The Real Costa Brava

"A cove by the beach along the Cami de Ronda in the Costa Brava"

Coastal Hikes in Spain This is the real Costa Brava Forget everything you have always thought you knew about the Costa Brava: the holiday factories, the hordes of Viking tourists, the overcrowded beaches….

Sure, the Costa Brava has all of that, but certainly not on the stretch between Palamos and Palafrugell – an area that will remind you, in fact, of what attracted the international tourism industry to this part of the Iberian

The Real Costa Brava

La Fosca on the Cami de Ronda

"Beach of La Fosca from a Cami de Ronda trail"

Easy hiking in Spain La Fosca in the Costa Brava

La Fosca had been recommended to us. It is not a place where one would wind up otherwise.

Remember this: Next time you travel through Catalonia or anywhere along the Costa Brava, make room in your itinerary for a trip to La Fosca. Take this as a personal recommendation from Easy Hiker.

There are many

La Fosca on the Cami de Ronda

Hiking The Way Of St James

"A bridge along the St James Way"

Guest Post: Hiking El Camino de Santiago de Compostela Hikers in Spain will witness a diverse range of landscapes during their journey, from rugged mountainsides and luscious greenery to quaint villages dotted with whitewashed houses along the Way of St James.

Many people visiting Spain for a trek will opt to go hiking the Way of St James – an ancient pilgrimage with a fascinating history that is once again

Hiking The Way Of St James

Barcelona has a Secret

"Barcelona Pavilion by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe"

Barcelona has a Secret In the shadow of Barcelona’s Palau Nacional, near the former bullring of the Plaza Espanya, you can find one of the city’s best kept architectural secrets:

Ludwig “Less is More” Mies van der Rohe’s celebrated “Barcelona Pavilion”

The pavilion, one of the masterpieces of modernist architecture, was constructed in 1929 for the International Exhibition at Barcelona as a showpiece for the cultural ambitions of

Barcelona has a Secret

Architecture In Barcelona Is More Than Gaudi

"An over decorated facade of a building in Barcelona"

Walking in Barcelona Architecture in Barcelona One of the great joys of walking through Barcelona is discovering the great architecture that the city’s grand boulevards have to offer. Whenever you look up on one of the main streets in the city’s grid-like “new town”, you will not need laser eye surgery to be sure to see something interesting.

Barcelona’s extension from its old medieval core which started in the mid

Architecture In Barcelona Is More Than Gaudi

Montjuic Is No Kilimanjaro

"The Needle in the Olympic Village of Barcelona"

Hiking in Barcelona Atop Montjuic

Whereas the sea, all over the world, is made of one piece, mountains are nature’s true individuals. You have to meet them in person to properly know or even get a first meaningful impression of them.

Statistical information of whatever sort or content is of no assistance here and can, at worst, be downright misleading. This, most emphatically, includes information about a mountain’s

Montjuic Is No Kilimanjaro

The Weirdest Thing About Parc Guell

"Parc Guell in Barcelona reflected in a window in the park"

For once, Mrs. Easy Hiker and I are in total agreement: the most striking change that Barcelona has undergone since we last visited the city a mere twenty years ago is the rise in the number of people with an apparent interest in the works of (the architect) Antoni Gaudí.

What is the Weirdest Thing about Parc Guell?

The Sagrada Familia was certainly a tourist attraction back in

The Weirdest Thing About Parc Guell

Montserrat Rocks

"Montserrat rocks near Barcelona"

Easy hiking trails in Barcelona: I have found my perfect easy hike on the Montserrat Rocks!

Now, if I were on a spiritual, Leonardo-di-Caprio-inspired quest to find “The Hike”, I could happily retire and lay down my quill (and my computer, too), leaving you in peace to find your own way around the best hiking trails in Europe. But I am not, so I guess I will be pestering you

Montserrat Rocks

Midnight In Madrid

There can be no question about it:

Midnight in Madrid – Magnifique!

Edificio Metropolis

Some cities just are. When spotlights carve out individual buildings out of the darkness, leaving others in a haze of indirect light and shadows, we, the observers, lose some things (context, a certain degree of detail) and win others: mainly scale.

Plaza de la Independencia

Some cities simply benefit more from this trade-off than others,

Midnight In Madrid

Cercedilla Dreaming

"Part of the forest around El Escorial for Cercedellia dreaming near Madrid"

Cercedilla Dreaming All the leaves are brown…

… and the skies are grey.

I’ve been for a walk …

…. on a winter’s day.

Cercedilla Dreaming