A Short History of Bullfighting in Spain

A Short History of Bullfighting in Spain

A centennial tradition, bullfighting came to represent the national sport (and pride) of the exuberant Spain. Bull-fighting is not an activity that today’s animal right activists would approve, which is why this show doesn’t enjoy as much popularity as in the old days. But even if its glory is fading, bullfighting shows, known as corridas, continue to represent one of the most widely known Spanish traditions. The big Spanish cities are provided with large bullfighting arenas so it’s qu... [ read more ]

A Short Guide to Spanish Wines

A Short Guide to Spanish Wines

Despite the popularity that beer and cocktails enjoy in Spain, the Iberian country is actually quite famous for its wines. If we come to think of it, one of the iconic Spanish beverages, sangria, represents a mix of wine, liquor and fruits. Spanish wines match the exuberant nature of the Spaniards: they are rich, red wines. Northern Spain has the kind of Mediterranean climate which is very benefic for the cultivation of grapes; this is where the famous Rioja wines are produced. However, there a... [ read more ]

Most Spectacular National Parks in Spain

Most Spectacular National Parks in Spain

Despite its apparent dryness, Spain is a vast country with a very diverse geography. While beaches seem the greatest natural asset of this sunny peninsula, nature lovers should know that Spain also has few spectacular mountainous areas, especially in the north. Actually, a quick inventory of national parks in Spain will reveal a surprising mix of natural features and assets, from snow-capped peaks to aquatic eco-systems. Make it a hiker, a biologists or just a curious tourists, no visitor of Spa... [ read more ]

Shopper's Guide to Barcelona

Shopper’s Guide to Barcelona

Unlike its rival city Madrid, Barcelona offers a totally different shoppers experience. It’s true that most of the brands you will find here are the same as in Madrid (and, if we come to think about it, like in most European city, expecting the Spanish brands, of course) – but the unique architecture of Barcelona will impregnate your shopping experience with history. Those of you willing to shop with style and go bargain hunting among narrow, baroque streets can as well start with my brief s... [ read more ]

Top 5 attractions in Madrid

Top 5 attractions in Madrid

It’s my difficult mission today to try and present you the top 5 attractions in Madrid. Like any major capital, Madrid has all the possible attractions, from historic landmarks and institutions to ultra-chic malls and shops. Madrid is well known for its local football team Real Madrid and its iconic stadium, for the great shopping and partying opportunities but also for its unequaled art museums. Apart from all these, the atmosphere on Madrid's streets is indeed exceptional: with party goers c... [ read more ]

The Best Art Museums in Spain

The Best Art Museums in Spain

Art buffs probably know know already that Spain has some of the best art museums in Europe. Goya, Picasso, Velasquez or Gaudi represent some of the most prestigious and influential Spanish artists and many of their works are now hosted by the major art museums in Spain. Visiting art museums can be a very time-consuming activity but what a better way to learn about the glorious past and the amazing culture of this nation? Not to mention the fact that many of these museums (like the one in Bilbao... [ read more ]

Madrid Attractions for Kids

Madrid Attractions for Kids

If you’re thinking that Madrid is all about fiestas, shopping and football, well, you’re wrong! There are many things that families with kids can do in Madrid, after all, let us not forget, this is the capital of Spain and not a resort! So you should keep in mind that the Madrid attractions for kids we’ll be discussing today are far from being the only options for traveling families in search for entertainment. Madrid has many parks, children’s playgrounds and sports facilities, which o... [ read more ]

A Picasso Tour in Spain

A Picasso Tour in Spain

It’s hard to imagine Modernist art without mentioning the name of Pablo Picasso. This Spanish painter has had an enormous influence over 20th century art and was among the few artists who actually received fame and recognition during their lifetime. Like many painters of his time, Pablo Picasso lived and worked in the bohemian neighborhoods of Paris. But this doesn’t make him less of a Spaniard: Spain is still the birthplace of Picasso and you’ll be able to admire many of Picasso’s earl... [ read more ]