Made famous by Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, this small town attracts for its beautiful palace, Palacio Real, of 16th and 17th century. Of particular interest are the Porcelain-Room and the Throne-Hall
History and a beautiful castle a short drive from Madrid.
There are two basic types of dining out in Sevilla: going for tapas (small portions generally between 1,50-4€) or heading to a restaurant for a more traditional meal. This section covers the many bars and restaurants where you can practice tapeando, or going out for tapas.
Visiting Seville and planning on dining out? This provides personal reviews of the various restaurants and their tapas in Seville. Regions listed are:Centro | Alfalfa | Arenal | Santa Cruz | Santa Catalina | Puerta Carmona Puerta Osario | Plaza de Armas | Alameda | San Lorenzo | Macarena | Triana | Nervión/Buhaira
In Spain the dinner hour is late — meeting friends for tapas after work takes care of growly stomachs. Many cities have dedicated tapa zones, each establishment often with its particular specialty. In Logroño, the wonderful medieval city and capital of La Rioja, the L-shaped Calle del Laurel and Travesia del Laurel streets boast dozens of tapas bars within a small area
Tapa is the generic term for little bite-sized snacks taken most often with a glass of wine. The word tapa is derived from the Spanish verb tapar, “to cover,” and the originals were slices of bread or meat used to cover glasses of sherry between sips.
A few months back I attended the last Bullfight of the season in Seville, Spain... a Mano-a-Mano match, 2 men, 6 bulls. Jose Maria Manzanares vs Alejandro Talavante, with Jose Maria as the victor. These are a handful of my favorites.
If you are in to food, a visit to La Boqueria Food Market in Barcelona is a must. The minute you enter the market the bright colours and variety envelope you. The food is so fresh and so beautifull...
El Mercado de la Boquería is the oldest market in the city. Its architecture preserves the look that has had since the early twentieth century. The smells and shapes that can be found in the Mercat de la Boqueria are unique.
If you are in the town of Bunol, Spain in the Last week of August don’t forget to wear a rain coat and goggles because it’s La Tomatina time in Bunol. You might have witnessed or experienced water gun fighting or snowball fighting since your childhood but in this festival you will witness the town to be all red and and slippery with pulpy tomatoes. Some may enjoy the festival and some might find it to be weird but the festival is held every year on the last Wednesday of August.
Only visit if you are not afraid of getting dirty.
Spain’s Islamic centuries (AD 711-1492) left a particularly rich heritage of exotic and beautiful palaces, mosques, minarets and fortresses in Andalusia, which was always the heartland of Al-Andalus (as the Muslim- ruled areas of the Iberian...
Spain Pictures, Andalusia - large photos of Cordoba's main attractions including La Mezquita [the Great Mosque of Cordoba], the Roman Bridge and Theatre,the gardens of the medieval Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, with compact information and links...
The gardens of the medieval Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, a fine medieval palace/fortress built mainly by Christian rulers and not far from the Mezquita in Cordoba Spain
The International Flamenco Festival de Jerez is one of the most important artistic events in the world of Flamenco.
For two weeks, from late February to mid March, shows, workshops, courses and various activities and actions make it possible to hold this unique event, where top professionals and amateurs around the world meet.
Jerez – with its large Gypsy quarter and Moorish castle – is at the very heart of this unique art form, with its beguiling amalgam of cantes (songs), bailes (dances) and guitarra (guitar). You can discover flamenco at its best every day of the year in Jerez in the plentiful Peñas or clubs to be found dotted around the city as well as in the more commercialised venues for the tourist-orientated tablaos. At the beginning of March each year, though, the whole town allows itself to be completely taken over, with the International Flamenco Festival.
Some gardeners admit to me that they are overwhelmed by the grandeur of the Spanish gardens they visit. They wonder how they can create a garden in Spain as good as those I show them on my personalised tours. The answer is that you cannot hope to compete with long established gardens but you can learn from them. Carry a notepad and pen with you. Write down the Latin names of those plants and flowers you admire. Do not try to be too ambitious. A garden to impress your friends and enjoy yourself can be constructed without spending a fortune.
There are many splendid public & private gardens in the province of Granada.
Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, politically part of Spain. Fuerteventura is the oldest island in the Canary Islands dating back 20 million years to a volcanic eruption from the Canary hotspot.