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Journalist and producer based in Spain working for UK press. My focus here is safe travel and tourism in Spain. I also cover current affairs, business, architecture and rural regeneration, and work / have worked for The Guardian, BBC, FT, The Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Business Life, Reader's Digest, Evening Standard.

The ‘Amazon for Campervan Rentals’

The “Amazon for campervan rentals” – Indie Campers announce their new campervan rental marketplace.

August 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

CHEF JOSÉ ANDRÉS WINS BASQUE CULINARY WORLD PRIZE 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic may have forced restaurants to close – but visionary chefs around the world have been busy using their powers for good. This year’s prestigious Basque Culinary World … Continue reading

July 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

OH TO TRAVEL!

A USA, Spain, Costa Rica video from the archives. With normal travel freedoms restricted throughout the world I’ve been thinking a lot about joys of unplanned wandering. Or spending time … Continue reading

July 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

SPAIN HOTEL INSURANCE

Health insurance is set to overtake sea view, free parking and breakfast included as a perk for hotel guests traveling in the ‘post’ COVID-19 period. Over and above adherence to … Continue reading

July 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

THE NEW VEGANOMICS

               

July 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

HEALTH PASSPORTS

There is a gap of a month between the opening of borders in Europe and the proposed availability of a UNWTO-backed health passport which aims to facilitate health-safe travel by … Continue reading

July 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

VINTAGE SOCIAL DISTANCING

  It’s not the first time there has been social distancing on Spain’s beaches. This couple caused a sensation when in June 1910 they brazenly broke the rules forbidding men … Continue reading

June 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

TOURISM: RISKY BUSINESS

It’s a risky gamble. Should countries re-activate foreign tourism before an international test and contact trace system is in place? Last year 1.5 billion people made trips for tourism. 2020 … Continue reading

May 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

WHAT’S ALLOWED IN SPAIN THIS WEEK?

There are four phases from lockdown to the new normality in post-COVID Spain, and on May 25 almost half the country advanced from 1 to 2. So what does that … Continue reading

May 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

SPAIN HOTELS HEALTH & SAFETY

What is being done to protect tourists in Spain? A lot, is the answer. See my overview in The Guardian. The Spanish government released a set of protocols for 21 … Continue reading

May 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

TIMETABLE TO A NEW NORMAL

Spain has a 4-phase plan for easing restrictions. The idea is that we reach a new normal by July 1. This is how it looked on May 11. Every two … Continue reading

May 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

COOL YET WARM HOTELS – SPAIN

COMING SOON: Sublime design hotels with fires in the bedrooms across Spain. There are more than you might think and I’m checking them all. And taking my time.

February 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

DRIVE FROM SEVILLE TO EAT HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE

Ecija (A4 from Seville to Cordoba), and Marchena and Osuna (A92 from Seville to Malaga / Granada) are long weekend destinations in La Campiña de Sevilla (see my Guardian piece … Continue reading

January 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES

Possibly the only reason to travel through the Gorafe desert in Granada is to take a look at the Casa del Desierto. The bleak desert can be extremely hot and … Continue reading

January 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

COULD IT BE MAGIC?

Few know. Some of the 51 towns on the Pueblos Mágicos de España network could be on the Not Visited Much network. Here’s my Top 10 of the best least … Continue reading

December 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

WHEN IN SEVILLE

Far too much to recommend in beautiful Seville. I could have filled double the space in The Guardian City Guide. Start there, but here are four more top places. Las … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

OLIVE OIL FRAUD

Meant to include a link to this feature on extra virgin olive oil fraud in Italy, written a while back for Reader’s Digest. Fascinating to research the industry in Bari. … Continue reading

April 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

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