Spain Off The Beaten Path

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Spain Off The Beaten Path

  • Day Trip: Montserrat

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    An hour by train from Barcelona is the impressive Montserrat. From the train station at Espana, you can buy the round trip tickets that include both the train and the cable car for around 18E. The Church features the famous Black Virgin, and there can be a long line to walk up next to the figurine. Unfortunately, we timed it during a school field...

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    Madrid Off The Beaten Path

    About one hour north of Madrid a high cross in the mountains of Guadarrama signs the location of this fascist monument to the death of civil war, in a place called Valle de los Caidos. Why not? We must keep good and bad memories. Go and have a look, and don't forget, ten kilometers distant Escorial is another kind of religious monument.

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  • Itálica

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    These Roman ruins are very special and date from the time of Augustus and Trajan.I was especially impressed with the wonderful Roman mosaics of birds and mythological figures(Venus,Mercury,Jupiter),The huge ampitheatre and the thermal baths were also very impressive.There is pertinent information in English at this site and the staff was helpful...

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  • ALPUJARRAS

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    Las Alpujarras is an easy drive from Granada, and some of the villages do have pretty or quaint buildings, but don't come expecting the kind of chocolate-box scenes you might have been promised - it's more 'working/peasant Spain', which means some of it is grubby and ugly and while you'll still see people working the land with mules, the dusty old...

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  • Beaches

    Ibiza Off The Beaten Path

    If you just fancy a peaceful few hours it`s worth a trip to Cala Gracio - just outside the throbbing resort of San Antonio. There are literally hundreds of really quiet secluded little coves easily accessible if you take the trouble to search them out.

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  • Excursions / Tours

    Palma de Mallorca Off The Beaten Path

    there are 2 train stations in palma de mallorca. one has only one route and is the start off point for the tourist train to soller the other is the normal train station (metro like service) you have to look for this station - there were building works going on when we were there and we had to look for the entrance. you have to go underground to...

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  • Beaches

    Majorca Island Off The Beaten Path

    Lush and beautiful,with a lovely beach and excellent restaurants.This is where we decided on making our base for our visit to Majorca in September 2014. Cala Pi is a delightful,small resort situated on the south coast of Majorca,about 25 miles (40 km ) from the capital Palma.The unspoiled sandy beach is about 50 metres wide and extends over 100...

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  • Frigiliana

    Málaga Off The Beaten Path

    Frigiliana is an attractive village in Andalucia, located about 50 km east of Malaga. After hiring a car in Malaga airport, we stopped here for a few hours to break the drive to the Sierra Nevada mountains. The village is easy to reach, at the foot of the Sierra de Tejeda mountains, just a few kilometres in from the motorway, with Nerja the closest...

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  • Cadiz Province: Towns & villages

    Cadiz Off The Beaten Path

    The Home of the Jerez wine (known also as Sherry) a visit to the city, their bodegas and a horse show is a must do if you go to the area. Also if you have some time you can visit the zoo. The show 'Those Amazing Dancing Andalusian Horses' is a horses ballet and I really suggest you to do it, even if I am not too fond of horses I founded...

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  • Day excursions: Ronda.

    Marbella Off The Beaten Path

    If I have visitors to Marbella, one of the first places I take them is Ronda. The town straddles the 120 meter deep gaping gorge of the River Tajo. It's an impressive sight and really not to be missed if you are in the area. Ronda also has some very interesting architecture; palaces, convents and the bridges that themselves span the gorge. You can...

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  • Near Bilbao

    Bilbao Off The Beaten Path

    Another old funicular railway and a very picturesque one can be found in a town on the left bank of the Nervion, between Bilbao and the sea. It starts in the town of Trapagaran which can be reached both by Bizkaibus and RENFE (commuter train). If you use the latter, get off at the station from Barakaldo, and there is a connecting Bizkaibus service...

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  • Cabo de Gata

    Almería Off The Beaten Path

    The nature park Cabo de Gata is really wonderful. Great places in the middle of nowhere. Watching breeding flamingos, fantastic views around the next corner of a street.... all that can happen to you, if you visit this place. A nice place there is for example San José in the north-east of Almeria (see also the pics for San José).

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  • Inside Burgos

    Burgos Off The Beaten Path

    This very realistic monument shows the police officer performing his duty of traffic-controller. Unfortunately I failed to find any information on the monument and its authors. You can easily find that statues at Plaza de la Vega, Burgos.

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  • Day Trip

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    Take the train (RENFE, blue line) to Blanes, You may buy directly a combined ticket for Lloret. After your arrival in Blanes, take a bus to Lloret departing from the train station (1,80 Euro a ride). After leaving Blanes, it will pass the access to Santa Cristina Beach. One stop further you have to leave the bus to go to Sa Boadella Beach. Behind...

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  • Streets and walking

    Madrid Off The Beaten Path

    This is a wonderful square off the beaten path for sure, north of Madrid up the Paseo de la Castellana and past stadium Santiago Bernabeu. It is here the locals are seen away from the hordes of tourist to the centro or center of Madrid. This is my area when visiting now ,after living off Quintana at the other end. Here you have the Gateway to...

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  • Ronda (daytrip)

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    A day trip to Ronda is perfect when you're looking to see more of Andalucia. If you plan to go on a Sunday, all the main attractions are open for tourists; the bridge, the roman baths, the museum, etc. You can take the bus from the San Sebastian station, the trip lasts just under 3 hours. The busline is called 'Los Amarillos', and does a...

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  • ALBAICIN

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    You'll find this huge chunk of masonry if you walk...as you should....along the Carrera del Darro, the narrow and almost traffic-free street which follows the route of the Darro river from Plaza Nueva/Plaza Santa Ana. It's a very pleasant walk, with a great deal of history to see on the way....from the ancient Moorish baths and various...

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  • Countryside

    Ibiza Off The Beaten Path

    "Allriders" gives thrill seekers the opportunity to discover ibiza's hidden paradise. Motor Bike Tours are guided by freindly professionals that will take you on a enjoyable off-road experience on the magical island of Ibiza. The small group of riders already in Ibiza have claimed this patch of heaven to themselves for too long. Allriders will...

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  • Village Visits

    Palma de Mallorca Off The Beaten Path

    There are some nice and easy day trips you can do from Palma. The most popular one is to take the old train to Soller, the slow ride up to mountain is an attraction anyway. From Soller (there’s an interesting church, lot of oranges and some nice museums) take also the old tram down to port de Soller where you can enjoy the beach, walk along the...

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  • Soller & Puerto de Soller

    Majorca Island Off The Beaten Path

    Puerto Soller is an unspoilt resort in a picturesque setting on the west coast of Mallorca. We found it to be an atractive town with a nice beach and a good selection of restaraunts. However, during the festival week, which this year was the first week of July, loud music is played from a platform by the marina which sometimes continues through the...

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  • Mijas

    Málaga Off The Beaten Path

    Take the bus to Mijas. It`s a beautiful little place and a great place for a gentle stroll and relaxing with a wee beer. If you find some good shopping, that`s a bonus too! Take a minute to visit the San Sebastion church, climb to the Plaza de Toros and get great views of the Costa, and relax.

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  • Doñana National Park

    Cadiz Off The Beaten Path

    DOÑANA NATURAL PARK At the north of Cadiz province you can find the biggest Natural Park of all Spain and one of the most important in Europe. Birds, flamingos, deers, linx... can be seen here... if you are lucky enough! There is no free entrance, but you can visit it in Guided Tours. This 1 day trips leave from Sanlucar de Barrameda, just at the...

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  • Day excursions: Gibraltar

    Marbella Off The Beaten Path

    Now another section of the N-340 motorway has been completed, driving to Gibraltar only takes about 45 minutes. It's an interesting experience to visit this little piece of England in the Meditteranean. A sightseeing tour of the rock is interesting, on clear days good views of Africa across the straights, not to mention the tax free shopping. A...

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  • Tabernas Area

    Almería Off The Beaten Path

    A 4000 year old town located 20 km north of the city. Viewing the ruins it is evident that the town was protected by strong walls. The inhabitants practiced copper smithing and exchanged goods with other cultures in the eastern Mediterannean. Nearby the remains of the town there is a necropolis, where more than a hundred megalithis tomb chambers...

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  • Outside Burgos

    Burgos Off The Beaten Path

    No se si es este el sitio más indicado para poner aquí este comentario , pero quiero hablar un poco sobre "Las Edades del Hombre" En Castilla León , todos los años , de primavera al otoño , en una ciudad de Castilla, que tiene una gran herencia artística religiosa, se hace una exposición sobre un tema determinado y se presentan obras de arte de...

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  • Tibidabo

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    the quickest way to get to Tibidabo is on the T2 from Catelunya square drops you off at the door and costs only 2.5 euros, Great place for the kids and adults Tibidabo Amusement Park is a magical place and a true Barcelona landmark. Located on top of Mount Tibidabo, 512 m above sea level, it is the highest point on the Collserola Ridge, a...

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  • Monuments

    Madrid Off The Beaten Path

    Another monumenta gate to enter Madrid. A beautiful door or gate near the Rastro or flea market of Madrid on your way out of the city by the west. The current dates from the first third of the 19C more so built between 1813 and 1827 to honor king Fernando VII as a commemoration of Spanish independence after the French occupation (Napoléon 1) . It...

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  • Iglesia de la Magdalena

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    Iglesia de la Magdalena (18th century) is a small and gorgeous baroque church. Its exterior is beautifully decorated, but unfortunately this church is situated at a narrow street, so I could not take a whole picture of its façade. Of course, I will keep its image in my mind... La Iglesia de la Magdalena, del siglo XVIII, es una pequeña y hermosa...

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  • GUADIX

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    A small city located 40 minutes drive from Granada. Its famous for its Barrio de las Trogladitas, a district where many people still live in caves. The city also has much to see from its history, with a nice cathedral and castle. It set in a beautiful location just to the north of the Sierra Nevada mountains and has three natural parks in the...

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  • Ibiza Town

    Ibiza Off The Beaten Path

    In Ibiza town the main city of the island...most of the streets of ibiza are blue zone, such thing means that you have to pay per hours but i found a place behind the promenade where you dont have to do it.. If you are coming from San jose take the main street (España Av) without turn left or right to the end, reach Vara del Rey avenue then when...

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  • Beaches / Bays / Coastlines

    Palma de Mallorca Off The Beaten Path

    We found this place while driving up the coastal road to the lighthouse near Cap d'es Pinar (the peninsula opposite Formentor). You can sit in the shade or in the sun and enjoy pizza, seafood dishes, beer, wine, has ice cream all while looking out at the bay, the sailboats, and Formentor. To get here from Alcudia, head to es Mal Pas and take the...

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  • D e i á

    Majorca Island Off The Beaten Path

    Deia, on the rugged west coast of the island is a quiet village (no tourist buses allowed) which has attracted many artists and literary figures over the years. Don't venture here if you suffer from travel sickness - typical mountain roads, lots of twists and turns and 'don't look down' views!!

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  • Antequera

    Málaga Off The Beaten Path

    Please see my Antequera page where I am adding most of the inland sights and things to do. Antequera is a large governing town situated at the heart of the Malaga province and is an ideal base for getting to see more of what the 'Malaguenos' have to offer.

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  • Day excursions: TANGIER

    Marbella Off The Beaten Path

    Hans and I thought it would be fun to take a side trip to Tangier, while we were in Spain. So we went to our favourite local travel agency in Torremolinos and booked a day tour. This year's price ranges from a low of 50 Euros to as much as 80 Euros, so shop around. We were picked up by bus at our hotel at 5:30 a.m. After picking up many more...

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  • Day Trip: Figueres

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    Salvador Dali museum. I know, I know, there's already SO much to see in Barcelona. But if you've got an extra day, this is definitely a worthwhile trip. It takes a good 4 or 5 hours to see the whole museum, so plan for a whole day. I'd put this museum on the top of my list of Barcelona (in or around) museums. Check out the website for more...

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  • Architecture

    Madrid Off The Beaten Path

    a nice church just across from Parque Retiro on Alcala Street, it is my old parish church, very nice inside too. Another walk once out of the forest of Retiro greens, and see wonderful architecture. Built between 1902 and 1910. It has a centralized Greek cross plan, with a large dome on pendentives which symbolically represent the four...

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  • Reales Alcazares

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    Maybe as Granada's Alhambra you can think they have similaritites Tipical moorish palace with gardens, fountains, ponds and orange groves But even if in my opinion it can not be compared, here at Reales Alcazares you have as well teh mix between the christian culture with the Medieval palace, and the morrish one, maintianing the previous...

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  • SIERRA NEVADA

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    The Güejar Sierra bus leaves from el Paseo de Salon and takes 40 minutes. First bus of the day leaves at 7.20 and the last at 23.00. The route is worth it just for the views as you wind your way up the mountain. When you get there you'll find a traditional (slowly expanding) village near the reservoir. There are a couple of good bars and pretty...

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  • Architecture

    Palma de Mallorca Off The Beaten Path

    Behind the big doors of particular hotels of the city of Palma, hide of very beautiful courses or the admirable patios. It is necessary to take advantage of the least portal opened to be going to admire.

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  • Nerja

    Málaga Off The Beaten Path

    1 hour and a half by car from Marbella, less than an hour from malaga (with the new road), 52 km from Malaga, is called 'Balcón del Mediterraneo' ('Balcony of Mediterranean Sea'). Apart of the beautiful view its Cueva de Nerja, a 3000 years old cave with colossal stalactites, makes it worth a visit.

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  • PUERTO BANUS

    Marbella Off The Beaten Path

    Not my kind of place I must admit. Very expensive compared to it's neighbouring resort of Marbella and the atmosphere was not as friendly either. We did however find an excellent restaurant for lunch at a set price. I am sure forthose that have lots of money and like to be seen they would love it here.

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  • Churches

    Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

    Monastery of Sant Pau Del Camp or Saint Paul in the Field was founded by Guifre Borrel the Count of Barcelona during his rule between 897 and 911 A.D. We have that information from his gravestone found in the church in 1596. Moorish troops of notorious Al-Mansur looted the church in 985 and monastery survived as the simple church which didn’t...

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  • Parks

    Madrid Off The Beaten Path

    This is the park of my youth, as a teenager used to live a few blocks from here, and it was the park I came to play with schoolmates and friends from the neighborhood. Over the years it became the hangout area of any youth, and girl chasing. Then once left the city as life will dictate, every opportunity in Madrid I past by it like a...

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  • Cadiz

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    A day trip to Cadiz from Sevilla is entirely possible, you can see many of its best attractions (cathedral, shopping district, roman ruins) if you go early and take a late afternoon bus back. I took the bus from the San Sebastian station, a return ticket is 18.10 euros and the journey takes about an hour and a half. The business that runs the...

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  • SACROMONTE

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    Apart from visiting the gypsy caves/ bars/ restaurants/ museum, which are quite interesting- it is nice to wander around the area, and listen out, or watch for other things. I arrived in Sacromente to find that the museum was closed, so I had a refreshing beer in one of the restaurants, and caught an impromptu session of a female playing the...

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