September 17, 2022
Ca's Patro March, Mallorca. What to know before you go

Ca's Patro March, Mallorca. What to know before you go

September 17, 2022

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Ca's Patro March is one of Mallorca's most popular restaurants. The place became increasingly popular after being featured on the TV show "The Night Manager" and getting a table has become mission impossible since. Many celebrities including Beyonce have been spotted in this unique restaurant which has increased this Spanish restaurant's popularity.
 

Because this is a one-of-a-kind restaurant, your experience from the moment you book to getting there will be different from anything you've ever done before. That's why today I'm sharing everything you need to know before planning your trip to Ca's Patro March.


Located in the rocky beach with crystal clear waters of Cala Deiá, just about 3km from the charming village of Deia surrounded by the Tramuntana mountains, Ca's Patro March has beautiful views of this secluded cove with turquoise waters and offers a wide variety of high quality fresh fish and seafood dishes. Needless to say, Ca's Patro March is a highly instagrammable place.


The restaurant is actually quite simple, without great luxuries, but with that Mediterranean touch that makes it very authentic and unique. 


Ok, so how do you make sure you get one of those coveted tables? 

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Ca's Patro March: How to book a table

You can only book a table 15 days in advance and since tha place is small, it fills up quickly. We went in August (peak season goes from July through September) and had to go on their website at midnight (Spain's time) two weeks before the day we wanted to go. 10 minutes later there were no tables available!

When you make your reservation, you will be asked for a deposit that will only be charged in case of no-show.

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Ca's Patro March: Location

As I mentioned before, the cove is secluded so getting there is tricky. Also worth mentioning is the fact that you won't find a regular beach there. There's no sand, only big rocks, sitting space is limited -and laying down impossible. It's still worth taking a swim in the turquoise waters. Water shoes are highly recommended. Also, bring your goggles to see the fish swimming around you!

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Ca's Patro March: Getting there 

  • by car: parking is very limited. In fact, when you get there, you'll see the access closed. There's a guard there. You have to tell him you've got restaurant reservations and he'll let you drive down. The road is not an easy one, it's full of hairpin turns and looks like it should only be for one car, so take a deep breath if you are not the most confident driver.
  • on foot: you can walk from Deia, it's about 3k. The way there is not too bad as it's downhill. However, bear in mind that you'll have to do the same uphill on the way back. Getting there will take you around 30-40 minutes so start your hike with plenty of time.
  • by boat: most celebrities get there by boat. A small motorboat takes them from their yatch to a little dock that has direct access to the restaurant.

Ca's Patro March: Parking

As mentioned before, parking is limited, so get there with plenty of time because you may have to wait for a spot. However, since this is not a spend-the-whole-day beach, there's people always coming in and out.

Parking is not free. There's a parking meter.

Ca's Patro March: No credit cards accepted

Cell coverage is limited here so the place only accepts cash. Also, you'll have to wait to post your insanely beautiful photos and videos on social media!


Important: you'll see that on the menu some of the prices are per kg, so ask your waiter to give you an estimate so you know how much you are going to be charged in the end.

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So is eating at Ca's Patro March worth it? Well, it may look like a bit of a hustle but for us it was an unforgettable experience during our trip to Mallorca.


I hope this post will help you plan your trip to Ca's Patro March in Mallorca. Got more questions? Leave them on the comment section below!


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August 15, 2022
5 Best Things to do in Castellon Spain

5 Best Things to do in Castellon Spain

August 15, 2022

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Castellon de la Plana is a town in the Mediterranean coast. It's a one hour drive away from Valencia and despite being much less famous than the latter, it's still worth visiting. The region of castellon is full of charming coastal towns, medieval castles and restaurants that serve some of the best paellas in Spain.

Want to know more about Castellon? Let's take a look at the best things to do.

Best Things to do in Castellon: Peñiscola

There are few places in the world where you can take a dip while looking at a Medieval castle. So special is the view that it attracted the attention of the Game of Thrones crew who shot a few scenes of the popular TV show here. In fact, you can take pictures with a throne replica in the old town of Peñiscola. 


Peniscola is a very popular town in the summer. The mixture of sightseeing, great beach, warm water and lovely old town makes it the perfect holiday destination. 


The castle is Peniscola's main attraction. It was built in the 13th century by the Knights Templar on the foundations of an Arab fortress. Before being on Game of Thrones, the castle was used for the 1961 filming of El Cid. 


Where to eat in Peñiscola: El Peñon. This lovely restaurant located in the old town serves traditional Spanish food. So if you are a fan of the Mediterranean diet, this is the place to go. Apart from delicious food, the staff is the KINDEST you can find. 

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peñiscola old town

peñiscola old town

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Best Things to do in Castellon: spend a day at Nudo Beach Club

Nudo Beach Club is one of the coolest places we've ever seen. Located at El Grao just outside Castellon de la Plana, this beach club has amazing sea views. But that's not all they have to offer. An inviting pool is waiting for you at the center of the club surrounded by chill out areas and restaurants. For 18€ you can rent a sun bed and spend the day here. Great plan if you are looking for some rest & relax.

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Best Things to do in Castellon: visit Delta del Ebro Nature Reserve

Delta del Ebro is located in the south of Catalonia and is a beautiful Nature Reserve with isolated beaches, bird watching spots and miles of rice fields. This is also the place where the Ebro River meets the Mediterranean Sea. This beautiful place is home to a rich flora and fauna and offers plenty of things to do.


Delta de l’Ebre is famous for bird-watching as it is home to numerous native species of birds. Since 1992 a colony of pink flamingos have been settled here where they are visible throughout the year.


Be sure to check out sandy beaches like Eucalyptus or Buda. They are perfect to chill out and take a break.


Where to eat at Delta del Ebro: the restaurant at Hotel L'Algadir del Delta offers a tasting menu with local ingredients. It's a great option to try the local cuisine. They only have 10 tables so be sure to book in advance.


Tip: There are plenty of insects in this Nature Reserve. The numerous dragonflies are harmless but don't forget to take insect repellent to Delta del Ebro, that will save you from getting some nasty mosquito bites.

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Best Things to do in Castellon: stay at Parador de Benicarlo

If you follow the blog, you know that we love to stay at Paradores. Even though we prefer the ones that are historical buildings, we stayed at this modern one in Benicarlo during our trip to Castellon. The building is not as impressive as the castles or monasteries we've been to, but the quality standard is the same: they never disappoint. The location is also convenient to travel around the area.

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Best Thing to do in Castellon: visit the city center of Castellon

I doubt Castellon de la Plana will become your favorite Spanish city, but if you have time, you should take a walk around the old town and visit the cathedral, central market and climb up El Fadri tower for excellent city views. The city is calm and quiet and has a few lovely buildings. Once you need a break from sightseeing, take a break at the beach by going to El Grao harbor.

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If you have time for more: drive to the beautiful Medieval town of Morella. This ancient walled town located on a hill-top may not be coastal but it is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.

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July 25, 2022
5 Best places to visit in Portugal (that aren't Lisbon or Porto)

5 Best places to visit in Portugal (that aren't Lisbon or Porto)

July 25, 2022

aveiro portugal canal moliceiro sunsetPortugal has so much to offer its visitors. You can enjoy some of the most beautiful architecture, delicious food and cute coastal towns that you can't find anywhere else in the world

While there’s a good chance you’ve seen pictures of Lisbon and Porto that made you fall in love with this country, there are so many other places worth visiting in Portugal!

If this is your first time going to Portugal, also check out my tips and travel guides for traveling to Portugal.


Tip: You can also use this blog post as a road trip itinerary to visit the centre of Portugal.


Here are the top 5 places to visit in Portugal (that aren’t Lisbon or Porto)!


Best places to visit in Portugal: Aveiro

Aveiro, also known as the Venice of Portugal, is a picturesque town in the centre of the country. It's astonishing the high number of things to do in Aveiro considering it's such a small city. From riding along the canals by boat to admiring the Art Nouveau architecture, there's no way you can be bored in Aveiro.

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Best places to visit in Portugal: Costa Nova

Costa Nova beach in Aveiro is Instagram's most popular photo spot in Portugal. The charming colorful striped houses on the seafront are a feast to the eyes and make every single photography picture perfect. This unique pohotogenic setting will surely make you smile. It's impossible to be unhappy here!

These little houses were originally shelters and storage places for fishermen, but nowadays many have been converted to living spaces, shops, inns and restaurants. You can even rent some of them on AirBnB!

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costa nova houses

Best places to visit in Portugal: Vista Alegre Museum

One of my favorite Portuguese brands is Vista Alegre. Founded in 1824, they’ve been making beautiful porcelain items for nearly 200 years for everyone, from royalty to people just like you and me. Needless to say, visiting the Vista Alegre museum had to be part ouf our travel plan. The museum features two original kilns from the factory and porcelain collections divided by topics. Apart from the museum you can't miss the stunning Our Lady of Penha de França chapel, gift shop and outlet store. I'm sure you won't leave the place empty handed! If you are planning to eat here, make reservations at their hotel/restaurant. In the hotel you  have access to the Vista Alegre Founders’ Palace, a centuries-old building that keeps its original design. The Palace has ten rooms with unique architecture and decoration.

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Best places to visit in Portugal: Casa da Insua Parador Hotel

Casa da Insua is the only Parador hotel outside of Spain. Located 25 kilometers from the city of Viseu, in central Portugal, the hotel is a 18th-century baroque style manor house. The romantic gardens, architecture and interior décor are a feast to the eyes. Apart from the house, you can visit the old blacksmith's workshop, the wine cellar for wine tasting and the chapel. 

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Best places to visit in Portugal: Coimbra

Did you know that Coimbra used to be the capital of Portugal? That was from 1139 until 1260, when it was replaced by Lisbon. That's probably why there's so much history in the streets of Coimbra. From majestic churches, a Hogwarts-like university library, to lively streets and university life, there are plenty of things to do in Coimbra.

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June 30, 2022
Best things to do in Coimbra

Best things to do in Coimbra

June 30, 2022

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Coimbra is one of the spots in Portugal that you can't miss together with Porto and Lisbon. From majestic churches, a Hogwarts-like university library, to lively streets and university life, there are plenty of things to do in Coimbra.

Did you know that Coimbra used to be the capital of Portugal? That was from 1139 until 1260, when it was replaced by Lisbon. That's probably why there's so much history in the streets of Coimbra. 

Here's a city guide on how to spend a day in the charming town of Coimbra.


Best things to do in Coimbra: university and Biblioteca Joanina 

Established in 1537, the University of Coimbra is one of the oldest universities in the world and the oldest in all of Portugal. Its palace-like architecture, a very colorful chapel and Biblioteca Joanina are the university's main attractions nowadays. In fact, Biblioteca Joanina (the main library) is said to have inspired Harry Potter's movie designers.

If you are planning to visit Coimbra during peak season. You can skip the queue by buying tickets online here.
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Best things to do in Coimbra: eating with a view

Loggia restaurant is a wonderful place to eat for several reasons. On the one hand, it's a cheap eat offering both buffet and menu options. On the other hand, you can eat your meal at the terrace while enjoying the best views of the city.

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Best things to do in Coimbra: the cathedrals and churches

Apart from the university, Coimbra is know for the high amount of religious heritage for such a small town. For instance, Coimbra has two cathedrals: the old one, Se Velha, and the new one Se Nova.


The architecture of the old cathedral is incredibly interesting. Here you can find a mixture of Moorish, Renaissance, Romanesque and baroque design which makes it so unique. I recommend taking a peaceful stroll around the gothic cloister to unwind before continuing your sightseeing.


The New Cathedral of Coimbra, of baroque style, is located near the historical University of Coimbra in the upper part of the town.


Another place that deserves a visit is the 12th-century Monastery of Santa Cruz. The monastery is decorated with bas reliefs of the Passion story, as well as an impressive baroque pipe organ. 

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Best things to do in Coimbra: Cafe Santa Cruz and Cafe Central

Cafe Santa Cruz, built into the former Church of São João, which dates to 1530 is the most popular cafe in Coimbra. Its popularity makes is one of the busiest spots, so if you are looking for a place to sip your coffee quietly while people watching, Rua Ferreira Borges has some really lovely spots like Cafe Central. Take your order outdoors and enjoy live music provided by buskers along this commercial street. If you want to try a traditional dessert with your coffee, don’t miss the pasteis de nata -a.k.a. pasteis de Belem- a delicious Portuguese egg custard tart pastry.

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Have time for more? If you are spending more than one day in Coimbra, you should check out these places as well:

  • Praça do comercio: in this square, one of the prettiest in Coimbra, there are the São Tiago and São Bartolomeu Churches
  • Quinta das lagrimas gardens: setting of one of Portugal’s most famous love stories between King Pedro I and Inês de Castro, a noblewoman from Galicia. They had a secret affair in the 14th century, but sadly Inês was murdered. Legend says that she died in this park and shed a tear at Fonte dos Amores (pictured below). 
  • Santa Clara-a-Velha convent: once home to nuns, it has a mini-museum.

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Planning a trip to Portugal? Read my Portugal guides:

Top things to do in Aveiro

Costa Nova: the most instagrammable place in Portugal

Planning a trip to Southern Spain and Portugal

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