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Discover Barcelona’s Festa Major de Sants ~ Like the Gràcia Festival but Smaller & More Local

Every August, the street parties of Barcelona’s Festa Major de Sants offer an authentic insight into modern-day life in the Catalan capital.

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Hiking the Hills of Rural Asturias, Where Past & Present are One… 

This little rural-house-cum-bar had been my beacon for the last three hours I’d been hiking and huffing my way through the rural landscapes of Piloña in Asturias, northern Spain. This wasn’t the greeting I’d anticipated.

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The Best of Naples + Day Trips to Pompeii, Vesuvius, Baia & the Amalfi Coast ~ That Neapolitan Hubris

Essential tips on what to see and do in the seductively archaic city of Naples, as well as a few pointers on exploring the nearby beauty spots.

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Of Rice & Men: A Short Guide to the Delta del Ebro (Catalonia, Spain)

Just two hours away from Barcelona, or an hour from Tarragona, the Delta de l’Ebre natural park offers a rejuvenating escape for those times when you feel the urge to cut ties with the modern world and reconnect with Mother Nature.

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Discover Barcelona’s Modernista Hospital de Sant Pau ~ A Salubrious Guide

Just a short stroll away from Gaudí’s emblematic Sagrada Familia, the Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau is one of the most spectacular examples of Catalan modernism in Barcelona. A must for all architecture lovers. 

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Day-Tripping to Formentera from Ibiza ~ A Blissful One-Day Guide to the Smallest & Most Beautiful Balearic Island

Tips on Formentera’s best beaches, restaurants, hotels and must-see landmarks – an essential one-day guide for people heading over on the ferry from Ibiza.

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Things to Do, See & Eat in Chipiona, Spain ~ The Andalusian Beach Paradise You’ve Never Heard Of

The secret’s out! The perfect beach town for family fun and romantic getaways – near Seville, Jerez and the the best of southern Spain.


FLC’s Barcelona Architecture Tour: Exploring Barcelona’s Lesser-Known Architectural Marvels

There are so many fascinating architectural designs and stories to uncover in Barcelona – Rafael Gómez-Moriana shares some of the very best on FLC’s Barcelona Architecture Tour.

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Things to Do, See & Eat in Elegant Cantabria, Northern Spain ~ Santander & Beyond

This is my travel guide to the best things to do and see in Cantabria, northern Spain, with essential tips on where to eat, drink and sleep – in the capital city of Santander and beyond. 

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Avenida Palace Hotel (4*) Barcelona ~ Historic Elegance in the City Centre

One of Barcelona’s oldest and most important hotels located in the city centre. Its sumptuous Art Deco style, refined dining options and impressive rooftop terrace (with pool) make this one of the most romantic 4-star hotels in Barcelona.

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3 Day Valencia Itinerary For First Time Visitors ~ Oranges, Palm Trees & Paella

Spain’s third largest city is famous for its blissfully sunny climate, fragrant orange trees, soft-sand beaches, culture-packed old town and, of course, for being the birthplace of paella! Here’s how to experience the best of it in just 2 or 3 days!


Best Things to Do in Rome ~ A Guide for First Time Visitors in the ‘Eternal City’

From advice on the the best way to visit the Vatican City, Roman Forum and Colosseum to tips on where to eat & drink the best pizza, pasta, gelato, wine and coffee in Rome, these are what I believe to be the best things to see, do and eat in Rome. Andiamo!


Fashionistas Marwa and Adela from Wandermoda Shopping Tours Want to Introduce You to Barcelona’s Local Boutiques and Artisans

Interview: Discover the best of Barcelona’s independent fashion scene with Marwa and Adela from Wandermoda shopping experiences.

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