Europe’s hidden coasts: Costa Maresme, Spain

The coast just north of Barcelona is often overlooked by visitors. But with miles of sandy beach, great restaurants and a coast-hugging train, it’s a perfect escape

Salses-le-Chateau in France

I first saw this magnificent fortress from the train and I was delighted when the train stopped at a nearby station, which meant I could easily visit the castle on public transport. The reason I saw the fort is because it’s situated in the ideal spot between the Corbieres mountains and the Leucate lagoon. TheContinue reading “Salses-le-Chateau in France”

Barcelona’s open-air cabinet of curiosities, the Jardí Botànic

The author of new guide Quiet Barcelona sings the praises of this peaceful garden high on the slopes of Montjuïc

Staying in style in Barcelona

With an art gallery, coffee bar, yoga and south-east Asian food, you might find it hard to leave Barcelona’s Casa Bonay hotel – unless you get a craving for tapas

Travel 2016 – Tip 22 – France – Collioure

This tip refers to the Catalan town of Collioure, which is on the Cote Vermeille. The Côte Vermeille is a region in the French department of Pyrénées-Orientales, near the border with Spain. The Côte Vermeille stretches from Argelès-sur-Mer to the border village of Cerbère. The French Railways are no longer on strike, so it only tookContinue reading “Travel 2016 – Tip 22 – France – Collioure”

Not so Familia: visit Antoni Gaudí’s first project – just outside Barcelona

The Nau Gaudí, 30km from Barcelona, was the first building designed by the great Catalan architect, when he was just 26. Today its elegant interior showcases contemporary art