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Spain has had a troubled history. It was fought over by Christian Crusaders and Moors, it was devoured from the inside by the supremacy of the Catholic Church’s Spanish Inquisition, and spent much of the 20th century embattled in a civil war and under a totalitarian regime. In recent years, frequent terrorist attacks by separatists and an economic crisis has held the country back.

Despite the challenges, Spain is an amazing travel destination. It is loaded with history, has world class gastronomy (who doesn’t love tapas?), has two of the world’s great wine regions, the beaches in Spain are among Europe’s best and cities like Barcelona, Seville and Grenada make perfect travel destinations! If you haven’t been in recent years, it’s time to put it back on your list. Here are some of our favorite Spanish travel experiences.

A Holy Toledo Walking Tour

The best way to see the Toledo attractions is on a walking tour.

The best way to explore the Toledo attractions is on a walking tour of the Christian, Jewish and Moorish quarters in this beautiful Spanish town. This was the fulfillment of a dream over 25 years in the making.

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Experiencing Gaudi in Barcelona

Antoni Gaudi's Park Guell in Barcelona.

Barcelona’s most famous son is the architect Antoni Gaudi. His creative and whimsical designs have left an indelible mark on Barcelona and indeed the Catalan region, and are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On our recent trip to Spain, we sought out the works of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona.

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A Sweet and Savory Barcelona Food Tour

The streets of the Gracia neighborhood on the Barcelona food tour.

“Estava bonissim!!!” “That was delicious!” We found ourselves saying that frequently throughout the day. Each stop on our Devour Barcelona Food Tour was more delicious than the last. Not having any experience with Catalonian food, we’re glad we took the tour for the highlights.

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The Hidden Oasis of the Praktik Garden Hotel

Entrance to the Praktik Garden Hotel.

Planted in the heart of the Barcelona’s modern Eixample neighborhood, a hidden oasis blossoms in the Mediterranean sun. Far from the chaos of La Rambla, visitors find peace and quiet in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The Praktik Garden Hotel in Barcelona is a secret find for the visitor looking to enjoy the heart

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A Visit to the Alhambra in Granada, Spain

The Alhambra in Granada, Spain

Rising up on a hill above the modern town of Granada, the Alhambra gleams with shades of red, orange, and yellow at sunset. This Moorish fortress-turned-palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important locations in all of Spain.

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Ronda is Gorges

The Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda Andalusia.

Ronda is gorges. Mostly, Ronda is known for the deep gorges that divide the community and play such an important part in the town’s history. Ronda Andalusia is still my favorite small town in Spain.

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Seville’s Alcazar and Cathedral

The Seville Alcazar - a royal palace built on the ruins of a Moorish palace.

Seville is…special. Somehow, when I start telling people about places I love in the world, Seville usually makes the list. And there’s good reason for it – the city’s UNESCO sites, the Seville Alcazar and Cathedral, are both important and beautiful.

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