Barcelona Travel Tips to Reduce Overtourism – Local Tips to Help the Locals

2019-04-22T22:49:27+07:00By |

Barcelona travel tips to reduce overtourism and give back to locals rather than take away, include everything from avoiding the overcrowded sights and exploring lesser-visited neighbourhoods to visiting over the quieter winter and Christmas and New Year season. We thought it time to ask a local expert for some Barcelona travel tips to reduce overtourism …

Best Cava Wineries Near Barcelona – A Penedès Wine Region Road Trip

2018-07-10T10:56:29+07:00By |

Best Cava wineries near Barcelona are peppered around the Penedès wine region, just 50 kilometres southwest of the capital of Catalunya,  Spain. We get a taste of what makes Cava so special, and why the Spanish sparkling wine matches so well with food, on a road trip through the Cava producing region. The best cava …

The European Train Trips to Take This Summer

2016-08-31T21:40:56+07:00By |

European train trips are a must in summer. There are few ways more quintessentially European to travel. In Australia we like to hit the road, but in Europe we take to the rails. These are the train trips you should do this summer. During the eight years we lived in the UAE, around this time each …

World’s Best Food Destinations According to World’s Best Chefs

2019-01-28T16:57:35+07:00By |

These are the world’s best food destinations according to the world’s best chefs, the places they said provided their fondest food memories and favourite eating experiences, from markets they loved to memorable meals. These are the countries where the best chefs most love to eat. As the 2017 World's 50 Best Restaurants awards are rapidly approaching – they're being announced …

Weekend in Barcelona Itinerary for Food and Wine Lovers

2019-04-22T22:37:36+07:00By |

Weekend in Barcelona? Yes, please. Barcelona has to be our favourite European city for a weekend getaway. When we lived in the Middle East we used to make a beeline for the Catalan capital the first chance we had. Oh how I wish we lived that close again! Now with the proliferation of low cost airlines, …

VINSEUM Catalan Wine Cultures Museum in the Penedes Wine Region

2018-06-02T14:59:14+07:00By |

VINSEUM Catalan Wine Cultures Museum at Villafranca in the Penedes wine region, southwest of Barcelona, is one of the most engaging wine museums in the world. Forget about the gift shop. This museum tour ends with a tasting in the bar. VINSEUM Catalan Wine Cultures Museum, in the town of Villafranca in Spain's Penedes wine region southwest …

How to Eat Calçots Like the Locals in Catalunya

2018-05-10T16:26:31+07:00By |

How to eat calcots is something that has intrigued us since we were last in Barcelona and a local named it as the must-do eating experience. It wasn't until our trip to the Penedes that we finally had the chance to learn to eat calcots like the locals in Catalunya. As calçotada get-togethers and festivals are …

Cava and Catalan Cuisine, a Perfect Food and Wine Pairing

2018-05-14T12:35:02+07:00By |

Cava and Catalan cuisine are made for each other. Sparkling wines are usually sipped at celebrations, as aperitifs or with sweet desserts. But Cava, we discovered, on a wine trip through the Penedes, is one of the few bubblies that can be drank throughout an entire meal. Cava and Catalan Cuisine, a Perfect Food and Wine Pairing “You …

Barcelona — Just My Type

2018-05-10T16:23:33+07:00By |

Our recent trip to Barcelona and the Penedes wine region on magazine assignments was focused on Cava and Catalan food. But when we went to the Centro de Interpretación de Cava in Sant Sadurni D’Anoia, my attention turned to design and type for a while. As our small group started playing with the touch-screen applications on …

Our Bite Sized Barcelona and Catalunya Culinary Guide

2018-05-10T16:29:28+07:00By |

Our bite sized Barcelona and Catalunya culinary guide covers the best of our eating experiences of our recent trip, from the best cava sipping spots and wineries with tasting rooms and cellar doors to the best market walks, tapas bar hops, and restaurants in Barcelona and Catalunya. Beguiling Barcelona and its beautiful Catalan countryside tantalised our taste …

Social Travel and the Deregulation of the Travel Industry

2019-04-23T16:22:06+07:00By |

Social travel and the deregulation of the travel industry has been on my mind a lot since our recent trip to Barcelona, where we witnessed local protests against over tourism, illegal holiday rentals and anti-social behaviour. Recent events in Barcelona have had us pondering the role of the sharing economy in the rise of the …

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