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Tapas and Raciones

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

You must know that a trip to Spain isn't complete without trying tapas.  OK.  But do you really know what they are?  What if you get up your nerve to wander into a bar, and you find that there is no such thing on the menu? Tapas are small, appetizer size portions and can be almost anything.  They can be a small plate of ham and cheese, tiny sandwiches, a plate of olives, a small skewer of pickled vegetables or seafood and the list goes on and on.  Some bars will serve free tapas with your drink, but most bars charge for them.    Many bars only list raciones on the menu, which are larger portions.  You might want the larger portion if two or more of you are sharing the appetizers, but you can always ask for tapas...

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Touring Near Madrid Spain

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012

Using Madrid as your base, you can discover some of the great smaller cities of Spain, such as Segovia, Avila, and Toledo.  Each offering a wonderful opportunity and different experiences to make your holiday that much more enjoyable.

You can visit these cities on day trips, but to really explore them, consider renting a car and driving.  A round trip can take four to five days depending on how long you linger. If you combine it with seeing the sites in Madrid, you will have a holiday to remember.

We don't recommend driving in the city (Madrid), public transport is hassle free, however, getting a rental car in town and driving out is pretty straightforward.

 San Lorenzo de El Escorialis 30 miles from Madrid where the spectacular El Escorial Palace is located which is well worth a visit.  This combination monastery...

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Go Mad for Madrid – Spain

Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012

  Madrid is yet another glorious and exciting European capital to explore.  It may not glisten like Barcelona or be as popular as Seville, but it possesses its own poetic allure. Madrid is the home to Spanish Kings and Queens and it is worth exploring the great medieval centre.  You will also find that boasts some of the greatest museums in the world and the streets offer plenty of tapas bars and nightclubs.   Let's begin in Puerto del Sol. This is one of Madrid's most significant squares and is an outstanding central place to start out from. In fact it 's the point in Spain from which all distances are measured. There are large numbers of hotels in the neighbourhood and you can grab the underground here or just walk to the main sights. Puerto del Sol is...

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Not so plain, Southern Spain!

Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2012

  David Jackson is a musician, performer, broadcaster and the owner of a beautiful villa in the south of Spain (which is available for hire).  You can hear David on Totnes FM on his “TQ9” show. I’d like to tell you a story, if I may, about southern Spain. Not the English bars and noisy football supporting rowdy tourists that so many people are embarrassed to admit are from the same country as us, but the more tranquil, beautiful, scenic, and cultured side of Spain that not many people take the time to find and enjoy.   My family and I went to live in southern Spain in the year 2000, where we bought the side of a hill, which was once a beautiful Olive farm. We had designs on building a beautiful rustic Spanish country Villa, and 3...

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La Finca Golf and Spa Resort

Posted on Friday, February 3, 2012

La Finca Golf and Spa Resort is considered to be one of the best resorts in the Costa Blanca, Spain, and many golfers will tell you that it is probably the best golf course in the area as well. And if that isn’t enough to make you jump on a plane with your putter strapped firmly into the window seat next to you, then you should take a look at the video (at the top of the page) as the design and décor  are something special.    As well as the beautiful 19 hole golf course designed by Pepe Gancedo, you can also enjoy the resorts Manicure / Pedicure salon, 9 treatment salons (2 VIP), Private Spa, Turkish Bath, Roman Sauna, Aromatized vapour room, Sensory waterfall showers, Hydrotherapy pool, relaxation zone, Gymnasium and outdoor swimming pool.    It’s a...

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The Mar Menor Region

Posted on Friday, January 6, 2012

  The tiny "sea" of Mar Menor is one of those fantasies with which nature loves to surprise and demonstrate her infinite imagination. This 170 square kilometre saltwater lagoon, which attracts flocks of tourists to its banks each year, was once simply a bay, but the presence of an underwater mountain range, which gradually accumulated sediments washed onto it by storms, brought into existence a sandbar, 21 km long and 1,2 km wide, known as La Manga (the sleeve). The waters of  Mar Menor, with maximum depth of 7 metres, are rich in iodine and are warm throughout the year, even in winter.   La Manga del Mar Menor is now given over entirely to tourism, with hotel, leisure and sports facilities unmatched anywhere for their quality and diversity. Awaiting the visitors are 42 kilometres of beach, pure crystal...

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