Esme Fox

Esme Fox has contributed to the Rough Guides to Spain and the Philippines. She has lived in five different countries on five different continents and currently lives in Barcelona. Follow Esme on Twitter.

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  • The secret Spanish islands you didn’t know existed

    The secret Spanish islands you didn’t know existed

    July 3rd, 2019Esme Fox
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    Spain’s islands – from the Canaries to the Balearics – are some of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, and travellers keep returning to them again and again. As their popularity grows, however, so do the crowds, and visitors are increasingly looking for alternatives. It’s time to look beyond Tenerife, Ibiza and Mallorca, Spain has…

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  • Burn baby burn: Valencia’s Las Fallas Festival

    Burn baby burn: Valencia’s Las Fallas Festival

    February 4th, 2019Esme Fox
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    Valencia’s Las Fallas Festival is perhaps one of the best festivals in the whole of Spain, despite it not being as well-known as Pamplona’s San Fermin (Running of the Bulls), or La Tomatina (the giant tomato fight). It’s a festival about art, fire, noise, and above all, Valencian identity. History of the Las Fallas festival Most people imagine giant papier mâché effigies…

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  • A Rough Guide to: the best islands in the Philippines

    A Rough Guide to: the best islands in the Philippines

    January 11th, 2018Esme Fox
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    Isolated white-sand beaches, reefs teeming with marine life, cascading rice terraces – it’s no wonder that the Philippines is thought of as paradise. And there’s even more than meets the eye, from the world’s smallest primate to the unique hanging coffins of Sagada. Yet, with well over 7,000 islands you can get overwhelmed by what’s on offer. Whatever…

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  • Puerto Princesa – a secret underground river in the Philippines

    Puerto Princesa – a secret underground river in the Philippines

    January 10th, 2017Esme Fox
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    Deep underground on the island of Palawan in the Philippines lies the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, it’s the world’s longest navigable underground river and makes for an exciting experience in one of the Philippines’ most popular islands. Here’s…

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  • Beyond tapas: the Spanish food and drink you need to devour

    Beyond tapas: the Spanish food and drink you need to devour

    August 15th, 2016Esme Fox
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    Spain is known throughout the world for its Mediterranean diet, heavily featuring seafood, meat and fresh vegetables, all splashed with a healthy dose of olive oil. But while you may think Spanish cuisine is all about tapas, paella and sangria, there are many more dishes that are not so well known, but are just as…

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  • Greek food: 11 delicious dishes you need to try

    Greek food: 11 delicious dishes you need to try

    March 15th, 2016Esme Fox
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    Greeks love their food. They love to eat and love to feed others; this is one place you’re guaranteed never to feel hungry. Unlike the typical British or American three square meals a day, the Greeks eat up to five times a day. Greek food uses mainly fresh local ingredients such as Mediterranean vegetables, olive oil,…

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  • The best places to experience Moorish Spain

    The best places to experience Moorish Spain

    March 10th, 2015Esme Fox
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    escended from North African tribes of Berbers and Arabs, the Moors ruled parts of Spain from the eighth until the fifteenth century, focusing much of their domination on the southern province of Andalucía. During their 800-year rule, the Moors inevitably left their mark upon Spanish culture – in its cuisine, language and architecture. Many vestiges…

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