Category Archives: History

Paella & pyrotechnics – A Valencia walking tour with photographer Paul Knowles



In this episode we’re talking and walking Spain’s third biggest city – the beautiful Mediterranean city of Valencia. Guiding us around Valencia is photographer and guide, Paul Knowles who runs his own walking private tour, Streets of Valencia. In the episode Paul talks history and reveals some of Valencia’s most important sights, including the Catedral … Continue reading Paella & pyrotechnics – A Valencia walking tour with photographer Paul Knowles


Treading Toledo’s 2000-year history: Mosques, Monasteries & Synagogues



In this episode I pound the steep and winding cobbled streets of the former Spanish capital, Toledo to discover its incredibly rich and varied history. Once a city where Moors, Christians and Sephardic Jews all lived side by side. Capital of Spain until 1563, when the honour passed to the backwater village of Madrid just … Continue reading Treading Toledo’s 2000-year history: Mosques, Monasteries & Synagogues


Zipping around Zaragoza – a weekend in the capital of Aragón



Join me for a whirlwind wander around Zaragoza, the beautiful capital of the Spanish autonomous region of Aragón. I zipped up to Zaragoza on the AVE from Madrid to meet an old friend who lives in Barcelona. It´s the perfect half-way meeting place. In this episode I explore the city and visit some of Zaragoza´s … Continue reading Zipping around Zaragoza – a weekend in the capital of Aragón


12 Favourite Madrid Streets – Exploding Markets, Weddings, Poodles, Pride, Tapas, Art & Piss!



According to the Madrid City Hall, El Ayuntamiento de Madrid the Spanish capital has 9,139 streets. This week I explore a handful of them with Spain travel consultant, Karen Rosenblum. No, we don’t walk all 9,139 of them, but on our wander around the Spanish capital between us we compile a list of our top … Continue reading 12 Favourite Madrid Streets – Exploding Markets, Weddings, Poodles, Pride, Tapas, Art & Piss!


Secrets of the Menú del Día – The history & future of Spain’s lunchtime meal deal



Join me and journalist, Fiona Govan from The Local news website as we eat our way through a Menú del Día – Spain’s great value fixed-price lunch menu which you can find in pretty much any restaurant in Spain, although often tourists and visitors are not sure what it is or what it includes. Find … Continue reading Secrets of the Menú del Día – The history & future of Spain’s lunchtime meal deal


Winter warmth in Gran Canaria – Exploring Canary Island life with Alex Bramwell



In this episode I take you with me as I escape the winter blues and head to Las Palmas on Gran Canaria with Karina in search of winter warmth for the New Year. I meet up with Gran Canaria-born photographer and all-round Canary Island expert, Alex Bramwell to explore what Gran Canaria and the other … Continue reading Winter warmth in Gran Canaria – Exploring Canary Island life with Alex Bramwell


Costa de la Luz Road Trip: From Cádiz to La Doñana & beyond to Portugal



Road trip number two of 2019. Join us for as we holiday across Spain’s Costa de la Luz. First stop, Cádiz, one of my favourite Spanish cities. I describe the faded grandeur of this once-powerful city, soak up the atmosphere of its squares and streets and contemplate the city’s history and geography. Then on to … Continue reading Costa de la Luz Road Trip: From Cádiz to La Doñana & beyond to Portugal


Murcia Road Trip: Cartagena, Coves, Cathedrals, Cicadas & a Roman Theatre



Lots of sights and sounds from Murcia as I make a last minute trip to the region in southeast Spain. Using Murcia city as our base we explore the city of Cartagena and its Roman Theatre ( The second largest in Spain), wander around the city’s harbour and go for seafood. Back in Murcia city … Continue reading Murcia Road Trip: Cartagena, Coves, Cathedrals, Cicadas & a Roman Theatre


Discovering the Arabic Influence on Spanish Language with David Bowles



What do the Spanish words Hasta, Loco, Barrio, Aceite, Moreno, Ojalá, Chaleco, Tarea and Fideo all have in common? They’re all Arabic origin words that have been absorbed into the Spanish language. Spanish has some 1,000 Arabic roots and about 3,000 derived words, so nearly 4,000 in total, that’s 8% of the Spanish language.  In … Continue reading Discovering the Arabic Influence on Spanish Language with David Bowles


When in Spain reading list: 16 must-read books on Spain



With the Summer holiday season just around the corner, you might be contemplating which books to pack to while away the hours while relaxing or travelling. Assuming you’re a big fan of Spain, I’ve put together a ‘When in Spain Reading List’ of 16 of my favourite reads about Spain. My recommendations include books on Spanish … Continue reading When in Spain reading list: 16 must-read books on Spain