Spanish Culture

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Fiestas In Spain national religious occasions are celebrated with fiestas, as are local thanksgivings. The people of the town or city dress up and enjoy food and drink in order to celebrate. Everyone is involved and the town practically comes…

Valencia

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Valencia, the most Mediterranean of Spain’s large cities, is often overlooked by visitors, which is a pity. It has its own culture and feel to it, is very friendly and has the best nightlife in Spain outside Madrid. Deceptively, much…

Alicante

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The capital of the most southerly province in the region of Valencia, Alicante is a little overshadowed by its more boisterous neighbour, Benidorm. To the visitor, it is an elegant city, a little shabby in places, but with an unmistakeable…

Granada

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The city which is today Granada was founded by the Romans under the name of “Illibris.” It was the Moors, who invaded in the eighth century A.D. and stayed on for seven centuries, who deemed the city “Granada.” Ferdinand and…

Minorca / Menorca

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*Minorca – Menorca in Spanish (or Catalan) – is the second largest and the least developed of the Balearic Islands. Though it has a long tradition of tourism, particularly catering to the British market, the industry is far more restrained…

Via de la Plata

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The Ruta de la Plata or Vía de la Plata is the second most important long-distance itinerary in Spain after the Camino de Santiago, specifically, the Camino Francés, the French Way. It is an enticing route for walkers or cyclists (mountain bikes, not touring bikes), especially…

The Rastro

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Madrid’s famous flea market, the Rastro, is open every Sunday and public holiday from about 10.30 in the morning until around 2.00 p.m. It is one of Madrid’s great attractions, particularly in the spring and early summer – allow something…

Flamenco

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Flamenco – Introduction and History Flamenco is not, as many people think, Spain’s national folk music, but one of many different styles of folk music, as befits a country with many different cultures. This in no way makes it less…

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Budget Eating and Drinking in Spain

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When travelling, everyone has to watch their pennies at times, and eating and drinking are among the greatest worries. For visitors to Spain, though, there are plenty of affordable options for eating and drinking, including the country’s famous tapas, full-blown budget…

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Spanish Wine

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Denominación de Origen   Location   Description Abona The south of Tenerife Full-bodied, flavoursome, white wines. Some red and rosé. Alella North of Barcelona. Dry or medium-dry white wine. Some red for drinking young. Alicante Alicante province Sturdy, dark red…