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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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    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 help... 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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  • A taste of Andalucía: a food lover’s tour

    A taste of Andalucía: a food lover’s tour

    August 4th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    The rich and varied cuisine of Andalucía is a reflection of its dramatic history. One of its signature dishes, gazpacho, was introduced by the romans in the first millennium BC, and didn’t reach its final version until peppers and tomatoes arrived in Spain following the voyages of Columbus. Another great influence came from the Moors... Read more »

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  • The Orange Blossom Coast: the Spanish costa you’ve never heard of

    The Orange Blossom Coast: the Spanish costa you’ve never heard of

    July 28th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Spain is known for its costas, the sandy strands that attract thousands of visitors seeking sun and sangria every year. But most people tend to head to the big hitters: the Costa del Sol, the Costa Brava and the Costa Blanca. But of course these are just the bright and brazen names that have made... Read more »

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  • This summer you can hire a sandcastle butler

    This summer you can hire a sandcastle butler

    July 16th, 2015Colt St. George
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    You’ve dug a moat, successfully sculpted a mound higher than your knees and managed to drizzle a viscous mixture of sand and salt water over the château spires (for that drippy je ne sais quoi) – then some rogue child bulldozes your beach creation back to oblivion. Well, it was never as good as it... Read more »

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  • 9 of the best tapas bars in Barcelona

    9 of the best tapas bars in Barcelona

    June 25th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    It’s tempting to say that there’s nowhere quite like Barcelona. As cool and hip as they come, this is Catalunya’s elegant and self-confident modern capital. It’s no wonder, then, that the city is also one of the most exciting places to eat in Spain. From the Pocket Rough Guide to Barcelona, this is our pick of the best... Read more »

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  • A foodie pilgrimage along the Camino del Norte

    A foodie pilgrimage along the Camino del Norte

    May 7th, 2015Ros Walford
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    After a foodie pilgrimage along the northern Spanish coast, Ros Walford shares some of her edible highlights of the Camino del Norte. There’s something magical about entering a city on foot. First, you see a rash of buildings in the distance; some hours later, you finally reach the centre, where, stomach rumbling, you follow your... Read more »

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  • Gintonic is the only thing to drink in Barcelona

    Gintonic is the only thing to drink in Barcelona

    April 14th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    Whatever you’re looking for from a night out, you’ll find it somewhere in Barcelona – bohemian boozer, underground club, cocktail bar, summer dance palace, techno temple, Irish pub or designer bar, you name it. But when it comes to drinks, gintonic, as it’s known, has always been a favourite. In recent years, however, there’s been a... Read more »

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  • A first-timer’s guide to the Canary Islands

    A first-timer’s guide to the Canary Islands

    April 10th, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    Pre-conceptions are a funny thing. If someone told you about an archipelago of islands set adrift off the coast of Africa, an oasis that boasts superb beaches and perennial warmth, which is home to the world’s second largest Carnival, award-winning wines and Spain’s highest mountain, you’d probably want to visit. If they revealed they were... Read more »

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  • Quiz: can you name these famous sights?

    Quiz: can you name these famous sights?

    March 20th, 2015Jessica Sinyor
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    Do postcards and travel posters paper your walls? Do you pride yourself on your travel knowledge? We’ve selected ten of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring sights around the world to put you to the test. Can you identify the famous sight from the picture? Be warned, sometimes places can look surprisingly similar…

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  • The best places to experience Moorish Spain

    The best places to experience Moorish Spain

    March 10th, 2015Esme Fox
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    Descended from North African tribes of Berbers and Arabs, the Moors ruled parts of Spain from the eighth until the fifteenth century, focusing much of their domination on the southern province of Andalucía. During their 800-year rule, the Moors inevitably left their mark upon Spanish culture – in its cuisine, language and architecture. Many vestiges... Read more »

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