Spain

The Oma Painted Forest –
Basque Country, Northern Spain

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The Oma Painted Forest – Basque Country, Northern Spain

The Oma Painted Forest Basque Country Northern Spain There is nothing quite like an early morning stroll in a beautiful forest in the clean, fresh air, but this particular site truly took my breath away. The Oma Painted Forest is located in the heart of the UNESCO listed Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, close to the town of Kortezubi in Basque Country, Spain and is a hidden and artistic treasure. I had the pleasure of visiting the site, which can only be described as a truly magical experience. The forest has been described as combining nature and...

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Exploring the
“Route of the Faces”
in Spain

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Exploring the “Route of the Faces”  in Spain

I live in southern Spain and recently visited a good friend in Madrid – the capital city, right in the heart of the country. While I love the city, its vibe, the shopping and the food, I felt I needed an escape from the crowds and noise, and my friend came up with the perfect solution. It was the weekend and I piled into her car with a small bag, heading off for what was to me, strange and new pastures. She told me nothing about the destination, just smiled enigmatically, telling me don’t worry, you’ll love it. Around 44 miles down the...

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Bandits of Barcelona

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Bandits of Barcelona

Retrospectively my priorities were probably somewhat skewed, but I remember experiencing a strong sense of loss for the chocolate that was in my bag. Admittedly it wasn’t any ordinary chocolate, but a chocolate with the pinnacle percentile of cocoa, which is 78 by the way, as well as the promise of zesty pieces of orange, but the benefit of hindsight has allowed me to see that the theft of my passport, phone and money should probably have been what inspired this acute sense of distress. I say theft, but for all I know my bag could have...

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Driving the White Villages of Andalucia

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Driving the White Villages of Andalucia

Andalucia and its White Villages Driving Southern Spain Driving in a foreign country can intimidate the best of us. My first time driving in Southern Spain, I worried about mysterious traffic rules and weird signage – all of which would be in español! How would I get from place to place without roadside disaster? Calmer thinking prevailed when I ultimately decided that if I wanted to get the most out of southern Spain and its White Villages, the most quintessentially Spanish towns, self-touring was the way to go. Of course, after I got behind...

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Uncovering Mojacar Man in a Spanish Resort

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Uncovering Mojacar Man in a Spanish Resort

Travel Mojacar Our First Time in Mojacar This was the first trip to Mojacar for my wife and I. This resort town in the Province of Almería, southern Spain is pronounced “Mahaca” and shouldn’t be confused with the island of Majorca. Before we booked our trip about the only thing we where aware of about the resort was its internationally recognized Mojacar Man or Indalo Man symbol. We drove into Mojacar with slight trepidation as always plan our holidays pretty carefully but this was a last minute decision and we decided to take a chance and...

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Real Basque Country Cuisine

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Real Basque Country Cuisine

  Five Transformative Food Experiences in Basque Country KANSAS CITY, MO, Oct. 1, 2013 – For authentic dining and people experiences, a specialist in cultural travel suggests foregoing the so-called “trophy” restaurants and sitting down at simpler tables. For example, in northern Spain, it’s a cliché that San Sebastian has more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than any other city in the world. Scoring a reservation at one of these is a highlight for many visitors. “But these experiences do little to engage travelers with Basque...

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Pintxos, San Sebastian, Basque Country

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Pintxos, San Sebastian, Basque Country

Pintxos in San Sebastian When Seeing Pintxos, Think Tapas Pintxos, In Spain’s Basque country, it’s important to know a few words of the Basque language especially in the city of San Sebastián. This hotbed of Basque nationalism is known as, Donostia, locally and there are other words that visitors should become acquainted. In the Basque Country there are no tapas bars – instead they are referred to as pintxos bars, but the idea is the same. The Spanish eat a lot later than most tourists are used to and one of the reasons is that the locals...

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Party Packages in Barcelona and Ibiza

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Party Packages in Barcelona and Ibiza

Libertyville, IL, April 9, 2013 – Party-loving travelers alert! Tourcrafters is offering a one-week package to two Spanish hot spots that starts at only $989.  Their Barcelona/Ibiza package, which departs every Sunday from May 5 to October 30, includes three nights’ hotel accommodation in Barcelona, a half day tour of Barcelona, round-trip flight Barcelona-Ibiza, four nights’ hotel accommodation in Ibiza and a buffet breakfast every day. Barcelona’s dazzling culture Barcelona’s chefs, restaurants, football club, Gaudi architecture...

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Spain’s Best Flea Market

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Spain’s Best Flea Market

Antiques and Jazz in Sant Cugat del Vallès Mercantic, in Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain, is an antiques and flea market. Living in Barcelona This fall, I’m living and working in Barcelona. Actually, I should amend that: I’m living and taking long walks and eating my way through Barcelona one chocolate croissant and cafè con leche at a time. And, every now and then, I’m doing a bit of work. Barcelona has so much to offer – cozy bars, tree-lined avenues, salty jamón ibérico at every turn – but one of its very best...

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The Camino de Santiago, Spain

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The Camino de Santiago, Spain

The Way of Saint James Out In The Know Traveler crew hit the Los Angeles Travel Adventure Show in Long Beach. Here is one of our stops to visit with Samantha of Marly Tours. Learn more about this spiritual walking tour in Northern Spain with our own Audrey Ngo. And now, ITKT’s Video about the Camino de Santiago Camino de Santiago in the map For more stories about Spain on In The Know...

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Madrid Gastrofestival 2013

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Madrid Gastrofestival 2013

Spain Cuisine Celebrated at Event With less than two months to go to the gastronomic event of the year in Madrid, its programme is brimming with suggestive and appetizing new offerings. Held from January 19 to February 3 2013, Gastrofestival is organised by Madrid Visitors & Convention Bureau in collaboration with Madrid Fusión and offers an array of activities and culinary experiences in the city. This annual event is the perfect opportunity to savour good food and enjoy the event’s ties with various artistic disciplines. New features...

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TourCrafters Escorted Tours of Europe

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TourCrafters Escorted Tours of Europe

Libertyville, IL, November 27, 2012 — What could be better than a relaxing trip to Europe with a small group. great hotels, authentic restaurants, friendly English-speaking guides and—most important—no hassles or worries. TourCrafters has designed a brand new selection of Golden Tours (tops in luxury and service), Silver Tours (almost as good) and Bronze Tours (budget tours that save you up to 40%). The 2013 Best of Europe Escorted Tours brochure, which covers Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Germany, Switzerland Greece and Turkey, is...

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2012 San Fermin Fiestas & Feria del Toro

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2012 San Fermin Fiestas & Feria del Toro

(PAMPLONA, SPAIN) – This year marks the 40th anniversary of Peña Seattle de Sanfermines, one of only 16 officially recognized foreign Peñas in Pamplona. Join us, and a few thousand others, this July for another special celebration of one of the world’s most popular festivals. The festivities begin at noon on the 6th of July with the opening ceremony (el chupinazo), the firing of the rockets, in the town hall square, and end at midnight on the 14th with the closing ceremony (pobre de me), which begins the countdown to Sanfermín 2013. Package...

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Spain’s Rock Festival to Showcase 100 Artists Including Arcade Fire

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Spain’s Rock Festival to Showcase 100 Artists Including Arcade Fire

VALENCIA, Spain, June 17, 2011 – It’s less than a month away and a small beachside city in the region of Valencia is gearing up to host Spain’s largest music festival.  From July 14 to 17, the 17th Annual International Benicàssim Festival (FIB) will present four nights of concerts featuring more than 100 artists playing alternative rock, electronic, pop and rap music.  More than 40,000 fans are expected to gather for night-long concerts and leisurely days on the beach. Headliners for this year’s festival include: The Strokes, The Streets,...

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Hotel Ritz Madrid Turns 100

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Hotel Ritz Madrid Turns 100

Madrid, Spain (September 7, 2010) — On October 2, 2010, Hotel Ritz Madrid will mark its Centenary as Madrid’s most iconic hotel, which has provided guests with a luxurious and elegant base from which to explore Spain’s vibrant capital city for 10 decades. Throughout the next year, guests of Hotel Ritz Madrid will enjoy an entertaining schedule of events and cultural experiences. To welcome guests as part of the centenary celebrations, Hotel Ritz Madrid (www.ritzmadrid.com) will offer a special accommodation package. When guests book a minimum...

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