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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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The Unexpected Buildings of Lloret de Mar

We’ve all seen the classic view of Lloret de Mar, the beautiful sandy beach and the line of gleaming modern hotels. And I assumed the rest of the town would be much the same, filled with anonymous concrete. But what a surprise when I stepped back from the sea front...

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