Category archives: Spain

Adventure in the Pyrenees, Catalonia

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In addition to the breathtaking landscapes, cute mountain villages, local festivals and great gastronomy, the Pyrenees can offer a lot to an adrenaline junky or one with a thirst for the slightly crazy. Often overlooked in favour of their bigger neighbours, the Alps, the Pyrenees offer as good a variety of sports (including good skiing in the winter) but wit[...]

The inside scoop on Barcelona

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As a seasoned traveller often great museums and tasty food as recommended by my guidebook no longer cut it. What I am looking out for is authentic experiences to allow me to see a country through the eyes of a local so I can leave with a greater understanding and appreciation for the place I’ve called home for a few hours, days or weeks. On a recent trip [...]

Discovering the Costa Brava, Catalonia

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Before visiting the Costa Brava I thought it was a place where retired men went on winter golfing holidays and as I'm not currently in the market for a sugar daddy, nor do I play golf, it's never really been on my radar. Yet, at just over an hour outside of Barcelona, with the promise of clean clear water, beautiful beaches and great seafood it had to be wor[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Tenerife

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When I was 10 my parents told me that we were going to go on holiday via airplane for the first time. I was the first in my class to ever ride an airplane, so this was big time news. Our destination: the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria to be exact. I couldn't sleep for days ahead, my expectations were huge. And bound to be disappointed. We stayed in a holi[...]

Playa de Xago - a Mysterious Surf Spot in Spain

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Traveling alone can be boring sometimes. It can also be inspiring, amusing or even scary. Even though there are some bad sides to traveling alone, it can be very fulfilling, as you might discover places, you could have never imagined or you meet people, who end up becoming close friends who stay in your life for many years to come. Last summer was the first [...]

San Vicente de la Barquera - surfing, cows and sunsets

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My heart was beating like crazy when I saw the sign: „SAN VICENTE DE LA BARQUERA“…  I had the feeling that this was MY PLACE. Two months earlier I had put my surfboard on the roof of my small Opel Kadett in order to start my first real roadtrip, which led along the beautiful, vast coast of France and found its end in the fascinating and diverse Spanish coast[...]

Barceló Sancti Petri - An Andalusian Getaway

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Back a few years, during an Erasmus semester I spent in Barcelona, one of my big plans was to take all the money I had left after those 6 months, grab my suitcase and go traveling around Spain, with Andalusia as my main destination. That plan didn't really happen due to some unexpected robberies and too many cocktails in the Catalan capital. But second chanc[...]

W is for Wonderful: Staying at W Barcelona

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Isn't it nice when your expectations are exceeded? No. It’s not nice. It’s Wonderful. Wonderful with a capital W for W Hotels. Such was the case from the moment I checked in at W Barcelona until the second I left begrudgingly pulling my case behind me through a lobby decorated with reflective disco ball style walls. This was my first experience of W Hotel[...]

5 reasons to go to Bilbao

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When a little while ago I joined my friends on a spontaneous short trip to the north of Spain, I didn't know much about the Basque Country, except that people there wore cool hats. Right before landing, the first look out of the airplane window let me know that this part of Spain would be totally different from what I had expected. Beautiful green mountains,[...]

The Travelettes TV Guide to the Catalan Pyrenees

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Spain is probably one of the most diverse countries I know. On one hand you have the Balearic Islands with their party people AND gorgeous landscape. On the other hand you have the Canary Islands with their eternal spring and gorgeous landscapes. However, both are completely different to one another. And then finally there is the mainland with fascinating[...]