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Fish and seafood stalls, Mercado Central, Valencia

Valencia’s modernist Mercado Central

The permanent, enclosed market is a feature of Spanish and Mediterranean life; a lively place where people have come to food shop for fresh produce since long before supermarkets were invented. Among the many beautiful and atmospheric markets in Spain, Valencia’s Mercado Central is certainly one of the finest – and an experience worth savouring. S...

Monday, August 29th, 2011
Art Deco houses of El Cabanyal Valencia

Valencia: tradition and transformation

Kenneth Tynan, once Britain’s foremost theatre critic, quoted Lord Harlech after visiting Valencia 40 years ago: 'To be alone in Valencia is to be permanently twenty minutes this side of suicide.' Oh, how things have changed since Tynan poured his elegantly phrased vitriol on the city! Now Valencia regularly attracts tourists from around the worl...

Monday, February 14th, 2011
Javea Parador

Javea’s Parador showcases the best of the region’s cuisine

To travel through Spain staying in the country’s many paradors is a particular treat and visitors will be pleased to know that Javea has its very own parador. Enjoying some of the best views and outlooks for miles around, this is an excellent place to stay and enjoy the friendly, relaxed ambience of Javea. The parador stands overlooking a beautifu...

Friday, July 30th, 2010
Sakonnet visitor centre

If you love wine, why not live in a vineyard?

On Rhode Island the scenic area surrounding Little Compton is especially popular with both locals and visitors. With a population of only three and a half thousand, it’s easy to see that this small town isn’t renowned for its lively nightlife or its shopping opportunities: its fame relates primarily to its natural beauty and its wine production. ...

Monday, July 19th, 2010
Chocolateria San Gines

Japan falls for the delights of the chocolateria

It’s long been a national favourite on a cold winter’s morning in Spain, but now Japan is also falling for the multiple charms of hot chocolate and churros. At the end of April the first chocolateria opened in Tokyo, the idea of forward thinking businessman, Hideo Maeda. Newspaper commentators have advised the public to regard it as payback for the...

Thursday, May 13th, 2010
La Casona de las Amas - a magical place

Historical country home in the heart of La Rioja

Originally built for the Spanish landed classes, or Hidalgos, this 17th century country home located along the higher reaches of the Rioja region of Northern Spain is in many ways unique. Restored to its former glory with the use of authentic materials and styles, this is nonetheless a property that offers modern comforts and amenities. In fact, th...

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
Kettner

Kettner’s – pride of Soho

First opened in 1867 by Auguste Kettner, chef to Napoleon III, this historic venue gained popularity due to its proximity to London’s theatres and was regularly frequented by such luminaries as Edward VII, Lillie Langtry, Oscar Wilde and Agatha Christie. Kettner’s still trades on its location, close to the heart of the capital’s theatreland, but ha...

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
Beautiful Valencia - The Cathedral

Valencia – classical and dynamic city

The capital of an autonomous region within Spain, this dynamic city of almost one million people is the third largest in Spain – and certainly one of the most beautiful. Valencia has the elegant boulevards and classical architecture of Madrid, the dynamic, artistic spirit of Barcelona and a character all of its own. There is even a local language, ...

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
A glass of agua de Valencia

Valencia’s champion cocktail

Nearly all visitors to Spain have ordered a jug of sangria - or two - to accompany their paella or tortilla española, but not many realise that Valencia can boast its very own cocktail, Agua de Valencia. Its history isn't officially recorded, but it is claimed that barman extraordinaire, Constante Gil, first mixed it in the bar Café Madrid de Valen...

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
Paella Valenciana

Paella – Pride of Valencia

Most visitors will have visited a traditional Spanish restaurant and seen waiters delivering large, round pans of steaming paella to tables. Outside Valencia, this popular dish will normally take the same form: saffron rice containing shellfish and garnished with a few prawns. Red peppers, peas and beans will have been added to provide additional c...

Saturday, July 18th, 2009