‘Spain loves British people’ Madrid confident reopening looms as recovery ‘looking …

Spain’s Arancha González Laya has raises hopes for thousands of British holidaymakers by declaring the prospect of tourism reopening this summer is “looking good.” Ms Gonzalez Laya delivered the news but added that relaxing travel bans would require Spain, the EU and the UK to accelerate efforts. The official told the BBC how much the Government…

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…

Valencian chef wins World Paella Day Cup (of course) …

Quite appropriately, this year’s World Paella Day Cup has been won by the Valencian chef Chabe Soler, who beat Italy in the final on Sunday in Valencia with a traditional Paella Valenciana.Soler, chef at the family-run restaurant La Ferrera in El Pinedo, began the competition with a squid, prawn and pumpkin rice dish, her first creation for…

Spain and Food: a love affair

I am pretty sure that I fell in love with Spain properly about seven years ago – looking out over the spectacular landscape from a balcony of a small rural hotel near Ronda. After a dinner in the restaurant, drinking a local tinto and watching the sun disappear.Mind you, it could have been during an evening stroll along the cobbled streets of Sevilla,…

The 13 Spanish restaurants ranked in the World’s Best 120: ‘Mugaritz’ (No.7)

Following on from our first article about The World’s 50 Best, an organisation that ranks restaurants around the world, we now focus on Mugaritz in the Basque Country.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,…

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…

The 13 Spanish restaurants ranked in the World’s Best 120: ‘Azurmendi’ (No.14)

Following on from our first article about The World’s 50 Best, an organisation that ranks restaurants around the world, we now focus on Azurmendi in the Basque Country.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,…

Spain expats given crucial vaccine update – Benidorm, Alicante & Canary Islands rules

Around 285,000 British expats currently live in Spain. As the vaccination roll-out pushes forward around the world, it may be confusing for expats to know where to obtain their jab – particularly if they aren’t registered to a health centre.For those living in the Valencia region, which is home to Alicante and Benidorm, the FCDO explains they should…

Spanish Balearics wants travel corridor with UK ‘Magaluf is like a ghost town!’

Overseas leisure travel could resume for people in England on May 17 under Boris Johnson’s road map for easing restrictions. But the Spanish islands surrounding the mainland are at risk of being excluded from the UK’s green list despite low Covid cases. Digital Green Certificates will be accepted as “proof” a person had a COVID-19 jab, received…

Life’s a picnic: The Olive Press tests Bilbao’s famous Azurmendi restaurant

THERE are not many great meals that start with a picnic.But at Bilbao’s Azurmendi lunch begins in an unusual glass atrium, enveloped by undergrowth and stumps of trees, contemplating a rather twee basket that has suddenly been thrust in front of us.Inside is a leprechaun’s picnic of tiny ‘caipirinha’ balls, an eel sandwich and a spread of…

Ibiza In Chappaqua, NY, Is Well Worth The Drive For Great Spanish Cuisine

Ibiza serves creamy clam croquettes as one of many tapas. Laura Arias      Despite all the brouhaha over the modernist excesses of Chef Ferran Adrià and the extensive number of restaurants opened by Chef Jose Andrés, Spanish restaurants have not achieved the number or quality of the best in cities like Madrid, Bilbao…

Is Spain ready to open its borders to British tourists?

okers Bar on the seafront in Magaluf lies quiet these days, but very soon its usual patrons could be gearing up to return. Like elsewhere in Spain, this resort in Mallorca is desperate for the return of British holidaymakers after the country’s tourism sector was hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.British tourists will be welcomed back to Spain from…

Spain holidays: Valencia and Malaga jostle for ‘green list’ status: ‘Feeling of so …

Spanish officials and those who work in the tourism industry are hoping Britons are able to travel to Spain en mass this year, to help ease the stress on the sector.Currently, the Canary and Balearic Islands are the most likely options for holidays.However, different areas of Spain are in talks with officials to allow them to be greenlit for Britons.According…

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