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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...

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...

Moraira Town

on Jul 17, 2013 in Sights | 0 comments

Moraira Town is a cozy beach village located in the providence of Alicante, in between Valencia and Alicante capitals.  It’s a bit closer to Alicante and is fairly quick to get there by car (about 40 minutes).  I was recently there for an afternoon and I was gladly surprised of how nice and chill this little coastal town is.  Moraira is part of a larger municipality called Teulada and it also has another downtown area inland that is quite charming. Moraira would be an ideal place to get some relaxing vacations with family or without.  I do not see it as a party town for youngsters but that does not mean that there aren’t great bars and things to do to party in Moraira.  I would definitely retire in a town like Moraira, he,he,he…  It has several sandy beaches but the closest to the town is L´Ampolla beach.  L´Ampolla is the ultimate family beach and it’s within walking...

Royal Botanical Garden

on Jun 6, 2013 in Art, Sights | 2 comments

The Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid is an official investigation center that is also open to the public so we can enjoy and learn more about the plant world.  There is a small admission fee but there are many exceptions (ex. children and senior citizen go in for free) and reduced rates, please check their official site before you go.  The garden is open most of the time during the year but the opening times vary depending on the season. El Real Jardin Botanico (or the Royal Botanical Garden in English)  is located at a very touristic area of downtown Madrid.  You have other famous touristic sites right next to the Gardens, such as the Retiro Park and the Prado Museum.  These other sites are within walking distance (5min.) to the Royal Botanical Garden (RBG).  The entrance at the Plaza Murillo square is the one used for the general public and is right next to the Prado Museum Murillo...