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Kimberley Tecles-Byrom, the founder and creative director of new Madrid-based shoe label Goya, reveals the places and spaces that inspire her.

Words by Jane McFarland.

FORMENTERA

Formentera is a paradise playground. The idea for Goya was dreamt up on a sunny day there, plus it’s where I met my husband, so it’s a special place for me. The island is just 16km long and you can explore it by car or Vespa; follow dusty tracks to any of the amazing beaches. For an excellent lunch, book ahead at Es Molí de Sal (esmolidesal.es); the rice dishes and fideoa (noodles) are delicious. A nice alternative is Pelayo (Platja Migjorn) – it’s an unfussy place with wooden benches by the sea. For dinner, try Michelin-starred Can Dani (candaniformentera.com), it serves experimental island cuisine that is sourced locally. Nothing is better than swimming in the perfectly crystal clear waters of Cala Saona beach or frolicking in the shallow waters that connect the spit of Espalmador with the main island. Do your best to stay on the island for at least a night or two – it’s worth more than just a day visit from Ibiza.

A selection of images from Goya's Instagram, @thegoyabrand.

ESSAOUIRA

I’ve returned to enchanting Essaouira a couple of times now. We once did a whistle-stop driving trip of four Moroccan cities including Marrakech, Chefchaouen and port city El Jadida but the Atlantic coastal town Essaouira came up tops. Camels roam the beaches and there is a really cool surf vibe with a scattering of laid-back beach bars like Ocean Vagabond (oceanvagabond.com). In contrast, step into the walled medina and explore the beautiful, winding, narrow passageways – the sights and smells will have you on sensory overload; lunch by the fish market is an experience.

MADRID

Madrid is authentically and unapologetically Spanish; I’ve been living there for two and a half years now and there is something beautifully old-fashioned about it. The sunsets are something else; pink skies over terracotta-tiled roofs punctuated by a handful of skyscrapers. Nights are long so be prepared for a late dinner reservation. I love Soy Kitchen (Plaza Mostenses, 4, 28015), run by a Chinese chef called Julio, who creates innovative Chinese dishes. The restaurant is very unassuming but the food is sensational. Or try Sala de Despiece (Calle de Ponzano, 11, 28010) for creative small plates that blow tapas out of the water (prepare to wait an hour or two for a table as they don’t take reservations). During the day, walk down the wide tree-lined avenue Paseo de la Castellana that leads to the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Retiro, my favourite park in the world; then pay a visit to one of the many world-renowned art galleries such as The Prado (museodelprado.es), Thyssen-Bornemisza (museothyssen.org) or the Reina Sofia (museoreinasofia.es).

Madrid, Spain
A selection of images from Kimberley Tecles-Byrom’s Instagram.

SYDNEY

Sydney offers pretty much everything you could ever want and it is definitely for foodies and outdoor types. I take a guided Sydney Harbour boat and city tour each time I am there to brush up on my history; my mum is Australian and we go back six generations. I love to eat fish and chips at Doyles on the Beach (doyles.com.au) on Watsons Bay – the views of Sydney Harbour are amazing and it’s always a nostalgic experience for me. Occasionally I go for a swim at Parsley Bay, a picturesque beach near historic Vaucluse House (sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/vaucluse-house) or Redleaf beach – the swimming areas are netted so there’s no risk of large marine life! In Bondi, I love to grab a coffee and freshly toasted banana bread before heading to the beach.

Sydney Opera House

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PHOTOGRAPHS: CAROl pallardó/eyeem, KC hunter/alamy, kimberley tecles-byrom/@thegoyabrand, travelwide/alamy, paul carstairs/alamy

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