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Sombrerers, 23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
When I'm on a food tour with my clients, this shop is a MUST. I tell them it's been open for over 160 years, and then I take them to the very bottom of the shop to show them the wood oven where they still roast nuts today, but dates back from...
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Tv. do Sequeiro 38, 1200-012 Lisboa, Portugal
Enter this restaurant and you will still be walking on Calçada Portuguesa (traditional Portuguese paving). You will feel like home in this typical and familiar Portuguese restaurant, offering good food and a good place to dine with friends, before...
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rua de agramonte ,nº222, 4150-031 Porto, Portugal
Mercado do Bom Sucesso is an authentic gourmet spot , with a trendy and urban atmosphere that invites for relaxation and tasting at any time of day. Here’s some suggestions and references that justify a visit: take a coffee with a crispy ‘pastel...
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Calle Mayor, 18, 20013 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
Everyone knows a pintxo hop is a must-do in San Sebastián. What everyone doesn't know is that Atari Gastroteka, located in the shadows of the old town's beautiful Santa Maria church, is the perfect last stop on the tour. Their artisan foie is...
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311 De Ulia, De Mons Ibilbidea, 20013 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
A walk to the end of San Sebastián's San Francisco Street will bring you to a steep set of stairs. (S)he who braves this ten-minute incline will be rewarded: for one, with amazing views that make you forget the busy city streets you just left....
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Plaça del Mar, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
I used to read in local magazines that Kaiku was a place where local actors and artists hang out, and actually several times I've seen them here (although you won't really be able to tell unless you watch the Catalan TV...). But that's not why I...
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Carrer de la Diputació, 249, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
This ultramodern space—part wine bar, part restaurant—has a daunting wine list with more than 3,000 labels, plus a rotating list of 50 that you can try by the glass before committing to a full bottle. Skip the iPad and put yourself...
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Calle Luis de Eguilaz, 11, 11540 Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, Spain
Sherry Wine is the boast of Andalusia.It is only made in 3 towns that make up the 'Sherry Triangle': Jerez, Puerto de Santa Maria, and Sanlucar. All three are within 30km of each other and there are multiple bodegas and vineyards that are happy...
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Carretera Circumvallació, S/N, 17834 Porqueres, Girona, Girona, Spain
Tucked away from the town centre, all but abandoned, this 12th century church in Porqueres is an ideal place to sit down and be alone with your thoughts. The arches and arabesques of its Romanesque architectures are beautiful and soothing.
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Rambla de Catalunya, 27, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
An hidden gem for your stay in Barcelona? Definitely the Praktik Rambla Hotel ticks many boxes on a savvy traveler's list: cheap, central, clean and beautifully appointed. Located a few steps from Plaza de Catalunya, the hotel is housed ina...
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Fusta'm is a small and inviting space to search out unique housewares and furniture. Unlike other shops in Barcelona selling similar wares, there's plenty of space to move around, and everything is carefully restored and repaired by staff. That...
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Calle Corral del Rey, 12, 41004 Sevilla, Spain

Tucked away in one of the labyrinthine narrow streets of Seville’s old quarter, this whitewashed boutique hotel is a reinvention of a 17th-century casa palacio that preserves Roman marble pillars alongside medieval Mudéjar wooden...

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Stock up on vintage books, comics and magazines in English, Spanish, Catalan, French and other languages at Llibreria Canuda. Carlos Ruiz Zafón fans can head to the basement, also known as the "Cemetery of Forgotten Books". Whatever you do, go...
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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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Av. de Rius i Taulet, 1, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
Who cares if it's a Barcelona cliché. Give in to the urge and get to Plaça d'Espanya to see the Magic Fountain show. It's always crowded, but everyone should see it at least once, and it's free. The show is especially gorgeous during...
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De Felipe IV Hiribidea, 5, 20011 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Hungry? Hungover? Broke? This bar in the back part of town masquerades as just another pintxo spot, but half of the menu is filled with authentic Colombian food. The bandeja de país (frijoles, avocado, fried egg, sausage, chicharron, rice, and...
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Gernikako Arbola Pasealekua, 8, 20006 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Botanika is one of San Sebastián's best local spots to just BE. Especially if you consider yourself slightly hip, ride a fixed gear, are a NOLA-phile, or enjoy café food with a vegetarian bent. The private garden overlooks the river that runs...
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Constitución Plaza, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
The Constitution Square (Plaza de la Constitución) is the very heart of the Old Part of San Sebastián. The biggest celebrations take place here: the Tamborrada, Santo Tomás, you name the party, and it probably starts here. Built in 1817, the...
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46, 31 de Agosto Kalea, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Santa María del Coro is San Sebastián's token beautiful European church. It has the quiet, sunlit beauty that one comes to expect in European churches. It also is the site of several of the city's unique celebrations, organ concerts, and the...
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Sanchez Toca Kalea, 1, 20006 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Pokhara, located in the center of the city, has one of the best ambiences around. The quintessential European café, with a touch of Paris and a touch of Spain, it attracts a younger, hip crowd. Don't expect food beyond the obligatory croissants...
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Itsasargi Pasealekua, 134, 20008 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Hotel Monte Igueldo seems to have stopped in time. The style of this hotel is, ahem, retro, but that fortunately doesn't affect the views. Perched atop San Sebastián's western mountain, Igeldo, it offers an away-from-it-all vibe with absolutely...
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Guipuzkoa Plaza, 14, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Bideluze hits all the right notes. There's nothing artisan or hoity-toity about it. Just a good, comfortable Irish pub style vibe, with pintxos that are big enough to qualify as sandwiches and a kitchen open all day long. Mornings in Bideluze are...
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29400 Ronda, Málaga, Spain
Andalucia has recently stolen my heart, while working in Spain for Backroads and this town in the province of Malaga is a gem. Our staff hub is based in the town of Ronda and the old, historical parts of town and the breathtaking views you'll find...
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Gibraltar GX11 1AA, Gibraltar
Ascending high places like the top of Gibraltar is inherently gratifying. The earth grows quieter, the sky comes closer, you transcend the chaos of life below, and the planet you see becomes, if only briefly, perfect, peaceful and powerful.
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Calle Ruedo Doña Elvira, 16, 29400 Ronda, Málaga, Spain
My friends and I took a day trip to Ronda, a small city about 60 miles outside of Sevilla. It is known for its breathtaking views and bridges on a gorge. After exploring the town, we grew hungry and stumbled across this small bar. It was full of...
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Independencia 80, 76, 72, 64, Centro, X5000IUB Córdoba, Argentina
Argentina prides itself in its European tendencies in everything from pizza to architecture. Córdoba's cathedral, however, is another story. While at first glance, it looks like any beautiful cathedral in Florence or Madrid, its details render it...
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Kalea Isla de Santa Clara, 2, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
From May to August, a ferry runs from the port of San Sebastián to the island that sits serenely in the middle of the Concha Bay. The island is quiet, isolated, and empty. There is a café on the island with a mysterious timetable, and a lighthouse...
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Kontxa Pasealekua Edificio de La Perla Donostia Gipuzkoa ES 20007, Kontxa Pasealekua, 20007 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
What could make a spa with all the typical trappings of luxury even better? Wall-to-wall windows overlooking La Concha bay, that's what. La Perla does not disappoint, and it's a great way to spend those finicky winter days when visiting San...