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You’ll want to visit the places you’ll be reading about in Spain Destinations. They’re every bit as charming and irresistible as the writers say! Besides, you won’t have any problems getting there; they’ll tell you how.

TAAL: THE CUTE LITTLE VOLCANO SHOWS ITS PHREATIC FANGS

TAAL: THE CUTE LITTLE VOLCANO SHOWS ITS PHREATIC FANGS »

17 Jan, 2020
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Taal Volcano, one of the world’s smallest active volcanoes, is also one of the deadliest. On 12 January, a sudden explosion of the volcano quickly escalated into Alert Level 4. Volcanic activities intensified as continuous eruption generated a tall 10 to 15 kilometers (6.2 to 9.3 mi) of steam-laden column, with frequent volcanic lightning that rained wet ashfall on as far north as the Metro Manila, even affecting Clark International Airport farther up north.

THE GIRALDA WAVED TO ME

THE GIRALDA WAVED TO ME »

16 Dec, 2019
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As the sun set, the lights that illuminate the Cathedral and the Giralda came on. The site took my breath away. It is hard to describe something so immense, so beautiful, so old, and so lovely in the setting sun. As I was watching the streetlights, I noticed the Giralda wave to me. Seville never ceases to amaze me.

THE BATTLE OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE

THE BATTLE OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE »

10 Dec, 2019
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Now that it’s Christmastime, there are “better” things to squabble about. Martinez Almeida warned that “the Christmas lights in Madrid will shine so bright you’ll be able to see them in Vigo.” Caballero shot back: “Don’t even dream of competing with me. New York tried and lost.”

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “HUNTING IN SPAIN”, 31 OCTOBER 1969

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “HUNTING IN SPAIN”, 31 OCTOBER 1969 »

2 Dec, 2019
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As the leaves change color and fall to the ground, a great many men in Spain, as in almost every country in the world, get their guns out of the closets and head for the fields and forests. The hunting season has arrived. It is recommended that foreigners hunting in Spain either make as complete arrangements as possible before going to any of the hunting areas, or arrange a hunting party with some Spanish friend who knows what would be necessary. One other thing, the normal and natural courtesies existing in the rest of the world apply equally in Spain. Observe the legal requirements and the general customs, and you will really have a HAPPY HUNTING!

BOTIN: TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT BUT IT’S THE OLDEST AND ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD!

BOTIN: TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT BUT IT’S THE OLDEST AND ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD! »

9 Nov, 2019
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The Guinness World Records deems it the oldest restaurant in the world. Some dispute the title, claiming other restaurants have been there longer. But Jose “Pepe” Gonzalez, one of the proprietors of the fabled restaurant, does not mind. He credits its success to the quality of the food, the service and the ambiance. The bottom line, really, is that Sobrino de Botín is a formidable mix of great food, good vibes and a most fascinating history. The result is a much-deserved global fame that Pepe, a consummate restaurateur, seems to take in his stride.

THE WORLD’S BEST COUNTRY TO VISIT IS NONE OTHER THAN SPAIN, SO SAYS THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM!

THE WORLD’S BEST COUNTRY TO VISIT IS NONE OTHER THAN SPAIN, SO SAYS THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM! »

8 Sep, 2019
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WEF: “The popularity of Spain, which has claimed the top spot in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index since 2015, is bolstered by a world-class ranking in natural and cultural resources – from its vibrant cities to sunny beaches, and a diverse cultural programme that spans medieval festivals to contemporary art. Infrastructure is another important measure of a country’s travel competitiveness, and on these criteria Spain rates highly.”

THE G-7 SUMMIT IN BIARRITZ AND OTHER TRAVEL TRADITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO SNARL UP TRAFFIC IN THE FRENCH TOWN AND AT THE SPANISH-FRENCH BORDER. BEWARE!

THE G-7 SUMMIT IN BIARRITZ AND OTHER TRAVEL TRADITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO SNARL UP TRAFFIC IN THE FRENCH TOWN AND AT THE SPANISH-FRENCH BORDER. BEWARE! »

25 Aug, 2019
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The dates around the G-7 Summit are, traditionally, a period of high traffic density. It is important to plan trips on the days prior and subsequent to the Summit for those driving in areas close to the Summit location and avoiding, at any event, traveling into France from the Basque Country.

THE SEVEN JEWELS OF ANDALUSIA 

THE SEVEN JEWELS OF ANDALUSIA  »

18 Aug, 2019
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Mezquita of Cordoba - Cadiz Cathedral - Castillo de Santa Catalina, Jaen - Alhambra, Granada - La Manquita, Malaga - Monumento a Colon, Huelva - La Cathedral Giralda, Seville

ASSUMPTION DAY: WHY SOME ARE RED LETTER DAYS IN THE SPANISH CALENDAR BUT SOME ARE NOT

ASSUMPTION DAY: WHY SOME ARE RED LETTER DAYS IN THE SPANISH CALENDAR BUT SOME ARE NOT »

14 Aug, 2019
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The 15th of August is a public holiday in Spain, being the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The Constitution says there is no State religion but the Spanish nation is founded on Catholicism. No Constituion could shake that off so easily.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “MADRID: A VIEW FROM ‘DOWN UNDER’,” 29 JULY 1983

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “MADRID: A VIEW FROM ‘DOWN UNDER’,” 29 JULY 1983 »

4 Aug, 2019
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Rodney Ward, like many back-packing ‘cowboys’ of the mid-seventies, first arrived in Madrid in 1975 and was at once struck by Spain’s fine old capital city. Although planning to move on within a few days, the Magic of Madrid compelled him to stay for two years. Only then did Rodney Ward set off back to Australia. Does he miss Madrid? “It’s always nice to come home,"he says, but Madrid gets in the blood.