Category Archives for "Spain"

Apr 02

11 Beautiful Things to Do in Spain

By Abi King | Spain

Enter your favourite photos of Spain for the chance to win a Canon PowerShot G7 X camera I’m never quite sure whether it’s appropriate to write love letters to a country. But that’s what I’m going to do today with Spain. Spain, you see, was my ugly duckling turned swan. My fresh-out-of-the-lake Mr Darcy after a […]

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Aug 29

The Real Capital of Spain: Toledo

By Abi King | Spain

Toledo, Spain, lies only a short distance from Madrid yet I’d highly recommend heading there for more than a day trip. Here’s why. The Road to Toledo, Spain Truth be told, I wasn’t enjoying the journey. Instead, I was feeling pretty sick. Swerving, albeit at a slumbering pace, around hairpin bends while brimming with not-so-morning morning […]

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Jul 31

Sargadelos and the Authentic Side of Spain

By Abi King | Spain

Sargadelos and the Authentic Side of Spain They say to really get to know a place, you need to know its ceramics. Well, alright, perhaps they don’t say that, whoever or whomever “they” may be. But in my experience, local food and handicrafts shine a spotlight on a place’s culture in less time than it […]

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Jun 30

The Sleeping Chestnut: A Treehouse for Grown-ups in Galicia Spain El Castaño Dormilón on Spain's Galician Coast

By Abi King | Spain

El Castaño Dormilón Along the curves and swerves of Spain’s secret Galician coastline, the nights arrive so peacefully, even the chestnut trees fall asleep. I wrote not long ago about my first impressions of Galicia: Spain’s most northwestern point. A network of sleepy fishing villages, wild clifftops with lighthouses and jagged, ragged inland rias, a three […]

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May 12

The Shakespeare of Spain: Cervantes and Don Quixote

By Abi King | Spain

Back in the time when men wore tights and puffy-ruffled adornments around their neck, the world of literature exploded. In England, Shakespeare’s plays strutted across the Globe. In Spain, Miguel Cervantes published the world’s first novel. That should probably read as arguably published the world’s first novel, since when it comes to world firsts, people […]

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Feb 01

7 Unusual Things To Do in Spain

By Abi King | Spain

UNUSUAL THINGS TO DO IN SPAIN Sun, sea, sand, plus a dazzling display of unusual things to do. That’s Spain for you: ski slopes, Picasso, and Barcelona’s ceramic lizard mixed in with paella, flamenco and convivial, tasty tapas. Every country is misunderstood to one degree or another. But I still remember my surprise on arrival at how […]

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Apr 26

49 Things You Didn’t Know About Spain

By Abi King | Spain

49 Interesting Facts About Spain Did you know that… 1 – It rains. Especially in Asturias and the Basque Country in the north. 2 – There’s snow, too. In fact, you can ski in the Pyrenees and also take to the slopes down south near Granada. 3 – Not everyone eats paella. It’s a Valencia […]

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Feb 22

Gaudi, Barcelona – Not Just the Sagrada Familia

By Abi King | Spain

Gaudi, Barcelona   From the stone-melted spires of the Sagrada Familia, all shrouded in scaffolding and scuff-marked by crowds, to the swirling cream chimney tops of the Casa Mila to the cheeky blue lizard that slides down Parc Guell… Gaudi’s work defines Barcelona – in pictures, postcards, storybooks and stone. Gaudi: Barcelona’s genius boy and local lad made […]

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Jan 08

Art in Madrid: Guernica

By Abi King | Spain

I first heard about Guernica beneath the flowered canopy in the scorched back garden, as citrus scents from orange and lemon trees drifted through the air. In between fumbling with ser and estar (to be for a while or to be for eternity in Spain,) my politically-minded tutor talked about local boy Picasso Picasso and Guernica […]

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Dec 03

Madrid’s Oldest Chocolatería

By Abi King | Spain

Tasting churros and chocolate at the oldest chocolatería in Madrid Churros y chocolate, you either love it or you hate it as the marmite ad says. But (as I suspect is the case for marmite too) if you hate it, it’s probably because you’re doing it wrong. Bad churros is flaccid and stodgy. Good churros, served […]

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Oct 08

A Pop of Colour in Madrid’s Literary Quarter

By Abi King | Spain

Madrid’s Literary Quarter In the “literary quarter” in Madrid, poetry spills across the streets in flattened golden letters. Bodegas serve cerveza, bitter green olives and fried potato til near the break of dawn. And nuns still keep their silence behind the red brick walls of a nunnery that’s centuries old. A fine-muscled statue of Cervantes, […]

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Mar 19

5 Ways to Live Like A Local in Seville

By Abi King | Spain

5 Ways to Live Like A Local in Seville When friends first ask about what they should see and do in Seville, I start with the traditional list: La Giralda, the Real Alcázar, the Plaza de Toros and the Torre del Oro. All famous attractions, and deservedly so, along with the tiny criss-crossing streets of […]

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