I don’t know what I expected of Gozo – it’s an island that seems always to be an adjunct to the main event. Malta and Gozo is a little like the hors d’oeuvre to the entree, with Gozo rarely having its time in the limelight without mention of its big sister island. But years after I went to Malta for the first time, and keen as ever to dig deeper into a destination and explore the slightly lesser known, I finally made my way there and found many lovely things to do in Gozo.
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While Spain’s reign as one of the most popular countries for UK travellers is undisputed, there are still a relatively small number of travellers that head to its northern regions. And yet, they hold so much that we all love, from spectacular coastlines to fascinating culture that, like an ever-evolving story, unfolds, wends and winds from the Gaelic influences of Galicia and Asturias to the distinct characteristics of Basque Country, then on to Catalonia, and south and you’ll find yourself immersed in Spain’s Moorish past once more in Zaragoza. Then there are Spain’s Northern cities – the famed like San Sebastian and Bilbao deserve their moment in the spotlight, but I recently discovered four of the best Spanish cities to add to the list of places I’d return to in the north. In this guide, I’d like to introduce you to the lesser-known cities of Gijón and Oviedo in Asturias.