My favourite places in Barcelona – Spain Travel Article

My favourite places in Barcelona Lots of people have asked me what my favourite bars, restaurants & spots are in Barcelona so here´s a list of the places I always go back to with friends and family.  Hope you get the chance to check out a few places during your stay in the city…x 1. Sant Antoni Only a 10 minute walk from the Ramblas, you can stroll around a different neighbourhood and away from the main tourist crowds in…

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American in Spain | Visiting Parque Warner in Madrid – Spain Travel Article

American in Spain | Visiting Parque Warner in Madrid There are few things I dislike as much as being in a physical space with a gazillion other people who are attempting to do the same limited-resource thing that I am attempting to do. For example, I despise trying to order a drink in a loud, crowded, jostling bar where catching the bartender’s attention is pure luck unless you are the sort of pushy forward person to yell at them as…

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Coffee Guide Barcelona: Specialty Coffee – Spain Travel Article

Coffee Guide Barcelona: Specialty Coffee Coffee Guide Barcelona: Specialty Coffee Coffee is everywhere in Barcelona. It’s not limited to cafes either. Every bar and restaurant serves it. Good coffee? Great coffee? That took a while to catch on but I can say with confidence that it has. Craft, artisanal, third wave, single-origin, locally roasted coffee to rival any metropolis.To order as the locals do, familiarize yourself with the four coffee formats. A solo is a single espresso shot in a…

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The little Switzerland of Spain and heaven on Earth – Spain Travel Article

The little Switzerland of Spain and heaven on Earth This small little town of Asturias is full of surprises! Want to enjoy the town with the backdrop of Picos de Europs while canoeing in the River Sella?? This town offers one of the best experiences I have had so far – Descenso del Sella.  While there are many companies offering great packages for the activity, we did ours through Astur Aventura. I think I was scared than excited for it…

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The Liria Palace opens to the public – Mooching around Spain – Spain Travel Article

The Liria Palace opens to the public – Mooching around Spain The Liria Palace in Madrid, home of the Duke of Alba, has finally opened to the public today and I was lucky enough to be one of the first through the doors. I’ve wanted to get in there for years – decades actually – but until now visits were limited to small groups once a week and you had to apply months in advance, which I somehow never get…

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Cooking luxe in the Algarve – Scribbler in Seville – Spain Travel Article

Cooking luxe in the Algarve – Scribbler in Seville Lola, chef Lucia Ribeiro, and me at Mimo Algarve.The natural setting of Pine Cliffs Resort is stunning – atop a sandstone escarpment looking onto the sea. Pine Cliffs Resort, near Albuferia on the Algarve coast of Portugal, has a hotel, villas and apartments.Ceramic tiles are used to decorate both the exterior and interior of Portuguese houses.If you and your family like to stay at beautiful, tastefully designed beach resorts close to…

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The Camino de Santiago: The Backpack – Retirement Travel Article

The Camino de Santiago: The Backpack The best part of a Camino de Santiago backpack is taking it off at the end of a long day’s walk. To see all of our posts on tips for the Camino de Santiago, click here: Camino de Santiago. There will be three things that will be with you for the length of the Camino de Santiago, none of which you will be without for long. They are, in order of annoyance, snorers in…

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CRUISING SPAIN & FRANCE WITH PRINCESS CRUISES | OUR 8 DAY ITINERARY – Couples Travel Article

CRUISING SPAIN & FRANCE WITH PRINCESS CRUISES | OUR 8 DAY ITINERARY We have always dreamed of cruising through Europe with thoughts of floating along the Mediterranean and waking up in a new European town each morning sounding like the perfect getaway for us – and this summer we finally did just that. We recently had the most incredible opportunity to venture to Spain, France and the UK on a 7 night cruise, exploring and adventuring with Princess Cruises. Now,…

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Barcelona tips and tricks for visitors 2019 – Spain Travel Article

Barcelona tips and tricks for visitors 2019 I’ve been a resident of Barcelona for over 10 years, and oftentimes, I feel like a tourist.  This happens usually when I’m wandering down the Gothic Quarter or Born, or walking through the raucous-y Plaça Catalunya. I still visit tourist sites like the Sagrada Familia and love to explore new spots. For that reason, I’ve come up with some Barcelona tips and tricks – find out what you need to do before you…

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Taxi from Malaga airport and more transport options – Spain Travel Article

Taxi from Malaga airport and more transport options Malaga airport is the busiest airport in southern Spain, accounting for around 85% of air traffic in Andalucia. In 2018, no fewer than 19 million passengers passed through its gates. It’s no surprise then, that there are plenty of options when it comes to transport to and from the city. You can take a taxi from Malaga airport straight into town, or hop on a bus to Marbella, Fuengirola, Nerja or Granada…

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Lavender Festival in Brihuega Spain | Sunshine and Siestas | An American Expat in Spain – Spain Travel Article

Lavender Festival in Brihuega Spain | Sunshine and Siestas | An American Expat in Spain You don’t need to travel from Madrid to Provence to see lavender fields in bloom this summer. Brihuega, a blip of a village in the Guadalajara province, has come to produce close to 10% of the world’s lavender. My parents had a few scattered plants in the backyard of my childhood home, and, along with lightening bugs and scrapes on my knees, the lavender bloom was…

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GiGi Von Tapas, Barcelona ~ Where Every Day Feels Like Sunday – Spain Travel Article

GiGi Von Tapas, Barcelona ~ Where Every Day Feels Like Sunday GiGi Von Tapas is the kind of place you go to meet a friend for brunch and end up staying at for after dark drinks.  Tucked away on the blossoming boulevard of Carrer de la Marina, overlooking the ornate Museo Taurino de la Monumental and within strolling distance from La Sagrada Familia, GiGi Von Tapas is another gift from the trailblazing team behind Marmalade, Milk and Firebug. Known for…

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Why I Love Traveling to Puglia, Italy – Spain Travel Article

Why I Love Traveling to Puglia, Italy One of my favorite places in Italy to travel is Puglia — the heel of the boot! I first visited Puglia in 2014 and I consider it one of the most unique and memorable regions in the country. This year, Puglia tourism launched an ad in New York City for the first time ever. I headed down to catch it in action — in the heart of Times Square! Times Square is home…

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The Best Places to Go Swimming Near Malaga • Toma & Coe – Spain Travel Article

The Best Places to Go Swimming Near Malaga • Toma & Coe They don’t call it the Costa del Sol for nothing – the province of Malaga enjoys around  320 days of sunlight a year. This wall-to-wall sunshine can make for some pretty hot summers, but visitors to the region will find themselves spoilt for choice when choosing a spot for a refreshing dip. Alongside its beautiful beaches, Malaga can also offer turquoise lagoons, crystal clear rivers and stunning natural…

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The Complete Guide to Summer Fun – Devour Madrid – Spain Travel Article

The Complete Guide to Summer Fun – Devour Madrid This blog post was originally posted on July 2, 2018 and was updated on July 1, 2019. The dog days of summer are in full swing, but Madrid still boasts plenty of fun in the sun throughout August. At first glance, it may seem that August may not be the most ideal time of year to visit Madrid. Take thousands of tourists pouring into the city, subtract the locals who flee…

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5 Reasons to Visit Alcala La Real in Summer – Spain Travel Article

5 Reasons to Visit Alcala La Real in Summer When most people head off to the beaches and the Costas around Andalusia. I like to explore lesser known towns and villages. So this month I am heading inland to the unspoilt Jaen town of Alcala la Real. Este post esta disponible en Español> Visitar Alcala La Real You may be wondering why I have such a keen interest in this sleepy town in the Andalusian countryside. Here are five attractions I…

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The Best Caldo Verde Recipe – Spain Travel Article

The Best Caldo Verde Recipe Today Melissa shares one of the most quintessential Portuguese recipes — and lets us in on the secrets behind a homemade caldo verde recipe! If you want a taste of traditional Portuguese cuisine, this caldo verde recipe is the perfect project. Simple and delicious, it’s a crowd-pleasing favorite that makes for an easy lunch, a festive first course, or even a late-night snack (more on that later). A bowl of homemade caldo verde topped with…

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Best Places To Stay In Seville – Spain Travel Article

Best Places To Stay In Seville Andalusia’s capital Seville invites you to a wonderful holiday in the sun all year round. Here, on the bank of the Guadalquivir river, modern-day buildings are met with historic monuments. Seville is divided into many neighbourhoods, each with a unique personality. This guide will take you through the best places to rent a holiday apartment in Seville depending on the type of city break you seek. Where to stay for culture in SevilleThe history and culture…

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Things to do in Extremadura on a driving tour – Travel Article

If you’re new here and enjoy my blog, I’d love you to to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!With Medieval walled towns that featured as Game of Thrones locations, well preserved Roman remains and a long association with the 16th century explorers of the New World, Extremadura is a perfect destination for lovers of culture and history. This unspoiled region of Spain is little known by overseas visitors, and to help you discover the area I’ve put together…

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Camino de Santiago Routes: How To Choose The Best For You – Travel Article

You have certainly heard the saying “all roads lead to Rome”.Same goes with the Camino de Santiago routes. Regardless of the starting point of the trail, every pilgrim route leads to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.So, which Camino route should you take?Before deciding, answer the following questions as precisely as possible. By the end of this post, you should know which Camino de Santiago route is the best for you.1. What Are The Most Popular Camino de Santiago Routes?Below are…

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