Malaga: One of Spain’s Oldest Cities

Malaga, Spain

My first view of Malaga was from the hillside home of my friends. As I looked out over that wide sweep of city rooftops nestled between the amphitheatre of the surrounding hills, and with the shimmering blue Mediterranean Sea lapping on the sandy shoreline, it was a magical moment for me. I could hardly wait to explore this beautiful, old city. Exploring Malaga Originally founded by the ... Read Full Article

Malaga, Spain: A Moorish Masterpiece

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One of eight provinces in Andalusia, Spain, Malaga dazzles with its regal architecture and glistening blue waters. Once considered the less-sophisticated little brother of Andalusia’s capital, Seville, Malaga is now a star in its own right. The home of a “one-armed woman,” the Moorish Alcazaba fortress (dating back to 1065), and the birthplace of the creator of “Guernica,” it is the perfect ... Read Full Article

Europe’s Spas: Getting Naked With the Locals

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Europeans are nothing if not total hedonists. They love good food, good wine, and at the end of the day, they love a good spa. From Iceland to Estonia, spas are an integral part of life and often one of a city's major tourist attractions. But these aren't new-age, luxury spas where you have chocolate massages and drink matcha tea. These European spas are hot and sweaty, in centuries-old buildings, ... Read Full Article

A Lot to Love in Spain’s Andalucia

The Great Mosque of Cordoba in Andalucia

Only a thorough-going sourpuss could fail to find something to love about Andalucia. Spain’s southwestern region encompasses so much of the country’s natural, historic and cultural largesse that it hardly seems fair to the rest. The Treasures of Andalucia Just the most obvious ones make an ambitious itinerary: The Alhambra, the Great Mosque of Cordoba, miles of Mediterranean and Atlantic ... Read Full Article

Captivating Castles in Spain

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Spain is home to more than 2,000 castles, exhibiting the varied cultural influences from throughout the country's history. Though the castles are scattered throughout the country, the largest concentration is in Castile. A number of these castles were built in the 10th and 11th centuries when Moors and Christians were at war and towns were fortified for protection against the enemy. A large number ... Read Full Article