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Besalú, one of the best trips from Barcelona

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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Carmona: The Most Charming Town of the Dead

A town with Roman and Moorish roots, Carmona is a special Andalusian gem with its rolling hills and medieval city walls. Popularly known for its necropolis (a large, ancient cemetery), Carmona is ironically

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What to do in Seville, Spain

3 days in Seville: Things to Do and See

Seville is the birthplace of Spanish stereotypes: fruity sangria, passionate bullfights, and fiery flamenco. But it’s more than that. It’s the Sevillanos’ spirited nature, their never-changing Andalusian

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My Dream Food Road Trip in Spain

Imagine this — taking a relaxing road trip around Spain, looking at the olive trees on the scenery, and stopping by historic towns with thousands-year-old cathedrals. AND eating the delicacy of 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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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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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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