Eating Tapas – Nationwide

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Go from bar to bar trying tapas as you go, while you might as well get a pint with every small meal.

Eventually you will work out your favourite bars and favourite dishes.

Some of the most well-known dishes include, tortillas, patatas, bravas and a large amount of chorizo-based meals.

Alhambra – Granada

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This giant fortress will take an entire day to walk around, make sure you do, it’s a highlight on any European guide.

The first Nasrid king, El Ahmar, chose this building as it overlooked the entire city of Granada.

It offers you a great view for some quick snaps, the price for entry is between 13 and 9 Euros. Alhambra is only ever fully open between March and October.

So, make sure you time your visit perfectly, as you would be disappointed through the winter.

Ski on the Sierra Nevada Mountains – Malaga

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If you are staying in Malaga, the Sierra Nevada Ski Resorts you have to visit.

Not only are they famous worldwide but one of the finest you will find in Europe.

Once you have skied and reached the bottom you can head to the beach for a tan, all in a day.

Nou Camp Stadium – Barcelona

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You do not have to be a football fan to appreciate the size and structure of Barcelona’s football stadium.

If you are a football fan, purchase some tickets and bear witness to possibly one of the greatest footballers, Messi.

If you do, try and learn some of the chants before you head to the game.

La Tomatina – Valencia

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I expect this to be on everyone’s list, as possibly the greatest festival in the world.

The party starts with a massive feast on Paella. The following morning thousands of people take to the streets tomato’s in hand, ready to throw to their hearts content.

This is potentially one of the biggest food fights in the world. Make sure you squeeze the tomato before throwing so that it bursts upon impact, preventing them from feeling any pain.

As soon as the bottle rocket sounds, it’s clean up time and everyone heads on to a bar or to wash themselves.

Rastro Market – Madrid

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Madrid’s flea market attracts a huge audience and looks the same as you imagine it would 50 years before.

Find yourself a bargain and if you end up getting bored, the streets are coated in bars for a quick one.

I would keep an eye on your possessions however as this flea market does tend to attract some unwanted pickpockets.

Guggenheim Museum – Bilbao

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This is by far one of the most interesting museums you will visit.

Frank Gehry’s masterpiece highlights some of the most bizarre art you will find, mainly from the 20th century.

The shape of the building itself is something of a wonder, with more curves than David Beckham’s free kicks.

Benicassim Festival – Barcelona

Spain’s biggest music festival is growing in reputation every year as people leave the muddy festivals for a party on the beach in Barcelona.

Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, as it is known in Spanish, lasts for four days on a beach, music pumping, drinking mayhem.

In 2019 the likes of Liam Gallagher, The Killers, Pet Shop Boys and The Vaccines headlined.

Party Time – Ibiza

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There is no bigger party than the ones in Ibiza, from April till October.

The welcome parties and ending parties are legendary as they welcome in the re-opening of the clubs for the summer.

Be prepared to spend a lot more than you would like to however, as entry to clubs is normally expensive



The National Museum of Edinburgh

The newly refurbished galleries in Edinburgh Old Town has 8,000 new objects – items unseen since the opening back in 1866.

The Museum is a mish mash of objects made in Scotland. Also included are discoveries brought back from Scottish explorers and scientists including Charles Darwin, who studied in Edinburgh.

The opening up of new vaulted rooms in the belly of the building add a touch of the dramatic. A new atrium ceiling fills the space with light, even on the dreariest of days – a great thing to do in Edinburgh on a rainy day!

Scottish Cheap Eats

Fish Soup Cullen Skink - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To EdinburghAllow me to translate some of the ingredients and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how delicious haggis is.

Made with lamb, beef, oatmeal, neeps (turnips) and tatties (mashed potato), available in most pubs and usually costs around €8.

You can go and buy one from a local deli and take it back to your hostel to cook.

A cheaper and traditional lunch dish is Cullen Skink. This is creamy fish soup, or a haggis pasty. You’ll need to walk to the top of Edinburgh Castle to burn that one off!

Fish and chips great for enjoying down at Leith, or during the Edinburgh Festival as you enjoy some street entertainment. Tailend in Albert Place, is Edinburgh’s show stopping eatery for the newspaper wrapped local delicacy.

National Galleries of Scotland

National Gallery of Scotland - Electric Edinburgh, Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To EdinburghAside from the historic architecture on the city streets, Edinburgh is blessed with some excellent museums and galleries that will satisfy culture vultures.

The Galleries are open between 10am-5pm free to enter and are housed in five beautiful buildings across the city.

The Modern Art Galleries are set in a huge stately home surrounded by parkland dotted with sculptures, and the National Gallery has an extensive collection of fine art from the Renaissance to the 19th century.

Visit the special exhibitions which are hosted all year round.

See Nessie Away From Her Loch

Loch Ness Monster - Electric Edinburgh, Irish rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To EdinburghYou don’t have to venture to the Highlands in search of Scotland’s most famous mythical beast – touristy but hilarious fun.

The 3D Loch Ness Experience is based on the work of Loch Ness expert Adrian Shine. 3D displays and an exhibition on all the facts and myths surrounding the Loch Ness Monster are there.

The Royal Botanical Garden

Royal Botanical Garden - Electric Edinburgh, Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To EdinburghThe Royal Botanic Garden is over two centuries old and makes for a beautiful afternoon stroll.

Explore acres of local and exotic plants – highlights include the largest collection of wild-origin Chinese plants outside China. In addition, you also have the Scottish Heath Garden, the Rock Garden, and the Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden.

Plant lovers can discover unusual varieties of flora and fauna from across the globe in the quaint Victorian Glasshouse.

Browse the oldest botanical library in Britain or catch an art exhibition at Inverleith House. One mile from the centre and one idea is to arrive by bike along the traffic-free National Cycle Network Route 75.

Explore Georgian Architecture

Bute House Charlotte Square Edinburgh - Electric Edinburgh, Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To EdinburghThere is plenty of Georgian architecture to ogle around Charlotte Square in the New Town – thanks to Robert Adams.

But to see both the outs and ins, head to The Georgian House, number 7.

Here you can glimpse 18th century life when people moved for more refined living in the New Town.

Holyrood Park

Holyrood Park - Electric Edinburgh, Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To EdinburghEasily done in a morning or afternoon, head to Holyrood Park located about one mile east of Edinburgh Castle.

It’s 251m to the top of the hill, known as Arthur’s Seat, and offers spectacular views across the city and the Firth of Forth over to Fife.

Oh, and most importantly, this is one of a number of free things to do in Edinburgh.

Allow about two hours up and back down and it is breezy at the top both winter and summer.

A Wee Dram in Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby - Electric Edinburg, Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To EdinburghOne of Scotland’s most famous exports, you couldn’t leave Edinburgh without sampling a ‘dram’ of malt whisky.

Greyfriars Bobby  in Candlemaker Row is a legendary watering hole, named after the famous dog and city mascot who watched over his master’s grave.

The pub is a cosy place for a drink, f you can’t face a neat shot, try it with a dash of ginger ale or ginger wine.

Frugal Films

Edinburgh Filmhouse - Electric Edinburgh, Irish rugby tours, Rugby Tours To EdinburghThe Edinburgh Filmhouse Cinema is a treasure trove of frugal finds. Monday to Thursday matinees (starting before 5pm) are around €6 and on Fridays €5.

You can take drinks from the bar into the screenings. Hold out for lunch or have an early dinner between 3-5pm and you can enjoy ‘Food for a Fiver’ at the Filmhouse café.

Visit their free monthly film quiz starting at 9pm.

The Wee Red Bar

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Not as cramped as its named suggests, there’s plenty of room for a good dance. Entry at the Wee Red Bar ranges from free to €5.

Club nights are an eclectic mix of art shows, indie, dance and anything slightly offbeat. So, just get yourselves down there and have a great time.

Valvona & Crolla Deli

Valvona & Crolla Deli - Electric Edinburgh , Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To EdinburghEdinburgh is packed with royal heritage, and the Queen herself is a big fan of the city. She orders her cheeses from Valvona and Crolla, a famous artisan from the east end of Princes Street.

The restaurant and cafe upstairs serve dishes made with the top-quality produce, with regal prices to match. If you’re not able to eat like a queen, you can certainly indulge in some take-away hot drinks and Dolci downstairs in the deli.

Try the real Italian gelato imported exclusively from Milan. Torta di Cioccolato – a devilish chocolate truffle cake made with 70% Valrhona chocolate, and the Limoncello Pannacotta.