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Carrer d'Avinyó, 42, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
One of the most fun things to do in Barcelona is to wander through the city's Gothic Quarter. You'll see everything from street performers to beautiful churches, and the food and wine are delicious. I loved the unexpected pops of color I found...
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Plaça de l'Ajuntament, 3, 46002 València, Valencia, Spain
Arriving in Valencia after a long train ride from Madrid literally one day before the 2004 bombings, we experienced Valencia quietly. We stopped at the market for the most delicious avocados I've ever tasted, and threw together a makeshift dinner...
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Calle del Barquillo, 21, 28004 Madrid, Spain
With its 19th-century palacio exterior—complete with an original bookseller’s facade next door—and British Colonial–inspired navy-and-white interiors by acclaimed designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán, the Only You...
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Sol, Madrid, Spain
Wandering around the Plaza Mayor area in Madrid, I came across a small gelateria. Already full from a wine/tapas lunch with chocolate dipped churros for dessert, I still could not resist the smallest cone....it was huge! I had a choice of as many...
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Even now I'm craving their guilt-free collection of tapas-style breakfast miniatures. You can expect to find little croissants stuffed with jamon, light pastries topped with berries, and fresh squeezed orange juice. It's simple, inexpensive, and...
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Calle Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Casa Botin (also known as Sobrino de Botin) sits in the city center, near Plaza Mayor and Cava Baja, one of Madrid's busiest pedestrian streets for tapas and drinks. Founded in 1725, it is said by many to be the oldest restaurant in the world....
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Calle de Alcalá, 15, 28014 Madrid, Spain
I just love going to The Casino, every time I walk through the doors, I can’t help but feel that I am a character in Alice in Wonderland’s tea party, except I’m not. I am in a private rooftop club in downtown Madrid, and that’s even more...
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Plaza de la Independencia, 4, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Easy to find and hard to leave, Ramses is modern but ultra comfortable. They managed to create a completely differente atmosphere in each room—from romantic dining to a bubbly champagne bar—but the outdoor lounge was my favorite. When traveling I...
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Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Don't miss Parque del Retiro—a stunning area complete with a lake, playgrounds, gardens, and fountains. It's the perfect public space where anyone can enjoy the day by taking a walk, playing a game, going on a boat ride, or exploring to your...
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Calle Ferraz, 1, 28008 Madrid, Spain
Stone by stone, second-century BC Debod Temple was reconstructed in Spain in an effort, called to action by UNESCO, to save its demise when the site was threatened by the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan. As a sign of gratitude for the help...
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28028 Madrid, Spain
A trip to Las Ventas is a must in Madrid. Tickets are available for those who wish to attend un corrido and tours are available for others who don't care for the bullfight. If you decide to watch this Spanish tradition in action, buy a seat and...
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Calle de Cervantes, 10, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Obviously most of the books that you find in Spain are written in the Spanish language (a no brainer, I know) but you can find lots of English ones too. Libros is a chain bookstore, much like Barnes & Noble back in the USA, and they always have a...
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Plaza de Canalejas, 6, 28014 Madrid, Spain
The longstanding Madrid candy shop La Violeta is home to a number of sweets and confectionery take-home gifts for the nostalgic traveler. Most well known are their "violetas," violet flavored purple candies. Expect a line and limited English on...
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Calle del León, 11, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Ad Hoc blends fashion and flowers seamlessly. When I entered the shop, intrigued by the stack of suitcases propping open the front door, I was greeted by the smile of Clara, the owner, who acknowledged me with an "hola" but did nothing to pressure...
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CALLE MICER MASCO Nº 30,Valencia, 46010 Valencia, Spain
The sweets are only the beginning at Dulces Pérez. Complete (or just make) your meal with sumptuous asparagus and shrimp quiche, chorizo empanadillas or jamón-and-goat-cheese-topped puff pastries. Or skip straight to dessert and feast on artisan...
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Carrer de Sorní, 28, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
Visit this bakery for croissants, cakes, and good, strong coffees. They also have freshly-baked breads and pastries to take away. The menu is available in English, the place is quaint, and it's located close to many boutique shops, making it a...
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46021, Carrer de Polo y Peyrolón, 3, 46021 València, Valencia, Spain
Vanity Club is big, brash, stylish, and sexy. This is the kind of place where what you're wearing matters, so make sure you dress the part. In return, you'll get to party with the beautiful people. The nightclub is frequented mostly by...
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Ciutat de les Arts i de les Ciències, Carrer d'Eduardo Primo Yúfera, 1B, 46013 València, Valencia, Spain
Part of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, L’Oceanografic is a world-class oceanarium with an almost overwhelming amount of displays and shows. There are huge aquariums, of course, including a shark tank and a “fish tunnel” that surrounds...
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Carrer d'Amadeu de Savoia, 14, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
Enjoy the soothing properties of Valencia's Alameda hot spring housed in a neo-mudéjar building. The thermal waters, rich in sodium chloride, sulfates, calcium, and magnesium, bubble up from 663 meters beneath the surface at 42ºC, and are believed...
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Plaça de l'Almoina, s/n, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Its full name is “The Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia,” but people will know what you mean if you just call it the Valencia Cathedral. Consecrated in the 13th century, the cathedral has what it claims to...
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Plaça de Sant Galdric, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
La Boqueria Market is a necessary stop on any Barcelona itinerary. Make the most of your time there with a stop at Bar Papitu, a small bar on Sant Galderic Square. Late morning, make like a Catalan, and wash down anchovies and olives with local...
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Carrer de Montcada, 22, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
It is hard to find a more authentic tapas bar in the Old Town than this one. Founded in 1929, now the 4th generation of the same family is starting to take over bringing a happy freshness to the always busy but still smiling staff. When I take...
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Carrer de Pujades, 173, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
Walking through the local Poblenou barrio in Barcelona, you could be mistaken for being in a town outside of the popular bustling metropolis. However, it's just on the outskirts of the city. The vibrant, local-feeling streets are lovely to...
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Carrer d'Aribau, 23, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
Some of the best tapas I had in Barcelona where at a place called La Flauta. This restaurant has been around for years and came highly recommended by a local guide. Not only did I love the food and plan a work lunch there, but I also went back on...
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Carrer de la Diputació, 55, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
At Copasetic the food is made to order taking into account patron's allergies and intolerances. There are gluten-free crepes and bread on offer, as well as dairy-free options for vegans, and plenty of dishes for carnivores as well. The wait staff...