Saturday, 29 March 2014

Secret Beach Destinations in Spain

Believe it or not, there are more coasts in Spain than just the extremely famous and over booked Costa Brava, Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca, I would like to show you today a beautiful unknown beach on the North coast of Spain: Playa de las Catedrales (or Cathedral´s Beach).

The name of the beach refers to the formation of the rocks, difficult to believe this is something the sea has created. I am originally from a town really close to this beach, and the truth is that in the last decade the number of tourists have been growing, although it is not comparable to the number of tourists in other parts of the country.

For me the North coast is the most beautiful and the least famous of all, surely because of the weather. But thanks to that weather those northern regions enjoy vast amounts of green mountains and fields, and the fury of the sea creates things as beautiful as the ones below. So maybe if you are planning your next holiday, you may consider the North of Spain (EasyJet flights from London Stansted airport).

As you can see, the weather is not always bad, and in summer the area reaches the 25 - 30 degrees. For me, the best thing is that at night you need a light duvet! Oh, and it never gets so hot that you can´t even walk out.

One important thing to say about this beach is that when the sea is up, the sand disappears and people should be careful not to get stuck in one of the little islands of sand, as it can be dangerous and the only way out would be by boat!

This is a great place to spend a few hours, walking on the white sand, having a bath, sunbathing, or just enjoying the views. There are more beaches around which are better for spending the whole day, but this one is the most special one, and nobody should just drive past it without stopping and discovering what amazing things nature creates.

The closest town to this beach is called Ribadeo, and there you can find a good amount of small hotels and B&Bs. From the luxurious Parador de Ribadeo, to more affordable B&Bs, such as Pension Linares, you can be sure there is something for all pockets and tastes.

Please let me know if you are considering a holiday on the North of Spain, as I would be more than happy to help and give some tips of things to do or places to visit!

I hope you enjoyed today´s post!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

A new fish and chips heaven in Glasgow

The other day I had the opportunity to go for lunch at Old Salty´s, a new "posh" fish and chips restaurant in the trendy neighbourhood of Finnieston, in Glasgow. I had read plenty of reviews stating how good this place was, but for one thing or another it took me a while to be able to go and check it myself.

Inside, Old Salty´s is nice, with around ten tables where you can sit and enjoy a fish supper. They also offer take away for those on the go. The space is not big, and if you are sitting with several others you may struggle to get out and a couple of people may need to more to let you out. But apart from that they have a very friendly staff, and the atmosphere is cozy and warm.

First of all I should say I am a vegetarian, although occasionally (very, very occasionally) I eat fish. Well, I am sorry to say Old Salty´s is not the best place to go to if you are a vegetarian. I ate the vegetarian sausages, the only veggie dish on the menu, and ask them not to deep fried them. I got three sausages on top of a plateful of chips, which were very nice. 

If you eat meat or fish you will be pleased to hear that the menu offers quite some options. From pies to the famous fish and chips, you will be able to find something you like. All the people I went with other the cod, which is the most typical fish to have. They all loved it and said it reminded them of the one their mothers and grandmothers used to make. Which in my opinion it is a great thing, as anything that resembles home cooking is always nice and comforting.

I would love them to add a couple of more things for vegetarians, but even so I think this is a great place to go when in Glasgow, as it is not expensive, the food is good, and it is not your usual greasy fish and damp soft chips, but a high quality one.


Food: 6 for me but 8 for the people I was with. As I said, another vegetarian option will be greatly appreciated.
Service: 7
Location: 9
Atmosphere: 7
Will come back? Not at the moment, as I can only choose one dish, but hopefully soon if they expand their menu.

PS. Apologies for the quality of the photos, these were taken with my iPhone and they are not the best!

I hope you enjoyed today´s post.

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