The capital of the county of Maragatería in the province of León offers a rich medieval legacy, the result of its location at the crossroads of: the Pilgrim’s Road to Santiago de Compostela and the Ruta de la Plata (Silver Road). Its walled town preserves churches, convents and hospitals which take travellers back to the […]


Scholarly and monumental, Salamanca treasures large doses of history and architectural richness, and a renowned academic and university setting. Proof of this are the nicknames she has received over the years: Roma la Chica (the small Roma), Castilian Athens or golden city, cultured and wise, to name a few. Salamanca is also one of the […]


Among the European city break high-fliers, Lisbon coasts along — somewhat surprisingly — under the radar. Yet it’s as ornate as Rome, as ancient (almost) as Athens and as exuberant as Seville. The city is metaphorically — as well as literally — on the fringes of the continent while Mediterranean hotspots like Barcelona take all […]

Camino Musings by Katie McLean.

My friend, Heather, and I hiked the last 160 km of the Camino in mid-April 2012, with Ria as one of our guides. A huge green umbrella made Ria easy to spot, her dazzling smile so encouraging. I’m pretty fit, so distances were not a problem, but foot issues were.  I decided that, in order […]

El Camino de Santiago by Eddie Heakin

The first time I ever heard about the Camino was January 2011. My parents had recently watched a film called ‘The Way’ and they highlyrecommended it to me. At first I thought it was a film for the older generation; just an old guy marching about with a backpack on and pontificating about a life changing […]