Livraria Lello The Most Beautiful Bookshop

Livraria Lello, Porto

Livraria Lello, Porto

The Most Beautiful Bookshop in the World

Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal has been recognized by Lonely Planet as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. It has also taken on mythical proportions for enthusiasts of the Harry Potter series.  This store has been credited as the inspiration for Hogwarts magical moving staircases.  And it is easy to see how this bookshop could inspire such imaginings, its incredible color and gothic inspiration are easily recognizable to those who have read the books.

Getting into Livraria Lello

There is an art gallery come ticket office on the corner, two doors up from Livraria Lello, where you purchase your ticket.  Livraria Lello has become so popular that there is an entrance fee.  The 5 Euro fee can be recouped in the purchase of a book and it is worth it!

Livraria Lello Entrance Vouchers

Livraria Lello Entrance Vouchers

It is better to get here early as there are hordes of people that pass through these art nouveau doors every day. Once you have your entry ticket, join the queue and enter the bookshop.

It is possible to buy your voucher online. I would recommend doing this or taking a tour that includes entry to Livraria Lello. This does not give you priority, however it might make it quicker to get to the front of the line, particularly if you have children.

Friends of ours always use Get Your Guide and I agree that including this stop on a tour of Porto really does make things a bit quicker.  We stopped in here during lunch time and I wish that we had come much earlier to avoid the crowds and the heat.

You can book a Get Your Guide tour here. This tour will also include a walk past the Porto Cathedral, Clérigos Church, São Bento Railway Station.

With a little bit of luck you will beat the crowd and proceed into the bookstore quickly.

The history of Livraria Lello.

Livraria Lello first opened it’s doors in 1906.  Designed by two brothers, José and António Lello, the building was brought to life by  Francisco Xavier Esteves.  His incredible design and use of colour created a bookstore that people come from all over the world to see.

It takes it’s design from ‘Art Nouveau’ and/or ‘Neo-Gothic’, combining the two to create a red, voluptuous staircase that wraps you up to the second floor, with its dramatic stained glass ceiling and beautiful friezes. The shelves which extend from the floor to the ceiling contain books in a multitude of languages including, Portugues, English and French.  It is here that you are able to redeem your ticket for an ordinary book purchased in an extraordinary store.

 

Livraria Lello Staircase and Ceiling

Livraria Lello Staircase and Ceiling

As you enter Livraria Lello you are greeted by this staircase.  It’s color is in direct contrast to the dark intricately carved wood that adorns every inch of this building.

OPO: Get Your Guide

Livraria Lello with Kids

This is a store that welcomes children of all ages. There are books specifically for them and as long as your children are fascinated by Harry Potter then it is an easy place to make intriguing and exciting for them.  However, there are long queues and

 

Staircase of Livrario Lello

Staircase of Livrario Lello Photo by Ivo Rainha

The only drawback to Livraria Lello maybe its own popularity!

Beware of the huge amounts of traffic that this bookstore can attract!  Livraria Lello is a tourist mecca.  Partly due to the fact that JK Rowling credits the gorgeous red staircase as the inspiration behind the winding staircases in Hogwarts, and partly to the fact that there once was a coffee shop here where she was able to sit and write and drink coffee surrounded by the richness of this bookstore. Sadly, it is no longer possible to drink coffee within it’s doors, however there are plenty of cafes and restaurants (The Majestic) where you can!

Don’t miss this bookstore while you are in Porto. It truly is incredible.

Livraria Lello Staircase

Livraria Lello Staircase


Sveti Stefan Montenegro

Sveti Stefan Montenegro

Welcome to Sveti Stefan Montenegro

How gorgeous is Sveti Stefan!

Situated on an ‘islet’ on the coast of Montenegro it was once a fort to repel invading forces, but now is an upmarket 5 star resort.

I couldn’t help wondering if I was walking in places that Mariln Monroe may have.

During the ’70’s and ’80’s it was the playground for the rich and famous and saw such stars as  Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and Orson Welles… the elite of Hollywood. However, with the break up of Yugoslavia it went into decline. It was not until the government put it up for tender to be turned into a resort that it underwent another transformation.

This incredible place is now owned by Aman Resorts and has a starting price of around €800/night. Not your average hotel and certainly not one we intend on taking the kids to just yet! BUT I would love to come back and stay here. Such a treat!


Staying in Sveti Stefan or Montenegro

If you want to make a booking to stay in the area you can use booking.com. Always reliable, we have found it provides properties for varying budgets and styles.

 

The beach at Sveti Stefan Montenegro

The beach at Sveti Stefan in Montenegro

Restaurants/Cafe’s near Sveti Stefan

We enjoyed a couple of drinks and a club sandwich at Cafe Olive, which has a beautiful view of Sveti Stefan. It also meant our children could play in the park and we could still see them from the restaurant. I am not sure what the rest of the food is like on the menu but what we had was good.  Other restaurants in the area are much further out, so I imagine that Cafe Olive gets very busy during the summer period. We were here out of season which is our favourite time to see most places as it is quiet and relaxed.  I would love to visit during summer though so I could have a swim in this crystal clear water.

Getting to Sveti Stefan and Montenegro

We flew to Tivat, hired a car at the airport and then drove to Kotor.  Accommodation we organized through Airbnb, you can use this link. You can also read more about Kotor here.  It is a gorgeous spot to stay.

 

 


Cala Moraig

Spanish Sunshine Adventures

Spanish Sunshine on the Costa Blanca

We came to the Costa Blanca and more specifically to Cumbre del Sol to have 6 weeks of Spanish Sunshine.  We did not leave disappointed.  Our first stop in Spain was Seville.  You can read about our adventures of driving from Albufeira in Portugal to Seville and then onto Porto here.  What we did realise was that we wanted more time in Spain so we planned to come back and when we did, it was to this beautiful location.

If you come to the mediterranean coast of Spain it is worth taking some time to visit the town of Moraira.  We loved Moraira and met lots of local and international visitors.  What we did notice was that there are many English who have retired to Moraira and are now enjoying a proper dose of sunshine.  Good choice! What’s not to love about that.

Visit Moraira and its Beaches

Situated an hour between Alicante  (to the South) and Valencia (to the North) the town of Moraira is a perfect stop before and after the chaos of the larger cities.  With a summer temperature ranging between 28 – 31 in summer.

About 20 mins from the infamous Benidorm, it has all the charm and beauty of a coastal town without the party atmosphere of  Benidorm.   Moraira offers a much more laidback experience and while there are plenty of clubs and nightlife, it was not something we were looking for.

Spanish Dancers

These gorgeous Spanish ladies in their dresses were very happy to pose with our possums

It is so easy to get to this pretty town. Buses run directly from the airport to Moraira. Or hire a car. We had a little car that was aptly named the buzz box, but it was needed as we were at the top of  Cumbre del Sol and there was no public transport.

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Cumbre del Sol

Cumbre del Sol

Cumbre del Sol – Spanish Holiday Homes

This gorgeous Spanish Holiday Home ‘estate’ was perfect for our 6 week stop.  We actually considered staying for longer. There is a fantastic international school Laude Lady Elizabeth 5 minutes walk and they have exceptional facilities. We were there during the summer holidays so we didn’t get the chance to take the kids to have a look. But we are working ways to go back.  This little ‘town’ has a beautiful pool with it’s own very strict lifeguards – no ball games!

To book this property or any others you can have a look through Airbnb just here

Airbnb upturned suitcase

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colourful Houses of Cumbre del Sol

Colourful Houses of Cumbre del Sol

Restaurante La Cumbre – Spanish Food and Sunsets

This restaurant is perched on top of the hill and has the most expansive outlook.  With a backdrop of many Spanish villas and holiday homes the view is stunning. Looking out to the ocean it feels like you can see forever.  The food here is delicious and with a pool that can be used by any diner, any time, our kids were in heaven. As were we!  The kids happily entertained themselves in the pool for hours, while we soaked up the Spanish sunshine, the views and the Sangria!

Restaurante La Cumbre

What could be better than a Restaurant with a pool! Oh and an incredible view.

Spanish sunset over Cala Moraig and Cumbre del Sol

This is an evening view over the tops of holiday homes to the sea as the sunset.  This was perfect way to finish up each evening.  The menu is wide ranging and of course there are lots of different options, including pizza and paella.  We couldn’t go past having paella each time we were here. But the kids were happy with pizza and.  There is also an early snack bar type menu, but this is only available during the day, come 6pm the restaurant switches over to the dinner menu.  While we sat outside and enjoyed a very casual setting, it is possible to sit inside the restaurant and have a silver service type dinner.  This is not our thing so we opted for enjoying the outdoors and the sunsets!

Sunset from Restaurante La Cumbre

Sunset from Restaurante La Cumbre

Cala Moraig

This little pebble beach was reached by driving down the most ridiculously steep road.  Walking down would be ok, but back up… nope not doing it!  So nearly every morning we would all throw our swimmers on and jump in the buzz box and drive down to this amazing spot!  We would try and be here by 7am to avoid the crowds.  It is hard to believe that this little cove is full of people and they all start to arrive as we leave around 7.30am.  This was a perfect way to wake up each morning.  The water was so salty we could all float around and I am sure that I would have been able to read a book, given the chance! Cala del MoraigCala del Moraig – our favourite early morning swimming spot

One of the most beautiful things I noticed was the dramatic change in light.  This beautiful orangey early morning light would change throughout the day and become so much brighter and hotter as the day wore on.  Although it is hard to imagine this little beach gets absolutely packed with people. We preferred the quiet mornings down here to the craziness of packed pebble beaches, so used the pool at Cumbre del Sol during the day.

 

Boardwalk Cala Moraig

The walk to Cala Moraig

 


Things to do in Serbia – An Adventure in the Balkans

Things to do in Serbia – Discover the Balkans

Getting Here – Visit Serbia

First things first. Getting to Serbia and Belgrade is easy.  We use skyscanner.com and kiwi.com to book all our flights. Both provide affordable options from wherever you are in the world. The beauty of both of these is that you can put in your destination and current location and both can show you the cheapest dates to fly, especially good if you do not have any time restraints.

It is easy to fly into Belgrade from most airports in Europe and around the world.  We flew from Tokyo to Belgrade with one stop in Abu Dhabi.  From Belgrade it is easy to access other cities in Serbia from here.  Generally it will cost about €35 to get a taxi from Belgrade to Novi Sad (Belgrades beautiful sister!)

There are so many things to do Serbia and so many things to visit. It really is undiscovered. Our first trip here was 3 days in Belgrade over the Easter break. Great introduction to Eastern Europe.

 

Where is Serbia? – Geographic Location

Serbia is in the centre of Eastern Europe and is surrounded by 9 other countries.  This makes it a land locked country, with no part touching the ocean – an ideal base to explore the rest of the Balkan States.  Belgrade was once the capital of the Former Yugoslavia, and there has been much bloodshed and fighting in this part of the world.

The countries surrounding Serbia are:

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Croatia
Hungary
Romania

Bulgaria
Macedonia
Kosovo
Albania
Montenegro

Serbia Map

Accommodation in Serbia and Novi Sad

While here in Novi Sad, we have used Airbnb. We have found this to be the best way for us to find fully furnished apartments that include internet, electricity, air con and heating.  Recently in need of somewhere fully furnished with all utilities we emailed all the properties we were interested in, told them our budget and asked them to consider an offer for a 3 month booking.  We have had great success and it is worth asking for a discount as most places will consider this if you have a booking of a month or more.

If you are here for a shorter time bookings.com also has some great hotels and prices available.

In Novi Sad, the Centar is the best place to stay to be close to all the action as well as having easy access to transport.  The town centre is a large pedestrian square surrounded by cafe’s, restaurants, bars and boutiques.  There are small designer shops that have some beautiful clothes and jewellery all designed and made in Serbia.

Transport – How to get around in Novi Sad and Serbia

Public transport is a breeze. Signs are clearly marked (hmmm not really), but most people are willing to help and you can ask for information as to where the bus is heading.  A bus costs 55din for an adult ticket, children ride free (under 16).

Taxis are inexpensive and make an affordable way to get around from various locations around Serbia.  We got to know a Taxi driver (as most are happy to give you their number) and we were able to look around Novi Sad and its surrounds this way.

It is possible to hire a car, either at the airport or in the centre.  You must have your lights on while driving, even during the day. And make sure to read the fine print. We learnt the hard way, but you don’t have to!

Serbian drivers also like to stop and put there hazard lights on just about anywhere, main roads, middle of the road – it doesn’t matter!  And the driving can be a little unpredictable,  I often pretend I am asleep while my husband drives, as the drivers make for a rollercoaster like ride!

If you find a great parking space, there are a couple of things to be aware of.  Make sure you pay for parking or park where there are blue signs.  You can pay for parking via SMS, we made the mistake of parking, umm, next to the French Embassy.  Don’t do this.  We didn’t realise and thought we had found a great parking space and wandered into Belgrade to have lunch and when we came back we couldn’t find the car… That was when some very jolly Serbian Guards came and let us know that the car had been impounded.  They kindly hailed us a taxi and sent us on our way.  This is also where I tell you that you need to make sure that you have all the paperwork for your car.  Having a car from a friend (in Prague), with Czech number plates, producing an Australian Drivers License and British Passport did not elicit a smile from the impound chap, it just meant we had a lot of paperwork to sort out and a few hundred Euros to pay to get the car back.  This is one of those look back and laugh moments, though to be fair we were all laughing at each other anyway! Lesson Learned..

Visas and Vaccinations – What do you need to consider for Serbia

When you arrive make sure to register with the police within 24 hours of arriving in the country.  If you are staying in a hotel or hostel this will be taken care of for you.  However, if you are staying in an Airbnb make sure to check with your host that they have done this for you.  If not, you are required to go to the Police together and register.  They will give you a white slip of paper called the Bela Karta which you will need to take with you while you are traveling around Serbia.

For all EU and EU associated countries visas are not required.  However you only have 90 days and you will need to cross the border and get another stamp in your passport. You may have to produce the Bela Karta at the border.

There are no required Vaccinations for Serbia.  Be aware that there was a recent measles epidemic (it only takes one case to be an epidemic as it is an eradicable disease) that began in Montenegro and moved towards Belgrade. At the time of this post there were no further cases reported.  With all vaccinations make sure you are up to date and you can always check WHO (worldhealthorganisation,com) for further information regarding this.

Events – Novi Sad and Belgrade

There are always different sorts of events going on in Serbia.  Facebook is an easy way of finding events that are going on around Serbia.  We discovered the National Tourism Information website (click HERE). It has  lots of different events organised by month. Great and easy to navigate, making planning a visit around any of these events really easy.

One of the biggest is the Exit Music Festival in Novi Sad, it started 17 years ago as a student uprising against Slobodan Milosevic, and is now Europes best music festival.  Held at the Petrovardin Fortress, looking over the river Danube in Novi Sad.  It is an event that takes place annually in July and attended by over 350,000 people over three days.

Exit Festival

Credit – EXIT Photo Team

Most recently, we are enjoying the Novi Sad Winterfest.  It is no secret that I love Christmas. I love the happy atmosphere, I love finding the perfect present for friends and family, I love the carols and I love the sparkly, twinkly lights that let me feel like a kid again.  So being in Serbia, surrounded by cold and having to wear fluffy jackets and hoping for snow, is a dream come true!  Freedom Square, the main pedestrian square has local food stalls – Rakia, Honey, Sweets, traditional Serbian food.  A Singing Christmas Tree – adorable when full of tiny out of key singing children.  And my favourite is the sleigh pulled by 2 beautiful horses with christmas bells!

Europe does Christmas so beautifully.

Freedom Square Christmas

Weather in Serbia

Serbia has all the seasons! For Queenslanders (North East Australia) this has been great to experience, as it feels like we only have Summer and Winter.  We arrived at the beginning of April to a cool Spring where the average temp is 12 degrees celsius – definitely jumper weather.  All along the Danube restaurants and beach front resorts were getting ready for the coming summer season.  We were back in Serbia in mid August, Summer was in full swing.  And it was hot.  While the average temperature is 21 degrees we had at least two weeks of temperatures over 35 degrees celsius.  I was really glad to welcome the cooler weather.  Autumn has become my new favourite season.  I haven’t seen such gorgeous colours.  Everywhere we looked, the trees were throwing down their summer coats and the reds, golds and yellows were brilliant!  Temperature ranged from 15 – 20 and the nights were much cooler. Now Winter is here. Our first properly cold winter.  All I can say is ‘winter is coming’.  Honestly I have been rugged up like I have been living in Winterfell.  Love it and hate it at the same time.  That bone chilling cold is coming and I have bought thermals to make sure I am not too cold!!  We are expecting snow over the weekend and temperatures are dropping.  We have a high of 2 and lows of -3.  Locals have told us that it will get much colder and possibly drop to around -15 in the dead of winter.  We might have to knick off to warmer climes!

Places to Visit in Serbia

We love Novi Sad

Novi Sad

We have been in Novi Sad for the last 6 months and we are based here to explore the rest of Europe and the Balkans.  We have been here for 4 months, and we managed to visit so many little towns as well as side trips to Hungary, Romania, Macedonia and Bulgaria.  We gave plans to visit Bulgaria and the Ukraine in the coming months.

Fruska Gora National Park

40 mins outside of Novi Sad is Fruska Gora National Park.  Its beautiful.  We have been lucky enough to be here during summer and autumn, and coming from Noosa, Australia where we only have summer and winter – this is magical.  There are lots of walking and hiking tracks through the Park and all are easily accessible.  There are a few places where you are able to have a picnic and enjoy a BBQ.  We have enjoyed having an open fire and attempting to roast chestnuts (more like watching them explode out of the fire!).

Belgrade

A busy cosmopolitan city.  So many different places to explore, but make sure not to miss Kalamegdan Fortress – The Belgrade Fortress.  Located on the confluence of the River Sasa and The Danube. legend suggests that Attilla the Hun’s remains lie beneath the fortress.  This fortress has withstood the test of time and repelled many attacks from various forces. The park is an oasis in a very busy city.  There is so much to explore in this fortress and it is worth the walk around.  From the crumbling World Heritage Listed stair case, to the museum (which was closed at our time of visit) – they had an exhibition on torture implements, my kids were disappointed (me not so much…)  The view from across the two rivers is worth the walk and the crumbling remains of the Metropolitan Court was our favourite archaeological site here.

Nikola Tesla Museum – Belgrade

This small museum highlights the important work of the man that brought us Alternative Current (AC). While he did drop out of recognized Science programs, I cannot remember him at school, he is a National Hero in Serbia and is on the 100din note.  His story is fascinating and we enjoyed this museum as the kids could interact with the exhibits.

Museum of Aviation – Belgrade

This building is spectacular in its design and seems a testament to the Yugoslavian architecture.  It is sadly run down and you can see so much potential for this building.  Surrounding the building is the bodies of aging aircraft.  There are some incredible planes on display and even for those not interested in aviation history this is a fascinating museum.

Kikinda

Kikinda is home to Kika the Wooly Mammoth discovered in a brick factory floor in 1996.  She was fully preserved in mud and is now on display in Kikinda.  She would have been 15 tons and remains one of the largest complete skeletons of the Wooly Mammoth ever found.  Outside there is a full replica showing how big she would have been – enormous!

There is an annual pumpkin festival held in mid October each year.

And there is a dedicated terracotta museum “Terra” that was opened 5 December 2017.  The initial symposium began in 1982 and has had over 300 sculptors participate.  It is a significant and interesting museum.

Kikinda Kika the Mammoth

Sremski Karlovci

Sremski Karlovci is the old centre of Serbia.  We stayed here for two months and enjoyed the generous hospitality of our airbnb host, the walks to collect water from a local well and enjoyed the much slower pace outside of the city centre.  We have found that for us it is a little to far out to make exploring easy.

 

Eating Out in Novi Sad

We can eat out for dinner for  under $10 for a family of 4. BRILLIANT.  Food choices are not limited, from gyros to pizza and of course traditional Serbian food.  Which is delicious!  and we have discovered a few vegan restaurants/cafes as well as some white table cloth restaurants.

Our favourite place to eat is a cheap little grill that serves traditional Serbian food.  This consists of cabbage salad (knowns as Shopska Salad), grilled meats and Jelen beer!

Our favourite places in Novi Sad

  • Lantern – fantastic pizza and amazing pot plant dessert
  • Kombinat – Great breakfast, great coffee. Funky atmosphere. Oh an excellent rose, with their own label.
  • Loft – Best coffee and a great selection of craft beers – My favourite – Janis Hoplin
  • Project 72 – serves the most delicious selection of food! Our favourite has to be the foie gras! All the food is sourced locally and is fresh. They provide an excellent wine list and the wait staff are very knowledgeable.

 


 

What do you really need to pack?

 Short Answer to the packing dilemma…

Credit Card and Passports! 

Slightly Longer Answer – This is really what you need to pack

When I packed our bags to leave in April, I honestly had no idea what we would need or where we would end up! This created somewhat of a dilemma.  But as my husband said as long as we have the cash and the passports we can sort the rest out along the way!  Ok, good plan.   Read more

The Tomb of Christopher Columbus at the Seville Cathedral

The Seville Cathedral and the Tomb of Christopher Columbus

I have always wanted to come to Spain. I remember joking with friends that if they couldn’t find me, I would be on a Spanish beach somewhere eating olives and drinking Sangria!  So when we talked about going to Seville to find the Tomb of Christopher Columbus (actually not the only reason) and begin my love affair with Spain in ernest, I was pretty excited.

Spanish Sunshine, Flamenco, Guitars, Olives and Sangria – here we come!

 

Spanish Olives, Sangria and Sunshine

Spanish Olives, Sangria and Sunshine

 

So here we are in Seville. And it is everything I had hoped for!  Our Airbnb host is amazing. He took us to visit his brothers restaurant and we tried Jamón Serrano, marinated olives and the freshest Sangria ever!  What a super legend.  Honestly Airbnb has been the best way for us to travel. Here is link if your interested in booking yourself somewhere fabulous while in Seville too

Airbnb upturned suitcase

Seville Cathedral and The tomb of Christopher Columbus

The Seville Cathedral is the largest gothic cathedral in the world and is the third largest cathedral in the world.  It houses the remains of Christopher Columbus within a magnificent tomb held aloft by four symbolic figures representing the four kingdoms of Spain that existed during Christopher Columbus’ life.  These are Castille, Aragon, Navara, and Leon. Seville Cathedral was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.  The kids loved the idea that this was the tomb of a man that had explored the world.  It started many conversations about exploration, human rights, adventure and discovery.

Seville Cathedral

La Giralda

Climb the 35 storey ramp to the very top of the bell tower and take in the views across Seville.  This beautiful bell tower was originally built as a minaret and the ramp to the 35th floor is wide and tall enough for a person to ride a horse! There are 17 steps  up to the bell tower which was added by the Christians.  Walking up to the top was a challenge for the kids and each floor that we got to would elicit a cry of ‘are we there yet?’ Once we were at the top it was  a fantastic view of Seville (however it was accompanied by some howling about ‘now we have to walk all the way down!’)

I wish I had known about these tours from Get your Guide before we went as it would have been really good to have someone to explain what we are actually seeing.  Unfortunately I do my reviewing of places back to front and often places are a complete and delightful surprise. Take the tour here.

Maria Luisa Park

The grounds that make up the Maria Luisa Park were donated in 1893 by the Duchess of Montpensier.  These were the gardens of the Palace of San Telmo.  In 1929 the gardens of Maria Luisa Park were host to the Ibero-American Exposition.  This was 19 years in the making as work on the surrounding buildings started in 1911 with Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier as the principal architect.

 

It is possible to hire a little four wheel bike/buggy for an hour.  This was a perfect way for us to get the kids around the park.  With 100 acres of plants, trees, shrubs, fountains and nooks and crannies there was not a chance it was going to happen any other way. The park was a cool oasis, away from the heat in Seville.  The bike kept the kids entertained for the whole hour as we all took turns to drive.  From the looks of laughter and terror on passerby’s faces I think we may have entertained everyone else as well.

Biking around Maria Luisa Park in S

Enjoying biking around Maria Luisa Park in Seville

 



Plaza De Espana

The Plaza De Espana is magnificent with its artificial lake and incredible tiled alcoves representing the different provinces of Spain.  Built for the exposition to represent Spain, it is now used for Government offices.  All the buildings that were built for the exposition were all designed to be used after the exposition and now hold various museums (history, science and art) as well as being used as consulates.

 

Spanish Plaza

 

 

Flamenco

We went to La Casa Del Flamenco and for 18 Euros each (no discount for children) we expected it to be amazing.  We were not disappointed.  The venue is small and intimate.  The entrance looks like a small theatre but inside it felt like walking into a Spanish courtyard, which is, in fact, where we were.  A small raised stage, surrounded by seats, it was so intimate and we were so close that we could feel the heat from the dancers.  The Spanish guitars played first.  And then the Flamenco.  It was like watching a passionate relationship unfold before us.  It was worth it.  My daughter was smitten and begged us to find a dress and shoes for her which she has worn proudly for the last 3 months.
Experience Flamenco
 with Get your Guide.

 

Flamenco Dancing


We have had the pleasure of staying in Spain for 2 months on the Costa Blanca, infamously known for Benidorm and hopefully better known for its incredible mediterranean beaches and impressive coast line.  Read more about Moraira here.