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Metro

Metro (train & bus) (Madrid): the city’s subway system is rather impressive and is the sixth longest in the world. In existence in 1919, there are 13 train lines and 288 stations with the Madrid Metro’s system. Fares run at €1.50 for a ride covering up to five stations, and €2.00 for a ride covering […]

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Antigua Casa Guardia

Antigua Casa Guardia (Alameda Principal 18, Málaga) – with an opening year of 1840, this certainly qualifies as the oldest bar in Málaga. Given its history, it’s no surprise that this was once a watering hole of famed artist Pablo Picasso (with photos of his early years on display). The wines served here are poured […]

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Barceloneta

Barceloneta (Carrer de Vinaròs, Barcelona) — designated as the “third best beach in the world” by the Discovery Channel’s documentary “World’s Best Beaches”, the Barceloneta beach stands in a classy neighborhood right between the Sant Sebastià beach and the Olympic port. The 3-story residential buildings with narrow balconies, altogether with the relaxing and unwinding crowd […]

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ABC Serrano

ABC Serrano (Serrano 61, Madrid) – located within the former premises of the major Madrid newspaper ABC, this shopping center houses around 85 outlets selling apparel, cosmetics, housewares, and other items, such as Zara, Musgo, Bimba & Lola, Javiera Somorra, among others. There is also a Reebok sports club, a café with an indoor terrace, […]

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Asiana

Asiana (Travesia de San Mateo 4, Chueca, Madrid) – this restaurant serves dishes with influences from the Far East, Peru, Japan, as well as from Spain. The fine tables and Far East décor alone are a hit among its patrons. The one fallback is that it’s only open for dinner and has one seven tables.

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Arc de Triomf

Arc de Triomf (Passeig Lluis Companys, Barcelona) – this structure was originally built as the gateway to the Universal Exhibition in 1888 (held at the Parc de la Ciutadella). The Arc’s architect Josep Vilaseca designed a monument of classical style and proportions as an allegory of Barcelona’s respect for the nations and provinces taking part […]

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Alcazaba of Málaga

Alcazaba of Málaga (Calle Alcazabilla 2, Málaga) – this is a palatial fortification located in Málaga, which overlooks that city from a hilltop. It is one of two Moorish fortresses in Málaga (the other one being the Castillo de Gibralfaro). The Alcazaba is perhaps the best-preserved Moorish fortress in Spain. Admission: €2.20 (€3.55 for combined […]

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About Spain

Spain is located on the Iberian Peninsula (which it shares with neighboring Portugal) in the southwestern part of Europe. With Spain taking up most of the Iberian Peninsula, it has both the Atlantic coast and the Mediterranean coast. It includes the string of Balearic islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera), as well as the Canary […]