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Daily Travel Snapshot: Panorama of a beach town in Almeria, Spain

Panoramic view of the beach town of Aguadulce in Almeria, Spain.

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Daily Travel Snapshot: Lanzarote, Spain

Giant cacti amidst the deserts of Lanzarote island, Spain.

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7 of the Most Famous Walking Trails in the World

// Last autumn, I was on Jeju island, South Korea to attend the first ever World Trail Conference. Trail experts from around the world shared interesting information about their trails, stirring my interest in traipsing these trails. I’ve barely covered any of them, but after talking to these trail experts, I’m pretty sure I’ll be [...]

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Wine Tourism in Costa Brava

// One of the highlights of my recent jaunt through Costa Brava, Spain, was the exquisite food and wine: our meals were made up of fresh Mediterranean food, punctuated with some of the best wines in the world – from Priorat wine to Freixenet cava (Spanish version of champagne). At Celler Martin Faixo, we sampled [...]

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Walking Catalonia: La Garrotxa Volcanic Natural Park

From the rugged coastline of Costa Brava, we head inland towards the volcanic area of Garrotxa. Contrary to most people’s beliefs, this part of Spain is not just all beaches and resorts – there’s a whole world of nature and medieval towns to explore. A good place to start is …

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Sailing Costa Brava: A Journey into Spanish Gastronomy, Music and Culture

Cala Lliris, Tamariu, Costa Brava

Onboard our sailboat, we let our bodies sway to the movement of the waves and the sound of the gentle breeze. Watching the port of Palamós slowly disappear before us, we listen intently as Captain Joan shares  stories from the past, “This boat was built in the colonial days. It’s since been …

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This Week in Travel: Girona Flower Festival

colorful tulips in Girona, temps de flors, Costa Brava

Early this week, I found myself in one of my favorite cities in Spain, Girona, to witness the annual flower festival in is full glory. From 7 to 15 May 2011, the city of Girona will be splashed in rainbow colors as flowers take over its streets and plazas. …

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Costa Brava in Pictures – The Best of Spain in One Region

Panorama of Cala dels Lliris, Tamariu

I’m suffering a serious bout of post-trip depression after spending one of the best weeks of my life in Costa Brava, Spain. A trip jam-packed with once-in-a-lifetime experiences: from skydiving in Empuriabrava to meeting one of the world’s best chef Ferran Adria to diving deep into history with Dali’s …

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Adventure Travel: Skydiving in Costa Brava

plunging off the plane

Heart reeling and legs shaking, I’m standing at the edge of the aircraft, about to take the plunge at 4,000m above the ground. Looking out of the plane’s opened door, my head spins deliriously while the strong wind slaps me back into reality. Green fields, snow-peaked mountains and buildings …

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A Week of Adventures in Costa Brava

Costa Brava Blogtrip

Having just traipsed my way through Northern Spain, I’m now continuing on my journey to the Northeastern edge of Spain – Costa Brava. So named for its rugged coastline, Costa Brava stretches from Blanes to the French border.This region of Spain is known for its excellent beaches, Dalí’s renown …

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Zipping through Asturias on the Transcantabrico Train

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On the last leg of our journey through Asturias, we hopped onto the newly launched Transcantabrico Gran Lujo train to get a taste of something different. We had spent the past week traversing its mountains by car, exploring its fishing villages on foot and now, whizzing through Asturia’s prairies …

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The Colorful Fishing Village of Cudillero in Asturias, Spain

Terracotta-roofed houses on the slopes of Cudillero, Asturias

Winding our way down the hill, the view of thick, green pine forests slowly fades away to be replaced by the blinding colors of the sea and port. Before us stands a mishmash of colorful terracotta-roofed huts, stacked up on steep cobblestoned paths that lead to the seafront. The …

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Photoblog: Coastline of Llanes, Northern Spain

Llanes city beach

From plunging cliffs to rock-strewn sandy beaches to calm bays: the coast line of Llanes is as unpredictable as it can get. With over 30 beaches, Llanes is just about the best place in Asturias for the sun, sand and the sea. Having spent a lot of time in …

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The Ultimate Piping Challenge: Blowing the Asturian Bagpipe

young Asturian bagpipe player

During my recent trip to Asturias, I gave a shot at playing the bagpipes (you know me, I had to give everything a go). I don’t want to blow my own horn, but for a first-timer, I didn’t do too badly though my travel mates who were there …

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Learning to Pour Cider the Traditional Way in Asturias, Spain

pouring cider the traditiona way, Asturias

Before visiting Asturias, I knew they were obsessed with ciders. But I didn’t know they were this obsessed: the Asturians alone consume over 79,500 litres of cider each year and in Asturias’s biggest city, Gijon, there are well over 1,300 cider bars. I also knew that the Asturians had a peculiar (and …

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