Category Archives: History

Spain’s liquid gold: olive oil adventures with Lucas Soler



We transport ourselves to the majestic olive groves of Jaén to talk all about Spanish olive oil with special guest and olive oil aficionado, Lucas Soler. Lucas was born in Barcelona but even though he has spent nearly all of his life in the US, olive oil has always remained in his blood. Since a … Continue reading Spain’s liquid gold: olive oil adventures with Lucas Soler


Mallorca with Gina Vasquez – Miró, Michael Douglas & Missionaries



In this episode of the When in Spain podcast I explore the Balearic island of Mallorca. Joining me to scratch beneath the surface of the island is guide and long-time Mallorca resident, Gina Vasquez who runs Visit My Mallorca https://www.visitmymallorca.com/ Gina talks us through the ancient history of Mallorca and recommends things to see in … Continue reading Mallorca with Gina Vasquez – Miró, Michael Douglas & Missionaries


Sketches of Menorca – deep water, mayonnaise, horses’ private parts, gin & Georgian palaces



In this episode we delve into the curious history, culture and untouched landscape of the balearic island of Menorca. Joining us to guide us around this lesser-discovered island is Lorraine Ure. For Lorraine, Menorca was love at first sight when the cruise ship she was working on docked in the port of Mahón. She has … Continue reading Sketches of Menorca – deep water, mayonnaise, horses’ private parts, gin & Georgian palaces


Sephardic Roots – Jewish History in Spain & Sephardic Ancestry Citizenship



In this episode of The When in Spain podcast we’re talking about Jewish history or Sephardic history – to use the Hebrew word – in Spain. We’ll also be talking about a law that Spain passed in 2015 that has laid a pathway for people of Sephardic descent to reclaim Spanish citizenship – and one … Continue reading Sephardic Roots – Jewish History in Spain & Sephardic Ancestry Citizenship


The Basque Country with David Bumstead



Drizzle, green hills, pintxos, cider, pelota & bull running. We must be talking The Basque Country! Tucked into the corner of northeastern Spain, País Vasco, or as it is known in the regional Basque language, Euskadi is one of the lesser-known Spains for many. To talk us through the landscape, cities, beaches, language, traditions and … Continue reading The Basque Country with David Bumstead


The death of Franco & Spain’s transition to democracy with William Chislett



In this episode we look at a fascinating and monumental period in Spanish history – The death of Franco in 1975 and Spain’s transition to democracy that followed in the late 1970s. In this part one of a two part podcast I had the great pleasure of talking to writer and journalist William Chislett. William … Continue reading The death of Franco & Spain’s transition to democracy with William Chislett


Charming Chinchón – Garlic, Goya, Anis, John Wayne & a picture-perfect plaza



Join me for a walk around a little slice of deep Spain, right on Madrid’s doorstep. Located on the Tagus-Jarama river basin, Chinchón is just 45km from Madrid but worlds apart. Although it has grown beyond its village confines, visiting its antique heart is like stepping back into a charming, ramshackle past. Surrounded by vineyards … Continue reading Charming Chinchón – Garlic, Goya, Anis, John Wayne & a picture-perfect plaza


Aranjuez – A day trip to Spain’s Petit Paris



Join me for a day out to the Royal City of Aranjuez, a worthwhile day trip from the Spanish capital. I hop on the Cercanías light-rail commuter train from Madrid’s Atocha Station and make the 45 minute train ride through the middle of the harsh Castilian plateau, to the haven of peace and tranquillity of … Continue reading Aranjuez – A day trip to Spain’s Petit Paris


Living in La Mancha – Valdepeñas, Wine, Quixote & small town life in Spain



In this episode of the When in Spain podcast I take a weekend trip two hours south of Madrid to the town of Valdepeñas with three friends, one of whom spent a year living the Spanish small town life in deep Castilla la Mancha before moving to the Spanish capital. With the help of Matt … Continue reading Living in La Mancha – Valdepeñas, Wine, Quixote & small town life in Spain


Madrid Secrets by bike – Masonic mysteries, an assassination, pelota & fishy streets



Hop on and ride with me as I cycle Madrid‘s streets to uncover some curious secrets and hidden gems of the Spanish capital. In this episode of the When in Spain podcast I sign-up to Madrid‘s BiciMadrid public cycle scheme and dodge the traffic to check out some fascinating locations which hide some surprising stories … Continue reading Madrid Secrets by bike – Masonic mysteries, an assassination, pelota & fishy streets