Southern Europe

Tales, adventures and photography from Southern Europe.
porto food guide

PORTO | Porto is a great city for lovers of good food and drink, but if you only have a day in the city, you’ll want to be efficient when it comes to choosing your meals. Luckily, we spent a day with a local visiting a range of places showcasing

lisbon short break holiday tips

LISBON | Lisbon is a beautiful city. Whether you’re taken by its charms at first sight or not, one thing we can assure you is that the city grows on you. Lisbon is full of grace, with white-bleached limestone buildings, tiled walls, and red roofs creating an appealing look that

spanish road trip madrid bilbao

SPAIN | We recently did a road trip through Northern Spain, driving from Madrid to Bilbao, through Castille and Leon and Basque Country. We’ve split this guide into several posts which you can use to guide you when planning your own Spanish road trip. The City Lane hit the camino (“road”) in Madrid,

48 hours in madrid

MADRID | Madrid is a city that we’ve been to many times, with our most recent visiting forming part of a road trip through Spain. We started our road trip in Madrid, landing at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas early in the afternoon. Whether you use a taxi, the Airport Express bus or the

bilbao spain

BILBAO | Bilbao, an industrial city in Spain, has experienced significant regeneration since the Frank Gehry designed Bilbao Guggenheim opened in 1997. Bilbao may not have the physical beauty of may of Spain’s other other cities, but we can imagine it is probably an excellent place to live with excellent public transportation and

best pintxos san sebastian

SAN SEBASTIAN | From beautiful beaches and stunning vistas, to pintxos and other exciting gastronomic delights, San Sebastian has a lot to offer. Donastia, as San Sebastian is known in Basque, has a rich gastronomic tradition which attracts visitors from all over the world. San Sebastian has also been designated

la rioja wineries

LA RIOJA | At The City Lane we’ve always been big fans of Spanish wines. In particular, we have long enjoyed wine from Spain’s largest demarcated wine region, La Rioja. We decided we had to go straight to the source to experience this impressive wine first hand. The origin of

historic segovia

SEGOVIA | Located just over an hour’s drive or two or train ride from Madrid is the small city of Segovia, a perfect spot for a day trip out of Madrid or on a road trip through Spain. If you drive to Segovia, make sure you make a stop at El Escorial Monastery

lake bled slovenia

BLED | Tranquil. Pristine. Idyllic. These are three words that come to mind when reflecting on a recent early September jaunt to Lake Bled, Slovenia. We had high expectations for this alpine destination but nothing prepared us for that first glance at Lake Bled. Slovenia is a small but proud

reflecting on italy

After recently spending a wonderful month in Italy with my partner, exploring and travelling, there was one question that kept coming to mind. Why do we enjoy this country so much? The answer, we think, is the genuine sense of community, simplicity and respect shown to all who visit. From