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Lavender fields of La Mancha

When most people imagine rolling fields of fragrant lavender, they are thinking of France – but it may surprise you to know that the same experience is available just one hour from Madrid. Here, sun-drenched fields of lavender lie among the forests of the Guadalajara region of La Mancha. The Lavender Festival The area is […]

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City Portrait: Barcelona

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a city that can honestly boast having it all. It is thrillingly cosmopolitan and also saturated with centuries of history; it has Mediterranean beaches within the city limits and forested mountains just beyond; its architecture is unique in the world and its buildings are filled with excellent options for […]

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Galicia: The ritual of La Queimada

Galicia: The ritual of La Queimada In the northwestern corner of Spain, you will find Galicia, which is a land of pure magic. In this place of witches and spirits, your group can take part in the unforgettable ritual of the queimada. This rite, which involves a flaming punch of alcohol, herbs and other ingredients, […]

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Jewish heritage in Spain: Castile

The Jewish community in Spain was once among the most prosperous in the world, and its heritage, dating back as far as the 10th century, can be seen in the monuments and Jewish quarters that remain all over the country. The regions of Castile are among those with the richest Jewish heritage. If your group […]

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Alcalá de Henares: A world heritage city

Located near Madrid, Alcalá de Henares is known for its architectural beauty, academic legacy, and for being the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, the author of the classic Spanish novel Don Quixote. What’s more, its monumental heritage, rich with churches, convents and university buildings, allows visitors to step into Castilian life during the Golden Age […]

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The sweet treats of Semana Santa

Each year during Semana Santa (Easter week), Spain is completely transformed. All day and night, the streets of cities and towns are filled with beating drums, bright masses of flowers, parades of religious sculpture, and an intensely moving atmosphere. It can be hard to tear away from all the excitement…but there’s another attraction hidden within […]

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World Heritage City Portrait: Salamanca

Spain is known for its tradition, history, and cultural diversity. This is backed up by UNESCO’s recognition of these treasures – Spain has the third highest number of World Heritage Sites of any country in the world. Various cities are included in UNESCO’s designations, and one of our favorites is Salamanca in Castile and Leon. […]

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Top 5 Coasts: Costa del Sol

With over 300 days of sun each year and 100 miles of coastline, it’s no wonder that Costa del Sol is considered one of the top beach destinations in Spain. Beyond the beach, the region also has an impressive offer of attractions. Cities like Malaga are packed with culture and excitement, nature lovers will enjoy […]

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500th Anniversary: Magellan and Elcano

2019 marks the fifth centennial of an event that changed our view of the world forever: the first voyage to completely circumnavigate the globe, proving that the Earth is indeed a sphere. This expedition set out from Seville in 1519, and to commemorate the great achievement, the city is hosting a packed program of events […]

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A festival of color: Valencia’s Battle of Flowers

A festival of color: Valencia’s Battle of Flowers Spain’s calendar is filled with unique festivals, and each year in late July, the city of Valencia hosts one of the most beautiful. More than a million marigolds decorate streets and floats – and fly through the air – at the Battle of Flowers. Worth a visit […]

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