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24 Hours in Madrid (for Foodies!)

Madrid is built for foodies.  The whole city loves to eat, and if you’re visiting, you’re bound to fall into the same category.  As the gastronomic center of Spain, you’ll consume far too many calories during your visit. Before you start worrying about your diet, remember you’re on vacation and Madrid is the perfect place to …

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A Contrarian Plan for Visiting Barcelona and Skipping Spain

American tourists in particular fall into the trap of trying to do everything when they travel. It makes sense: after a long, expensive flight from home, you want to make the trip worthwhile. A one-week trip to Spain might include Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, and even another stop or two. Don’t do that. When you arrive …

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Frigiliana: Curious Charm in Andalucia Spain

The only reason I went to Frigiliana was because I was curious.  One of the pueblos blancos of Andalucia, this small white village was supposedly a must-see.  I was positive this was true — after all, the entire country of Spain is enticing.  Besides, I saw it listed online and in guidebooks. With only 10 days to …

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Places to Visit in Barcelona: A Perfect Day at Montserrat

Thirty miles from Barcelona sits a whole different world. Montserrat is a mountain-top monastery situated against very unusual rock formations (the name Montserrat actually means “jagged (serrated) mountain” in Catalan). Though there’s plenty to do in the city itself, this easy day trip is one of the best things to do in Barcelona. There are …

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6 Tips for Planning a Short Trip to Barcelona

Americans who only have two weeks annual vacation have a habit of cramming too much vacation into too little time. I’ve done it myself, and I’m sure I’ll do it again, but that doesn’t work well in a lot of locations. Barcelona is one of those cities that you’d need weeks to see thoroughly, but what …

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