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

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

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

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

Ecuador Travel Guide

Published at Suite101.com

There’s so Much Natural Diversity in this South American Country

Do you want to learn Spanish, work as a volunteer with children or in nature conservation and travel around one of South America’s most diverse countries? If so then visit Ecuador. Continue reading