ut some of the best advice you'll ever get is to travel a little further out. Because in the outskirts and surrounding region of Barcelona, you'll discover some incredible gems. Here are 5 places near Barcelona that will blow your mind...
Whilst sweaty teenage revellers head to Magaluf for sun, sea and sub-standard sangria, the rest of Mallorca is fast becoming known for its gourmet hotspots. The island is home to no fewer than seven michelin-starred restaurants - Zaranda, Restaurante Jardín, Es Fum, Bou, Simply Fosh, Es Racó des Teix, Andreu Genestra - and there are many fantastic artisan foods to be discovered. On a recent trip with Sainsbury's, I had the opportunity to experience two examples of traditional Mallorcan produce:
In 2013, my husband and I took a holiday in Southern Spain. It was a very belated 'cash-in' of a week in a timeshare that my sister had gifted us for our wedding.
Mainstream media were quick to focus on the proposal that women should have a £3000 budget and a choice of birth places and carers. The Times describes this as women being "handed £3000 by the NHS," a scenario which seems as unlikely as its tone seems dismissive of women's abilities to think straight if presented with such quantities of money.
Barcelona is the city with it all. Culture at every turn, glorious food and a fantastic beach, for when you've had enough of the sight-seeing and just want to flop on the sand and catch some rays. Here's my top five things to do whilst visiting Barcelona. Plus I've thrown in one place that's a dud, so best to give this a miss.
Work on Barcelona's breathtaking La Sagrada Familia Basilica, designed by visionary architect Antoni Gaudi, has entered its
Pintxos aside, we were delighted to discover that Bilbao is a foodie's paradise, with five Michelin-starred restaurants and dozens more in the surrounding Basque Country. In fact the area can boast more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere else in Europe.
We've all heard of those grand Chinese banquets with innumerable courses including delicacies like sea slugs and bird's nests, but at Madrid Fusion this year I caught a glimpse of the future. Goods from China dominate our shops but my suspicion is that Chinese food is going to take over our restaurant menus - and I don't mean chop suey and egg fried rice.
Tenerife is the Canary Island famous for its sandy beaches and year round sunshine, but its Walking Festival is a good introduction to over 1500 km of hiking trials and there's plenty of luxury accommodation to salve your weary limbs and make your stay a comfortable one.
For those perennial travelers, always looking for the best tips and suggestions for their next holiday trip, the following selection of travel blogs are of invaluable assistance. Each is filled with great experiences, photos and background on the destination they cover.