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 Isabella, Spain’s revered “Catholic Monarchs,” conquered the Kingdom of Granada in 1492, culminating the Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula for…

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 and less obtrusive here than on brasher Majorca and, for a variety of reasons, Minorca is notably more exclusive. Its…

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 those who have already followed the Way of Saint James or baulk at its sometimes oppressively Catholic connotations, or who…

Madeira Islands

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The Madeira archipelago is a group of islands that form an autonomous region of Portugal. It consists of two major inhabited islands, the Madeira Island and Porto Santo, and numerous little islets. With a population of around 250,000, the islands lie in the north Atlantic, some 350 miles off the coast of Morocco. Technically situated on the African plate, Madeira…

Algarve Beaches

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The Algarve is famous for its vast sandy beaches and year-round sunny weather. The region’s wide range of different types of beaches means that it has something to offer to everyone, whether you are looking for a popular, bustling beach surrounded by bars and cafés or a secluded, intimate little stretch of sand between huge rocks. There are family beaches,…

The Algarve Portugal

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Algarve Holidays The Algarve is the name of Portugal’s southern region. It is by far the most developed region in terms of tourism, which represents the motor of its economy. This is true especially in the summer months, when its half a million inhabitants are outnumbered by the tourists who flock to the Algarve from all corners of Europe and…

Lisbon day trips

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Lisbon’s unique location, just minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean makes it a great base from which to explore some of Portugal’s finest charms. In addition to the long sandy beaches on Costa de Caparica, lying on the other side of the Tagus River, there are amazing historical monuments and modern fun centers in the vicinity of Lisbon. Connected by…

Porto

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The second largest city in Portugal, Porto lies at the estuary of the Douro River in the north of the country. Most people are probably familiar with the name, associating it with the tasty Port wine and FC Porto, one of the most successful football clubs in Portugal. While both of these associations are correct, there are many other things…

Lisbon

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The city of Lisbon is the westernmost capital in continental Europe and stretches over seven hills on the north bank of the Tagus River, which begins in Spain and flows into the Atlantic Ocean. An ancient city that the Romans named Olissipo – alluding to the city of Ulysses – Lisbon’s contemporary look is the result of the encounter of…

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 like two hours. You will like the Rastro if you enjoy flea markets or bargain hunting, and you will hate…