All eyes were on Santiago last night to see the names of the restaurants appearing in the latest edition of the French gastronomy bible. No change at the top – Spain is still home to 8 establishments with 3 stars (Akelarre, Arzak, Azurmendi, El Celler de Can Roca, DiverXO, Martín Berasategui, Quique Dacosta and Sant Pau). But we now have 23 kitchens with 2-stars and 157 kitchens with 1 star.
Kids are adored in Spain and you’ll find that they are great ice-breakers when it comes to mixing with the locals. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be a few hiccups along the way when travelling with junior. We’ve put together this food guide for families in Spain so you know what’s what when it comes to feeding your children on holiday.
When we started Totally Spain in 2000, we were planning lots of “once-in-a-lifetime” trips to Spain and our job was to make sure that all the “must-sees” were included on each itinerary. So much has changed since then. It’s now so easy to fly into smaller regional airports in Spain and thus many of our clients are actively looking to avoid the “must-see” sights in exchange for something much more personal and fresh. Moreand more they are turning to boutique destinations in Spain.
We are huge fans of a busy city break or a long weekend of pampering but sometimes our bodies and our brains need a complete change of pace, a place to de-compress from our busy schedules, in a location where time seems to last longer or has stopped altogether. When we need one of those days, we know just where to go – one of the many beautiful walled towns in Spain. That’s where we put all our day-to-day concerns on hold, we step back in time and really absorb the history and the architecture. We’re not talking about sleepy hollows or museum-like communities. Spain’s walled towns are lively places where real families live and go to school and run businesses. Here’s our list of Spain’s most interesting and enjoyable walled towns – perfect for a daytrip or that mid-week break you’ve been promising yourself for ages.
Here at Totally Spain, we organise hotel accommodation for our clients in every nook and cranny across Spain and Portugal and often recommend the state-run Parador network to our travelling couples, families and larger groups too. After much debate in the office and frequent inspection of the 94 locations across Spain, here are what we consider to be Spain’s 12 most impressive Paradores…