Spain can surprise even seasoned travelers. The cultures of the Roman Empire, the medieval Arabs and the Celtic world are still wonderfully evident in Spain — if you look. The government has spent millions restoring crumbling monasteries and castles to create lodging for visitors. The mountains have snowcapped peaks within sight of cities where the temperature can register 90 degrees. And, the restaurants offer much more than paella and sangria.
Looming above the tight downtown streets of Granada, the Alhambra dominates the city skyline. This fortress-palace-garden preserves the most complete vestiges of the Moorish occupation of Spain.
Pamplona never sleeps during fiesta. Dancing, bands, wine, bull runs and bullfights combine with the diverse personalities of people from across the world to create an addictive atmosphere. The magic of this fiesta is the virtual suspension of time combined with a chance to live life minute by minute once one is swept into the unique world of Fiesta.
Valencia is a trading city. Founded by the Greeks hundreds of years before Christ, it later served as Rome’s gateway to its Iberian provinces. In the Middle Ages it flourished, first as a Moorish capital (and briefly as El Cid’s citadel), then as a center of the silk trade. Indeed, it was medieval Spain’s most […]
Nine of the best restaurants in Madrid, Spain, combine sophisticated and varied cuisine with pleasant surroundings. Here, in this gastronomy walk through the city, are presented restaurants worth stopping into for a bite or a complete meal.