"There surely could have been a better, consensual way to toast the world-famous Fallas de Valencia in the nation’s capital and reach the avowed goal of boosting tourism too. One that everybody would have been glad to join. Where there was room for all: humans, wildlife, pets. Madrileños and Valencianos."
Revisit Ernest Hemingway's haunts in Madrid and join him, a reporter covering the Abraham Lincoln Brigade's fight against fascism across Spain.
In 2023, Spain was visited by 85.1 million international tourists. This record smasher makes the legendary land of the Man of La Mancha the world’s top tourist destination. Moreover, Spain hold the highest score in Statista's Travel and Tourism Development Index. France, the perennial Number One, is expected to slide down to second place, attracting an estimated 79 million to 85 million foreign visitors. Sangria anyone?
"Madrid’s system of transportation has to be the best in Europe and the most varied because Spanish society has placed a heavy burden on it. That burden is the custom of the siesta which means that, unlike Paris or London, there are four rush hours in the nation's capital instead of two."
"Robert Barnete is probably the best-known foreign painter of Spain today. More than a painter, he is an interpreter of the color and vitality of Spanish lore. His principal themes flamenco and bulls come alive on canvas. Recently, in the offices of the Ministry of Information and Tourism, in a ceremony presided by the Minister himself, the American painter was honored. His public acclaim results from his graceful, action-filled expressions of Spanish life.
Madrid is where you ought to be these Holidays! Warmth in the cold. Love and affection. Happiness. Good old tradition. Fun everywhere. . . Check out your "socks" and see what Papa Noel has got for you in the Spanish capital!
The Saona restaurants embody the essence of the Mediterranean. This would allude to the fact that Valencia, an iconic Mediterranean city par excellence, is the cradle of Group Saona's. The GUIDEPOST visited Saona's latest venue last summer, on Calle Ventura Rodriguez in Central Madrid's famous Plaza España area, for one of our traditional rotating birthday celebrations. The venue was a fabulous choice.
Huesos de santo or saint’s bones should top the list of the macabre delicacies.for All Saints Day in Spain. Feasting on the bones of the saint smacks of cannibalism, doesn’t it? But at their most classic they’re really just good old sweets, white marzipan tubes simulating bones stuffed with yema for the bone marrow inside. Some enterprising bakeshops display the “bones” appropriately in “reliquaries”. HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYONE!
It's October and the temperatures seem to have gotten stuck in the 30sºC in most parts of Spain. Folks who have begun to take out their Fall gear as soon as the calendar marked September, the onset of increasingly cold weather, have had to shove them back deep into the caverns of their closets in favor of light clothing. The Spaniards didn't need the Wetaherr Bureau telling them the weather is "extraordinarily and intensely warm" for this time of the year, But the Weather Bureau is telling them, anyway. It's climate change, what else is new?
SPAIN ACROSS THE YEARS. PART 1: Sanguinary Civil War, Ferocious Fascism, and the Dawning of a Better Life »
Here is an enthralling personal account of fascism and the Franco dictatorship by the author who was in Spain in the mid-1970s on the University of California Berkeley’s Education Abroad Program: "The last time I set foot in Spain in 1974 and 1975 fascism and the Franco dictatorship were in their last last legs. Returning 47 years later I braced myself for experiencing big changes."