Tick-Tock Tales: Franco's Time Warp and Spain's Serenos

Ever wondered why Spaniards have dinner so late? With daylight savings recently wreaking havoc on our clocks, we thought we'd share a few interesting tidbits from the history of time-keeping in Spain.

Find out what makes Spaniards tick!

I Teach Spanish ... Marcela!

Meet the wonderful Marcela, a Chilean teacher with a passion for language teaching and sharing her culture and mother tongue with others. Now, she's doing just that at El Patio! Read on to find out more about Marcela's start with Spanish teaching, her arrival to Australia, as well as her recommendations to jump-start your Spanish learning.

New Year's traditions in the Hispanic world!

Feliz Año Nuevo, or Happy New Year! 2024 has well and truly arrived, and the Hispanic world said farewell to last year with some amazing traditions and celebrations! To get on their level, have a read about five fascinating New Year's traditions from the Spanish-speaking world!

Coolest Hispanic Neighbourhoods of 2024: As Seen in TimeOut's "The 40 coolest neighbourhoods in the world"

TimeOut has just released its list of the top 40 coolest neighbourhoods around the world, and 4 of them can be found in el mundo hispanohablante (Spanish speaking world)! Read on to find out which ones!

Travel Tips for Latin America: How to Get the Most Out of Your Trip and Travel Stress Free!

Heading to Latin America soon? Take a look at our tips to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible!

El Patio's guide to the 2023 Spanish Film Festival!

It's that time of the year again, and the Moro Spanish Film Festival is back in Melbourne from 15 June-5 July, with a brand new range of Hispanic cinema for 2023! With movies from Colombia to Spain, Mexico and beyond, take a look at El Patio's top 2023 Spanish Film Festival recommendations!

Tapas and Pintxos - what's it all about?

Despite all the delicious food on offer in the regions of Spain, one style of dish has become synonymous with the country: tapas. Their fame is perhaps only matched by pintxos, its Basque cousin. Read on for a history of these iconic delicacies, and some of the best recipes you can try at home - or in one of our upcoming Tapas and Pintxos Workshops!

Best Tacos in Melbourne?

Once upon a time in Melbourne, Mexican food was solely hard shell tacos and nachos with sour cream. Thankfully our ever evolving, beautiful Melbourne has exploded with authentic, fresh, bursting with flavour REAL MEXICAN FOOD. We've made a list of our favorite taco spots - we don't want to fight about it but LET'S TACO 'BOUT IT.

Do you have a favorite? Did we miss something? Tell us on our Instagram! @elpatiospanish

Christmas traditions in the Spanish speaking world!

It's beginning to look a lot like Navidad! But what exactly does that look like in Spanish-speaking countries?

Get your Hispanic Christmas cheer on!

'Trick or Trial?' The Witch Hunt for Meigas and Sorginak

With the spooky season upon us, here are two bewitching tales from Northern Spain to get you in the Halloween spirit. Witches have always been a popular element of northern Spanish folklore, particularly in the regions of Galicia, Asturias and the Basque Country, a land where the mountains are high, the mist is thick, and there are plenty of caves for covens - the perfect recipe for witchcraft to thrive!

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