Beef Bourguignon recipe (or “Boeuf” to French it up)

It is getting seriously chilly out there and there’s no better winter warmer than a hearty dish to share with your friends and family.

If, like us, the loose link you have to a celebrity chef is the swearing and sipping a glass of wine while cooking, this is the recipe for you!


We particularly like this recipe because:

1) even the less experienced of us can impress everyone (we swear: it’s ea-sy),

2) it can be made the day before as it’s actually even better when reheated.




What you need (serves 4):

  • Goose fat (yes you can use olive oil or butter but we seriously recommend getting a jar of the stuff – it adds the French je ne sais quoi).
  • Beef (ah, obviously!). Don’t go for premium sirloin but it is equally worth not penny-pinching as ultimately this will make the dish. Good quality braising steak or shin is a good option. Around 600 grams cut into large chunks.
  • 5 shallots and 2 garlic gloves (peeled and sliced, if we must specify).
  • About 20 (1 small pack) chestnut mushrooms (even if you’re not keen on mushrooms, add them anyway. They will melt into the sauce and add flavour).
  • 1 pack of lardons (smoked if you want).
  • 1 bouquet garni (now this is posh French for herbs. You can buy them ready made in what looks like a teabag, just remember to remove it from the finished dish before serving).
  • 1 spoon of tomato purée (the fun bit is to squeeze it out of the tube!).
  • And the most important: WINE. A full bottle of it (it will not taste strong, promise). Again, not a 1976 vintage but we would not recommend a cheap plonk as the taste of the sauce will depend on it. Go for Burgundy to be truthful to the recipe, or any full-bodied red could do.


  • Season some flour with salt and pepper in a large container (with lid). Add the meat, put the lid on and shake.
  • Use a large sauce pan that can go into the oven.
  • Heat up 1 spoon of goose fat and fry the meat so it is brown all over (you may have to do this in batches, adding more fat if necessary).
  • Leave the meat to the side and fry the shallots, garlic, mushrooms, lardons and tomato purée in the same pan.
  • Add the meat back in, pour the wine over and add a glass of water (just so it nearly covers the meat). Put the magic teabag / bouquet garni into the liquid and bring to the boil. Scrap the bottom of the pan to get all the flavours going.
  • Create a lid out of foil and make a hole in the middle so steam can escape off the pan. The foil should rest on the meat (not the top of the pan).
  • Heat the oven to 150C (fan) or 130C (gas) and cook for 3 hours, checking from time to time that the sauce has not fully disappeared.


You can either serve when ready or reheat the day after, it is even better!

Perfect with tagliatelle, boiled potatoes that you mix into the sauce or venture into making a mash from scratch (it is not difficult: peel potatoes, boil them, drain, mash and add copious amounts of butter, cream and milk).

When you bite into a super-tender piece that melts in the mouth, it will all be worth it.

Let us know how it goes!


AW14 Menswear Collection

Adele our menswear buyer reveals all about the new Autumn range

I’m really proud of how the collection has turned out this season and I really believe it underpins the Joe Browns ‘love life’ attitude, with something to fit every man’s needs, combining all the best things in life!

Why follow trends when you can set your own? If you’re sick of wearing the same old boring clothing then don’t worry – the new collection has it all covered off.

Based on all our favourite pastimes – we just love the freedom of bikes, music and the great outdoors  -you’ll find the range has a bit of something for all life’s adventures.

It’s full of timeless clothing for real men – with an eclectic mix of relaxed tailoring and comfortable casuals – all with the usual Joe Browns twists, including quirky prints and great detailing

Many items have a slightly ‘lived in’ feel, giving you great versatility to easily dress items up or down.  The ‘washed and worn’ element is great for a relaxed, confident feel – great for a chilled-out occasion.

You’ll find great contrasting styling in our tailoring that simply oozes personality. Check out the Mix it Up Blazer, £89.95 and matching waistcoat, £42.95 for a really smart tweed fabric with a fabulous blue check and a fun contrast lining.

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We’ve also introduced some true English eccentric touches such as mix and match buttons and trims, as well as funky pull out linings into our blazer pockets in quirky, fun fabrics – so now there’s no need to buy a handkerchief when you’ve got one already built in!

There’s a grungy element to parts of our collection too with the introduction of some really rich fabrics and genuine leathers which also add a touch of attitude.

Finally take a look at the tees – we’ve some great bike-themed styles and Steve McQueen, Che Guevara and Bob Marley even make a guest appearance this season!

Choosing a couple of my favourite items from the collection was really hard (as I of course love it all :-) ), but, if pushed, I‘d have to single out the new Complete The Look Blazer (£79.95) which gives our humble blazer a funky twist. For the maximum in versatility, the knitted insert collar is detachable, so it’s perfect for dressing up or down. I also love our Cut About Check Shirt (£39.95). It’s extremely wearable and will carry you through the seasons and there’s certainly nothing dull about it – it’s a great key item for livening up your winter wardrobe! (And bound to stir up some comments from the lads down the pub!).

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Joe Browns isn’t just about clothing it’s about attitude, an attitude towards how you live your life. We wanted to create something special something that allows you to make the most of your passions, living a free and fun-filled life.  Hopefully we’ve achieved this in Autumn 2014.

Adele, Head of Menswear

Watch our menswear video:


Here’s a few behind the scenes shots, on location at Dalby Forest situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors. (We like to keep it local!)

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For all you lovers of all things bright and colourful, we have just the thing for you! Say hello to Shangri-la – complete with the flavours of a bold bright mystical land, brimming with colour and radiating the wonderful exotic orient. Free spirited, intriguing, stunning! This collection is jam- packed with South East Asian opulence and we sent Caroline from our buying team to visit this magical place, gathering inspiration (here’s some snaps) taking in all the sights, sounds and smells to then weave through our new collection. The result? An eclectic zing of fresh lime and vibrant pink, contrasting with earthy, deeper tones of midnight teal, faded berry and buddha blue – wow!

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The unconformity of this colour palette is super fun, exploding with the vibrancy and diversity of South Asian celebration and culture. This collection incorporates a range of classic East Asian motifs, unique hand drawn designs, clashing mosaic scarf prints, and of course there’s plenty of Joe Browns twists including fun detailing and fabulous quality additions.

This is a truly quirky collection full of adventure and fun, for those who dare to be different! It’s a great way to express your love for travel, your individuality and your lust for life through your clothing! The vibrant fabrics and unique patterns are wonderfully courageous, and the silhouettes, shapes and mix and match designs mean there’s something to suit every body shape! From authentic textured knits to bright separates, playful prints and really vivid timeless pieces, we have a little bit of something special to suit everyone’s needs and budgets!



Watch our Shangri-la video:



Our Personal Favourites…

“My Shangri-la favourite has to be the utterly unique Shangri la tunic, as worn this week by the lovely Rebecca Wheatley on The Wright Stuff. (See pic) Its vivid colour palette blends perfectly with the more earthy tones and bright splashes of crimson and the unique design was inspired by the striking Himalayan landscape, creating a fabulously eclectic jersey tunic. For an affordable £29.95 this is a fabulous piece that you won’t find on the high street. Dress it up with some of our beautiful basic leggings and a statement necklace for a nice meal or drinks. Alternatively dress it down with a classic pair of our Boot Cut Beauty Denim Jeans at and Suede Summertime boots. No matter how you style your utterly unique Shangri-la tunic you’re bound to be complimented on its unique array of contrasting fabrics and fabulous Joe Browns detailing in the form of a cute love heart button and colourful embroidery.” Holly, Marketing Department

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“After being lucky enough to travel around South East Asia, and creating this season’s Shangri-la theme, I would have to pick the Unique Utopian Dress in Multi £39.95 as my favourite piece from this collection. The dazzling print itself was inspired by the tropical fauna which I saw on my travels. This dress certainly has the feel good factor, with the use of bright tropical colours and print, it is the epitome of Shangri-la, and can be easily dressed up with our Fun and Fabulous Heels £34.95 on a night out. Alternatively, dress it down through the day with a pair of our Beautiful Corsage Wedge Boots £44.95 and our Super Springy Scarf at £14.95 for a look that will carry you right through autumn/winter. It’s definitely worth spending that little bit more to create such a diverse, timeless look” Caroline, Buying Department

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Get involved – Tell us your favourite Shangri-la piece!

A Right Royal Invitation!

Joe Brown’s regally invites to you to indulge in our fabulous new Sovereignty Collection,full of wonderfully British brocade, gorgeous jacquards and stunning flocked fabrics!

The height of all things luxurious, this BRAND NEW range is bound to make you feel like royalty.  So for all you Kate Middleton lovers out there (like me!) our opulent English heritage styles, fabrics and detailing are as close as it gets without breaking the bank!

Caroline from our buying department explains:

The colour palette is inspired by our well-loved royals and their decadent clothing; the wonderfully regal colours hark to the crown jewels, beautiful royal red velvet trains, and stunning regal room settings. Rich ruby reds make a huge impact throughout the collection, and I love the gold highlighting which gives our clothing a true regal feel.

But we don’t stop there; we have also steered away a little from our British roots and added a touch of French Renaissance – as if we couldn’t get any more chic!  Weaving through soft rose pinks, and vintage pastels, (which as a Joe Browns fan you will know have been a huge influence across the seasons), and I don’t believe this is a trend that’s going to fade!.”

This collection screams sophistication. Just when you thought that last season’s Joe Browns unique Herringbone Jacket couldn’t get any more remarkable, say hello to our Terrific Tailored Blazer (£59.95) with new fabulous additions including a beautiful silk floral lining and quirky heritage buttons. This, teamed with our Heritage Waistcoat (£34.95) will make you feel like a true English eccentric!


With marvellous Joe Browns detailing, there’s nothing not to love! But if you’re not a fan of tailoring, there’s always our delightful Enthralling Entrance Top (£29.95) – this dress will certainly make an impact! With an intricate mix of emerald green and ivory embellishments this design is not only breathtakingly beautiful it’s also figure flattering and unique, giving you a classic English look.

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I don’t know about you, but every year I take on the enormous task of trying to find the perfect winter coat. Well look no further – Joe Browns have a treat in store for you! We have a gorgeous range of figure flattering, winter coats, that are not only fabulous – but unique and cosy too!

Watch our Sovereignty video:


Caroline from our buying department expresses her love:

“I can’t wait for you to see the stunning range of coats we have for you this season.  After the success of last year’s collection, I didn’t think our designs could get any better! But I’m really proud of this year’s regal designs oozing luxury and opulence! My favourite has to be the Perfect Patch Coat (£74.95), inspired by the stunning rugs we found in the Marrakesh souks. With its timeless design and superb quality fabric, I would get your hands on it now, as I have a feeling this is going to fly off the shelves!”

So why not get your duchess on? And shop our elegant sovereignty collection right now!

Joe Browns Charity ‘Wishes Come True’ Tunic

Calling all Joe Browns lovers! Are you ready to feel amazing in our new ‘Wishes Come True Tunic’?

As if you needed an excuse, not only will you be looking lovely, you’ll be helping out for a really good cause at the same time. All proceeds from the sale of these tunics will go to the Make a Wish Foundation.

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Joe Browns Limited Edition Tunic

You will have noticed that we have taken part in different charity activities in the past few weeks, and this is chapter three of our journey. One of our lovely suppliers, Alan, embarked in a great project completing the 220k Iron Man challenge back in July this year. Instead of sending yet another sponsorship form round his family and friends, he created the ‘220 wonderful acts of kindness’ project – asking for people to take part. How could we not get involved?

We started off by collecting unwanted football kits from around the office for a wonderful charity called ‘kits4causes’. A fantastic chance for children all around the world to enjoy the great game.

We then went on to gather together as many teddy bears as we could – with the objective of collecting 220 teddies in the hope that these little furry friends will make a BIG difference.

So here is our third Act of Kindness: we have decided on a challenge with a remarkable Joe Browns twist! Alan has collected an array of fabulous fabrics from India, which we then turned into stunning tunics! Each one will be unique in its design, so you won’t see another like it anywhere! There will only be 220 of these beautiful tunics made. We are charging just £22 for these, and all proceeds will be going directly to the Make A Wish Foundation.

The best bit about this tunic is the feel good factor every time you wear it – truly special. Enjoy.

A Big Thank You to Joe Browns!

Sadly today is my last day as part of the Joe Browns family and I just felt a massive thank you was in order! But firstly I’ll introduce myself before babbling on! My name is Holly and I’m 20 years old. I’ve been on placement here at Joe Browns for a month now, which seems to have flown by (in fact most people think I work here now haha). For part of my university degree I was required to take part in a month long placement at a company of my choice – obviously it needed to be in some way related to my degree! I am about to enter my last year as a student of Advertising and Media at Northumbria University (don’t worry I’ve not been doing too much partying). I also have my own fashion blog which has taken me in a new direction and put a bit of a twist on the area of advertising I am most interested in going forward in, so I was thrilled that the lovely people at Joe Browns were happy to take me on in their marketing team after lots of hunting around for a placement! It was the perfect fit as it combines both my passion for fashion and my studies.

I’ve had a fabulous time and really felt like I was part of the framework and not just a spare part, which honestly is what I was expecting from working in an office.  However JB have proved me wrong and now I’m going to be very sad to leave, which I’m sure is not your expected response from a lazy student! I can’t lie it has being a struggle dragging myself out of bed on a morning, after 4 months of rising from my ‘pit’, as my mum calls it, at my own leisure.  Anyway enough about my sleeping habits! I have really learned a lot and I think this placement has really helped me open my eyes to what I would like to do in the future, as it’s really hit home that I only have one year left in my university bubble before having to break out into the big wide world. Joe Browns have really been a joy to work for, when I tell my friends what a laugh I’ve had at work today they can’t believe their ears, but it truly has been fun – I promise I haven’t been paid to say that!

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Holly and Tracey unintentionally wearing the same top!


There’s such a great working atmosphere here, which has given me great hope for the future – we’ve had photo shoots and party food & pizza days…  it’s safe to say there’s been a lot of food involved!  I think my team may lose a bit of weight when I leave, as I’m always bringing in doughnuts and biscuits to snack on (I’ve also gained a pound or two!). I’ve really been lucky with the freedom I’ve been given with my main focus being on social media, I’ve also sat in on meetings and come up with creative ideas towards new campaigns and photo shoots. On a serious note I’ve gained a lot of experience and new qualities from working in a real work place environment. I will take a lot away from this placement that I will carry forward and hopefully implement throughout my final year at uni.

Again I just want to say a massive thank you, firstly to Tracey who has been my main mentor throughout my placement and really has been such a joy to work with, and also to my fabulous team who have really taken me on like another member of the family! I’ve meet so many new faces that I won’t forget. I am truly grateful to Joe Browns for allowing me to experience working with their company which is one I won’t forget and I hope that it isn’t the end of my relationship with all the lovely inspiring people here at Joe Browns.

Lots of Love, Holly xx

Happy Teddy Bear Day!

Here at Joe Browns we love lending a hand for a good cause!  So when one of our business suppliers needed help to complete his 220 acts of kindness, we simply had to help!

Alan decided to compete in the 220k Iron man challenge back in July this year – but instead of asking people for sponsorship in the form of money, he developed his ‘220 wonderful acts of kindness’ project – basically asking for ideas for ways to make a difference in the world.

Alan’s list contains everything from small, local projects that would help an individual or a local community – to some really major initiatives that would truly make a real difference to the world we live in.  Read more about Alan’s mission over at

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For our latest act of kindness we are trying to gather together as many teddy bears as we can – with the objective of collecting 220 teddies to send to an orphanage in India. There are lots of children around the world who have very little and we really hope that these little furry friends will make a BIG difference! We’re now nagging families, friends and children to hand over their unwanted teddies – after all, everyone has a few around the house that are taken for granted don’t they? So not only will we be generating lots of big smiles, we’ll also be fulfilling the ambitions of 220 teddy bears, born to give out cuddles and make children happy! J. We’ve had a great response with 72 teddy bears in the collection so far (see pic).

Alongside this, we also recently collected lots of pieces of unwanted football kit for a charity called ‘kits4causes’. Football is loved the world over, however it is the sad case that there are many people around the world who are not able to experience it like many of us in more economically developed countries can – and it was great that we were all able to help and provide the vital tools to help communities come together and enjoy the great game. Nelson Mandela once said “Sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else can.”  Great words!

We’ve loved being involved with this exciting charity project, and are already making plans to get stuck into our third act of kindness- so keep a look out as this is one where you can really get involved!

If you want to donate, get involved or suggest a ‘random act of kindness’ for Alan to complete, head over to and get involved in whatever way you can

Live it Up – the lyrical version!

To celebrate the launch of our new ’Live it Up’ campaign – here’s a verse that we think says it all!

Live it up, don’t tone it down,
Smile a lot – and ditch the frown


Think about life’s happy things
It lifts you up – it gives you wings!

Parties with friends – good food, great times
A week away – and hot sunshine

A glorious meal you cooked yourself
A toast to freedom and good health!


Your favourite tunes – playing full throttle
A good old dance – with the help of a bottle!

A lick from the dog, a cuddle with the mog
A lovely compliment, an impromptu snog!


A night off chores, that weight target hit,
A brand new outfit (and feeling quite fit!)

A ride on the bike, hair in the breeze
A new adventure, and a bloody good sneeze!


Just take a sec to think about…..
What lifts you up?  What makes you shout…
‘I love my life, and all I’ve done’,
Let’s ‘live it up’ and have some fun!!

Joe Browns Top 10 Quirky Cocktails

For all you cocktail lovers out there (like me!) I’ve created a list of quirky cocktails and their recipes so you can give them all a try (… just don’t try them all at once!)


1. Absolut Peppar Bloody Mary – One for the brave!
2 Parts Absolut Peppar
3 Parts Tomato Juice
3 Dashes Hot Sauce
¼ Lemon Juice
¼ Lime Juice
2 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
1 Pinch Ground Black Pepper
1 Pinch Salt
1 stick Celery
1 Wedge Lemon

Add all ingredients into a highball glass and garnish with celery and a lemon slice.


2. Banana Split Martini – One for those with a sweet tooth
2 ounces whipped cream vodka
1 ounce banana liqueur
½ ounce triple cream liqueur
1 teaspoon grenadine
1 teaspoon white crème de cacao

Prepare a martini glass rimmed with multicolored sanding sugar. In a cocktail shaker half-way filled with ice combine all ingredients, shake well then strain into prepared martini glass. Garnish with a strawberry halve, banana slice, and maraschino cherry.

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3. Blueberry Lavender Mojito – fragrant and refreshing

8-10 mint leaves
1 ½ parts Rum
1 ounce lavender syrup
1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
10-12 blueberries
Pinch of ground Cardamom
Club soda

In tall glass, muddle mint leaves, Lavender syrup, lime juice, blueberries, pinch of ground cardamom and rum. Muddle just enough to combine flavors, being careful not to over-muddle. Fill glass with crushed ice. Top with club soda. Stir. Garnish with blueberries on a cocktail pick.

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4. Frozen Spiked Strawberry Lemonade – keep this one away from the kids!

1 cup ice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/3 cup frozen pink lemonade concentrate
1/4 cup rum

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until slushy. Divide among two glasses and garnish with a lemon wedge if desired. Serve with a spoon or straw if desired (drinking it out of the glass would work fine too.

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5. Fruity Pineapple Sangria – Super Fruity, this tastes a little too good so watch out!
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, juice included
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1 (750ml) bottle sweet white wine
Juice of 1 orange
1 cup mango pineapple vodka
2 cups Sprite

Add pineapple chunks and juice, strawberries, and oranges to the bottom of a pitcher. Stir in wine, orange juice, and vodka. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until completely chilled. Stir in Sprite right before you’re ready to serve.

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6. Sea Monster – A simple, easy tipple for the blokes!

1 ounce Spiced rum
3 ounces Grapefruit juice
2 ounces Ginger beer
1/2 ounce Grenadine

Pour the spiced rum over ice cubes in a glass, add the grapefruit juice, stir and add your ginger beer, top with grenadine. Enjoy!

Smoking Martinis

7. Smoking Martinis- One for the show offs!

80ml Brandy
30ml Lime juice
30ml Lime juice
1 ½ Tablespoons granulated sugar
Crushed ice
Dash of angostoria bitters
Dry ice (optional)

Take a cocktail shaker and fill it with crushed ice. Then pour in the brandy, lime juice. Lemon juice and sugar. Secure the lid of the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosty and beaded with sweat. Strain the contents of the shaker into your serving glasses and then add a couple of drops of angostoria bitters on top. If you have access to dry ice, then why not add some for quirky effect.

Sour apple and green chilli margaritas

8. Sour apple and green chilli margaritas – Spice up your life! (People of the world)

1oz/30ml white tequila
1oz/30ml good quality vodka
2 apples, peeled and cored
Juice 2 limes
1oz/30ml sugar syrup – see below
4 tablespoons cloudy apple juice
1 green chili, finely sliced plus extra to serve
Ice cubes

Add 1 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar into a saucepan and bring to the boil, stir often then reduce heat and simmer until all the sugar has dissolved into the water – approx. 10 – 12 minutes. Allow to cool thoroughly. Note this will make enough for a few cocktails.

Roughly chop peeled and cored apples and place in the bowl of a food processor along with the juice of 1 lime. Whizz on high until the apples resemble a very fine pulp. Transfer to a cocktail shaker. Add the tequila, vodka, juice of remaining lime, sugar syrup and apple juice and a handful of ice. Shake well and pour into chilled glasses containing a small handful crushed ice, add 2 – 3 fine slices green chili.

Sweet Tea

9. Sweet Tea – A twist on our favourite Yorkshire drink

6 ounces (3/4 cup) brewed orange pekoe tea, cooled
3 ounces (1/3 cup) whiskey (preferably American Spirit white whiskey)
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) Simple Syrup
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 lemon slices, preferably organic, for garnish

Combine the tea, whiskey, Simple Syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain the cocktail into 2 glasses filled with fresh ice. Garnish each with a lemon slice.

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10. Vanilla Daiquiri – Sweet and simple

2 oz (60 ml) vanilla flavored white rum
2/3 oz (20 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
1/3 oz (10 ml) gomme syrup

Scrape the inside of three vanilla pods into a bottle of rum. Replace the cap and leave for a week. Shake occasionally. Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain vanilla daiquiri into a cocktail glass.

As I said before don’t try them all at once! As these cheeky cocktails all pack a punch I know the fact there soooo delicious makes it hard to believe, but trust me I know how it ends! – Let us know how you get on! (After you’ve sobered up!)

Spain’s Little Gems

We love Spain so we thought we’d share our favourite little bits with you, from the main attractions to great places off the beaten track.

1) Little Italy on the Pine Walk
Where: Puerta Pollensa, Majorca
This is the best pizza you’ll find in Majorca. Book when you first arrive on holiday as it’s always packed and make sure you get a table near the beach as the sun will be setting. The kids can play (if you have them!) and you can relax and enjoy a fab meal.
2 words: Tasty, memorable

2) Restaurant El Palacio
Where: Mojacar, Almeria
Go onto the rooftop for amazing views as the sun goes down and try the prawns with shells on or mushrooms cooked in cream – they are both amazing
2 words: Scrumptious sunset


3) Gardens Where The City’s River Once Ran
Where : Jardines Viejo Cauce del Turia, Valencia
The river beds are now beautiful gardens containing fountains, play parks, football pitches and cafes.
2 words: Tranquil and relaxing

4) Benicassim Music Festival
Where: Benicassim, Castello
Relax by the beach in the day, eat lots of tapas and the festival starts at night with head lining acts coming on at midnight. Get on your dancing shoes!
This year Kasabian, Ellie Goulding and Paolo Nutini were headlining the festival.
2 words: Party time

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5) Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Where: Avenida de Concha Espina, Madrid
Home to Real Madrid C.F, just outside the centre of Madrid, the enormous stadium stands out against the homes and cafes of the locals
The sheer size of the stadium is striking, seating over 80,000. Walking around the stadium, visiting the changing rooms and going through the tunnels on to the pitch is an experience itself even if you’re not a footy fan!
2 words – Immense and impressive

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6) Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor
Where: Mount Tibidabo, Barcelona
This place is a little further ‘off the track’ than most of the things to do in Barcelona, but it is WELL worth a visit (it should be in your top three things to do when you’re there)!
Take the metro to the north of the city and get off at the last stop on Line 7, which is Av. Tibidabo. Walk across the road and then step back in time by taking the ‘Tramvia Blau’ (blue tram) for the next leg of your journey up the hill. Disembark and then take the funicular (like a cable-car on rails) to the top of the mountain. Not only is the temple itself quite spectacular, you can pay a couple of euros to use the lift that takes you to the top of the temple (you pop out just below the feet of Christ!) and from here you’ll have THE best view of Barcelona from around 550m above sea level!
Two words: Fantastic vista!

7) La Boqueria Market
Where: Barcelona, Catalonia
La Boqueria Market is a large market on one of Barcelona’s main streets, ‘La Rambla’. It’s a great stop off for refreshments after a long day in the sun experiencing all the amazing Gaudi attractions and everything else that Barcelona has to offer.
2 words – Beautifully colourful

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8) Dali Theatre and Museum
Where: Figueres, Costa Brava
The first thing you see is a giant sculpture by a black Cadillac in an open-sky courtyard – one of a kind.
2 words: Interestingly bizarre