Madrid’s Haute Cuisine Temples

Michelin stars and Repsol suns For a splash out, or budget-be-damned, celebratory dinner, Spain’s capitol city has an abundance of outstanding restaurants from which to experience some of the countries best cuisine, including twenty-two of which have been awarded Michelin stars, and eighty-five earning 1 to 3 Repsol suns for 2020.   Álbora Without doubt…

The Sherry Triangle – Day Three, Sanlúcar de Barrameda

  Along The Guadalquivir River Sitting at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River, Sanlúcar is well known for its sherry cellars, fresh seafood and horse races on the golden sand beach in August.  The Carreras de Caballos de Sanlúcar de Barrameda is now in its 175th year.  Parque Nacional de Doñana lying across the river,…

The Sherry Triangle – Day Two, El Puerto de Santa María

Located just 8-minutes southwest of Jerez on the MD commuter train (4,05€/one-way), El Puerto, across the bay from Cádiz, is known for its beaches, pine woods and whitewashed houses, and from where Columbus set sail on his second voyage to the Americas.  The old cities cobbled streets are lined with orange trees and typical Andaluz architecture,…

Day Trips in the Sherry Triangle – Day One, Cádiz

Should you find yourself in Jerez de la Frontera for the 25th Flamenco Festival in late February 2021, you’ll discover that you can easily do a day trip to visit the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe, Cádiz, Spain’s ancient port city on the Costa de la Luz, as well as the main Sherry centers of El Puerto de Santa María and…

Celebrating Easter in Spain’s Capital City

Semana Santa Visiting Madrid for Semana Santa is a little different than being in Sevilla, Málaga, Jerez, Úbeda or even San Vicente de la Sonsierra (Rioja), but only in the number of Brotherhoods or in the overall intensity of their processions.  You won’t see any flagellation, “los picaos”, but if you know what’s going on, Holy Week…

2020 Carnival Time in Cádiz

The riotous, raucous, annual ten-day festival of music and humor that Cádiz looks forward to all year runs from Thursday, 20 February to Sunday, 1 March 2020.  It’s Spain’s oldest and one of the most important celebrations, second only to the Carnival in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, which begins this year on Tuesday, 18 February. The Cádiz…

Fall in Portugal’s Alto Douro Wine Region

Fall is a perfect time of the year to find yourself in Portugal’s strikingly beautiful Alto Douro wine region.  This year we based ourselves for 4 nights at Taylor-Fladgate’s Vintage House in Pinhão during the second week of November, after the fall harvest, when the vineyards explode in a rainbow of vivid colors.  A few…

World Cheese Awards 2019

LOS MEJORES QUESOS DEL MUNDO The Top 16: Organic Blue Cheese Rogue River Blue | 101 puntos | Rogue Creamery | Estados Unidos Nazionale del Parmigiano Reggiano Latteria Sociale Santo Stefano |100 puntos | Consorzio Conva – Nazionale del Parmigiano Reggiano | Italia Torta del Casar DOP Virgen del Prado | 92 puntos | Queseria…

Iberian Traveler – Maribel’s Guides

The Best of Spain, Portugal and the south of France BESPOKE TRAVEL Culture, Wine and Gastronomy Focusing on those parts of Spain, Portugal and France that remain virtually undiscovered except by the most discriminating travelers, Iberian Traveler prefers to keep our custom tours exclusive, small enough to encourage personal experiences and discoveries.  Iberian Traveler’s guided tours…

Dining in San Sebastián-Donostia

The Michelin stars Pedro Subijana’s Akelaŕe on Mount Igueldo, one of our personal favorites, Andoni’s Mugaritz in Errenteria, the most cerebral and cutting-edge, Restaurant Martín Berasategui in Lasarte, Hilario Arbelaitz’s Zuberoa in Oiartzun, by far the most traditional of the Michelin stars, are all located in the suburbs, while the Txapategi brothers, Mikel, Kepa and Gorka’s…