Waters and is a beautiful beach on the east side of Ibiza with brown sand and a high rock wall behind the beach.
Aguas Blancas is also the name of the sandy-floored restaurant that offer its service in this beach.
I recommend it for three reasons:
- I love the beach and the view there
- Sensational paellas
- Home made ice cream! :-)
This is not a mainstream places like many in Ibiza, but a nice place to see and eat on the east side of the island.
Cafeteria Cima del Mar
Aguas Blancas, San Carlos, Ibiza
T: +34 648 622 865
A slice of heaven about 40 minute drive north of Barcelona. Words really cannot describe how amazing this place is. If you're looking for some peace and quiet for a few days then I would really recommend spending some time at Can Bonastre. Set within 200 acres of vineyards at the foot of the Montserrat mountains, there are a couple of very good restaurants, spa, swimming pool and they produce all their own wine on site. Well worth bringing back a few bottles!
Mountain biking tour company based above the village of Berchules. They have different packages available for different levels of experience. Awesome views, great tracks and great people. The added bonus for us was the full-time 4WD support while riding which made riding accessible to everyone. Highly recommend this company - we had a great time. Seriously - go!
Sushi Point is a restaurant situated in Marina de Botafoch.
On the menu you can find a lot of sushi, sashimi and other traditional Japanese dishes, with good wine and nice atmosphere.
I recommend it for the quality of service and food.
Is open during all the year.
Marina Botafoch, Ibiza, Spain
Tel: +34 971 318 586
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