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10 packing tips from a travel pro for a 'best-case scenario'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Choosing the right suitcase can be a travel adventure in itself. Packing it properly with just the right contents is an art form.<p>Get it right and the journey to your destination will be a joy of lightened luggage containing just the right outfits. Get it wrong and it'll be a misery of …

Backpacking

Heavenly holiday: stay in a Spanish monastery known as the ‘birthplace of chocolate’ | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

<b>What is it?</b> Monasterio de Piedra is a 12th-century Cistercian monastery that has been converted into a hotel, spa and park, on the banks of the …

European Travel

5 top Michelin star restaurants in the North of Spain

With its incredible landscapes and unique cultures, the north of Spain is probably best known for its gastronomy. Very talented chefs know just how …

Polished Design Hotel in Madrid’s Plaza de EspañaA dashing urban...

Polished Design Hotel in Madrid’s Plaza de EspañaA dashing urban sanctuary in the very heart of Madrid, VP Plaza España Design hotel is filled with …

Swimming Pools

Mercamadrid: Noah’s other ark

Like a journey to another galaxy, this night trip to Mercamadrid has an element of science fiction about it. But the piles of fruit and vegetables …

15 breathtaking lookouts in Spain

Enjoy panoramic views of stunning landscapes from one of these picturesque spots – perfect for a ‘selfie’

Is Madrid Boring? My Thoughts on the Spanish Capital

I like Spain. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Spain and Madrid was the first city in the country I visited. And yet, reading through my archives, …

13 things foreigners do that make Spaniards feel really awkward

So here's The Local's guide to help foreigners in Spain avoid provoking sidewards glances and awkward silences.<p><b>Shaking hands</b><p><i>Photo:</i> …

The mysterious origins of Europe’s oldest language

When Gen Francisco Franco banned the use of the ancient Euskara language, residents of the Basque Country fought to keep it alive.<p>From my car window, I watched Spain transform. From Madrid in the country’s centre to the coastal north, empty land and grazing cows turned to misty green mountains and …

Language

Ibiza in winter: unplugged but still on song

Off-season, Ibiza reverts to its beguiling, unhurried self and its history and culture resurface, says the novelist, who has been visiting since childhood andsetone of his books on the island<p>It takes two hours to reach the Lost City. My guide, Toby Clarke from Walking Ibiza, leads me down a road …

Ibiza

Why Valencia should be your next city break

Staring at a grey sky wishing it would turn blue? Instead, why not visit Spain’s third city – where spring starts early.<p>Why go now?<p>Spring starts early in Spain’s exuberant third city, where blue skies are almost guaranteed. The Valencia Culinary Meeting event (valenciaculinarymeeting.com) is a good …

Hooked on Galicia: spectacular seafood … but not without a fight

A foodie pilgrimage to northern Spain, in the company of a chef on a mission, means inventive fish dishes, fun at the market, friendly locals – and a battle with an octopus<p>It’s one thing to cook an octopus. It’s quite another to catch one, to actually haul an octopus out of the sea and try to …

Ireland

Spain’s Secret Islands

We know you’ve heard of clubby Ibiza and its more cosmopolitan sibling, Mallorca. Maybe Gran Canaria rings a bell for its wispy sand dunes, or Menorca for its bohemian beaches. But Spain presides over more than 60 islands, a mix of virgin nature reserves, uninhabited islets, and honeymoon-worthy …

Trails

Chufa, the super food from Valencia

The tuber known in English as tiger nut is widely used here to make a popular drink called horchata<p>Very popular in Spain’s Valencia region, the <i>chufa</i> …

Strange things Spanish parents do raising their children

We become so used to the traditions we ourselves were brought up in that other people’s parenting techniques can appear exotic, baffling and …

In Spain, Searching for Ancestors, Dry Wine and Calm Seas

Along the jagged Mediterranean coast of Spain, from Barcelona south to Malaga, along bone-white barren hills and lush olive groves, from the shimmery gardens of Andalusia and the grandeur of the Alhambra, I made my way to the homeland of my ancestors for the first time.<p>It took much of my life to …

The 5 best places for sweet treats in Barcelona

Barcelona is home to its fair share of eateries, offering everything from tapas and traditional Catalan cuisine to some of the best paella you’ll …

The Spanish vineyard revolution

Forty years ago, Spanish wine was precisely nowhere on the global map. Now, it has almost legendary status among connoisseurs the world over. This is …

El Escorial – Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

The Escorial is a vast building complex located in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, near Madrid, in central Spain.<p>The building is the most important …

18 Foodie Stops in Barcelona

Wherever open markets and people from a multitude of cultures collide, foodies can count on finding amazing eats. Barcelona is no exception. Barter …

Walking on Art: the history behind Barcelona’s tiles - Spanish Trails

06. Jan<p>2015<p>People often say that you get to know a city by its people, its buildings, its weather and its food. I’m pretty sure that everyone that …

History underfoot: The city's tiles

×<p>Of the countless steps that can be taken through the alleyways and avenues of Barcelona, how many are contemplated in terms of their historical …

Top 10: the best five-star hotels in Barcelona

An insider's guide to the top five-star hotels in Barcelona, including the best for Michelin-starred restaurants, rooftop pools, hip bars and rooms with sea views in locations near the beach, La Rambla and Passeig de Gràcia.<p>Cotton House Hotel<p>This hotel — housed in the former headquarters of the …

What is Cava?

Quick, what is Cava?<p>Cava is a type of sparkling wine that is made in Spain. Cava may be white or rosé, and it is made primarily from Macabeu, …

Spain on Twitter: "10 Facts about The Spanish Wine... @marcaespana #SpanishWine #LoveSpain… "

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The Legends and Flavors of Solsona Spain

(Updated On: February 3, 2016)<p>If you are an adventurous traveler in Spain, willing to venture a mere 2 hours outside of Barcelona, you will be …

Barcelona

Gaudí opening to lead Barcelona’s tourism comeback

The first house designed by the iconic architect – exuberant Casa Vicens in the beleaguered city’s Gràcia district – opens to the public later this month. ‘This could be a moment of peace,’ says its manager<p>It’s not just would-be voters in the Catalan independence referendum who have taken a …

Barcelona

Five countries where people live the longest

In these countries, people live substantially longer than the worldwide average – and each place has its own secret source of vitality.<p>Explorers throughout history have searched for the legendary fountain of youth. And while the elusive fountain has yet to be found, certain places across the world …

Korean Food

16 unwritten rules of living in a Spanish village

There are no fines for disobeying these norms but failure to comply definitely won’t go unnoticed<p>Below is a survival guide that could help save you …

The Curious Case of Coffee in Spain

<i>“Coffee is real good when you drink it; it gives you time to think. It’s a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but</i> …

Coffee