5 Essential Tips for Visiting the Alhambra Palace in Granada

The Alhambra Palace, located in the Andalusian city of Granada, is one of Spain’s most iconic monuments. Perched atop a plateau in the ancient Albaicín neighborhood, this massive architectural complex dates back to AD 889. It’s Spain’s most visited tourist attraction and the country’s best example of Islamic architecture (with influences...
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Chinchón, Spain: A Day Trip from Madrid

When you move to Madrid, you soon learn that there are certain day trips that everyone raves about. The small town of Chinchón is one of them. A quick google search results in information about its famous central plaza, an autumn garlic festival and spring anisette liquor festival. Thinking...
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Bosque del Recuerdo: Madrid’s Memorial Forest

Next time you are strolling through Madrid’s Retiro Park, venture away from its shiny man made lake and shimmery Crystal Palace and take a walk over to the Bosque del Recuerdo (Memorial Forest). Hidden away on the park’s southwest side, the Bosque del Recuerdo commemorates the 191 victims of...
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Burgos on a Budget

A few weeks ago I described a road trip I had planned: Madrid – Zaragoza – Logroño – Burgos – Madrid. Since Ale had to work in Zaragoza, we figured it would be a great opportunity to visit some parts of Spain we hadn’t yet been to. As usual, our...
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The 3 Places You Can’t Miss in Extremadura

Extremadura, Spain is a place my friends back home in the US have never heard of. For them, Spain is limited to Madrid, Barcelona, soccer, tapas and sangría— with the occasional (more cultured) friend mentioning bullfighting or flamenco. But when I started writing about my Easter week trip to...
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Mérida’s Roman Ruins – Remnants of Ancient Civilization

Mérida, Spain is another destination in Extremadura that far surpassed my expectations. The city itself is underwhelming—its 40,000 residents make due with their rather run-down city center. But when you imagine ancient Mérida (Augusta Emérita), the capitol of the Roman province Lusitania and one of the Roman Empire’s most...
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