From tapas to trains, conquests to quesos, Franco to fiestas & bidets to bulerías - the When in Spain podcast takes you on a weekly audio journey through Spanish lifestyle, culture, history, food, people & places.
Along the way we're joined by special guests - authors, comedians, guides, dancers, bloggers, activists, photographers, business owners and everyday people who call Spain home.
When in Spain also offers tonnes of practical advice and insights for anyone planning to live and work in Spain.
There's always something fascinating to learn about one of the world's most visited countries - España. ¡Vamos!
Where to visit in Spain with Karen Rosenblum
Where should you visit in Spain if it's your first time? Where should you visit if you only have two weeks? Can you see it all? No. So how do you decide what to include on you itinerary? That's what this episode of When in Spain tries to answer!
Join Spain travel consultant, Karen Rosenblum and myself as we try to answer these huge questions to help you get the best out of your trip to Spain. Karen helps us break down Spain by topics so that anyone visiting can decide where to include in their trip based on personal interests. Whether you love gastronomy, beaches, or Roman ruins, Karen shares some great recommendations. She also gives advice on how to put together a realistic, enjoyable, and unrushed itinerary to help you get the best out of your Spain vacation.
To find out more about Karen or book a Spain travel consultation with her, head over to Spain Less Traveled.
Also, check out her fantastic Facebook community, Travel Spain! for a wealth of information and advice about planning the perfect trip to Spain.
A day trip to Cuenca and its hanging houses
I'm whisking you away on the high-speed AVE train for a day trip to the beautiful medieval city of Cuenca.
Join me as I stroll around Cuenca's charming streets and squares, admire the gothic cathedral (one of the earliest examples in all of Spain) and cross the San Pedro bridge to admire the famous 'casas colgadas' , or hanging houses.
Later I walk up to the castle neighbourhood and get some breathtaking views of the city from the old castle remains as I reflect on the turbulent history of this UNESCO world heritage site.
In the episode I mention Cuenca's Parador in the old San Pablo convent. It was closed the day I went, but also worth visiting the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art.
Ten must-visit Madrid bars with Chris Lynch
After a six-month break When in Spain is back! And to celebrate we're taking you on a tour of ten classic Madrid bars. Our guide is Chris Lynch, Spanish wine-buff, former Spanish bar owner, and founder of the Spanish Wine Collective. If you're on a first visit to Madrid these ten bars are required drinking and eating!
From the cosy Casa González bar in the centre of Madrid and over a bottle of cava, Chris takes us on a virtual tour of his ten favourite bars of the Spanish capital. He recommends what to drink, what to eat, and when to go.
Along the way we talk about the fascinating history of these classic Madrileño bars and Chris describes some of the colourful characters who work in them.
At the end of the episode we both give some useful tips for getting the best Madrid bar experience on your visit.
Here's the list of stops on the tour:
* Casa González
* Casa Toni
* Casa del Abuelo
* La Venencia
* La Dolores
* Bodegas Ricla
* Casa Revuelta
* Casa Lucas
* Vinoteca Vides
* Casa Dani
La Concha (Great vermut on Cava Baja)
La Osita (Craft beer on Cava Baja)
Celso y Manolo (Near Vinoteca Vides)
Mercado de la Paz (Municipal indoor market and home to Casa Dani)
Sounds that make you sound Spanish – ¡Buah! ¡Anda! ¡Hala! ¡Uy! ¡Puf!
Want to sound super Spanish? I run through ten useful and fun Spanish interjections that you can pepper your conversations with to help express yourself even more clearly when you're chatting en español. ¡Anda!
When I first started learning Spanish and hanging around with native speakers I kept hearing these noises that popped up in conversations and always wondered what they meant. I'll look at some of the most common interjections and make comparisons with English and give you some examples.
In the second half of the episode I'll run through nineteen really useful muletillas ('little crutches') or filler words, as we call them in English. These will make you sound very natural when speaking Spanish and also give you more time to think about what to say next!
Vamos a ver!
Almería & Cabo de Gata – Cowboys, Pirates, Wild Beaches & A Sea of Plastic
In this episode I take you on a trip around Spain's most arid provinces, Almería. We explore the Tabernas Desert and its Spaghetti Western filming locations, the beautiful wild beaches of Cabo de Gata including the dramatic Playa de los Muertos (Beach of the Dead), and I guide you through Almería City's top sights including the imposing Alcazaba. We'll also wander the back streets of the hilltop village of Mojácar, officially one of Spain's most picturesque pueblos.
Along the way I uncover the turbulent history of Almería, pillaging pirates, moorish uprisings and its rich mining heritage. I also talk about the vast Mar de Plastico (Sea of Plastic) expanse of greenhouses used for intensive fruit and vegetable production.
Plus plenty of sounds along the way to help transport you to this dramatic corner of Spain.
Cycling Southern Spain with Chris Atkin
Chris Atkin, author of his new book, (Just As Well) It's Not About The Bike: A Journey Across Southern Spain, joins me in this episode to chat about his experience pedaling 1300 kilometres from Valencia to Gibraltar on a basic bike with only seven gears and barely enough room for panniers.
Chris describes some of his favourite stops on his six week journey, including a grueling ride across Spain´s Sierra Nevada, Gandia´s ghost town vibe, picturesque Altea versus the untamed tourism of Benidorm, discovering morcilla in a tiny pueblo of Almócita in the province of Almeria, Granada and the Alhambra and the final destination of Gibraltar, bursting with civic pride.
On the ride Chris shares with us some interesting anecdotes, for example Franco´s favourite singer (She despised him!), a little known nuclear catastrophe that happened in Palomares in the 1960s and the heartwarming story of why Mónica was daubed in giant white letters on a Málaga chimney.
Chris also offers some practical advice for cycling in Spain, finding accommodation and improving your Spanish.
Get your hands on a copy of his book (Just As Well) It's Not About The Bike: A Journey Across Southern Spain here
Find out more about Chris Atkin on his website https://chrisatkinonline.com/
Making me want to hop on a plane from Ibiza NOW!
This is an incredibly inspiring, informative, well made podcast that, living in ibiza and making my own podcast The Reset Rebel, feels amazing to hear all about the mainland and learn a little more about spanish culture as there is less of it here in its purest form - and its very different! The Madrid ten bars episode is highly commendable ! I am impressed, Especially as you sou stone cold sober throughout! 🤣🤣🥇🥇. So happy you returned and Re-Began creating this series Paul! Welcome back! Looking forward to having your on RR very soon! Much love from the white Isla ! Jo
Only downside to this podcast is it makes you want to go to Spain, like, now!
What’s happened to the podcast?
We haven’t heard one since September 2021