Tag archives for Spain

Experience Almond-Blossom Season in Mallorca

The Mediterranean island’s almond blossom season brings a trembling carpet of pink, purple, and white.

Made In: Costa Brava, Spain

I’m immediately taken with La Bisbal d’Empordà, a small town in the Costa Brava region of northeastern Spain. I soak up the colorful houses with wisteria-traced walls, lemon trees heavy with fruit, and centuries-old stone bridge. But then my eyes settle on what this Catalan town is famous for—sidewalks piled high with brightly painted terra cotta pottery.

The Perfect Day in Girona

This year, I was invited to be a sketch-artist-in-residence in Costa Brava—the rugged coastline that spans from Blanes, just north of Barcelona, up to Spain’s border with France. All told, I spent six weeks in the region, including a two-week stint in Girona. Nowhere else in my travels have I discovered so many layers of the past in a single place.

Just Back: Barcelona

National Geographic Travel associate producer Megan Heltzel studied abroad in Barcelona when she was in college. She recently returned to the Catalonian capital on a trip with Monograms Travel and was happy to see that the city she once called home continues to steal her heart. Here are some of the highlights from Megan’s trip, in her own words.

Reader Recs: Long Weekend Getaways

It can be difficult to find time for a long trip, but that shouldn’t keep you from exploring the world. Take a break from reality (and an excuse to use up one of those vacation days) with a three-day getaway. Here are a few suggestions from our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to inspire your weekend wanderlust.

I Heart My City: Erin’s Madrid

Madrid “feels like the Spanish best friend you never had—one that welcomes you with open arms, tasty tapas and drinks, and good times,” says local Erin Ridley. “Really, it’s hard not to feel like you belong here.” Here are a few of Erin’s favorite things about the city she’s proudly called home for seven years.

World Calendar: Must-Attend May Events

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in May.

Reader Recs: Bucket List 2015

A new year calls for new additions to travel to-do lists. To get inspired, we asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share their picks for 2015’s must-visit destinations.

New Year’s Around the World

Celebrating the New Year and the potential it holds is a tradition dating back millennia. From watching “the ball drop” in New York City’s Times Square to popping grapes on the beaches of Barcelona, our rituals may vary, but the prospect of a clean slate is a universal ideal. Here are four ways people usher in the New Year around the globe.

Event-o-Rama: 5 Must-Dos in January

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in January.

Event-o-Rama: 5 Must-Dos in October

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in October.

Galicia Untamed

The pilgrims are steadfast, fervent, determined as they pass through the Galician village of O Cebreiro, in northwestern Spain. The dogs do not bark; they see pilgrims every day. O Cebreiro is on the final leg of the Way of St. James, a medieval route that ends in Galicia’s capital, Santiago de Compostela.