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The Literary Quarter

on Oct 25, 2013 in Sights | 1 comment

The Literary Quarter is a neighborhood located downtown Madrid where great Spanish writers once lived. Nowadays, it’s a quarter full of life; where bohemia, culture, history, gastronomy and party blends together. The Literary Quarter has a privileged location in Madrid and it’s surrounded by major arteries of the city such as Calle de Atocha, Carrera de San Jeronimo and Plaza de las Cortes Square.  All three major Madrilian Museums: Thyssen-Bornemisza, Reina Sofia and the Prado, are within the limits of the Literary Quarter.  It is almost impossible to visit Madrid and not walk by the quarter due to its location. The neighborhood has many walk-only streets and big squares with plenty of sitting areas.  One of the most famous squares is Plaza Santa Ana, which at nighttime is one of the great meeting points to start the party in Madrid.  Around the small streets of the quarter you...

The Aquarium in San Sebastian

on Aug 29, 2013 in Sights | 1 comment

The Aquarium in San Sebastian is an educational experience for all ages and one of the most modern oceanographic museums in Europe.  The Aquarium is located towards the end of the promenade in the Old port.  It is open pretty much every day of the year and there is a fee to enter, please check the Aquariums official site for updated info.  This beautiful Aquarium was built more than 100 years ago but it was recently renovated in 2008.  Furthermore, it has easy access throughout the premises with the use of elevators and ramps.  The visit path is extremely friendly for children, elderly and physically impaired visitors. The Aquarium exposition is divided in three floors and you enter and exit through the same area located at the ground level.  When you first enter the premises and you walk through the ticket-sale counter then you will take an elevator up to the second floor to start...

San Sebastian or Donostia

on Aug 23, 2013 in Sights | 4 comments

San Sebastian or Donostia in Basque language, is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.  It´s not only me saying it, there are many travel reviews from around the world (New York Times, The Guardian, etc) that agree with my view.  San Sebastian is a mid-size city (close to 200k people) located in the north of Spain and close to France.  San Sebastian is the capital of the Spanish province of Gipuzkoa, which is one of the three provinces that form the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country.  Donostia has many things to offer to its visitors but what I enjoy the most is: its food, its architecture and cultural activities.  I will be going back to San Sebastian with my camera and try to capture in detail other sites and experiences of this wonderful city. The best way to get there is to travel by plain but the city airport is a bit far and few expensive daily routes connect you to...

Capricho Park

on Aug 16, 2013 in Sights | 0 comments

Capricho Park is the most romantic park in Madrid.  It is not so popular with the tourists but well-known among the locals.  Capricho (Whim or caprice in English) Park is located outside Madrid Capital; you can either get there by Subway (Metro-Stop: El Capricho) or a 15 Euros taxi drive from downtown Madrid.  Click here to get more details about the park and its history from the official tourism-site of Madrid. Capricho Park has lots of rules in order to access the premises, but this is the price we have to pay in order to preserve the beauty of the Park. The park is only open during weekends and holidays, but the good news is that it is free to enter (nothing to pay).  Food and beverages are not allowed in the park nor bicycles, balls or games.  I would not suggest this park to practice sports, on the other hand it is the perfect place to relax, take a stroll, or listen to your inner...

Arenal Beach in Javea

on Jul 26, 2013 in Sights | 1 comment

Arenal Beach in Javea (or Xabia in Valencian language) is the most visited beach in the area and there are many reasons for that.  Back in the 60´s the government created this beautiful beach placing tons of sand and small rocks, that is where the name comes from: “Arenal”.  However, through the years the beach area has been developed adding many services to its visitors.  Arenal Beach has a lively promenade through the coast with many restaurants, bars and shops. You can see from the pictures how entertaining the promenade along Arenal Beach is.  There are many typical Spanish restaurants with excellent Paellas (rice-dish usually with seafood) and several international cuisine places.  I was pleased to see many interesting bars to grab a drink or just chill-out.  If you go there during sunset, try to walk down to the south-end of the promenade and enjoy a wonderful view...