Five Must-Visit Hideaways in Spain Reply

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The Herald, March 26, 2014–So you’ve danced the night away in Barcelona, joined the crowd of football fans in Madrid and travelled back in history in Valencia. Think you’re done with Spain? Think again. Here are five Spanish hidden hideaways, courtesy of the tour gurus at Contiki.

It’s hard not to fall in love with San Sebastian. The charming city is situated on the Bay of Biscay, making it a perfect summer getaway location and ideal place to unwind. Stroll through the streets of the old town, wander along the sand for sunset or sink your teeth into some authentic paella, tapas or even some fresh seafood. The back streets of San Sebastian are home to some of the best local restaurants.



The Youngest “Maestro” of a Centenary Craft Reply

Granja Master Glassblower

Diego Rodríguez is the master glass blower at the Royal Crystal Factory of La Granja in San Ildefonso, Segovia. He is the last link in a craft tradition dating from the XVIIIth century.

We discovered this evocative little video illustrating an article in the Madrid newspaper El the other morning. It was bemusing to discover at the end that it’s an ad for our local beer. Nonetheless, we’re going to link to it here for its charm and good taste. See if you don’t agree.

Link to “Youngest Maestro” video:

Spain… On the Road Again, Part 9 — Castillian Hog Heaven 2

On Road AgainFootloose Mark and Claudia are in hog heaven as the road trip winds through Castilla y León. They head for Salamanca’s amazing Plaza Mayor in search of a breakfast fix of ham for Claudia. “Ham is in the air here,” says Mark. Their interest perked, they decide to head right to the source — a traditional Salamanca farm that raises the famous black–footed pigs. Their porcine pilgrimage continues to Segovia–“one of the most beautiful cities in the world,” according to Mark Bittman– where Bitty and Bassols eat like emperors in the shadow of the city’s 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct. Feeling a little pigged–out, Mark and Claudia return to Basque country, unearthing a medieval cathedral and sampling Vitoria’s finest tapas or, in their own words, “pintxos to die for!” More…