Food and drink

A Taste of Rural Idyll at El Mondalón on Gran Canaria

July 5, 2012 Andy 4

At first glance the menu appears to be typically Canarian with favourites such as papas con mojo (potatoes with hot sauces), albóndigas (meatballs) and solomillo (fillet steak) but closer study reveals an intriguing creative slant from Chef Pepe Gonzalez… […]

Europe

Pousada de Santa Marinha, Guimarães

May 5, 2012 Andy 0

An imposing, former 12th century monastery where original, 18th century Azulejos tiles, Moorish architecture and monks’ cells have been given an award winning architectural makeover … […]

Guimaraes

Villa Hotel, Guimarães

January 11, 2012 Andy 0

A chic, boutique hotel in easy strolling distance of the historic centre, spitting distance of the railway station and perfectly positioned for exploring all parts of Guimarães. […]

Hotels

Hotel Barceló Santiago, Puerto Santiago, Tenerife

November 13, 2011 Andy 2

Fronted by the neighbouring Canary Island of La Gomera which provides the stage for the sun’s nightly adieu performance, and occupying the best seats on the island for views of the monolithic cliffs of Los Gigantes, when it comes to fabulous Tenerife coastal vistas, the four star Hotel Barceló Santiago holds pole position. […]

Africa

Dar Al Bahar, Essaouira, Morocco

October 6, 2011 Andy 0

Meaning ‘House by the Sea’, Dar Al Bahar is a beautiful, traditional dar of four storeys built into the ramparts of the old city with views over the ocean and the medina. Perfectly located within a footstep of the heart of the bustling medina… […]

Africa

Riad Merstane, Marrakech

October 4, 2011 Andy 1

A stunning 200 year old riad, beautifully restored and impeccably maintained in the residential area of the Marrakech medina, a ten minute walk to the souks and 25 minutes to the famous Jemaa El F’na square. Riad Merstane is hidden away in a maze of alleys and entering from the medina is like walking into a perfumed and tranquil oasis. […]