Collected by Tanya Fields
Cudillero, Asturias, Spain
Nestled in the rocky coast of northern Spain sits the little gem of a village, Cudillero. Formerly a bustling fishing village, the remnants of fish tales and lore still linger in the small town. Local fishermen dangle their poles into the waters...
Sol, Madrid, Spain
La Descubierta was the perfect people watching place in Central Madrid. The surrounding streets where full of tourists but this carless alley seemed to be mostly locals. We stayed for hours; eating, drinking and watching people. It was perfect....
Calle Céspedes, 21, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
La Carboneria is a special place. Unlike the tourist spots for flamenco, this feels alive. There is a buzz of energy, a sense of place as friends call out to each other before the show starts, the stone floored room smells of woodsmoke,and the...
Altea, Alicante, Spain
This hillside village has many steps leading up through the homes to a beautiful Spanish cathedral and a great look out over the beaches and all-white buildings below. It's just northeast of Benidorm and is a great way to spend an afternoon...
29780 Nerja, Málaga, Spain
Nerja was the find of a monthlong trip to Europe one May. We took a flight from Barcelona to Málaga with the intention of riding a bus along the coast. We rode the bus all the way to the last town Nerja and decided to spend the night there. We...
Estació de Muntanya Vall de Núria, 17534 Queralbs, Girona, Spain
The variety of Costa Brava exceeds Tuscany by far. Not only do you have rolling hills and simple farm land, but you have the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean. I situated myself in between the coast and the mountains at my Can Grau villa – only an...
Plaça de Vila, 5, 07800 Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain
The Balearic Island of Ibiza is known for its techno clubs, wild parties, and extreme night life. But, if you're old and crusty like me, you might just discover another aspect of the island that will urge you to return time and time again. In...
Rent a Vepsa in Barcelona and strap your backpack, tent, and cooler to the back seat. Cruise around the country for 4 weeks! We rode down the coast to Tarifa and back up through the middle of the country through Mardid. Unexpected highlight: we...
Paseo de Catalina de Ribera, 2, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain
When someone tells me they're traveling to Spain and looking for recommendations, San Sebastian (Donostia, in Basque) is my first thought for city destinations in the northern part of the country. It's charming, beautiful, and steeped in history....
Carrer del Doctor Bartomeus, 37, 17488 Cadaqués, Girona, Spain
A small town on the Cap de Creus peninsula, Cadaques is a gem in the Costa Brava region and Hotel Llane Petit is the perfect place to stay. Hotel Llane Petit was everything we were looking for at the tail end of our trip; a lovely place to stay...
La Vall de Gallinera, 03787, Alicante, Spain
Every year in early June, one of the small villages in the Gallinera Valley in south- eastern Spain sponsors the region's Cherry Festival. Cherries galore of course. For sale in their fresh-from-the-tree wholeness. In preserves. In pastries. In...
Avda Bruselas, s/n, 38678 Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
While many people may think of dining in Tenerife as consisting of British pubs offering all-day breakfasts for 2 Euros, there are some spectacular restaurants as well. Torre del Mirador is in a spectacular location with a panoramic sea view; even...
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