Spain Resources

Catalonia: A Unique Part of Spain

When most people think of Spain, images of flamenco, bull-fighting, paella and sangria come to mind, but these are actually traditions and recipes from the south of Spain. Bull-fighting is banned in Catalonia now. And although you can get paella and sangria there, it’s mostly just for the tourists. The large autonomous region of Catalonia in the northeast corner of Spain, of which Barcelona is the capital...

Spanish Food

One of the reasons why Spain is so high up on my list of possible retirement destinations is the food. Although perhaps not as famous as French cuisine, the Spanish have a very rich and delicious food culture. The Spanish eat their main meal at lunchtime and tend to have rather long lunch breaks, sometimes followed by a siesta...

Toledo, Spain: At the Crossroad of Cultures

The city of Toledo, just an hour south of Madrid, is one of Spain’s biggest tourism destinations and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. Thanks to its convenient location close to the capital and its cultural importance, Toledo attracts visitors pretty much all year round. But don’t be put off by the hordes. Some cities deserve their hype…and Toledo is one of them...

Enjoy Big-City Life with Laidback Charm in Málaga, Spain

Twenty years ago, when I first visited Málaga, it was the ugly stepsister of Spain’s Costa del Sol: a little scruffy and down-at-heel (though with gloriously sunny weather and a seaside location). So it was a pure pleasure to return recently to find it transformed into a Cinderella: one of Spain’s most liveable—and...

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