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24442 Las Médulas, León, Spain
While this spectacular and strange landscape seems natural, it's anything but. The undulating green and red clay scenery is the direct result of Roman-era gold mining using a technique called ruina montium (collapsing mountains) wherein massive...
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Plaza del Azoguejo, 1, 40001 Segovia, Spain
The ancient city of Segovia is charming in every sense of the word. Wooden and stone houses line impossibly narrow winding streets, up the hills to the heart of the Roman Aqueduct. On your quest to see the Alcázar of Segovia and its spatial...
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Plaza Reina Victoria Eugenia, s/n, 40003 Segovia, Spain
An hour outside of Madrid sits el Alcazar de Segovia, the castle that is rumored to have inspired Cinderella's Castle in Walt Disney World. Coming upon it at sunrise, this majestic hilltop fortress does not fail to impress. Many visitors head to...
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Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain
A visit to Granada, Spain isn't complete without a stop at the Alhambra. The Moorish architecture, robust gardens, and stunning views of Granada combine to make a truly memorable experience. Start your day with a tour of the Generalife Gardens....
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Praza da Inmaculada, 3, 15704 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
This was the end of The Way for us. We booked a couple nights at old digs in the Hospedería San Martín Pinario, an converted monastery in the heart of Santiago's atmospheric old city. It was an excellent base for exploring the city, and a...
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Patio de Banderas, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
This ceiling in one of the rooms in the Alcazar in Sevilla, Spain makes you feel as if you are staring into the heavens. The hypnotic effect provided by the shimmering gold made me want to lay on the floor and look up for hours.
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Calle San Miguel, 4, 29620 Torremolinos, Málaga, Spain
Marshy wetlands, shallow streams and grassy sand dunes cover the landscape of Doñana National Park, in the Huelva and Sevilla provinces. A small portion of it is protected parkland, but the area has been designated UNESCO World Heritage, and the...
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Cuenca, Spain
The remaining casas colgadas or “hanging houses” in Cuenca Spain have been refurbished over and again. It is said that the entire face of the Huécar Gorge was once lined with hanging houses dating back to the 15th century, but now only three...
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Carrer de la Llotja, 2, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Valencia's La Lotja de la Seda, or silk exchange, is a castle-like structure in the middle of the city's old town. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it's considered one of the best examples of Gothic-era civil architecture in Europe. Dramatically...
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C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Alongside the Gaudí Architecture and many marvels of Barca, the Palau de Musica (although not a work of Gaudí) is a must-see on a tour of Barcelona. And a concert at the Palau... magical.
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Carrer de Sant Magí, 1, 43004 Tarragona, Spain
Explore the Roman forum, the circus, the amphitheater and much more. Feel like in Italy but without the crowds!
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Calle Reposo, 9, 41002 Sevilla, Spain
Go for holiday cookies (such as the doughnut-shaped roscos) and gluten-free options (say, the corazon de Sta. Gertrudis, a heart-shaped marzipan tart). —Anna Vodicka

This appeared in the November/December 2016 issue.
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Calle San José, 4, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Take in Mudéjar-style architecture with your magdalenas, marzipan-stuffed dates, and bienmesabe—“tastes good to me”—a confection of honey, egg yolk, and ground almonds. —Anna Vodicka

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Calle Doña María Coronel, 5, 41003 Sevilla, Spain
Order mantecados in sesame and almond, and tortitas de aceite , olive oil cakes, through a turnstile surrounded by azure tile and murals. —Anna Vodicka

This appeared in the November/December 2016 issue.
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Calle Águilas, 22, 41003 Sevilla, Spain
These enterprising sisters make mouthwatering mantecados and practice the art of bookbinding. —Anna Vodicka

This appeared in the November/December 2016 issue.
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Plaza de San Ildefonso, 28004 Madrid, Spain

The sisters of San Leandro have been making gooey, yolk-and-sugar yemas for more than 400 years. —Anna Vodicka

This appeared in the November/December 2016 issue.