Cadíz: City Guide

Torre de Force There’s an ‘ends of the earth’ feeling to Cadíz. Its old town, almost surrounded on all sides by water, is bleached in a bright white light, creating dramatic, architectural shadows across its rooftops and famous towers. The oldest inhabited city in the Western world (so the gaditanos say), each and every twist…

Baigorri, Rioja*

*Yes, yes, you’ve spotted it: a geographical mistake on our part. As, obviously, the Rioja region, in northern Spain, isn’t in Andalucía. Well done. Gold stars, and all that. But when you’re in Spain, exploring and seeking out the very best of produce, then it would be kind of churlish to omit a beautifully crafted…

An Ode To… Trashy Patatas Bravas

You know how it is. After one too many, pre-prandial fish bowl gin & tonics, followed by a late-night meal washed down with a bottle or two of Rioja, the next day – shading your delicate eyes from the bright sunshine and blue skies – requires just two things: carbs and cold beer. There is no…

An Ode To… Habitas

The humble broad bean has been elevated to dizzy gastronomic heights by the Spanish. As a child, gluts of them from my Dad’s garden would blight my summer, served the size of a large thumb with a thick, chewy outer, and bitter in the middle, with every single damn meal. Not in Spain, though. Here…

Barcelo La Bobadilla

The Eat Andalucia team take our eating very seriously indeed. Very seriously. So, when two of our number decide to tie the knot, the hunt for the perfect honeymoon spot was seen as a challenge by the rest of the team. One hotel that kept being mentioned by people we love and respect was La…

Abastos & Viandas, Marbella

We love how the Spanish have held onto their food markets, and brought them bang up-to-date to ensure a younger clientele use them frequently. Some new-style markets, like Málaga’s Mercado Merced, have added food stalls to the existing, more traditional vendors – such as greengrocers, fishmongers and butchers – while, over in Marbella, there’s a…

An Ode To… Flan

Each and every time I order a ‘flan de la casa’ – allegedly a homemade flan, which is a kind of baked custard-y, crème caramel-style pudding – I look out for the giveaway sign that it’s been bought in, from outside the premises: no holes. If it’s perfect and smooth, this more-ish little pud has,…

Parador de Granada

Visiting the Alhambra de Granada in mid-July isn’t quite as stupid as visiting it in August, but it’s getting there – temperatures often tip over the 40 degrees Celsius mark. What is stupid is when you decide to spurn the cheap local taxis from the centre of the old Albaicín neighbourhood, and walk up the hills…

An Ode To… The menu del día

As the Pound throws itself, lemming-like, off the Brexit cliff, bagging a bargain when you’re travelling in the Eurozone is more essential than ever. Thank goodness for Spain’s wonderful tradition of the Menu Del Día – menu of the day. It is what it says it is. Simple, right? From roadside ventas to even more…

Mercado Merced, Málaga

The coastal city of Málaga, often overlooked by holidaymakers, is home to market devoted to Spanish street food.

An Ode to… Paella

Tinted golden by saffron and packed with the finest produce, a good paella is hard to find.