18 Jun 2020

A few days in Málaga after COVID-19 lockdown easing.

After ten plus weeks in lockdown, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the prospect of a few days in Málaga was something to look forward to with relish. We normally tend to stay at   

Atarazanas Málaga Boutique Hotel
Calle Atarazanas 19, 29005 Malaga
+34 952 12 19 10

This is a nice, basic hotel, centrally placed next to the Mercado Central de Atarazanas (Málaga’s daily food market) and also near the oldest bar in Málaga, the Bodega Antiqua Casa de Guardia.

On leaving the hotel our first visit here is always to, 

Mercado Central de Atara...

28 Jul 2018


I can't believe I ate the Whole Thing! by Jonathon Lipsin

Tonight, for my birthday dinner it was mixed paella finished off with a hierbas liquor from the Balearic Islands served "on la casa" by the friendly restaurant staff.

The place I chose for this orgy was Can Rafalet in Es Calo de Sant Agustí which boasts the prettiest views on the island.

Here the sea is at it's turquoise best and I like the paella here. Where as other places serve rice with "some things in it" this place serves a paella worth it's salt, studded with meat and seafood.

As soon as you sit down you get a delicious aioli loaded w...

26 Jul 2018


What Eastbourne hotels could learn from Hotel Niza would fill a telephone directory. It’s got the seafront location you want and the period facade that every kiss-me-quick hotel needs.

The bedrooms are fresh, airy and stylish, in an untrendy way

The front rooms overlook the promenade and the stunning playa de la Concha

 The view to the right takes in the parte vieja (old town) and harbour

It is a lovely spot to sit out and watch the world go by whilst having a glass of Basque vino.

A word of warning, the ocean view rooms do not have air con because you are told the breeze from the ocean should be enough. T...

12 Apr 2018

Restaurant Cala d'Hort

This mythical restaurant, also known as Ca na Vergera, the nickname of the family that continues to own and work here is one of the last authentic places left in the south of Ibiza. 

In the late sixties, Joan Vergera acquired the land on which the restaurant now stands and built a small hut.

He went fishing with his llaüt (small boat) the "Adolfo" and on his return, his wife Maria cooked what he brought back.

The clientele was composed mainly of other fishermen from the area as tourism had not yet reached Cala d'Hort.

The beach, in fact, was so inaccessible by road that Joan had to bring suppl...

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