Belchite: A city untouched after war

May 24, 2013
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Share Travelers wait for years in anticipation of the day they can visit the ruins of ancient civilizations. Pictures fill history books telling stories of the battles fought and whole countries ruined many years ago. In Spain, however, the fighting wasn’t thousands of years ago and the civilization didn’t crumble at the feet of an…

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Baluard offers freshly baked breads, pastries

May 24, 2013
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Baluard offers freshly baked breads, pastries

Share Behind a counter stacked with layers of fresh bread and a cabinet delicately lined with fruit tarts, donuts and shelves of pastries, Anna Bellsolá moves about an L-shaped serving space. At just over 5 feet tall, she stands on her tiptoes to hear orders, but after years of practice, Bellsolá knows how to keep…

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Pamplona’s oldest park offers scenic views

May 24, 2013
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Pamplona’s oldest park offers scenic views

Share While running with the bulls can be a good workout, there are other ways to get some fresh air and exercise in Pamplona. La Taconera, the city’s oldest park, sits in the center of Pamplona. The park is open night and day for visitors wanting to stretch their legs and appreciate a calmer part…

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See how Barcelona comes alive every night

May 24, 2013
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See how Barcelona comes alive every night

Share Barcelona rebirths at night.  During the day, the city is a bustling mixture of culture, history, architecture, and color.  After a mid-day siesta, the city comes alive again, offering various types of nightlife experiences for anyone’s wishes. Sandra Garcia Nolan, a Barcelona local and tour director for EF Tours, gave suggestions for experiencing Barcelona…

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Anchovies Maisor: Keeping local traditions alive

May 22, 2013
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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

May 22, 2013
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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

May 22, 2013
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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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