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

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

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

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

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

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

George Orwell’s ‘Homage to Catalonia’

Published at Suite101.com

Orwell’s War Against Franco and Sympathy For a Better Society

Orwell arrived in Barcelona in 1936 and joined the war against Franco with an ensemble of individuals compelled by the rise of fascism in Europe. 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