4 of The Best Places To Buy Avarcas In Menorca

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Balearic Islands, Continents, Europe, Menorca, Savoir Superior, Shopping, Spain, Worldwide Vacation

buy avarcas in menorca

Maybe you call them avarcas or abarcas, menorquinas or Menorcan sandals –  or perhaps you didn’t really know this special style of sandal had their own name  – I certainly didn’t before I visited Menorca for the first time.

Either way we both know that these shoes are super cute. So when I discovered that the Balearic island of Menorca is famous for making them, I knew I’d be bringing at least one pair of avarcas home from my trip.

If you’d like to shop for these handmade sandals while on holiday, read this guide to the best places to buy avarcas in Menorca.

Discerning Traveller’s Guide to Visiting Mallorca In Winter

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Balearic Islands, Europe, Ibiza, Majorca, Spain, Worldwide Vacation

Mallorca in winter

Sailing in Mallorca

As Autumn turns to Winter, it may not be the most popular time to take to the skies for a flight to the Balearic Islands, which are of course better known as summer holiday spots – but for the discerning traveller that very fact makes it perfect.

I share a few thoughts on why I think an off season break to Mallorca makes a lot of sense, where to go on the Mediterranean’s biggest Balearic Island and explain why I’ve always found Mallorca in Winter, and in fact any of the Balearic Islands off season, especially appealing…

Where To Eat In Valencia: Spain’s Secret Culinary Capital

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Opinion, Searching For Soya, Spain, Valencia, Worldwide Vacation

Where to eat in Valencia

Where to eat in Valencia – this is Cafe Dulce de Leche which is basically cake heaven

When British Airways’ (then called British European Airways) opened it’s first ever route from the UK to Spain back in 1957, the original destination for those pioneering English holidaymakers was none other than the city of Valencia.

Fast forward almost 60 years and many Brits have been to Barcelona, mooched around Madrid and conquered the Costas – but a surprisingly large number have so far missed out on a trip to Spain’s third largest city.

Now Valencia’s exciting culinary scene, from traditional horchata bars to Michelin stars, has become one of the true highlights of any visit – and checking out where to eat in Valencia is valid reason in its own right to jump on that plane to Spain…

In Photos: 30 Reasons To Love Menorca

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Balearic Islands, Continents, Europe, Food, Menorca, Opinion, Photo Journeys, Shopping, Spain, Worldwide Vacation

Love Menorca

A cool souvenir from Cova d’en Xoroi

I really fell in love with Menorca on my recent trip to the island – so much so that I am seriously considering a repeat trip very soon, and am dreaming about house hunting there because it’s just that gorgeous.

So here are 30 reasons to love Menorca – little insights into why you can and should fall for the Balearic’s most tranquil island

Pretty Ballerinas Make Girls Holidays To Menorca A Shoe-In

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Balearic Islands, Continents, Europe, Menorca, Shopping, Spain, Worldwide Vacation

Pretty Ballerinas

Pretty Ballerinas on sale at the factory outlet in Menorca

The very first thing I spy after landing in Menorca, and exiting those double-doors that spit you out of security and into your holiday destination, is a tall pink leaflet dispenser advertising Pretty Ballerinas shoes.

Of course like any self-respecting girl, the idea of shoe shopping while on holiday – possibly at a discount – has my interest piqued immediately.

But as I’m with a group  – consisting mainly of men – I decide to leave it until later to work out if my hunch is right that the high-end ballet pumps which are beloved of celebs must be manufactured on this very island

10 Cool Things To Do In Menorca Beyond The Beach

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Balearic Islands, Continents, Europe, Menorca, Spain

Menorca

Recognise these? Traditional Menorcan sandals are wardrobe staples around the world.

The island of Menorca is sleepier and more tranquil than its big hitting Balearic neighbours, with a reputation for impeccable unspoiled coastlines and eco tourism which is a world away from the hedonistic holidays and resorts often associated with neighbouring Ibiza and Majorca.

Best known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and Caribbean-worthy coves (known as calas in Spanish) Menorca is the chosen destination for many nature-loving families seeking a low key beach break within easy reach of the UK – yet the small island is packed with its own history and culture offering unique shopping, outdoor adventure and farm-to-table cuisine at every turn.

Here are my 10 favourite things to do in Menorca

In Photos: Queen Of Fallas For A Day

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Photo Journeys, Spain, Valencia, Women of the world

Queen of Fallas for a day

That time I was the Queen of Fallas for a day – complete with traditional Valencian costume

This isn’t exactly a news flash, but we girls like getting dressed up.

And from the moment I arrived in Valencia I was determined to do one thing (besides eat paella): dress up in the famous Fallas festival costume, and become a Spanish Queen for the day.

And here’s another thing about girls; we already think we’re royalty, and we usually get what we want

The Rice Is Right: Why Everything You Know About Paella Is Probably Wrong

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Opinion, Spain, Valencia, Worldwide Vacation

paella in valencia

A pretty sign for paella in Valencia 

It shouldn’t be bright yellow, or fluffy, it isn’t intended for dinner and it’s not supposed to be synonymous with seafood. In fact, technically it’s not even a Spanish dish

Even though the first food that springs to mind when you think of Spanish cuisine is probably paella, the dish has been bastardised beyond all recognition to a point where it’s about as authentic to the original as a McFlurry is to a gelato. 

So here are 5 fast facts you didn’t know about real Valencian paella – so you can call yourself a true paella perfectionist…

Hide Your face With Spanish Lace: The Story Of The Valencia Fan

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Photo Journeys, Spain, Valencia, Worldwide Vacation

Valencia fan

Valencia fan: There are some colourful fans on display in the city’s shop windows

Despite the Brits’ well-documented love affair with the Spanish coast, I never went on a family holiday to Spain as a child.

Yet one of my most treasured possessions as a little girl was a delicate handheld Spanish lace fan. 

So when I was given the opportunity to meet a traditional Valencia fan maker in the city which is packed with these ornate hand-made and hand-painted souvenirs, I was filled with a childhood sense of wonderment – and couldn’t wait to learn about the process of producing these gorgeous – and girlie – wearable works of art.