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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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    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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