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Hip Hotspots Dot the Passageways of Barcelona’s Barri Gotic

Even for newbie travelers, it’s unnecessary to bring a guidebook to Barcelona, because the crowds roll from Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia in the morning to Montejuïc in the afternoon. Afterwards, tourists waste their precious evening hours hoofing it up and down La Rambla in a vain attempt to score an open seat at a restaurant. Take […]

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3 Budget-Friendly Hotels Near Barcelona’s Colorful Experiences

When savvy travelers think of colorful sights in Barcelona, Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia tends to come to mind first. However, there are other places in Barcelona to enjoy a vivid visual experience away from the center of the cathedral’s tourist bustle. Colors abound in northeastern Spain, especially in summertime, and Hipmunk has you covered for landing affordable […]

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3 Tips for Art, Architecture, and Athletics Enthusiasts in Madrid

Smart travelers on a mission never underestimate the importance of prioritizing and planning ahead. If you’re coming to Madrid to soak up its art offerings and athletic events, you want to avoid becoming distracted by everything else Spain’s capital has to offer. Fortunately there are tools at your disposal to ensure that you check those […]

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3 Cheap Hotels Near Madrid’s Best Food Spots

Historically, Madrid isn’t considered an eating destination, but luckily for foodies, that has changed a lot recently. The future of Madrid’s food scene looks brighter still, as well-known chefs continue to move into the city from all around Spain, fusing their own style with Madrid’s traditional fare. Madrid’s Michelin-rated Santceloni in the north of the […]

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Top 5 Hotels in Madrid

Madrid’s most expensive hotels, such as the The Ritz* and The Westin Palace,* don’t make this list, as their prices aren’t realistic for most travelers. The hotels on this list all have two things in common: They boast strategic locations throughout the city, and there’s something unique about each one that makes it a stand […]

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Top 3 Activities for a Long Weekend in Madrid

Madrid’s location in the geographic heart of Spain is advantageous to some travelers, but a curse for others. Many travelers report rushing through Madrid because they haven’t allotted enough time in their itinerary. This blog will help you out if you just realized you’re in the same situation. Here are the top three Madrid experiences […]

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Art and Tapas— An Afternoon in Málaga

After three days of Airbnb bliss in Valencia in July, it was time to make my way south towards the Costa del Sol in the south of Spain. A short-ish train ride from Valencia back through Madrid, and then a straight shot south through Córdoba, my afternoon in Málaga ended up exactly as I had imagined. […]

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Summer Produce in Spain’s Markets

After two weeks Airbnb-ing around Spain, friends and family asked me, “What was your favorite part about Spain? Was it Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, or was it seeing Goya, Velazquez, and El Greco at the Prado?” My answer every time is “the tomatoes.” The Mediterranean climate makes Spain the perfect place to grow technicolor produce. I […]

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Spanish Salmorejo Soup

Happy Monday everyone! I’d appreciate your feedback as Savvy CitiZen opens up a new category on the blog: cooking. Ever since moving to San Francisco two years ago, the foodie capital of the world, it’s pretty impossible not to want to try cooking something up yourself in your own kitchen. This is my first full […]

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Running Around Spain

I’ve been “running around Spain” in the literal sense, actually- I’ve been in Spain since Saturday, and I was dedicated enough to bring my running shoes, along with my portable Manduka yoga mat. This has indeed been a perfect yoga mat for travel. It is about 2 pounds and folds nicely on top of itself […]

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