Capricho Park is one of the most beautiful gardens in Madrid

Capricho Park is one of the most beautiful gardens in Madrid

Capricho is a stunning garden on the edge of Madrid. If you want to get away from the bustle of the city centre and take in greenery in a quiet and relaxed setting, Capricho needs to be at the top of your list of where to go. This garden not only has not only what you would expect to find: a gorgeous array of flowers year-round, greenery in every corner, lane-ways draped with lilacs, sweeping grassy lawns, quaint ponds with black swans, rose-covered archways but it also has a few surprises such as bamboo-sided boat house, a labyrinth, a palace that is actually an aviary as well as hidden bunkers left over from the civil war. 

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Trip planner: everything you need to know before planning a trip to Segovia

Trip planner: everything you need to know before planning a trip to Segovia

If you come to Spain and all you get to see is Segovia, you will go home happy. Segovia has a 2000-year-old Roman aqueduct, a medieval castle, a gothic cathedral Roman churches, quaint pedestrian streets filled with artisan shops, and some of the best gastronomic delights in Spain.  

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Trip Planner: Everything you need to know before planning a vacation to Toledo in Spain

Trip Planner: Everything you need to know before planning a vacation to Toledo in Spain

Going to Toledo is like stepping into a fairyland kingdom from a far away time. Castles, a river surrounding the walled city, 3 cultures intertwined and very little evidence of modern city structure. Take your time to take in all there is to see and do. 

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Juan Carlos I Park is the perfect family outing

Juan Carlos I Park is the perfect family outing

Juan Carlos I is an active park. Slap on your running shoes and head to the park ready to have some fun. There are playgrounds for children of all ages, courtesy rental bikes, a tourist train, areas to play basketball or soccer, boats to rent and 100's of trails to walk, bike or run. There are plenty of picnic tables throughout the park so pack a lunch and make a day of it. 

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Looking for free activities near Madrid for kids? A visit to Parque Europa will give them an European adventure in one day.

Looking for free activities near Madrid for kids? A visit to Parque Europa will give them an European adventure in one day.

Parque Europa has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. The kids love the numerous playgrounds that are peppered throughout the area, not to mention the pony rides, activity farm and mini-golf. Adults can enjoy the replicas of the 18 European monuments as well as numerous "big kid" activities such as a zip line and multi-adventure park. Pack a lunch or stop at one of the on-sight restaurants, but plan to make this a full day activity because no one will want to go home.

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Patones de Arriba—a must-see village only 45 minutes from Madrid

Patones de Arriba—a must-see village only 45 minutes from Madrid

This quaint and charming village should be on every tourist's must-see list if they are in Madrid. Patones is only 45 minutes from Madrid and yet is missed by many visitors. Be sure to take an afternoon or a day to walk through this delightful village.

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The Insider's scoop on where to visit in Spain

The Insider's scoop on where to visit in Spain

When you visit a new place wouldn't it be nice to get suggestions from those in the know?  In this post I talk to two women who were kind enough to pass on some excellent cultural tips, favourite restaurants and other information about Madrid, Barcelona and beyond.

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3 towns not to miss in Girona

3 towns not to miss in Girona

Many visitors head to the Costa Brava thinking only of the beaches. But there are many villages that are slightly inland that you should not miss visiting if you are in Girona and along the Costa Brava. These are some of the most historic, cultural and picturesque villages in all of Spain. Travellingaroundspain takes you to our top 3 inland villages in Girona. 

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5 day-trips from Seville that should be on your bucket list

5 day-trips from Seville that should be on your bucket list

Tourists flock to Seville every year. But they often miss out on the surrounding areas that also deserve consideration. Here is a list of 5 easy day-trips from Seville that should be on your bucket list if you are in the area.

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