Motorhome Safety Tips on the Move

Are you planning on an RV road trip? Then brush yourself up with some generic and not so generic tips while you still have the chance on a safe yet enjoyable way to drive yourself around. The generic tips are more like the dos and don’ts of a simple driving lesson although it can get tricky while you are maneuvering a campervan. 

However, the not so generic tricks involve the safety and security aspects of your campervan itself. It is often easy to forget about the safety issues on the road while you are high on your energy enjoying the experience. However, if you plan ahead your trip and way before your excitement kicks in you can avoid a whole lot of mess that may happen while you are behind the wheels. Although accidents do not occur always because you were careless that is why they are called an accident and thus the best bet is to get a motorhome insurance. In fact this should be your first step towards safe caravanning trip. The so called generic and not so generic safety tips are as follows:

1. Weight Restriction: Do not overload your motorhome at any cost. Take all the factors of your motorhome into consideration before you plan on how many people should board your motorhome. Remember that there are legal restrictions regarding Maximum Vehicle Weight, Mass in Running Order, Payload, and Gross vehicle weight. Check your motorhomes specifications and board and load accordingly.

2. Outdated Parts and Accessories: Make sure all the parts are in perfect working condition in your motorhome. If some parts are outdated or retro run a thorough check. Do not let any accessory hang on at the rear end of your motorhome which might hinder your rearward view like the rear cycle carrier. Most importantly make sure your satnav is not outdated at any cost.

3. Interior: Make sure you van is always dry in a healthy way. You should not let any damp or moist air circulate inside your van while you are in it. It can settle anywhere so make sure you run a thorough check. Do not leave anything unattended that may happen to rot and smell. Also make sure of attaching industry standard child seat if you are travelling with one. If the cupboards in the interior of your motorhome tend to fly open while in transit consider replacing them.

4. Exterior: Each time you stop at a gas station or for a grocery break; make sure you run a check on the exterior condition of your van. Damages as simple as a dent and a scratch or a broken surface needs immediate attention that you cannot afford to ignore even if you are on the road. Get them fixed ASAP. Assess the door, window, and pane fittings thoroughly. This is essential because you would not want to be bothered by external weather condition, especially when you are driving.

5. Gas and electrics check and other fitted equipment: Check all the gas, electric and other fitted equipment to see if they need any repair once you are around civilization. You would not want to get stuck without the essential convenience when you would be behind the wheel for a long run again.

6. Chassis, engine, running gear and tire check: At every stop make it an absolute necessity to check your engine, hitch mechanism, condition of your tires, chassis, and other running gears in your motorhome. The idea of a break down and getting stranded in the middle of nowhere is not particularly enjoyable.

7. Others: The more generic safety rules while you are on the trail are that first and foremost you must remember to drive slowly and gradually build your confidence. Accelerate slowly and press your break a little sooner than sudden. If possible take a motorhome maneuvering course before you venture out. Beware of the traffic around you and let them pass. Also beware of the trees and branches overhead while you are driving for obstruction and possible damage. Be careful of the weather condition and if it is raining or snowing or frosting up, try and make a halt. If that is not possible go really slow, and at all cost avoid all steep or sharp curves and slopes and lose ground. 

Also make sure you take a wider area while taking a turn. Do not haul your motorhome with you once you are pitched if you have to go to town or the local market. Most importantly do not drink and drive and keep changing the hands behind the wheels every now and then if travelling with friends and family. If you are travelling alone make sure you rest often if you are tired.

With these tips in your hand you would surely enjoy your trip safely. Make sure you abide by these codes and you will have no problem in not just reaching your destination but also come back safely.

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Authentic Mexico: Exploring the Gringo Trail

Mexico is a world of pristine beaches, jungle adventures, exciting cities and storytelling ruins. If you’re a traveller who likes to escape the crowds by getting off the beaten track, the Gringo Trail will enlighten you to some incredible sights like the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Playa del Carmen. Along the way you will also discover the low cost of living in Mexico, making it a great destination for those on a budget.

Budgeting starts with flights

Millions of people take flights to Mexico every year to relax on the white sand beaches at the resorts in Cancun, Acapulco and Cozumel. If you’re taking the road less travelled, budget travel to and around the Gringo Trail is readily available, starting with your flights. Mexico is a year round sunshine destination but you’ll find discounted flights during the low season, which stretches from April through November.

Take in the sights

The Gringo Trail is all about escaping the crowds but it can draw in many backpackers wanting to share the unique experience. Don’t overlook some of the highly-rated attractions just because they are popular! Take the time to explore the Yucatan Peninsula, by visiting the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza as well as the magical underground pools known as cenotes. The chance to scuba-dive in some of the world’s best diving sites off the island of Cozumel and along the Cancun coast should also not be missed.

Unspoilt beaches

Whether you’re intending to spend some time on the west coast Mexican Riviera or on the Gulf Coast you will be able to find unspoilt stretches of immense white sand. Beaches such as those found in Tulum are less developed than those that at the resorts and are less populated. The beauty of these beaches is unparalleled and one glimpse of Tankah Bay Beach on the Riviera Maya or Playa Paraiso in Tulum is all it takes to fall in love with this country. Hidden beaches such as those at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve south of Tulum as well as Solomon Bay Beach are as wild, natural and beautiful as it gets in this country.

Far from the crowd

If you’re looking to travel a little further then try not to miss the southwestern state of Oaxaca for even more Gringo Trail experiences. It’s here where you can explore the pre-Columbian Monte Alban pyramid site as well as travel through the cloud forests and river trails of Santiago Comaltepec. In this state you will mix with indigenous people and can become immersed in the cultures of the Zapotecs, Mixtecs and Mazatecos. If you want to enjoy real Mexican food and authentic Mescal then there’s no better place than the traditional restaurants in Oaxaca City.

The back-packer’s favourite

You can’t get any further south in Mexico than the state of Chiapas and the town of San Cristóbal de las Casa is a definite travel experience. The city dates back to 1528 and lies in a small valley with a mountainous backdrop and offers a taste Spanish colonial Mexico. Winding little cobbled streets, open air markets, the beautiful Santa Domingo church and the Zocala Plaza are all well worth seeing. The atmosphere in San Cris is laid back and you can find plenty of low cost eating establishments as well a budget accommodation in this city.

Exploring the Gringo Trail may mean making a little extra effort than simply relaxing at the resorts but your additional travels will be rewarded. You’ll have a much more authentic Mexican experience and an extended stay is definitely warranted if you can afford the time.

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3 Fabulous Sharm El Sheikh Resorts That You Should Visit

For most tourists, Egypt starts and ends with Cairo and the Great Pyramids. This is a real shame, because this beautiful country has so much to offer besides towering ancient monuments of stone. From its interior desert towns to the beautiful resorts along its coast that have enthralled travellers for centuries, Egypt has it all.

Among the most popular tourist spots in Egypt (besides Cairo) is Sharm El Sheikh. Located along the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheikh is a spectacular beach destination that boasts of world-class dive spots and pristine underwater reserves. It also has gorgeous seascapes, stunning desert vistas and some of the finest luxury resorts in the world.

If this charming little town is on your travel itinerary, here are three fabulous resorts you should consider staying in:

1. Maritim Jolie Ville Resort, Naama Bay: Located right in the heart of the popular Naama Bay area of Sharm El Sheikh, Maritim Jolie Ville Resort & Casino is a great place for families to enjoy the charms of the city at a price that won't break your budget. It offers easy access to the Naama Bay beach, has charmingly decorated rooms with beautiful ocean views, and boasts well-equipped rooms with climate control, satellite TV, and wi-fi. A firm favorite among foodies, it has four a-la-carte restaurants serving everything from French to Italian and traditional Egyptian cuisine.

The resort's highlights include an extremely popular Beach BBQ, and ultra-luxurious 'super rooms' located just 50-500 metres from the beach!

2. Hilton Sharks Bay Resort, Sharks Bay Beach: Thanks to its location at the edge of the Shark's Bay Beach, the Hilton Sharks Bay Resort offers some of the most stunning views of the Red Sea in the city. Popular among families as well as young couples, this resort boasts seven different pools, its own private beach, a whopping 13 restaurants and bars, and two separate clubs exclusively for kids. The resort will also be more than happy to arrange dive site trips or whisk you away to a romantic private dinner by the beach. Every room in the resort looks out to either the pools, the beach, or the hotel's vast gardens.

3. Rixos Sharm Elh Sheikh, Nabq Bay: Awarded the Travellers's Choice Award for Luxury by TripAdvisor, the Rixos in Nabq Bay is one of the finest luxury hotels in the city with over 695 rooms and suites spread along a gorgeous stretch of the Nabq Bay beach. Besides world-class international dining options (including options from Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Italian and Egyptian cuisines), it also has several pools, three water slides for children (and adults who act like children!), and gorgeous rooms modelled on traditional Egyptian architecture.

If you plan to travel to Sharm El Sheikh, you can't go wrong with picking from any one of these three luxury family resorts!

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5 Tips to Save Money on a Skiing Holiday

What better way to winter than gliding over the Alpine snow on a pair of skis? Heading off on a skiing holiday to France or Austria is a yearly ritual for many families and snowsports enthusiasts. This ritual need not burn a tidy hole in your pocket, however and these five tips will show you how to save money on your next skiing holiday:

1. Be flexible with your schedule: Since skiing is a seasonal sport, prices for hotels, resorts, transport, and even food tend to vary a lotdepending on the season. Shift your schedule by a couple of weeks outside peak periods, and you might just end up saving half your money. Most hotels tend to become cheaper late into the season and some resorts high into the Alps in places like the Three Valleys area in France continue their snow seasons until April-May, so take the opportunity for lower rates.

2. DIY or ski package: This is another big question you have to ask before heading out on your ski holiday: do you buy a ski package, or do you book everything on your own? If you're like most families heading out to a popular resort like Val d'Isere, chances are, you'll choose the ski package. After all, you're short on time and most self-catered and catered ski packages include everything from hotel rooms to bus tickets, so you don’t need to fork out once you get there. Conversely, if you choose to assemble your ski holiday yourself, you can mix and match hotels and add on only the extras you want, like childcare, or special family offers.

3. Be mindful of exchange rates: You might be tempted to whip out your credit card to pay for meals and tickets. Don't. The exchange rates through electronic transactions tends to be very unfavorable. Instead, take out the appropriate amount of euros or Swiss francs from the ATM and use cash instead.

4. Take cheaper modes of transport: Flights save you time but also end up being a huge drain on your finances. Trains, buses and even cars are preferable to flying, even if it means spending an extra day or two on the road. If you treat the journey itself as a part of your holiday, you might even come to enjoy the experience as much as the destination!

5. Try some alternative destinations: Last, but not least, remember that France and Switzerland aren't the only countries that receive snow in the winter. Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Slovenia have plenty of ski resorts as well, and these can be cheaper than anything in the French/Swiss Alps. Similarly, ski resorts in the Italian Dolomites and Pyrenees offer great skiing at very affordable rates as well. If you're willing to search thoroughly, you can often get great deals on a skiing holiday.

Saving money on a skiing holiday isn't easy, but it is possible. Be flexible with your schedule, avoid exorbitant exchange rates, book tickets/rooms yourself and try out some alternative destinations to get the most out of your holiday!

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A Spanish Trip: Low Cost Living

Spain is an immensely popular destination for travellers thanks to its beautiful beaches, exciting cities and relatively low cost of living. One of the major bonuses when visiting Spain is that your spending cash should stretch a lot further if you’re wise with your money.

Book before you leave

Spain holidays are a financially wise move due to the low costs but the popularity of this country means you should book your flights and accommodations well before departure. Using a couple of travel comparison websites will give you a good range of accommodation choices but remember that summer vacations will come with premium prices.

The good news is that outside of the peak summer months you will find plenty of value for money choices. You can of course just turn up and search for a room but expect to pay $20 for a hostel and $45 - $70 for a private hotel room, per night.

Budget beach resorts

It might sound strange but, due to competition, you will find a wider choice of accommodation at the popular beach resorts. Those along the Costa del Sol and the Costa del Luz hold an immense amount of hotels and self-catering apartments all competing for your custom.

Accommodation fills up quickly during June, July and August but outside of these months you can easily find low cost rooms. Remember that many of the Spanish Islands such as Majorca and Ibiza are year round sunshine destinations but you will still find lower prices during spring, autumn and winter.

Local Dishes

To find tasty but inexpensive good food in Spain, follow the locals. Avoiding the ‘laminated menu’ tourist trap restaurants is a good idea and in Spanish cities such as Madrid and Barcelona there are plenty of excellent restaurants serving traditional tapas and paella.

Snacks such as sandwiches should set you back around $5 but can be more expensive in the cities. If you eat where the locals eat then expect to pay around $15 - $30 for a decent evening meal, usually with wine included.

Exploring the country

Getting around Spain is pretty inexpensive. Train fares cost more than buses, which are a good low cost option, and car rental can be one of the best options available. If you’re planning on some sightseeing around Spain then you can hire a car from around $25 per day, but always keep an eye out for the extra charges. Major cities such as Barcelona offer city cards, which once purchased will provide you with free admission to popular sightseeing venues as well as unlimited use of public transport.

Fun, free & low-cost activities

Spain is the perfect option for lovers of the great outdoors and it won’t cost a thing to spend days out on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. The country is also home to some stunning national parks: 14 in total, with beautiful mountains, rivers and lakes. The cities will offer sightseeing attractions including museums, art galleries and historic buildings.

You don’t need an unlimited budget if you’re spending time in this beautiful part of the world. The Spanish locals will always be more than happy to provide recommendations when it comes to finding the best value for money restaurants, entertainment and sightseeing options.

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How to Enjoy a Weekend Break on a Budget

The Monday to Friday shift nine to five can sometimes feel a tad mundane so what better way to recharge the batteries than a weekend break. A little relaxation and adventure doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg and you can find great deals on everything from city sight-seeing trips to camping holidays to bus tours and everything in between. When planning a budget weekend break, a little creativity and some foresight can go a long way. Here are a few suggestions on how to spend a weekend away without breaking the bank.

Camping on England’s south coast

If it’s adventure you’re after then what better way to appreciate England’s beautiful south coast than to go camping. With its rugged coastlines, fantastic beaches and an array of picturesque towns and villages there really is nowhere more stunning. There are a number of websites that give advice on camping and caravan sites in the area as well as information on activities and things to see and do. The region is well served with Flybe doing domestic and international flights to and from Southampton airport which is well placed in the heart of the region.

City sight-seeing trips

Staying in cities isn’t renowned for being cheap - however there are bargains to be had if you keep your eyes peeled for deals on hotels. Information is obviously the key when it comes to staying in a city and it really pays to do your research. Once you have decided on a particular city destination it’s time to start planning. Search online for all the best places to eat at reasonable prices and check out a list of things that you can see and do without having to spend over the top. Most cities have a variety of museums and galleries that you can visit for free, numerous tourism boards provide online itineraries for self-guided tours and an increasing number of cities including Vienna, Copenhagen, Brussels and Dublin offer the lend of bikes for free.

House swap

This is a great way to save on hotel and accommodation costs; simply arrange a straight swap with another home owner. Maybe you live in the city and fancy a weekend near the beach, or vice versa. House swaps can also be arranged with overseas residents and your only real expense will be getting there. It even gives you the option of preparing your own meals.

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The Caribbean: World Experiences in One Area

There’s much more to the Caribbean than you imagine. If you’ve never been, you may imagine it’s all about paradise sunsets and postcard beaches. While these assumptions are correct, they merely scratch the surface. There’s all kinds of scenery and things to see when the liner pulls up on Caribbean cruises. This article will provide some perspective on all the diverse options available in the area beyond just basking in the glorious sun and relaxing on the sandy beaches.

Island exploring

Did you know there are more than 7,000 islets scattered around the Caribbean? If you really want to experience the local essence, you have to spend some time exploring this vast network of ecosystems during your Caribbean cruises. To this effect, you'll find many options available, from diverse ferries connecting the bigger islands to exploratory boat tours organized by locals. You will have a memorable time hopping along these islets, whether you’re interested in snorkelling along the shores or just observing the terrestrial fauna and flora.

Local sea food

For some reason, food in the Caribbean doesn't get nearly enough credit. This means that a lot of visitors invariably get a surprising gastronomic experience. For what it's worth, you should know the local sea food is incredibly fresh (naturally, you might say!) and surprisingly diverse. When you sample the traditional dishes, you'll come across interesting culinary fusions and unexpectedly hot delicacies on every corner.

The culture

If you imagine the culture scene here boils down to swaying palm trees and quaint seascapes, you're in for a treat (you’re also mildly mistaken!). Not only are the locals friendly and relaxed, which will instantly intensify your easy-going holiday mood, but you'll also find a surprising variety of cultural and historical landmarks scattered throughout the bigger islands like Jamaica, the Dominican Republic or Antigua. When you feel like walking, there’s no shortage of trekking routes, amazing natural parks and reserves, all of which are absolutely glorious.

Away from the beach

No matter where in the Caribbean you go, there are fun events and activities waiting for you around every corner. From horse races in St Kitts island to world-renowned golf courses, colossal wedding venues and exploratory scooter rides across the Dominican Republic, limestone caves and Cultural Open Houses in Barbados and tours of an active volcano in Montserrat, life is always a celebration in the Caribbean no matter what the occasion, from harvest time to full blown Carnival.

The warmth, the vibe, the sights… the Caribbean is simply fantastic. It’s an explorer’s dream, let’s face it!

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5 Great Romantic Destinations

With Spring on the horizon, pollen isn’t the only thing in the air. That buzz that’s been going around town is none other than the sweetest of sweets, love. So it’s the perfect time to start thinking about where you and your loved one can spend a romantic getaway. Here are five great places to start.

1) Abisko, Sweden

What’s more romantic than huddling under a blanket with your loved one as you watch the Northern Lights dance above you? Days are spent exploring the Swedish wilderness, while at night your dinner is accompanied by a show of colours in the sky. Be quick though, as the Northern Lights are not as visible after the end of March.

2) Paris, France

The stereotypical romantic getaway, it got that way for a reason. Parisians know how to celebrate love, and it shows. From long walks along the bank of the Seine to picnics in a park, it seems like all activities in Paris are tinged with romance. A kitschy, but nonetheless fun, tradition is the love bridge. Here you and yours bring a lock, and after writing your names on it lock it up and throw away the key.

3) Charleston, South Carolina

There is something particularly romantic about Charleston. The combination of moss draped trees, cobbled roads, and laid back lifestyle lend to an ease not found in big cities. This American treasure is laid back, with beaches and horse drawn carriages dominating the landscape. You can enjoy a taste of their famed oysters, all while experiencing a town that is the definition of southern charm.

4) Phuket, Thailand

A romantic holiday list isn’t complete without at least one beach destination. Thailand is known for its nightlife, and that rings true for Phuket. However, where this destination really stands out is the quality of their beaches. Their coastline is divided into small bays, which then form intimate beaches. You can relax and get a massage right on the beach, all while the warm sun shines down. Plus, Thailand is great if you’re looking for cheap holidays, so you get the added benefit of saving money.

5) Prague, Czech Republic

This capital city gives Paris a run for its money when it comes to romance. The backdrop is spectacular, with castles, spires than shoot toward the sky, and a central river running through. With a backdrop like this, it’s easy for that romantic mood to be set. Nothing beats an evening boat ride through the city lights with your loved one by your side.

Top Historical Places to Visit in Edinburgh

From old to the new part of the city, there is a lot of history in Edinburgh. Thankfully, the city has done a pretty excellent job preserving it for the benefit of visitors. The name of the Scottish capital probably stems from the Gaelic Din Eidyn, meaning “fort on a hill slope.” Not counting any prehistoric villages that are believed to have sprouted on the city’s several knolls, the settlement of Edinburgh can be traced to the site of Edinburgh castle, atop a sloping rocky outcropping where a 6th-century hall is thought to have stood.

Georgian House

This historic town house on the north side of the square displays the furnishings of upper-class 18th century Edinburgh, including classic Chippendale chairs, a dining table set with fine Wedgwood china, and the piss pot that the men passed around once their womenfolk retired.

Edinburgh Castle

Its earliest history is a bit vague, but in the 11th century, Malcolm III and his Saxon queen, later venerated as St. Margaret, founded a castle on this spot. In 1542, the castle ceased being a dedicated royal residence, having already begun to be used as an ordinance factory. Instead, the monarchs favoured Holyroodhouse when staying in Edinburgh. For my taste, the focus of this attraction’s exhibits is too heavily weighted toward the military, as the castle still barracks soldiers. Still, visitors can see the Great Hall, where Scottish Parliaments used to convene and the Scottish Crown Jewels.

John Knox House

John Knox (1510–72), the acknowledged father of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, lived during the Reformation, a time of great religious and political upheaval. While some regard him as a prototypical Puritan, he actually proposed progressive changes and apparently had a sharp wit. Even if you’re not interested in the firebrand reformer, who may have never lived here anyway, you should visit this late-15th-century house, which is characteristic of the homes of its time.

Gladstone’s Land

This 17th-century merchant’s house gives a clear impression of how confined living conditions were some 400 years ago, even for those who were quite well-off. On the second level is a sensitively restored timber ceiling, looking suitably weathered and aged, but still bearing colourful paintings of flowers and fruit.

Greyfriars Kirk

Dedicated in 1620, this was the first “reformed” church in Edinburgh, where the National Covenant, favouring Scottish Presbyterianism over the English Episcopacy, was signed in 1638. Among many restorations, one in the 1930s used California redwood to create the current ceiling.

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Its steeple is a key city landmark, visible across central Edinburgh, and this is where Scotland’s Martin Luther, John Knox, preached about reform. Also called the High Kirk of St. Giles, which is the correct post-Reformation name, the building combines a dark and brooding stone exterior, the result of a Victorian-era restoration, with surprisingly graceful buttresses.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Most of the palace’s current structure was built at the behest of King Charles II in the 1670s, although he ironically never stayed here. The reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth, however, does whenever she’s in town, and you can see the reception rooms that she uses, such as the Throne Room. The real highlight of the tour, however, is in the oldest surviving section of the palace, constructed in 1530, where Mary Queen of Scots lived on the second floor. Be sure to check out some of the queen’s needlework, which depicts her cousin, and the woman who had her beheaded, England’s Elizabeth I, as a cat, and herself as a mouse. The audio tour is good, and the staff is knowledgeable, so don’t hesitate to ask questions.

Tip: The cheapest time to travel is off-season: Late October up to Easter (excluding Christmas and New Year). Rates for hotels hit their peak in the high season from June through September, and particularly in Edinburgh during the Festival in August rates at some hotels rise noticeably. Mid-July and August are when many locals take their holidays, which are increasingly spent inside the U.K., so besides the higher prices, you’ll have to deal with bigger crowds and greater demand for hotel rooms. Independent on the time you chose to visit, Hotel Direct is a great place to start planning your visit. During the Edinburgh Festival from late July to early September the hotels, guesthouses, hostels, and B&Bs fill up. If you’re planning a visit at that time, be sure to reserve your room as far in advance as possible. Otherwise you may end up in a town or village as many as 40km (55 miles) from the city center.

The Most Interesting Places to Eat and Drink in Spain

If you want to enjoy a wonderful culinary adventure in Europe, then you should pack your bags and head off to Spain. The regional diversity of the country’s cuisine is extraordinary and you’ll soon discover that you’ll need to take much longer than anticipated to savour all the local delights.

Spanish food, a well-kept secret

If you’re looking for a competitively priced trip so that you can leave resources for your gastronomic enjoyment, then go online and select the best travel deals. You could look at as an example.

Most people connect Spanish food with Paella and although very tasty you’ll soon discover there is so much more to Spanish food.

If you love smoked ham, then a holiday in Andalusia will be perfect. For fresh fish or mouth-watering desserts then Valencia should fit the bill.

Spain a country of many regions and traditions

From Galicia in the north of the country to Andalusia in the south, each of the Spanish regions has its own recognisable gastronomic identity. You could always enjoy your Spain holidays using the country’s food as your guide.

Galician chefs are said to dominate the kitchens of the world but you should travel to this area if you wish to sample Octopus a feira. You could always time your trip to coincide with one of the 300 food festivals that continue throughout the year in Galicia.

Ham dominates Spanish cuisine; the famous film director Bigas Luna even made a film that used ham in its title, Jamon Jamon, which also acts as a metaphor for Spanish culture and the country’s love of food.

Catalonia, a foodie’s delight

Whether you are visiting the Catalan capital, Barcelona, to engage with the city’s vibrant art scene or just spending a short time there to enjoy some retail therapy, it would be a crime not to enjoy a few examples of Catalonia’s regional gourmet delights.

Butifarra, the local type of Cumberland sausage is delicious. You should also sample Escudella, the regional stew that comprises meat, vegetables and potatoes.

Salted cod is also very popular in Catalonia and you should try Esqueixada in order to enjoy a salad of cod, peppers, onions and red wine vinegar. It’s absolutely divine!

Puddings are also on the menu in Catalonia

Of course, no trip to this region would be complete without sampling the local Crème Catalana. This wonderfully tasty dish is made from egg yolks, cinnamon and sugar – YUM!

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