5 quirky sites in Barcelona that most tourists never see

5 quirky sites in Barcelona that most tourists never see

Around the world, Barcelona is famous for tourist attractions like the Sagrada Familia, the Ramblas and Barcelona FC’s Camp Nou. But the Catalan capital is also home to a variety of unique attractions that few visitors — and even locals — have ever heard of. From supercomputers hidden in churches...

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Things to do in: Valencia

Things to do in: Valencia

We’ve got it all covered here in Valencia. If you want history, yup we’ve got it. If you want a bit of fun, we have that too. Heck, we even have the best of Spanish modern-day architecture right in our own backyard. So come pay us a visit (or stay awhile)...

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On the Camino de Santiago, a €1 pin was the best souvenir I’ve ever bought

On the Camino de Santiago, a €1 pin was the best souvenir I’ve ever bought

I had just finished walking 800 kilometres of the Camino de Santiago across Spain. It was my second Camino, and I wanted something to bring back to Australia. People who have walked the Camino often wear a scallop shell, both to commemorate their journey, and also to identify themselves to...

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The complete guide to: Gran Canaria travel

The complete guide to: Gran Canaria travel

The third-largest island in the Canaries’ archipelago, Gran Canaria has something to offer nearly every type of traveller, from beach-hoppers and hikers, to watersports enthusiasts. The island is known as a miniature continent thanks to its wildly varying landscapes and terrain, so much so that Gran Canaria was designated a UNESCO...

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Sausage season! All about Mallorca’s Matances tradition

Sausage season! All about Mallorca’s Matances tradition

Mallorca has a lot of gastronomy to offer — and all of it is excellent! Have you ever tasted a delicious sobrassada (the typical red sausage from Mallorca)? Or maybe a pa amb oli (bread with olive oil) with butifarró? What about a tasty camaiot? Or the frit de Matances? All...

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The story of Mallorca’s UNESCO-honoured Christmas song

The story of Mallorca’s UNESCO-honoured Christmas song

A legend says that in Mallorca, at the beginning of time, the land was petrified by the snake-haired Medusa of Greek mythology. Since then, time has stood still in Mallorca, traditions never changing. As far as damnations go, this was a pretty good one, as Mallorcan traditions are beautiful and...

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November 2017: What’s on in San Sebastián

November 2017: What’s on in San Sebastián

In the Basque Country, we love autumn! Why? Well, for starters, autumn is harvesting time, it’s corn and sunflower season, the landscape is a beautiful scene at this time of year, and there’s the mouthwatering smell of roasted chestnuts! As well, this region is a place of an ancient civilisation,...

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Speaking Euskera: The Basque language surrounded by mystery

Speaking Euskera: The Basque language surrounded by mystery

The Basque language is a mystery for linguists… and something that travellers on tour with San Sebastián Urban Adventures always ask about. As native speakers, discussing the origins and characteristics of our isolated language is a pride for Basques. It’s a way of honouring our ancestors, who struggled to keep...

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How to be a responsible tourist in Mallorca

How to be a responsible tourist in Mallorca

Mallorca thrives on tourism. We know. But in recent years something has changed. Locals — and even tourists — are becoming far less enthusiastic about traditional tourism coming to the island. There have been “anti-tourism” neighbourhood movements in Palma (and all around Europe). Tourists complain that there are too many...

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October 2017: What’s on in San Sebastián

October 2017: What’s on in San Sebastián

San Sebastián feels like autumn. It is the time for chestnuts and hot tea, fluffy coats and umbrellas, falling leaves and thunderstorms. For the last few weeks, the climate has been setting up the mood for a quiet end to the year. Mind you, we still have three more months...

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