Notes on Waikiki: Discovering Catalonia’s hidden beach paradise

Just north of Catalonia’s Roman City Tarragona, lies Cala Fonda, a secluded, naturist paradise, fondly referred to as Waikiki, after the beach in Hawaii. This stunning cove is sheltered by cliffs covered by aromatic wood. Continue reading

Take Five: The Top Museums in London

Published in Paste Magazine

British MuseumLondon has one of the densest concentrations of museums in the world. These range from big names like the British Museum and Tate Modern to the smaller places with unique collections. Most of them have vast permanent collections of great international art, history and culture and they’re free to enter. Here’s a roundup of the capital’s best art institutions. Continue reading

Checklist: London

Published in Paste Magazine

Checklist: London by Hatty Copeman

This face-paced, enormous capital city has so much to offer from its historical routes and world-class museums to its cultural hubs and progressive underground music scene. With the volume of how much there is to see, London can be overwhelming, so here’s a roundup of what to do and where to go for those who want to trade in tourists for townies and crowds for culture. Continue reading

Take Five: Barcelona’s Best Views

Take Five: Barcelona's Best Views by Hatty Copeman

Published in Paste Magazine

Surrounded by mountains and filled with winding streets lined with ornate buildings and pristine beaches, Barcelona is best viewed from above. There are a variety of vista points including parks, museums, bars, historical sites and cable cars from which you can enjoy everything Barcelona has to offer.

 
Whether you’re interested in architecture, the outdoors or just want to relax with a drink on a rooftop bar, here are five of the best lookout spots in Barcelona that will fullfil your interests from an unparalleled perspective.

The Best Festivals in Barcelona

The Best Festivals in Barcelona by Hatty CopemanPublished in Paste Magazine

In a city of pedestrian walkways and plazas waiting to be filled with stages and revelers, there is rarely a week that goes by without something to celebrate in Barcelona. Whether you’re looking for religion, innovative art, experimental music or just a good old-fashioned block party, these eight festivals will satisfy any celebration-seeking traveler.

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Top Five Beaches in Southern Costa Rica

Punta UvaPublished in Beach Tomato

El Caribe, Costa Rica’s laid back and vibrant Caribbean Coast is home to the countries most beautiful beaches. From Cahuita to Manzanillo there is a 30 km stretch of stunning coastline, which inhabits white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, lush jungle and colourful, slow paced Caribbean villages. Continue reading

Street Life: Carrer Parlament

Published in The Guardian

Carrer Parlament, which runs along the lower part of Barcelona in the residential Sant Antoni quarter of the Eixample district, has recently received some much needed rejuvenation and is now awash with great places to eat out and buy fresh, well sourced, local produce. This up and coming part of Barcelona is just a stone’s throw away from the famous Mercat Sant Antoni, which is currently being renovated. Continue reading

Barcelona’s Four Hidden Corners

Published in The Guardian

Barcelona has a well-documented tourist trail marking out the must see highlights of the city. However there’s an abundance of interesting places in the city that visitors aren’t made aware such as the Spanish Civil War bunkers or the open-air cinema in the mountain. Here’s a round up of Barcelona’s best-hidden gems worth checking out. Continue reading

Carrer d’Enric Granados

Published in The Guardian

Carrer d’Enric Granados is a beautiful, semi- pedestrianised street in the heart of Eixample, just a hop and a skip from Passeig de Gracia and Rambla Catalunya. The street is named after the Catalan pianist and composer Enric Granados who was born in Lleida in 1867. This cultural reference laid the groundwork for what was to come as the street now has an abundance of art galleries, restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Continue reading

Horizon Festival Review

Published in Disorder Magazine

As we touched down at Blodiv airport in Bulgaria for the highly anticipated ski, snowboarding and music festival Horizon my pals and I piled into the mini-bus transfer to Bansko where it was being held. Continue reading

Post-Piste Sips: Courchevel’s Best Apres Ski

Post-Piste Sips: Courchevel’s Best Apres SkiPublished in A Hedonist’s Guide Magazine

Arguably the best ski resort in the world, Courchevel 1850 offers a whirlwind of glamorous adventures to keep all the glitterati happy, from its Michelin-starred restaurants, to buzzing bars, wild nightclubs and fantastic shopping. Beyond its astounding après ski scene, Courchevel also offers superb skiing for every level, owed to its 3 Valleys ski range, pristine slopes and fantastic facilities. These include 63 ski lifts, 117 downhill ski runs and an abundance of off-piste escapades to explore. Continue reading

Montjuic Cemetery

Published in The Guardian

A treasure of funeral art, located on the Route of Montjuic on the hill, lies Montjuic Cemetery. This graveyard of about 57 acres boasts sea views and a place of calm away from the city’s hustle and bustle. Continue reading

The Hedonist: Wining and dining in Essaouira

Published in the Independent

In my dazed and confused state, it feels like I’ve landed in something out of Aladdin. In fact, I’ve just arrived in Essaouira, Morocco’s laid-back, bohemian coastal city. After the cab grinds to halt by the Bab Marrakech gate in the medina, I make my way over to Hôtel Heure Bleue Palais (00 212 524 78 34 34; heure-bleue.com) at 2 rue Ibn Batouta. The former palace’s design is an archetypal Moroccan riad; the decor and ambience a heady combination of Moorish and Portuguese influences. The attentive staff usher me in with mint tea and basbousa, a  syrupy semolina cake, before whisking me up to my bedroom: courtyard views and opulent  Moroccan decor. Continue reading

Down and Dirty Jazz Bars of Greenwich Village | Hg2 PICKS

Smalls Jazz Club: Down and Dirty Jazz Bars of Greenwich Village by Hatty CopemanPublished in A Hedonist’s Guide Magazine

Greenwich Village has been home to artistic evolution since the Bohemian beatnik heyday and the best old-fashioned jazz clubs in New York have remained loyal residents since. Hatty Copeman gets down and dirty in the best jazz bars in Greenwich Village. Continue reading

Manhattan Bound: Great Books About New York

Manhattan Bound: Great Books About New York by Hatty CopemanPublished in A Hedonist’s Guide Magazine

Sometimes you need to get under the skin of a place, and the best way to do that is through the words of the writers that have immortalised it. Hatty Copeman offers her review of five books about New York that offer a glimpse into the history and culture of this great city. Continue reading

Cultural highlights of a weekend in Barcelona and a round up of the big sights

Published in Tour Travel Tourism

Nestled between the Mediterranean and the Serra de Collserola hills lies Barcelona, the ‘second capital’ of Spain and Catalonia’s biggest city. This vibrant and dynamic city, which is steeped in history, is a prevalent tourist destination as it offers such an array of culture, nature and fun. Surrounded my beautiful mountains, a selection of beaches and packed to the brim with an abundance of museums, galleries, monuments and parks Barcelona has something for everyone. Continue reading

Five Things to See in Barcelona That Many People Miss

Five Things to See in Barcelona That Many People Miss by Hatty CopemanPublished in Travergence Blog

Barcelona has a well documented tourist trail marking out the must see highlights of the city. There is also, however, an abundance of lesser-known, yet just as interesting, places in the city that visitors aren’t often made aware of. Here are five spots worth checking out on your next trip to Barcelona. Continue reading

Guide to Gaudi on a Barcelona City Break

Guide to Gaudi on a Barcelona City Break by Hatty CopemanPublished in Iloho Blog

Gaudi’s fairy tale architecture is a staple in Barcelona. The city has been profoundly influenced by his architecture that leaves the masses of tourists, which flock from a far to see his wonders, in seventh heaven. Gaudi is the most famous Catalan architect and his Art Nouveau architecture is celebrated by an abundance of people from all over the world. Gaudi’s creations are an unusual and unique double-edged sword as reactions vary from repulsion to admiration and utter wonderment. His building are scattered throughout the city so wherever you are you’re always nearby something that he has crafted. The tourist market for holidays to Barcelona is very aware of the lure of Gaudi and has reacted by commodifying his impact in pretty much anyway possible. Continue reading

Off The Tourist Trail – Barcelona

Off The Tourist Trail – Barcelona by Hatty CopemanPublished in Guest Travel Writers

Barcelona has an abundance of places to see however some of the best spots are off the tourist trail, such as Montserrat, Gracia and the Roman ruins under the city. Here are some of the top off the beaten track places that are worth checking out! Continue reading

6 Delicacies to Eat in Barcelona | Hg2 INSIDER

Published in A Hedonist’s Guide Magazine

Nestled between the Collserola mountain range and the Mediterranean, Barcelona’s cuisine is diverse and enjoys excellent seafood, fish, meat, poultry and vegetables. These staples are traditionally eaten with a sauce, such as romesco, which is made from olive oil, garlic, almonds, tomatoes and vinegar. Most of the sauces are a combination of nuts, vegetables, olive oil and garlic. It’s also typical in Barcelona to mix meat and seafood, which is locally referred to as mar i muntanya, meaning ‘sea and mountain’: a fitting reference to the city’s location. Continue reading