Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

The Crashing Coast of Lloret de Mar

Picture it: Lloret de Mar, Catalonia.  2012.  A young girl stands in a blue tank top and hopes her flimsy strapless bathing suit top will withstand the vigors of a hike along the Costa Brava coast. Well, um, except that young girl was me, and that top, a magenta bandeau that I found for $12 [...]

Caldes de Malavella and The Best Sunset of My Life

For my final night in Costa Brava, Spain, I arrived in the inland town of Caldes de Malavella.  This beautiful town ended up being an unexpected highlight of the region. I’d never heard of Caldes de Malavella before my arrival.  The small town is an hour from either Barcelona or the French border and 15 [...]

Small Towns in Europe That I Love

Let me tell you something: it’s easy to go to Europe and see nothing but cities.  For years, that was my modus operandi — to hit up the major cities and ignore small towns along the way.  It’s the easiest and most convenient option, especially if you’re traveling by train. But in the past year, [...]

El Codolar, Tossa de Mar: My Favorite Hidden Beach in Europe

As much as I’ve traveled in Europe, there has been one major gap in my European travels: beaches. I’m puzzled over how this has happened.  I’ve even been to cities like Lisbon, Barcelona, Rimini, and Venice without setting foot on any of their famous beaches! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen some absolutely gorgeous beaches [...]

Barcelona and Me: The Complicated Relationship Continues

This past March, I visited Barcelona for the first time.  As you may recall, I was massively underwhelmed, finding the city dirty, crowded, and expensive compared to the rest of Spain, and even the lovely architecture couldn’t lift my spirits. This September, I had a day and a half to spend in Barcelona between TBU [...]

I Ate Everything in Costa Brava

Shortly after arriving in Spain for the first time back in March, I swiftly declared it one of my favorite food countries (along with Italy, Vietnam, Thailand, and France).  Spanish food is simple and delicious. But in Costa Brava, the food really outdid itself.  You had everything that makes Spanish food great, along with plenty [...]

13 Reasons to Fall in Love with Costa Brava, Spain

Costa Brava may very well be the best kept secret in Spain.  This September, I spent time in this region of Catalonia for the first time ever, and I was blown away by its sheer beauty, the variety of things to do, and its warm hospitality. From beaches to cities, from jamon to tomatoes, Costa [...]

Girona: My New Favorite City in Spain

Early this year, I visited Spain for the first time and quickly declared it one of my favorite countries.  The culture, the architecture, the food, the beautiful men — how could I not fall for Spain?  Of all the cities, I found myself falling for Granada and Sevilla the most. But my new favorite?  I [...]

The Bloghouse in Besalu, Spain — A Smashing Success!

In September, we launched our very first Bloghouse — and I am happy to report that it was a smashing success! The Bloghouse was a pre-TBEX event where five senior travel bloggers (Stephanie Yoder of Twenty-Something Travel, Michael Tieso of Art of Backpacking, Michael Hodson of Go, See, Write, Cailin O’Neil of Travel Yourself and [...]

You’re Invited to the Blog House in Costa Brava, Spain!

Image: dh27 I have a very exciting announcement to share: this September, several top bloggers and I are hosting a blog house in Costa Brava, Spain! TBEX Europe, the travel blogger conference, is taking place September 21-23 in Girona, Spain, the main city in the Costa Brava region.  But the real fun is before the [...]