More Than Just a Day Trip: What to See and Do in Gibraltar

More Than Just a Day Trip: What to See and Do in Gibraltar

The vast majority of visitors to Gibraltar come as day trippers, either on cruise ships or across the Spanish border. A quick tour around the sights, and perhaps a drink and a bit of duty free shopping before heading off back to the ship or the holiday resort. But...

Exploring the City Walls and Alcazar of Segovia

Exploring the City Walls and Alcazar of Segovia

Segovia’s fortifications tend to be a bit overshadowed by the city’s main tourist atraction, the Roman aqueduct. But the city walls and Alcazar (fortified castle) are an important part of Segovia’s history. And they offer the visitor some spectacular views of the...

Exploring the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia

Exploring the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia

It is the classic view of Segovia. The spectacular Roman aqueduct that dominates the town and reaches out towards the mountains. Visitors clamber to the top for the views, or walk between its arches. They might even float gently above it in one of the colourful...

Walking Around the Medieval Walls of Avila

Walking Around the Medieval Walls of Avila

Avila is often described as the “City of Saints and Stones”. The saint is St Teresa, and the stones are the city walls, supposedly the finest in the whole of Europe. Avila is also just a bus ride away from Segovia, where I was planning to visit the Roman remains. So I...

The Old Town and Walls of Girona, Costa Brava

The Old Town and Walls of Girona, Costa Brava

Visitors to the Costa Brava often overlook Girona, heading instead to the regional capital Barcelona. But Girona has some of the most complete city walls in Spain, medieval streets that seem hardly to have changed over centuries, and lots of traditional Catalan...

Fortification and Art: Exploring the History of Tossa de Mar

Fortification and Art: Exploring the History of Tossa de Mar

Tossa de Mar is a popular tourist destination. Not just for the beauty of its location on Spain’s Costa Brava, or the quality of its food and hospitality, but also because of its long and varied history. You can explore this history as you walk around the town, taking...

Enjoying the Food (and Drink) of the Costa Brava

Enjoying the Food (and Drink) of the Costa Brava

I was surprised at how well I ate in the Costa Brava. Ignoring the snack bars and the fast food restaurants, I set off to find some traditional Spanish food. It was all there: fresh fish and vegetables, excellent cheese and ham and, of course, tapas. Plus the local...

Coastline and Forest: Hiking Around Tossa de Mar

Coastline and Forest: Hiking Around Tossa de Mar

The Costa Brava has some magnificent scenery, with a wild rugged coastline and tranquil Mediterranean forests. And there is no better way to appreciate that scenery than by hiking through it. So I jumped at the chance of a guided walk around Tossa de Mar, taking in a...

Lloret de Mar – a Great Place for Hiking

Lloret de Mar – a Great Place for Hiking

One of the many unexpected pleasures of Lloret de Mar is the many miles of hiking trails in and around the town. The well waymarked routes offer the option of a short stroll or a more challenging hike. And whether you pick the coastal path or an inland trail you will...

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