About 20 km east of Madrid, in the small town of Mejorada del Campo, stands a building that testifies to a former monk’s lifetime of devotion to the Catholic faith. After eight years in a Trappist order at Soria‘s Santa Maria de la Huerta monastery, Don Justo Gallego Martinez was ordered to leave, for fear … Continue reading Spain’s scrap cathedral – An ex-monk’s 60-year labour of faith, devotion & castoffs
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
A round up of do’s and don’ts to make your experience in Spain as authentic and enjoyable as possible. Spain, like any country when we’re not too familiar with it at first, can feel complicated and overwhelming. Especially when we don’t have any kind of cultural compass to guide us along the way. Whether you … Continue reading 20 things you should and shouldn’t do in Spain – Insights for an authentic Spanish experience!
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
Think blue flowerpots of vibrant geranium flowers of every colour imaginable. White washed houses, the scent of orange blossom drifting through the streets, tranquil patios, trickling fountains and the sound of a distant guitar. More at https://www.wheninspainpodcast.com/post/cordoba-patios-fiesta This week we´re heading to Códoba´s annual Fiesta de los Patios (Courtyard Festival) – virtually of course. And … Continue reading Córdoba’s Patios Fiesta with Karen Rosenblum from Travel Spain!
Author and journalist Paul Richardson joins me to talk about life living off-grid on his farm El Chabolino (The Little Shack) https://chabolino.com/ in deep Extremadura. Paul and his husband are almost completely self-sufficient and live from what they produce on their 12-acres of Spanish countryside. Which means tending fruit trees, olive groves and making wine … Continue reading Self-sufficiency in Extremadura with author Paul Richardson – Hooch, hogs & homemade soap
I look back at a few food and drink episodes from last year. I sample some beautiful Jamón Ibérico with food guide Margit Sperling from Walk and Eat Spain. Then I quaff wine and explore the world of Spanish vino with Luke Darracott and Roque Madrid from Madrid & Darracott. Check out the show notes … Continue reading Foodies in Madrid – Best bites (& sips) plus why do you listen to When in Spain?
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
In this episode I talk to Mike Damanti, a professional photographer from the United States who moved to Madrid five years ago. While on a quest for artistic inspiration, Mike came across Madrid’s Romani community. Photographing them over many years and documenting the Romani community’s lives living on the streets of Madrid, he slowly became … Continue reading Documenting Madrid’s Romani community with photographer Michael Damanti
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