Mapplr’s favorite hotels in Ibiza

Ibiza is my favorite island in the Baleares because it’s got everything: glorious beaches, fabulous nightlife, great food and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The island attracts a truly international and sophisticated crowd. The only touristy place to avoid is Sant Antoni, which is a tiny corner of the island. You can drive through Ibiza on a […]

Mapplr’s favorite hotels in Barcelona

There are few cities in the world I enjoy as much as Barcelona. It has everything I like in a city: a great beach, art, history, fabulous restaurants and tapas bars, amazing night life, good bookstores, eccentric characters. I have stayed in different parts of town: once at the base of Tibidabo and another time […]

Lunch on Barcelona's Passeig de Gracia: Tenorio

If you find yourself shopping along the Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona as the lunch hour approaches, you might want to try a brasserie called Tenorio which serves tapas and delicious salads. It’s a large place so not too difficult getting a table when every other restaurant is packed. Vibe: trendy modern chic decor, open […]

Atmospheric Barcelona Internet cafe: Bornet

If you are looking for a quirky gallery-Internet cafe in Barcelona with lots of atmosphere and art, go to Bornet in the El Born district (center of Barcelona). Located very close to the Picasso Museum, it’s difficult to find because it is in one of those tiny alleyways where you find yourself perpetually lost. It […]

Recent Barcelona favorites: wine bars, tapas and out of town finds

I attended the Mobile World Congress (formerly 3GSM) last week in Barcelona, and stayed in Vilanova i la Geltru, a beach town 40 km south for lack of hotel rooms in the city. Vilanova is quiet and lovely at this time of the year without the tourists. Seafood restaurant outside Barcelona Vilanova has a lot […]