Gayle Mackie of Granada Tapas Tours

Gayle MackieOur Marbella People Interview today is with Gayle Mackie of Granada Tapas Tours. Gayle has lived in Spain for over 10 years and has recently started “Granada Tapas Tours” a unique concept guiding visitors to Granda through the many tapas bars and restaurants.

How long have you lived in Spain and how long is your business established?

Gayle Mackie: I have been here for 10 years mostly up in Granada but I´ve worked the real estate market here on the coast for almost 3 years.

I set up my business Granada Tapas Tours at the beginning of this year.

Why did you choose Spain?

Gayle Mackie: Didn´t really, just got on a plane and landed here, liked it and so stayed.

Saying that I was studying the language at Uni so I had to do a year abroad and they sent me to Granada.

Tell us your greatest business or personal accomplishment?

Gayle Mackie: Business-wise it would have to be setting up Granada Tapas Tours.

It’s been something I´ve had in mind for years.

I was always doing favours for friends of mine who knew people who were going to be visiting Granada and they asked me to take them out for some tapas.

I’ve done a “tour” with 7 doctors from Boston, an Australian couple doing a world tour and also my best friend´s parents from Scotland!

So I realised there was a gap in the market to set up as a business and I went for it!

Why would you recommend the Costa del Sol for business and Lifestyle?

Gayle Mackie: The business opportunities are great here, better than any other part of Andalucía.

As for lifestyle, there is something here for everyone.

If you could change one thing about Spain, what would it be?

Gayle Mackie: The bureaucracy!!!

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Gayle Mackie: Dedicated, lively and busy

What is your favourite Restaurant in Spain?

Gayle Mackie: Alfredo’s Spanish restaurant in the centre of San Pedro.

What is the last film you saw at the Cinema or DVD?

Gayle Mackie: “Crash” – Oscar winner last year

What advice would you give to someone moving to Spain?

Gayle Mackie: Try to integrate as much as possible with the local community and really push yourself to learn some Spanish.

Name one other business you would recommend on the Costa del Sol and why?

Gayle Mackie: Belleza Aqua Salud in San Pedro is the best place to have massages on the Costa.

There is a gentleman there who has about 35 years experience and he’s the best.

Gayle Mackie

The aim of Granada Tapas Tours is to show you the city´s “real” tapas bars.

We will take you to places that perhaps you would not venture into where you can enjoy the BEST QUALITY and BEST VALUE tapas on offer in the city. If a place is packed with locals it´s usually for a good reason!

Granada´s tapa secret is that the food comes AT NO EXTRA CHARGE, not like most other places in Spain where you have to buy the tapa!

We offer “tours” to all sorts, international travellers, couples on holiday, holiday-makers coming to Granada for a day trip……

It’s a fun and informative way to see a side of Granada that is often missed by tourists, where you can practice the Spanish language (if you´re brave enough) and learn a little of the history of more this beautiful Andalusian city.

To contact Gayle please call: +34 619 444 984 or log on to and book a tour today.

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