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Anchovies Maisor: Keeping local traditions alive

Share In the tiny coastal village of Getaria, the fishing industry is present in nearly every facet of life. In the local port, which is dominated by large fishing boats and the Salanort Fish Factory, it is easy to miss the tiny gourmet fish shop off to the side. Sorkunde Iribar began Anchovies Maisor 15…

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Where to find Basque’s best pinxtos

Share Within the handful of restaurants in the tiny Basque fishing village of Getaria, only one has had the honor of being awarded for the best pinxtos three years in a row. What originally started out as a joke between two friends about owning their own restaurant ended with the opening of Bar Giroa in…

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Explore Portugal on two wheels

Share Miguel Doria, a guide for Lisbon Bike Tour and Outdoors, led a group of cyclists down a trail in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. As they zigzagged through the lush forest of eucalyptus and acacia trees, Doria would stop and point out aspects of the forest specific to the area. Lisbon Bike Tour and Outdoors…

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Climbing into mystery on Montserrat

Share Rising up from the grassy slopes of farmland and vineyards, its jagged peaks carve the sky in two like the serrated edge it was named for. Montserrat, meaning “saw moun- tain” in Catalan, is 20 minutes from the Spanish town Collbató and less than an hour from Barcelona. But to visitors, it seems worlds away.…

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Obidos: A Medieval Town with everlasting charm

Obidos: A Medieval Town with everlasting charm

Share Nestled behind walls that date back to the 12th century, medieval town of Obidos sits atop a hill overlooking the Portuguese countryside. tugal.” According to Pousadas of Portugal, a state owned company that runs historical hotels, Obidos was the traditional gift that the king of Portugal gave to his wife. The tradition started in…

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Getaria: A small town filled with a lot of culture

Getaria: A small town filled with a lot of culture

Share With a constant sea breeze, sweeping ocean views, clear blue skies and warm inviting people, I got much more than I expected on my trip to cover the Basque, costal town of Getaria. In the tiny fishing village, where only a handful of people speak English, I witnessed breathtaking views of the Cantabrian Sea,…

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Barcelona shop AR.NO focuses on Mid-Century modern design

Share At a glance, nothing seems special about the white desk lamp.  With its long neck bent at a forty-five degree angle, circular base and bulbous head, the lamp looks like it came straight from the opening credits of a Pixar movie.  To Ulric Gordenne, it is more than just a reminder of a playful…

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Real Madrid C.F., F.C. Barcelona share a rivalry with no rivals

Share The United States has its fair share of sports rivalries: college football’s Alabama and Auburn, NBA’s the Celtics and Lakers, and baseball’s Red Sox and the Yankees.  Whether it’s the fact that they are only separated by 125 miles or the Curse of the Bambino, each of these teams has specific reasons for despising…

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