On our return to Hostal Marino in July 2020, after a couple of years of absence, we came across a few changes.
The outside of the hostal had completely changed.
This, I believe, was for local legislation regarding balconies being made more secure and slightly higher.
But inside was the biggest change, the swimming pool was not there anymore!
This is because, the hosta, are building a new 27 room 4-star hotel in the space next door, which is taking part of the area where the swimming pool was. The new hotel will have a swimming pool on the roof and guests at Hostal Marino will be able to use it. There...
This rather scruffy fishing village of Barbate along the southern coast of Spain near Cádiz, has been fishing bluefin tuna using the same methods for well over 3,000 years. This traditional tuna fishing method, known as almadraba, is famous throughout Spain for catching the country’s most popular tuna.
The almadraba season is in May and June. Small fishing boats attached to giant round nets float in an ever-widening circle in the narrow Gibraltar strait between Africa and Europe. As the circle widens, the nets become taught, drawing the tuna closer and closer to the surface. When silvery fins start flashi...
BAR CAN TONI - THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE REAL FORMENTERA
This place is located in the small village of El Pilar de la Mola, almost opposite the hippie market (which is open on Wednesday and Sundays) and is run by an Italian (like many other places on the island).
They serve food all day.
Bar Can Toni is actually the heart and soul of Formentera. This is where the locals go to eat, drink, chat, play and watch great live flamenco music and dance.
The place is really friendly and ideal for a drink and to eat a few tapas. The tapas are not spectacular but it's not really the food you come here for. An example...
Simon Shaw opened El Gato Negro Tapas in a empty former pub in Ripponden in 2005. With a view to good luck and a nod to a favourite old shop in Madrid, he named it El Gato Negro (Spanish for the black cat). Strangely, it later transpired the pub had been called the Black Cat many years before.
El Gato Negro’s move from the Pennine village of Ripponden to Manchester has proved a great success story. Simon, whose love of Spanish food was formed during earlier visits to the Basque country and Catalunya, whilst working for Havey Nic...
Located in Sant Carles (San Carlos) a tiny village (near Santa Eulària des Riu), right next to the Sant Carles de Peralta church, this old bar and restaurant is one of the most famous and the most beloved in Ibiza.
It has become an absolute must for all bohemian types and intellectuals in rural Ibiza, For many people, it is one of the few remnants of the bygone hippy era, probably even the last.
This place still invites you to spend a relaxing afternoon over coffee or a glass of Hierbas Ibicencas, the local liquer.
It was made famous by Ana Mari Torres (Anita), the original owner of the bar, who...
This is the second restaurant we were taken to by our friend Howard Goldsmith, who lives in the area. It is a completely different experience to the first one, which was very traditional, but both are very good in their own way.
Titas gastrobar is in the old historic centre of Villena and serves tasty and well presented food whether you are vegan, vegetarian or carnivore.
There's a real buzz about the place with lots of locals sharing tapas at the bar. This gastrobar has a typical trendy modern bar layout, bright, busy and noisy and would not seem out of place in Soho, London.