10 Best Things to Do in Malaga: Moorish Castles, Modern Art, & More

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Malaga is a jewel of the Costa del Sol in Spain’s autonomous community of Andalusia. The city’s #tranquilotropical vibe had me right away: you can feel how the ocean and the warm weather energize the city, where timeworn Moorish ruins meet renowned modern art. Places like Sevilla and Granada may compete for top honors as Andalusia’s greatest city, but Malaga is definitely in the running with its compelling arts scene, culture, history, and, unlike the aforementioned cities, its BEACHES. Continue reading “10 Best Things to Do in Malaga: Moorish Castles, Modern Art, & More”

Hiking Sierra Guadarrama: The Perfect Day Trip to Madrid’s Mountains

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Some of my most special memories from my year in Madrid were spent with friends hiking in the Sierra de Guadarrama, the mountains right outside the city. Whether singing Beyonce on the trail or tripping over tree roots or catching up with friends along the walk, I always had fun up in the Sierra. Continue reading “Hiking Sierra Guadarrama: The Perfect Day Trip to Madrid’s Mountains”

The Sorolla Museum in Madrid: Underrated and Awesome

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Madrid is famed for its arts and culture. Its Golden Triangle of Art, including the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, showcases top-notch collections that include the likes of Velazquez’s Las Meninas, Goya’s El tres de mayo de 1808 en Madrid, and Picasso’s Guernica. I love all three of these museums (particularly the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen, since I’m a modern art kinda girl), but my favorite art museum in Madrid – and debatably one of my favorite in the world – isn’t part of the Golden Triangle. Continue reading “The Sorolla Museum in Madrid: Underrated and Awesome”

8 Reasons to Visit Cuenca, Spain: The City You Wish You Knew

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It’s taken me a while, but after talking this place up for the past year, I’ve finally gotten around to posting about my beloved Cuenca. While living in Madrid last year, I decided to visit Cuenca, Spain, one weekend after simply looking at a map and picking a place I had vaguely remembered hearing about. This sleepy yet incredibly picturesque town completely surpassed my expectations: it may just be the cutest town you’ve never heard of. Continue reading “8 Reasons to Visit Cuenca, Spain: The City You Wish You Knew”

Madrid Must-Eats

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Madrid is an amazing place to eat. Between serving up traditional Spanish food and dishing out international-style grub, this dynamic city has a lot to offer. After living in Madrid for a year, I’ve drawn up a list of some Madrid must-eats, organized by category. I’d say these places meet the Spanish criteria for a good restaurant: “Bueno, bonito, y barato!” (Good, nice, and cheap!) Cheers to delicious food, cold beer, and tasty Rioja! Continue reading “Madrid Must-Eats”