104 episodes

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!

When in Spain Paul Burge

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 96 Ratings

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!

    Sounds that make you sound Spanish – ¡Buah! ¡Anda! ¡Hala! ¡Uy! ¡Puf!

    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!

    • 44 min
    Almería & Cabo de Gata – Cowboys, Pirates, Wild Beaches & A Sea of Plastic

    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.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Cycling Southern Spain with Chris Atkin

    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/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    A day trip to Brihuega’s lavender fields and Guadalajara

    A day trip to Brihuega’s lavender fields and Guadalajara

    Join Karina, me and friends, Adam and Ollie, for a day trip to the charming medieval town of Brihuega and its beautiful lavender fields. A slice of Provence right in the centre of Spain!



    Brihuega is famous in Spain for its lavender cultivation and surprisingly, it is one of the world's major producers of lavender products, including lavender oil which is used by one of the big Spanish perfume brands.



    But, away from the lavender fields, we discovered that Brihuega has much more to offer than Instagramable photos of purple hillsides. Find out about the town's turbulent history, Moorish past, former royal cloth factory, secret tunnels and relaxing fountains. The perfect day trip from Madrid!



    We also stop off in the city of Guadalajara to explore what it has to offer. (Compared to Brihuega, not very much we discovered!) Listen for yourself in the episode...

    • 45 min
    Madrid’s public transport with Sarah Willats – Trains, Tickets, Tips & Trips

    Madrid’s public transport with Sarah Willats – Trains, Tickets, Tips & Trips

    Sarah Willats joins me to talk about Madrid's public transport network, how to get the best out of it, tickets, passes and trips whether visiting for a holiday, business or making the Spanish capital your home.



    Sarah, aka Sarah la Viajera (check out her Spain travel blog!) has recently published her book, The Ultimate Guide to Madrid’s Transportation Networks which she spent two years researching and which involved riding every Madrid Metro line, many of the city's buses, commuter trains and bike and scooter sharing schemes. Sarah is an expert on Madrid's public transport system after spending five years riding it and painstakingly testing and researching the network to make life easier for anyone visiting the Spanish capital.



    In the episode we talk about the transport network's different systems and the differences and pros can cons of each one. Sarah walks us through some facts and figures about the Madrid Metro and some curious history, including its 'ghost stations'. We also share our favourite journeys using Madrid's public transportation and run through some suggestions for day trips out of the city without using a car. Then it's onto practicalities. Sarah guides us through the different tickets and passes and how to buy them and how to get to the centre of Madrid from Barajas Airport and onwards to Atocha train station.



     



     

    • 49 min
    Costa Brava road trip – Coves, Bikinis & Dalí

    Costa Brava road trip – Coves, Bikinis & Dalí

    Join us for all the sights and sounds on a road trip along Spain's rugged Costa Brava. Discover the beautiful seaside towns and villages of Tossa de Mar, Calella de Palafrugell, Platja Fonda, Roses and of course Cadaqués, home to Salvador Dalí's former house, now a wonderful, eccentric museum. We explore the coves of turquoise waters, the back streets of fishing villages and the stunning medieval fortress village in Tossa. Tune in to hear about the Costa Brava's turbulent history and a slice of Catalan culture, food and drink. At the end of the episode I offer some practical advice for a visit to this beautiful corner of Spain.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

Jes!si ,

Súper encantada

Muy buen podcast 😍

klrohrer ,

Great listen!

So interesting and informative! Helpful for trip planning!

Rebeccamg1905 ,

Informative and Entertaining

I really appreciate Paul’s style of interviewing as well as the topics he goes over. My husband and I will be moving to Spain shortly and have learned so much thanks to Paul and his guests. Keep up the great work!

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