Secret Spain: Time-Travel Sleepover in a 15 Century Monastery

Parador Spain: The Experience Having had a great time at another 9 Century Castle turned Parador recently, we decided to repeat the experience and enjoy our rather rainy weekend in Extremadura with a stay at a XV century Gothic style monastery-turned hotel. Paradores was the initiative of Spain’s King Alfonso XIII. Created as a means … More Secret Spain: Time-Travel Sleepover in a 15 Century Monastery

Spain’s Hidden Cherry Valley: How to Visit The Million Tree Hanami

Imagine two millions of cherry trees, all budding in snow white unison every year, late March. 

Covering over 50 square miles, Valle del Jerte, sitting in Spain’s Extremadura region, is the largest area in Europe covered with cherries. Extremadura is bigger than Belgium, or Switzerland – and yet it remains Spain’s least known region. 

This is raw Spain, unspoiled by tourism. … More Spain’s Hidden Cherry Valley: How to Visit The Million Tree Hanami

TourRadar Passport to Adventure – Win a Trip for Two worth 2000 € !

It really does look like spring takes out the best travel contests! Pack your Indiana Jones hat and get ready for an adventure in either Morocco, Greece or Egypt, worth up to 2000 €! Participate here. Contest Details TourRadar in partnership with Encounters Travel invites wanderlusters to try their luck at winning a trip for two in either … More TourRadar Passport to Adventure – Win a Trip for Two worth 2000 € !

WorldNomads Contest: Win a $6,000 Summer Roadtrip For Two

WorldNomads Contest is Back!  WorldNomads Contest is back! It looks like spring is *finally* here (fingers crossed) and bringing along a lot of opportunities to travel the world! WorldNomads are looking for 2 partner travelers to go on the ultimate 4-week summer road trip adventure, exploring either the US or Europe and visiting cultural and music … More WorldNomads Contest: Win a $6,000 Summer Roadtrip For Two

#SayYesToTheWorld with Lufthansa: Trip of a Lifetime Contest

Fresh from the travel contest world: Lufthansa invites you to #SayYesToTheWorld, in the latest campaign launched by the company. Because travel means more than vacations, Insta-worthy pictures, and checklists, it means exploration, learning, becoming a better global citizen. Lufthansa #SayYesToTheWorld Contest On the Lufthansa campaign site – yestotheworld.com  – you have the chance to win … More #SayYesToTheWorld with Lufthansa: Trip of a Lifetime Contest

Amazing Weekend Getaway in the Heart of Barcelona’s Wine Countryside

Barcelona Weekend Getaway After our Castle sleepover in January, we decided to do some more weekend splurging – this time in the superb cava inspired architecture of Hotel Mastinell, located in the heart of the Catalan wine country and a stone’s throw away from Barcelona. Penedès is the equivalent of France’s Champagne’s region and has … More Amazing Weekend Getaway in the Heart of Barcelona’s Wine Countryside

Catalunya’s Castells Behind the Scenes: An Authentic Tale of Human Towers

A tradition which almost disappeared 1000 years ago, Castells – Catalan for castles – are a unique cultural phenomenon, particular to Catalunya, which were declared UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010. … More Catalunya’s Castells Behind the Scenes: An Authentic Tale of Human Towers

Come See Barcelona’s Gegants and Fiesta Differently

Every year in September, Barcelona celebrates its birthday with a unique fiesta: Fiesta de la Merce. A mashup of crazy street celebrations including correfocs, Castellers and, the object of my immediate affection: gegants.
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Want To Sleep in a 9th Century Medieval Castle? This is Spain!

Castle Sleepover in Spain 2018 saw the debut of my Fifty Weeks of Spain with an original weekend away at the 9th-century castle turned hotel, some 100 km away from Barcelona. Spending the night in a castle was a first for me, especially in what can easily be one of the oldest of Spanish medieval castles. Canopy … More Want To Sleep in a 9th Century Medieval Castle? This is Spain!

Fifty Weeks of Spain & What to Expect for the Next 3 Months

Remember Fifty Weeks of Spain? And how I said we would forget all about flamenco, tapas and bullfights? I promised you a lot, and I mean to keep that promise. So here goes: This is Spain! Haunted castle sleepovers, luxury splurging in wine country, or hanami madness in Spain’s least known region? That’s just a taste … More Fifty Weeks of Spain & What to Expect for the Next 3 Months