Jeremy Clarke takes a rail trip through Europe

‘Hallo! Yes you my friend! Do you want some drugs?’ said a cheery teenage narcotics salesman.‘No!’ I said, standing in the sunshine outside Marseille St Charles railway station contemplating the city rooftops while waiting for a train.Tucked inside my jacket pocket was a 30-day (continuous) Eurail pass. Riding the rails across Europe for a…

Egypt: Egyptair to Operate 55 Flights Sunday

EgyptAir will operate on Sunday 55 flights to move 3,399 passengers to different destinations.The flag carrier said in a statement on Saturday that 42 international flights will head to Baghdad, Erbil, N’Djamena, Lagos, Doha, London, Milan, New York, Paris, Abuja, Rome, Dubai, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin, Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Bahrain, Istanbul,…

Why Valencia is Spain’s finest Mediterranean city

The Mediterranean city of Valencia has an astounding cathedral, brilliant beaches, renaissance churches, some of the most striking modern architecture in Europe, fabulous sea food and gutsy red wine. The locals are intensely proud of their city, culture and language, a form of Catalan called Valencian. They might not shout about it as loudly…

The Catalan firework festival that will make your Barcelona camping holiday go with a bang

There can be few better holiday moments than the sight of one’s children screaming in terror as explosions light the air all around, followed by an evacuation sequence that brings to mind Saving Private Ryan.It had started tamely enough. While spending a week at the Vilanova Park campsite, about 30 miles south of Barcelona, we were exploring the…

‘Recipes for Change’ film: asylum seekers share recipes & cook food for the homeless

An asylum seeker’s experience can be a lonely one. Having fled persecution, displaced people so often find themselves physically safer, but socially and emotionally isolated. In Barcelona, however, a small group are trying to change that, and give something back to their local community at the same time.Every Thursday, in the BACuinetes community…

The 13 Spanish restaurants ranked in the World’s Best 120: ‘Disfrutar’ (No.9)

Following on from our first article about The World’s 50 Best, an organisation that ranks restaurants around the world, we now focus on Disfrutar in Barcelona.Seven restaurants in Spain made it into the World’s 50 Best – and a further six Spanish restaurants ranked between 51-120. Out of the total 13 restaurants, seven…

Spotlight: Discover ‘El Brunch’ at the Fairmont Barcelona

Join us for the first El Brunch by Fairmont Barcelona in B·24!We invite you to discover an authentic gastronomic experience for all of the senses in the elegant surroundings of the lobby at Fairmont Barcelona.A unique ambience combining music, mixology and creativity – together with local seasonal cuisine and wines.A place to learn from local…

Gender Equality In Travel Industry Becomes Key Focus At 2021 Global Tourism Summit

Female leaders in travel and tourism stand on stage during the Women’s Initiative announcement. WTTCDuring the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit in Cancun last month, a primary point of discussion revolved around empowering and improving the role of women in travel and tourism leadership positions.At the hybrid virtual and…

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Cruise is ready to set sail

The Goop founder and Oscar winner heralded the 2022 return of her Celebrity Cruises partnership by sharing a photo of herself wearing a bikini on the beach while staring off into the distance. “I am always happiest by, in or on the sea! In 2022 my @goop team and I are going to join @celebritycruises on their new ship, Celebrity Beyond,” the caption…

Barcelona is one of the most…

Insider Life: Pandemic “revenge spending” — Florida’s… Insider – Jordan Parker Erb • 4h TGIF, y’all. In this week’s edition of Insider Life, we’re bringing you our top reads from the intersection of luxury, culture, and travel. Today, …

Travel news: this month (April 2021) in luxury travel

Friday newsletters always feature travel contests, tips, series, or news.Every last Friday of the month, you can read my news round-up of what’s happening in the world of luxury travel and aviation. In this issue:Madrid’s Hotel Ritz reopens as Mandarin Oriental propertyQatar Airways operates the world’s first…

Celebrity Beyond to debut in Southampton

Celebrity Cruises chief executive, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, has unveiled the third ship in the Edge series, Celebrity Beyond.The launch also signifies a strong vote of confidence in the UK, as Celebrity Beyond will depart on her maiden voyage from Southampton, on a ten-night western Europe cruise.The trip will visit Bordeaux, France; Lisbon, Portugal; and…

13 things you can be sure of on your next holiday to Spain

It’s the news sun-seekers were waiting for: Spain’s tourism minister has stated the country will start accepting tourists, Brits included, from June.Two months is a long time in Covid-land but if the stars align we might just be back in Barcelona and Benidorm sooner rather than later. And there are a few things you can pretty much guarantee when…

The world’s top 100 hotel suites in 2021 revealed, from Miami Beach to Australia via London

When the one per cent are let loose on the world’s most luxurious hotels again, here’s where they’ll be staying.Private jet lifestyle magazine Elite Traveler has drawn up a list of the 100 best hotel suites in the world for 2021 – and jaw-dropping opulence and show-stopping views are the order of the day.Fit for royalty? An upgrade for royalty…

Spain holiday news: Are Spain holidays back? UK to get first dibs on EU exemption

Europe, including Spain, Germany and Italy, have experienced severe Covid waves and sluggish vaccine rollout. Their collective troubles have led to a travel blackout, axing international holidays for more than a year. The UK is now within reach of reestablishing them, as it nears restriction-free life.Granada, Barcelona and Mallorca may be back on…

Emirates launches IATA Travel Pass trials

Emirates has become the latest airline to launch trials of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass.The mobile app is designed to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for Covid-19 testing or vaccine information.The first passengers travelling from Dubai to Barcelona…

Springtime in Barcelona: cultural activities

Barcelona is the perfect place to visit all year round thanks to its warm Mediterranean climate. Springtime is particularly good to visit when the weather is pleasant and warm, but without the busyness and high temperatures of the Summer.Enjoy the warm weather with a step out into nature of one of Barcelona’s many famous parks, or get your adrenaline…

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