Our pick of 6 essential gadgets that will make your travels much easier: From universal adapter, to a case to organize all your cords to an anti-theft backpack. Check out why we think these are the most practical products for you.Read More
To rent or not to rent (a car) that is the question answered in this article. There are moments when having a car in Spain is more of a pain that advantage, but there are situations in which it is almost impossible to get around without.Read More
Want to learn Spanish out of the classroom?
La Casa Sevilla is a language school breaks away from traditional and rigid teaching methods. Here students learn walking through the streets of Seville, or in an outdoor cafe ordering tapas or while tasting wine at a local market.Read More
Spain is a European country so many who come expect to find many cultural differences from other places they have visited—but of course, every country has some unique culture to offer. Here are some of Spains.Read More
Visitors often hit the "big three" museums in Madrid: Prado, Thyssen and the Reina Sofia. However, there are many other museums in Madrid worth visiting—one such is the Lázaro Galdiano museum. You can take self-guided tours or official museum tours to get a peek into the life of José Lázaro Galdiano and his wife Paula Florido.Read More
When you get home you will want to make an album of all your best photos and memories from your epic trip to Spain. I recently made an album using Saal-digital and was very impressed with the results. Here is a quick review.Read More
Are you a traveller? Do you have a bucket list of where you want to go?
I recently discovered a magnetic map for the person who loves to track their travels. The Mapnético map is designed with coloured magnets. You can add the cities and countries you have been to in one colour, and the places you want to go in another. No sticking holes in your map as the pins are small magnets. This adds a whole new level of fun to “pin-the-country” game. Mapnético is an attractive addition to any wall or office.
If you are a serious world traveller, it has a counter so that you can continually update how many countries you have been to.
Mapnético is laid out in a grid with a corresponding legend so you can easily find any country or major city from its longitude and latitude shown on the legend.
Map entire routes by using the magnetic pins or simply add the markers to each city you visited.
You can order your copy online from Mapnético
Seeing Spain through a visitor's eyes always helps me appreciate what it was that I fell in love with when I came to Spain. The Knapp family has just returned from their first visit ever, and sat down with travellingaroundspain.com to tell us their impressions of this diverse and interesting country.Read More
There is never a shortage of things to do or see in Madrid, but if you can take advantage of exhibitions that are free—so much the better.
The community of Madrid offers free events, activities and cultural visits each month. Here is what you can see in May for free:
Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956)
This exhibition showcases the complete career of Lyonel Feininger who was a key figure on the avant-garde scene.
Dates: May 1 - 28
Where: Fundacion Juan March
Address: Castello 77
Metro: Nunez de Balboa
Hours open: Monday-Saturday and holidays 11:00-20:00, Sunday 10:00-14:00
Houdini—The laws of wonder
(Houdini. Las leyes del asombro)
Harry Houdini is one of the most famous illusionists of all time. This exhibition traces the history of modern magic and its evolution.
When: May 1 - 28
Where: Telefonica building
Address: c/Fuencarral, 3
Metro: Gran Via
Hours open: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-20:00
Women of the Congo
Las Mujeres del Congo
Photographers Isabel Munoz and Choncha Casajus present the struggle of Congolese women against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
When: May-June 18
Where: Museo Nacional de Antropologia (National museum of Anthropology)
Address: Alfonso XII, 68
Metro: Atocha Renfe
Hours open: Tuesday-Saturday 9:30-20:00, Sundays and holidays 10:00-15:00
Celebrating 100 years of Leica photography
This exposition called Con los ojos bien abiertos, cien anos de fotografia Lecia (Eyes wide open! 100 years of Leica photography) is a tribute to the invention of the Leica camera. Artists such as Cartier Bresson, Paul Wolff, Bruce Davidson, Capa and Robert Frank are displayed.
Dates: May 11 - Sept 10
Where: Telefonica building
Address: c/Fuencarral, 3
Metro: Gran Via
Hours open: Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00-20:00
Elena Fortun and her world
(Elena Fortun y su mundo)
A tribute to Encarnacion Aragoneses de Urquijo (1886-1952), better known as Elena Fortun, who was an author of —primarily—literature for children and young adults.
When: May - October 1
Where: Biblioteca Historica Municipal (Historical library)
Address: Conde Duque, 9-11
Metro: Plaza de Espana/Noviciado
Hours open: Monday-Friday 8:30-14:30
The Journey and the Writer: Europe 1914-1939
(El Viaje y el escritor: Europa 1914-1939)
This exhibition demonstrates the existence of a European cultural network in the interwar period throughout Europe.
Dates: May until October 15
Where: Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Contemporary art museum)
Address: c/Conde Duque 9-11
Metro: Novidiciado/Plaza de Espana
Hours open: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 - 14:00 and 17:30-21:00 Sundays and holidays 13:00-14:00
Spain has the 2nd most World Heritage Sites in the World. If you were to base your trip around visiting these sites you have would have to be in Spain for almost two months to spend a full day at each of these impressive spots.Read More
Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a personal guide to show you all the hidden corners when you come to Spain the first time? I asked a few fellow bloggers to let me in on where they take family and friends who are visiting Spain for the first time. Find out where these locals take guests in Granada, Madrid and Seville.Read More
Madrid is planning to go green
Madrid’s Mayor Manuela Carmena is serious about going green. She wants to see the city centre be pedestrianized by the time she leaves office in 2019.
Already the downtown core has opened up many streets to pedestrians. Streets in and around Gran Via and Sol have banned cars.
This is a positive move both for the environment and tourists.
Carmena is proposing to close off the entire Gran Via to cars, leaving access to pedestrians, taxis and buses only.
Read the full story in businessinsider.com.
Spain is oozing in charming villages. From quaint whitewashed Andalusian towns overlooking the Mediterranean Sea to small medieval hamlets. How does one even decide which should make the list?
Since 2011 an association called The most beautiful towns in Spain has been searching for villages to be worthy of the title. Town halls apply explaining why they think their town should be on the list. To qualify, towns must have a population of under 15,000 and some kind of provable architectural or cultural heritage.
You can see the full list here: www.lospueblosmasbonitosdeespana.org
What towns do you think should be on this list?