Pedraza—a village of influence and prestige throughout Europe

Pedraza—a village of influence and prestige throughout Europe

Have you ever wanted to step back in time and really see and feel what life was like 700 years ago? Head to Pedraza in the province of Segovia, Spain and you can pretty much do just that. This enchanting village has changed very little in character over the past centuries and can immerse you in history much quicker than any book could ever do.

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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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Brihuega—a medieval town waiting to be explored

Brihuega—a medieval town waiting to be explored

The quiet little village Brihuega in the province of Guadalajara is teeming in history. From medieval history with the first Gothic church in Spain to 16th century Royal cloth factory that gave jobs to 1000 workers, to Moorish caves you can immerse yourself in Spanish history. 

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31 places that should be on your bucket list when you come to Spain

31 places that should be on your bucket list when you come to Spain

There are just so many places to see in Spain. Each region has its own culture, gastronomy, crafts and way of life. From the little white villages along the Mediterranean Sea in the south to the world-renowned food in the north and everything in between it is hard to choose what you really should take time to see. This is a list of some travellers favourite spots in Spain—and why—so you can have an easier time deciding what to see when you come to visit this diverse country.

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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 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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