Cáceres – one of the gems of Extremadura

Cáceres ExtremaduraI’m sitting here wrapped in a warm blanket, wondering what I should post next. I’ve accumulated a lot of material over the past months and there is a long list of great places which are waiting for their chance to be shown on my blog. What is hopefully the last bout of winter weather steers my thoughts to warm places, and this time it’s not AndalucĂ­a which springs to mind, but the somewhat warmer Extremadura – one of the hotter destinations I’ve been to in Spain. 

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Madrid on a budget

Madrid on a budget

Lately, I’ve come across numerous offers of cheap flights to Madrid and they’re especially low from autumn through to spring. It’d be a shame not to make the most of this, right? You can catch a flight to Madrid from many airports in Europe for less than €50. Of course, don’t get me wrong – you can spend all the money you have once you’re in Madrid – but it’s not at all necessary. I also think that a short trip to Madrid can turn out to be less expensive than say visiting Barcelona or other, super-popular European cities. I’m convinced that a pleasant weekend that doesn’t break your household budget is within reach and so I’ve prepared a few tips to you started.

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Suances – The Cantabrian Coast

Suances - The Cantabrian CoastAfter two years of regular trips to Spain, I have noticed a strange change in my behavior – I have started to stop and talk to people. Its gotten to the stage, that as soon as I see someone with a guidebook or map at the airport or on the plane, I go up and speak to them. I then come to the realization, that a 3-hour flight is just not enough time to describe all of the places in Spain that are worth visiting, but which the average European knows little, or nothing about.

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Consuegra – the giants of Don Quixote

Consuegra

“- Look there, Sancho Panza, my friend, and see those thirty or so wild giants, with whom I intend to do battle and kill each and all of them, so with their stolen booty we can begin to enrich ourselves. This is nobel, righteous warfare, for it is wonderfully useful to God to have such an evil race wiped from the face of the earth.
– What giants?- asked Sancho Panza.
-The ones you can see over there – answered his master – with the huge arms, some of which are very nearly two leagues long.
– Now look, your grace – said Sancho – what you see over there aren’t giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone.
– Obviously – replied Don Quixote – you don’t know much about adventures.” 

Miguel de Cervantes

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