Monthly Archives: July 2014

LAS ISLAS CIES: A TRIO OF TINY ISLANDS IN GALICIA, SPAIN

In Spain, the extent to which an area attracts international tourism does not necessarily go hand in hand with the intrinsic beauty and appeal of a place. Indeed, some of the most precious spots are surprisingly peaceful, or at least … Continue reading

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Colombia: Bogota’s pioneering car-free ciclovias

Here in the UK, the arrival of this year’s Tour de France to our own shores inspired a wave of two-wheeled enthusiasm and a visible increase in leisure cycling. This is perhaps part of a wider trend that has seen … Continue reading

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Spain: Brace yourself for San Fermin

In a nation like Spain that takes its local festivals quite so seriously, it is difficult to isolate one event that stands out as the almightiest. However, by measures of size, duration, uniqueness and general lunacy the festival of San … Continue reading

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Spain: More than a million bring pride to Madrid

Last weekend and the days running up to it, Madrid put on its best going out gear for the annual celebration of Gay Pride, el Día del Orgullo Gay in Spanish. Madrid’s own take on the event has grown to … Continue reading

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Latin America: For the love of books

Latin Americans are a distinctly literate bunch. Names like Borges, Allende, García Márquez and Neruda tend to sit atop the lists of national heroes – political leaders are often polemic but authors universally cherished. The Latin American novelistic tradition really … Continue reading

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Fly to Spain and see your Spanish take off!

Spain has long been a top destination for Londoners. If you are thinking about a weekend break your only dilemma will be deciding where to go to take your Spanish to the next level. Spain is a versatile holiday destination … Continue reading

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Spain: Midsummer magic at La Noche de San Juan

On La Noche de San Juan (St John’s Eve) every June 23rd, animated celebrations sweep across Spain, especially in the Balearic and Canary Islands, and Catalonia, Valencia and Galicia. The unique characteristics of the celebration are a product of its … Continue reading

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