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  • Sagrada Família

    Barcelona Favorites

    There are many places where buying advance tickets to see a place or take part in an event is essential in Spain. My experience with La Sagrada Familia was this was not necessary based on how quick the line moves. We arrived at La Sagrada Familia on a late April Sunday afternoon at just past noon. There was a long line that ran around two blocks....

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  • Streets and walking

    Madrid Favorites

    found some more photos as my boxes from moving are beginning to unload. Madrid is my city, where I grew up as a Young teenager, and had the first freedom, so it will always be in my heart. Lucky enough to visit often nowdays. Walking is sublime and a must; mix in the Madrid day with the hussle and buzzle and then taste its terrific nights full of...

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  • Seeing Seville by foot

    Sevilla Favorites

    I have no idea why narrow streets so fascinate me, I guess it could be because I grew up in a home that had distance between us and the neighbours, so I try to imagine how it would be living and growing up when you could literally put your arm out the window and touch your neighbour across the street.

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  • City Center

    Palma de Mallorca Favorites

    - no, is not a mature only place, I would say the contrary - yes, is a hardcore party place, many pubs, discos and bars, open until late night - for sure is not a too quiet place - weather will be great, no rains in september - beach is great for swiming, kyte surf or just walking on the seashore Palma city center is near, 10m on public bus. Use...

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  • THE ALHAMBRA

    Granada Favorites

    If you order and pre-pay for Alhambra tickets, you'll be able to avoid the (usually) long lines of people trying to buy same-day tickets. Instead, you'll go to a nearby bank of ATM-like machines. You'll need the credit (or debit) card with which you paid for the tickets. The sales office (including the 'ATM-like' machines) is located at the bottom...

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  • BEACHES

    Ibiza Favorites

    You will find that many beaches are nudist, so if you do not like them, just try to avoid them. Normally they go to Beaches where access is not easy Ibiza is a very relaxed island, where no one cares what you do if you respect them

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  • Countryside

    Majorca Island Favorites

    While touring the island one day.. Many tourists thnk of Mallorca only as a party island or a place to go for the sun and teh beach. But Mallorca has a whole different side that many people don't see. Or maybe aren't terribly interested in. Which is a pitty of course. On the other hand, i prefer the uninterested to stay on their beaches and in...

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  • Malaga Streets

    Málaga Favorites

    A lot of Malaga is ugly blocks of urban sprawl flats, but in the old centre you can find a beautiful heart. Full of narrow sometimes cobbled pedestrian streets winding in and out of each other. You can see that, like a lot of Andalucia, a lot of money is being put in to 'doing up' the centre of the city. Buildings are freshly painted and restored...

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  • Old Town

    Marbella Favorites

    The OLD TOWN or CASCO ANTIGUO of Marbella is perhaps the loveliest town in the Costa Del Sol in my opinion. With its narrow picturesque streets, adorned with balconies overflowing with colourful flowers, its many Plazas such as Plaza de la Iglesia, Plaza de los Naranjes, Plaza de la Victoria and Plaza Santo Cristo. There are also many churches and...

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  • Museums

    Bilbao Favorites

    You have to see the Guggenheim: and keep on seeing it, at different times of the day, on different days. It always looks different. As a work of art it's a masterpiece. As an art-gallery, it fails. Here, form does not follow function. On the outside it overshadows both the (not small, or un-noticeable) Jeff Koons' "puppy", nor the equally...

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  • FERIA DEL CABALLO

    Jerez de la Frontera Favorites

    Jerez is well known for Horses and Sherry. It is Spain's capital for Horse breeding and a destination for horse-lovers from all over the world who meet here each year for the FERIA DEL CABALLO. It started in 1289 as a livestock market and has developed into a show of the most beautiful horses in Spain, some of which are Spanish Barbs, Friesians and...

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  • Almeria Beaches

    Almería Favorites

    Beach is quiet and the little bars are relaxed and easy going, bars all have their own sun beds and you can have your lunch drinks etc all within feet of your sun lounger. Sangaria was great after a hard days sun bathing. Spending each pre dinner drinks on beach and then the most wonderful fish in Spain

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  • Las Ramblas

    Barcelona Favorites

    La Rambla was the first street in central Barcelona I began to explore the city. I knew that it was popular with tourists and locals alike.it stretches for 1.2 kilometers between Barri Gòtic and El Raval, connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. If you stroll along the street you will find a...

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  • Puerta del Sol

    Madrid Favorites

    There are two interesting things in this square. First is the statue of a bear, symbol of Madrid, eating fruit from the tree. Second one is the spot on the ground, which shows the middle of Spain. I think we would not have found it without our friend, but just look at the ground. In the end, above all of those stands a statue of king Carlos III. To...

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  • Guadalquivir River and Bridges

    Sevilla Favorites

    Along the Guadalquiver River that runs through and seperates Sevilla into two, you find many small parks where you can take a few minutes to rest from your walks through the town. We also saw this lone kayaker with his trainer. These were the ONLY things moving on the river in contrast to the Seine in Paris where the waterway is crammed with...

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  • Beaches / Bays / Coastlines

    Palma de Mallorca Favorites

    Hello there... I´ve seen in forums a very typical question about nice beaches in Palma, near the fun or in the contrary, really lonely and peacefull... here is my tip... Looking for fun? The first place that comes to my mind are the classical Arenal and Magaluff, only 10km from Palma but they are really over crowded, I don´t recommend them, only...

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  • ALBAICIN

    Granada Favorites

    The Alhambra sitting on its high ground with only the area of Albaycin being higher is an ideal platform for photos. The first photo shows the church and courtyard where we were able the day before to take photos of the Alhambra during the day and later after nightfall with the lights illuminating its walls. The Albaycin is laid out before you when...

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  • IBIZA TOWN

    Ibiza Favorites

    Hi, I was also planning a visit on nov 8 thru 10th. I will in Barcelona for business during the first week of november. After reading some postings, I am not sure if I should go to Ibiza or wait for summertime to visit. I am alone as well, so it would be better to visit with friends or company.

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  • Beaches & at the Coast

    Majorca Island Favorites

    Cala Major is a resort in the south west of Majorca; some km far from Palma. It has everything you need. There you can find lots of shops and a good choice of restaurants and cafes. This resort has a little beach. In case you find the beach at Cala Major too crowdy you can head to the next resort; Cala Bona. There you find a smaller nice beach....

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  • Costa del Sol Towns

    Málaga Favorites

    My favorite thing was the horse and carriage ride in the center of Malaga. Picking a favorite thing was tough- Malaga is so interesting- beautiful cathedral, gorgeous sea views - travel on the coast- skip the auto pista- a modern highway but NOT scenic. We visited the Picasso Museum- a must see! We ate tappas in the little sidewalk cafes- we like...

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  • Beaches and Promenade

    Marbella Favorites

    Among the Beaches you will find in Marbella are the Playa de Venus - Playa de Bajadilla - Playa Fontanilla (next to Port of Marbella) - Nagueles - El Faro - La Venus. If you just want to sit and relax on the beach, you can rent umbrellas or rent a lounge chair for the day at 4 Euros. At any given time people were sun-bathing, swimming, walking...

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  • Basque Country

    Bilbao Favorites

    If you take a little tour along the basque coast north of Bilbao, you should stop at Matxitxako Cape, a lighthouse between Bakio and Bermeo. You must take a little road that goes to the cape from the main road Bakio-Bermeo. After 8 kilometres of nice woods and coast landscapes you arrive to this peaceful end, from where you have nice views of the...

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  • Internet Access

    Jerez de la Frontera Favorites

    No excuses for not logging in to VT. Whilst the better hotels will have internet access that you can use, the costs will be much higher than in an internet cafe, e.g 2 euros for 30 minutes. In the internet cafe I used, it was one euro per hour, minimum 0.50 euros, and charged by the minute. I used Ciber y Locutorio Onda Telecom, which is in Calle...

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  • Alcazaba

    Almería Favorites

    The Tercer Recinto at the north-west end of the Alcazaba is a fortress which was added by the Catholic Monarchs. Its thick stone walls and sturdy round towers are in much better condition than the rest of the Alcazaba.

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  • Antoni Gaudi

    Barcelona Favorites

    My best trip so far has been to barcelona and I came back home very happy. Apart from the prized presence of Gaudi in every bit of the city, this is how I would sum up my impression about this magical city. Please look at the pictures for a better understanding

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  • Cultural tips

    Madrid Favorites

    Most of Madrileños are first or second generation and very few can claim to have their roots in the city. Despite the lack of roots in the majority of its inhabitants, Madrid has a strong personality, which is precisely the result of the merging of people arrived from all four corners of Spain and, in these days, the entire world. This mix of...

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  • Cathedral

    Sevilla Favorites

    If you are here for more than two days, I recommend visiting the Cathedral on one day, and then visiting the Alcazar on a second day. Save your feet, and slow down to a pace more enjoyable, Meanwhile you can walk to the river, cross over and see another neighborhood, walk to the art museum--there is even a small Goya there, shop for a paella pan in...

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  • Castillo de Bellver

    Palma de Mallorca Favorites

    U can climb up through stairs to the Bellver Castle, in the top of the same name hill. Or you can go up with your car, once on the spot U'll see there is a huge parking where to leave the car. U can walk around the castle and the surrouding forest, it has lot of trails to spend a couple of hours breathing fresh air and enjoying some nice views of...

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  • CATHEDRAL

    Granada Favorites

    Having immersed yourself in Mosques and Moorish architecture in the Albaicin the area round the cathedral marks a return to Christian Granada and the famous Catholic rulers who succeeded the Moors. Ferdinand and Isabella commissioned Granada's enormous cathedral and while it doesn't hold a candle to the monuments of the Moors it is quite...

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  • ES CANA

    Ibiza Favorites

    Es Cana besides being a holiday resort, aimed at mostly families, is also a fishing harbour. There are boat trips from here to Santa Eulalia. The beach which lies in a curve is very sheltered and also the sea has no currents making if very safe for children. There are many bars/restaurants to suit most pockets and lots of souvenir shops. The...

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  • Personal Memories & Imprssions

    Majorca Island Favorites

    Pollenca is a town in the north.east of the island. I can't describe that place, because I only saw the main attraction of that town; the Calvari and strolled through some streets. The Calvari is a stone stairway made of 365 steps. At the top of this flight of stairs there is a small chapel and a house joined together. While climbing these stairs...

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  • Excursions

    Málaga Favorites

    better to rent a car,among a lot: www.hellehollis.com 1.GRANADA,alhambra :you must book the visit sooner as possible,see my "local customs" tip! 100km,one hour,speedway 2.SEVILLA 200km,90minutes,speedway 3.CORDOBA,180km,two hours,speedway +national road 4.RONDA 100km+grazalema+arcos de la frontera:a famous white small city and its must to visit...

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  • Parks and Gardens

    Marbella Favorites

    Stacey took us to see this Roman ruin near Marbella (no it is NOT in the city center, it is located in one of the outlying suburbs). It was closed when we arrived, it has never been open for viewing inside it looked like, there were no paths or opening hours posted. But you can see in the last photo how Stacey and I did view the mosaics... The...

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  • Cultural background

    Bilbao Favorites

    I think a good way to find out about a culture is to listen to their music whether tradtional or modern. While in Bilbao and Basque Country I discovered an artist by the name of Fermin Muguruza. His music is sung in Basque and is political in nature but fun to listen to. Once i arrived back at home I checked out his website and the lyrics were also...

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  • The Tourist Office

    Jerez de la Frontera Favorites

    The Tourist Office is can be found near the junction of Calle Larga and Alameda Cristina, at the side of the church (just out of the picture to the right, unfortunately). Like most tourist offices, the staff are very friendly and helpful, speak good English and have plenty of information to give, including a good map of Jerez. This year I got a...

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  • Excursions

    Almería Favorites

    Excursions For more info check on the travelogues: The first excursion was to Cabo de Gata Nijar (trvelogue) we took a excursion on jeep in San Jose through places that are only autorised for the guides ... I will recomend as it deserves. Then we travelled along the coast until Mojacar and back to aguadulce to the hotel. For the second...

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  • Barri Gòtic

    Barcelona Favorites

    While it is hard to have a favorite place/neighborhood in Barcelona I was constantly drawn to the Bari Gotic area. It seemed like around every corner was another interesting photo op, especially at night where the lighting highlights the medieval era buildings.

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  • Gran Via street

    Madrid Favorites

    The fancy street with shops, cafés and offices. The main building what catches a person's eye is Edificio Metropolis at the corner of the street. I like the way it is designed. On the top is the statue of Goddess Victoria, bellow four statues symbolizing Agriculture, Indrustry, Commerce and Mining. All about business and it displays the street very...

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  • Magical atmosphere

    Sevilla Favorites

    The city surprising me how it is possible to survive in the summer-time in that temperature. Locals were frightening me with 50 degrees and more during the day time. I think I was brave enough to survive in this temperature which is shown :) I was frightening them with our winters in Lithuania :) Sevillanos – tieneis que venir aqui a Lituania el...

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  • Soller

    Palma de Mallorca Favorites

    After reaching Soller via train.Just after you left the train there is a railway car which is not working as a train but it has been changed into a tourist information centre. At tourist information Centre you can find useful maps and some catalogues with pictures

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  • FESTIVALS & LOCAL CUSTOMES

    Granada Favorites

    The guy with the blue shirt was one of our Spanish teachers. He loved Baileys and his name was Paco, we called him the Taco. That sounds ignorant and stupid, but my friend Beau has kept in touch with him. And to this day, Paco has never had such a fun goup of students ...

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  • D'ALT VILLA

    Ibiza Favorites

    The summit .. the top of the fortress.. a huge square with fade lights and a gorgeous beach of ibiza's harbour and downtown .20min on walk from the main entrance ...it worth while in summer time the best option is go up at evening becuase its stifling heat in the morning hours or at noon

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  • Alcudia

    Majorca Island Favorites

    The historical old town and the old fishing village, which was the original Puerto d’Alcudia are also very beautiful to observe. The building style seemed to me special and not that comparable to other spanish styles.

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  • Picasso Museum

    Málaga Favorites

    the totally refurbished 16th century "palacio de los condes de buenavista" on calle san agustin (100m from the cathedral) is since 27th of october 2003 the new important museum devoted to the malaga-born pablo picasso,with 200 never exposed works donated by his daughter-in-law christine ruiz picasso and his grandson bernard picasso. all you want...

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  • Cathedral

    Almería Favorites

    We enjoyed visiting your City when our Cruise Ship called into Almeria. We visited the Cathedral and we were most disappointed to find on Entering and paying the entrance charge that there was no English Translation to help us understand about your Cathedral history. The Staff were very unhelpful. We have no objection to paying the entrace charge,...

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