The 16th of June is ‘World Tapa Day’; a celebration of arguably Spain’s most popular invention, that small and tasty appetiser, the tapa. This Spanish custom has become a worldwide phenomenon, from top chefs adding their gastronomic takes on tapas, to tapas bars opening in major cities in many countries from America to China. Tapas are originally an aperitivo, eaten between main meals with a glass of wine or beer, but nowadays they are so varied and delicious that they can easily substitute a lunch or dinner or both!
TRAVEL / FRANCE
Bordeaux has a new and already iconic 10-storey building on the banks of the River Garonne near its centre, aptly named La Cité du Vin (City of Wine). La Cité du Vin will host contemporary exhibitions, performances, conferences and wine-tasting workshops that will allow wine lovers to discover the cultures and civilisations of 5,500 years of wine.
TRAVEL / FRANCE
Iconic Parisian hotel Ritz on the Place Vendome has reopened its doors this June after extensive renovations.
In its own words Ritz announces the opening thus: “The Ritz Paris is reborn and invites you to experience anew the City of Light. Now freshly restored, its grand décor and intimate salons welcome guests to rediscover a unique atmosphere and the inimitable French art de vivre.”
TRAVEL / ITALY
The Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy is one of the country’s most beautiful and scenic coastlines, having been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape, with pastel-coloured villages on sprawling hillside terraces, luscious gardens and grand views
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TRAVEL / EUROPE
Our approach to the Recommended Hotels selection on Traveltain: Since we feature hotels in major destinations the competition is stiff but we find the individual hotels that stand out from all the others; a central located city boutique hotel, a stylish grand architectural hotel or a luxury spa hotel. So how do we choose the best hotel for you?