La Tomatina: the World’s Biggest Food Fight

Most definitely the best-known festival in Spain after the Sanfermines — or the Running of the Bulls — is La Tomatina. This world-famous event is a giant tomato fight which takes place in the streets of the town of Buñol, near Valencia, in the east of Spain. The festival consists of participants hurling tomatoes at one another in what certainly must be the biggest food fight in the world. Having started in the middle of the 20th century, the...

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Your Folks Coming to Visit? What to do with your family in Madrid

If you’re going to be spending any length of time in Madrid, you can be certain of one thing: anyone and everyone who can come and visit you will. After all, if you’re friends and family members know they can stay somewhere for free, as opposed to paying for accommodation, you could go just about anywhere and some would still follow. Of everyone who would even consider coming to see you, however, it’s by far your parents who are most likely to...

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Mountain Escape: Trails and Natural Swimming Pools in Rascafría

It won’t take long once you’re in Spain to learn of one of madrileños’ favorite pastimes: ir a la sierra, that is, going to the mountains. Unfortunately, the beach is typically too far away for just a weekend, but it is very easy to head to the sierra for a few days or even a day trip. Also, this is possible virtually all year long, whether it be during the winter or the summer months; you can enjoy hiking in the snow and/or skiing when it’s...

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Study Spanish in the Mediterranean Sun

Study Spanish in Spain — seems like a logical choice, right? Without a doubt Spain is an excellent place to be if you’re interested in acquiring or improving your language skills. So just head anywhere in the country and get started, right? Not so fast. You may not be aware of it, but there are four official languages at the federal level in Spain; in addition to what we know as Spanish, which is also referred to as Castilian (castellano),...

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San Fermín: The Running of the Bulls

When Americans think of Spain, what comes to mind? Without a doubt one of the first things to do so is the Running of the Bulls. Known in Spanish as San Fermín (or also by the plural Sanfermines) this festival takes place every year in the month of July in Pamplona, the capital city of Navarre, in the north of Spain. Originally just a local celebration, it was Ernest Hemingway who popularized San Fermín by including it in his novel The Sun Also...

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Sea, Sun, and Sound in Benicàssim Festival

The summer is finally here, and along with it a whole slew of concerts and festivals that will certainly make it unforgettable. Although there are plenty of opportunities to see shows throughout the year, it is primarily during the summer months when many Spanish and international acts are performing all around the Peninsula. If you’re residing in a bigger city such as Madrid or Seville, you’ll certainly have the chance to catch a show in the...

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What Do Americans Do in Spain During the Summer?

June is drawing to a close and the summer is nearly in full swing in Spain. Somewhat different from the US, Europe follows a more traditional schedule when it comes to the seasons; rather than June, July, and August being considered the summer months, the summer in Spain begins at the end of June and continues until the end of September, thus rendering the summer months to be July, August, and September. An even bigger difference, however, is...

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See Europe in 7 Trips from Madrid

If you’re going to be in Spain for any length of time, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the fact that you’re in Europe and see as much of it as possible. After all, the expensive part is getting here. Believe it or not, many major European cities and capitals can be reached in a mere two or three hours from Barajas – and without breaking the bank! If you plan ahead and have flexible travel plans, you can get some...

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5 places in Madrid you must visit

One of the greatest things about being in Europe is undoubtedly the opportunity it provides you to travel. Whenever you have the chance, you should most definitely take off for the weekend – be it to a European capital, to the Spanish coast, or even to the islands. As time and money are limited resources, however, this is not always feasible. Keep in mind, though, that there are many interesting destinations right here in Madrid that are well...

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5 Great Trips from Madrid

If you’ve made it all the way to Spain, you undoubtedly are planning to travel around as much as possible while you’re here – and you should! One of the best things about Europe is that there are a great many places to see: whether it’s a sleepy, picturesque village or a bustling capital city. Travel and accommodation are relatively inexpensive, and in many cases you don’t even have to go far. The only question is,...

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