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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...

Parador of La Granja – San Ildelfonso

on Jan 2, 2013 in Hotels | 0 comments

 Paradores is a state owned company that helps maintain old Spanish architectural sites and transforms them into beautiful hotels preserving the local flavor of where it was built. A short 50-minute drive from Madrid or 7 miles from Segovia, in the heart of the Sierra of Guadarrama Mountains there is La Granja of San Ildefonso´s royal town. About 3 years ago, Paradores rebuilt a 300-year-old palace used for the King’s children and the building next to it for its special guard. Now, the new Parador of “La Granja” is a 4 star hotel with spa, convention center and many other amenities. I recently stayed for a couple of nights at the Parador of La Granja and had a great time. I was impressed with the service at the hotel and how helpful the employees were. It is located in the middle of the town very near all of the main attractions of the site. I definitely recommend staying...