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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

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

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

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

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

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

BRITISH BOHEMIA

Thirty years ago a zoroastrian from Zanzibar with eye make-up, buckteeth and unusually stretchy clothes, lost in his music whatever it was about, was a reminder that there were bohemians … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

ALMERIA

Recently had an action-packed tour of Cabo de Gata and the edges of the Tabernas desert in Almeria, researching an article for The Guardian. Here’s some extra bits.

September 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE VUELTA, A TOUR OF SPAIN

The Vuelta Ciclista a España aka The Tour of Spain is taking place for a 70th time. The event starts on August 22 in Puerto Banús and – after some brand new challenging … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

COSTA DE LA LUZ

Guide to the moorish jewels and the spaces in between the coastal towns of Cádiz province – craggy mountains, pine forests, fields and endless beaches.  Read it over at  The Guardian

July 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

HUELVA COAST

I wrote a holiday guide to the Huelva coast for The Guardian which I hope will be useful this summer. This is a quintessential, mainly local, family seaside destination with … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Huelva Buenas Noticias

Huelva Buenas Noticias interviewed me to get my thoughts on the Huelva coast following a research trip in preparation for a Guardian travel piece. All is lovelier than you expect … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

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