A week on the old smugglers’ trail in Spain and Portugal | Spain holidays

[ad_1] “This whole area is riddled with smugglers’ paths.” Pepe spread an arm out wide – some feat as we were cycling up a hill at the time – and indicated the expanse of undulating scrubland to our left. Peppered with cork oak trees, and with Spain’s sparsely populated Extremadura region immediately to the east, … Read more

10 of the best tapas bars in Santander, northern Spain | Spain holidays

[ad_1] Behind Santander’s sweep of bay lies a grid of streets dotted with bars that offer a fusion of Basque-style pintxos with versatile tapas, or pinchos as they’re called here. And unlike those of San Sebastián, a couple of hours east, they are not heaving with tourists. Yet this tiny region of Spain punches well … Read more

A cycle through Spanish history: retracing the 1941 Vuelta a España | Spain holidays

[ad_1] The temperature stood at 42C as I rode into Salamanca one dog-day afternoon a little over a year ago. After two and a half brutal days I had finally completed stage one of the 1941 Vuelta a España, a stage won in just under eight hours by the man who would go on to … Read more