Madrid City Guide

a boat ride in el retiro park
a night out in chueca
a rainy day in plaza mayor

Of all the famous European cities, Madrid is one of the most accessible. It has top-tier cultural attractions, great shopping, excellent food and a vibrant nightlife, but it never feels prohibitively expensive or out of reach like it might in Paris or London. As an example, I was able to book a massage at The Lab Room, which is an upscale spa that Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop recommended, and the service was a reasonable 65 euros. Had it been New York, it definitely would have cost me twice as much. Barcelona might be more renowned for its restaurants, but Madrid has plenty of options that won’t leave your palate disappointed. Here is a list of some cafes, bars and restaurants that should be on your radar when visiting this capital.

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A Perfect Day in Barcelona, Spain

one of the many gaudi buildings in barcelona

views of barcelona from park guell

buildings from the barri gotic or gothic quarter

picasso mocking miro on a building in barri gotic

A trip to Barcelona, Spain will involve good food, the beach, a little shopping, and lots and lots of Gaudi, the architect whose style of Catalan modernism can be seen everywhere in the city. A weekend is nowhere nearly enough to see all that Barcelona has to offer, but if you need to pack it in a day, the guide below narrows it down to the essentials.Read More

Michelin Moments in Costa Brava at Restaurant Miramar

miramar, a 2 michelin star restaurant in llanca, spain

A trip to Costa Brava should not be rushed. Physically, it’s impossible – the village roads are much too narrow or your car might get stuck in several tight corners.  And though the sights are few, what they lack in quantity they make up in sheer substance. Just getting through the first floor of the Dali Theatre-Museum is exhausting – there’s whimsy in nearly every corner, and then you realize you’re not even halfway through it. Leave the type A, cram-it-in mentality at home and just focus on taking in a few things, or maybe even nothing, one day at a time.Read More

Can’t get into El Celler de Can Roca in Girona? Go to Restaurant Nu instead

the streets in old town, girona

maybe arya from game of thrones ran down these stairs…

Girona, Spain is a picturesque medieval town in the coastal region of Costa Brava. The well-preserved buildings in the Barri Vell or Old Quarter are perfect backdrops for some sort of a knight’s tale or a merry band of thieves, which makes the city a very popular filming location for movies and TV shows. In fact, you might recognize some of the narrow alleyways and stone roads in scenes from Game of Thrones when a blind Arya was running from The Waif, only to destroy her in total darkness.Read More