Cycle Into The Authentic Heart of SPAIN And PORTUGAL

wandermelon partners with Pure Adventures to bring you self-guided tours pairing great cycling with world-class gastronomy and natural wonders Our team of writers at wandermelon is always looking for ways to inspire and inform your travels. Traveling the globe, we search for the experiences we think will surprise and delight you and, hopefully, motivate you to make your own discoveries. One of … [Read more...]

BARCELONA’S Beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Set in a former Hispano American bank headquarters on the Passeig de Gràcia, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona is a five-star hotel with all the trimmings.  You couldn’t ask for a better location as the hotel sits along Barcelona’s most exclusive shopping street and across from Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí's famous La Pedrera, the famous undulating stone building (circa 1906) that's now a cultural … [Read more...]

SPAIN: Madrid Hikes A Peak Experience

The Community of Madrid offers some incredible hiking that gives you an entirely new perspective of one of Europe's greatest cities and regions. Stop and think for a moment about the city of Madrid. What images do you see? Perhaps the sophisticated plazas, narrow cobblestone streets, buzzing bars; maybe the quintessential cafe, packed tapas restaurants, Picasso’s Guernica at the Reina Sofia, … [Read more...]

Chueca: Madrid’s Cinderella Story

A wandermelon insider details the transformation of Chueca, one of Madrid’s trendiest neighborhoods. There’s something highly appealing about watching a neighborhood’s dramatic transformation. Youth sub-culture especially seems to idealize the abject and strive to refashion it into something “hip." Similar to NYC’s Meatpacking makeover, Madrid’s Chueca neighborhood is a prime example of a … [Read more...]

Northern Spain’s Basque Delights

The Basques have had a bad press for the violence of ETA, a murderous bunch of separatists, but that movement seems to be fading away, as has the IRA in Ireland, and the shootings have rarely impacted visitors. Historically, there is a case for autonomy, for even the Romans and Moors stayed clear of this isolated province, and the language sounds more like Hungarian than Spanish. Frank Gehry’s … [Read more...]

FOOD BUZZ: Outstanding in the Field Heads to Europe’s Green Pastures

The 2011 season is underway and the big red and white bus is cutting a sway across California with tables and chairs in tow, but the Europeans should watch out because the Yanks are coming to fill their bellies too. After last year’s season, when most California events sold out in just a few hours, a lot of guests were shut out and put out, so this year Outstanding in the Field have added 700+ … [Read more...]

Viva Barcelona!

Vibrant, gutsy and joyous, the real Barcelona is far more rewarding than the sanitized theme park that Woody Allen portrayed in Vicky Christina Barcelona. Michael Webb takes us on a tiki tour of one of his favorite European cities. Gaudi and Picasso pull in the tourists, especially for the build-out of the unfinished Sagrada Familia Basilica, but there’s a constant sense of renewal in … [Read more...]

Barcelona’s Hotel of Marvels

Become a fan of the new Mandarin Oriental, a glittering new apex of art, architecture and design in Europe's coolest city. Barcelona is an extraordinary city blessed with historic architecture, some of the finest food in Spain, streets of fashion and a broad sandy beach. With its exceptional blend of the traditional and innovative, Barcelona has become a hub for Spanish design and a favorite … [Read more...]

Iconic Hotel Ritz Madrid Celebrates 100 Years

One of Spain’s most coveted addresses, the Hotel Ritz Madrid, is turning 100 on October 2nd and the fiesta is on. Madrid's preferred hotel for 10 decades-worthy of dignitaries ranging from Salvador Dali and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to George Clooney and Penelope Cruz, the Hotel Ritz Madrid is rolling out the red carpet for a new century of guests by offering special packages and hosting a … [Read more...]

Surf, Spanish Seashores and Salty Spuds in the Canary Islands

Every great journey begins with a little mystery.  When I told people I was going to the Canary Islands, the general response from my friends was, “Oh, that’s exciting.  Um.. Where exactly are they?” While most people had heard of the Canaries, whose name conjures up an exotic place, nobody knew their exact location on the globe.  Confession: I didn’t either.  And I had surely never heard of … [Read more...]