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The 20 Best Day Trips from Barcelona

20 Best Day Trips from Barcelona, Spain So many Barcelona day trips, so little coffee. While Barcelona is a traveler’s dream, the surrounding area of Catalonia is extraordinary. If you’re visiting

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Best Cities in Spain to Put on Your Itinerary

It’s easy – and unfair – to pin Spain as merely the land of bulls, sangria, and Antonio Banderas. In reality, it’s a diverse mosaic of regional cultures and languages. From the

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What to eat in Madrid: A Food Guide for First-Time Visitors

From its dark, rustic taverns to the new wave of creative dessert joints, Madrid has an exciting foodscape of Mediterranean flavors and beyond. If you’re a first-time visitor, you’re about

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Best Beaches in Spain - Mallorca

Beautiful Beaches in Spain to Put on Your Itinerary

Beautiful beaches in Spain to put on your itinerary The coast of Spain touches the Mediterranean Sea to the south and east and the rough Atlantic Ocean to the North and West. It also includes our exotic

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Wandering the Whitewashed Streets of Sitges

Just 35 kilometers from Barcelona, Sitges is that ideal not-too-far-away escape from the city. Because of its microclimate, there are 300 sunny days of the year. And I can say that I’ve never witnessed a

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The Beautiful Medieval Old Quarter of Cáceres, Spain

I knew I was going to get a real holiday treat this winter: I was going to Cáceres, a city of Extremadura, one of Spain’s poorest regions per capita. You see, I’d been itching to go somewhere new

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The Romantic Medieval Town of Besalú

It’s amazing that Besalú — a town of weaving cobblestoned streets —  has managed to stay so intact since the Middle Ages. Its Romanesque bridge dates back to 1075. And although it’s been reconstructed

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Zombies Invade the Sitges Film Festival

Devoured flesh, gouged eyes, torn-up faces, ripped-out jaws. A bunch of undead people infested Sitges on Saturday — moaning around the city, stupidly and relentlessly. The renowned Sitges Film Festival celebrates fantasy

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Supersize It: Playing Big at Parc de Francesc Macià

Let’s say you want to feel tiny — just for fun. I’m talking “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” tiny. Well there’s a spectacular park in Catalonia where little ones (and big ones) can pretend they’re

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Summer in Marbella, My Future Retirement City

Whew! Someone open a window, please. The temperature today in Barcelona is 31ºC/87ºF. Mix in a little humidity and..well what does it matter…it’s only going to get hotter later this week! While

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