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  • Beyond tapas: the Spanish food and drink you need to devour

    Beyond tapas: the Spanish food and drink you need to devour

    August 15th, 2016Esme Fox
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    Spain is known throughout the world for its Mediterranean diet, heavily featuring seafood, meat and fresh vegetables, all splashed with a healthy dose of olive oil. But while you may think Spanish cuisine is all about tapas, paella and sangria, there are many more dishes that are not so well known, but are just as... Read more »

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  • A day-by-day itinerary for the perfect weekend in Madrid

    A day-by-day itinerary for the perfect weekend in Madrid

    August 9th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    One of the sunniest and liveliest capital cities in Europe, Madrid has a lot to take pride in. Indeed, its inhabitants, the Madrileños, are so proud of their city that they modestly declare “desde Madrid al Cielo”: that after Madrid there is only one remaining destination – Heaven. While their claim may be open to dispute,... Read more »

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  • Slow travel: exploring Catalunya’s back roads

    Slow travel: exploring Catalunya’s back roads

    August 4th, 2016Ros Walford
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    Barcelona is one of the world’s most visited cities, but relatively few tourists venture beyond the suburbs. Yet, just a couple of hours’ drive from the metropolis, there’s a relaxed region that’s ready to be explored at your own pace: the province of Girona, a jewel in the Spanish crown. The best way to experience... Read more »

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  • 5 reasons why Seville is the quintessential Spanish break

    5 reasons why Seville is the quintessential Spanish break

    August 2nd, 2016Olivia Rawes
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    Seville is Spain undiluted. Every image that springs to mind when you think of Spain, Seville not only provides, but revels in with theatrical abundance. There are sun-drenched plazas, outbursts of flamenco, dusty barrelled sherry, all-night fiestas and orange tree-lined streets tangling beneath sharp, clear skies. Clichéd? Yes. Over-the-top? Of course. But if you’ve ever... Read more »

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  • Madrid or Barcelona: which should you visit first?

    Madrid or Barcelona: which should you visit first?

    April 27th, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Spain’s two biggest cities have long had a friendly rivalry – and it goes far beyond football. Madrid is, of course, Spain’s capital city and as well as being more or less geographically at the centre of the country, it is also the centre politically, economically and culturally – as well as the home of... Read more »

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  • An expert’s guide: the best area to stay in Barcelona

    An expert’s guide: the best area to stay in Barcelona

    April 22nd, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Barcelona – Spain’s second city – sets the template for urban style, hip design and sheer nonstop energy. Where others tinker at the edges, time and again Barcelona has reinvented itself. Visit for the first time or the fiftieth, Barcelona never fails to surprise. The city’s popularity means finding a hotel vacancy at any time... Read more »

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  • Flamenco to fortresses: the top things to do in Granada

    Flamenco to fortresses: the top things to do in Granada

    April 7th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    Set in Andalucía, Spain’s southernmost region, Granada is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, and with good reason. The city is in an astounding setting at the confluence of four rivers, backed by the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and there are plenty of things to do. The extraordinary palace and fortress of... Read more »

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  • 7 must-visit places in Spain you’ve probably never considered

    7 must-visit places in Spain you’ve probably never considered

    March 14th, 2016Emma Gibbs
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    Spain’s massive size means that it’s thankfully not as hard as you might expect to wander off the well-beaten tourist track. Whether it’s quiet coves, tucked away old villages or eerie landscapes you’re after, here are seven places that you’ve probably never heard of but really should visit in Spain. 1. Las Alpujarras, Andalucía South... Read more »

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  • Biking the Camino de Santiago: cycling for the soul

    Biking the Camino de Santiago: cycling for the soul

    January 18th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Traditionally, pilgrimage meant hoofing it, wayfaring the hard way. Yet most Catholic authorities will tell you there’s nothing particularly sinful about making it easier on yourself. You could roughly trace Spain’s Camino de Santiago, or Way of St James, by car … but then taking full advantage of the fringe benefits – discounted accommodation and gorgeous red wine – would... Read more »

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  • 10 of the best European city breaks

    10 of the best European city breaks

    December 1st, 2015Emma Gibbs
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    Pin In this article sponsored by Scenic Australia, Emma Gibbs picks 10 of the best city breaks across Europe. Europe is so crammed full of fascinating, vibrant cities that narrowing down the options to an actual decision for a weekend away can be surprisingly tricky. Thankfully, we’ve got a guide to the best European city breaks to... Read more »

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  • Tomato warfare: Spain hosts the world’s biggest food fight this week

    Tomato warfare: Spain hosts the world’s biggest food fight this week

    August 25th, 2015Colt St. George
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    Thousands of people. Truckloads of tomatoes. The world’s biggest food fight. In case you didn’t realise, this is Grade A bucket list material. In the last week of August in the in the Valencian town of Buñol, cheering crowds assemble around a tall greased pole erected in the Plaza del Pueblo. A hoofed leg of pork... Read more »

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  • 9 special places to stay in Andalucía

    9 special places to stay in Andalucía

    August 17th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    The southernmost territory of Spain, Andalucía is the part of the Iberian peninsula that is most quintessentially Spanish. The popular image of Spain as a land of flamenco, sherry and ruined castles derives from this spectacularly beautiful region. Andalucía’s manageable size also makes it easy to take in something of each of its elements – inland cities,... Read more »

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