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Things to do and see in Spain. The most charming places in Spain to learn and enjoy. El Boquerón Viajero helps you to prepare for your trip.

Barcelona

Living the Street Fair in Gràcia, Barcelona

The Street Fair in Gràcia are a unique street fairs where the neighborhood residents use recycled materials to transform the streets The first time we heard about the street fair  of Gràcia was from a friend of ours who was visiting the city. She was staying with a friend and they offered to show us around the fair and make a night of it. Since the Fair coincided with the Fair in Málaga and we were missing it, the plan sounded like a good one. Apart from that little introduction as a neighborhood street fair, I had no idea what to expect when we followed the crowds to the small side streets of Gràcia.

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Madrid

Unique places in Madrid : The Rose Garden in Parque del Oeste

Take the time to wander down the Rose Garden, read a book or get that perfect photo The Rose Garden “Rosaleda Ramón Ortiz” on the edge of Madrid´s Parque del Oeste, is best visited in the month of May when they hold a contest in Madrid for the best rose. The public is invited to come and view the roses in the competition and an expert jury comes in to choose the winners. After a winner has been chosen, that plant is given a special place with a little plaque in the garden. You can, of course, visit the Rosaleda at any point during the year, and the entrance is free to the public.

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Castile and Leon

Where to sleep in Aranda de Duero (Burgos) : Kinedomus Bienestar

Kinedomus Bienestar is a place to relax and learn what wellness is Last weekend, Pedro and I packed an overnight bag and headed north on the A1 highway from Madrid towards Burgos. We were going to spend the night in the country in a hotel, that we found thanks to the easy navegation of the website Escapada Rural. The hotel had no televisions,it had gorgeous views of the River Duero, and a professional spa! And, after the crazy couple of months we´ve had moving house, getting everything organized, travelling to New York and Málaga respectively, this weekend escape was more than needed!

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Malaga

Where to eat in Málaga : Restaurant Montana

Restaurant Montana offered us magnificent quality in an historic area of Málaga You can find Restaurant Montana in one of the neighborhoods with more tradition and character in Málaga: “La Victoria”. This restaurant is very well known in Malaga and we went there because our fiend had recommended it to us, saying that he had a great dining experience. Taking advantage of the fact that on Thursday you can enjoy your dinner with a stand-up comic routine, we thought that it would be fun to enjoy both the food and a few laughs.

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Malaga

Unique cafés in Málaga (Spain) : Café con Libros

Café con Libros is much better than a simple café The truth is, there are so many different places to have coffee in any city anywhere in the world that you could get dizzy trying to figure out your favorite place. But, at the same time, its easy to tell someone the name of your preferred coffeehouse. Why is that? Isn´t the coffee from the place around the corner really similar to the coffee from Starbucks or the place next to where you work? Maybe they use the perfect combination of coffee and milk to create the most perfect latte of your life? The answer, of course, is no. What makes a coffee house the best, what makes it your favorite spot is the ambiance, the customer service and basically everything that makes you want to stay there resting for a minute from the frenetic pace that we have come to associate with our daily life.

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Madrid

The Rastro in Madrid : A classic on Sundays

It is a market that might seem overwhelming, but it you allow yourself to go and listen to the music of the voices, you will enjoy the morning On a sunny autumn Sunday Rusko decided to explore El Rastro in Madrid. Rusko took the metro to La Latina and followed the literal wave of people to the hill full of booths and people. El Rastro is an open air market that began in the year 1740 as a space to sell second hand clothing in the lower classes. At the time it was located near the slaughterhouse (near Puerta de Toledo) and this is how the market got its name because the “rastro” is another way to say the place where animals are killed by meat mongers because of the mark or “rastro” that they leave behind.

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Asturias

Unique Small Towns in Asturias : Cudillero

Cudillero. Walk through Cudillero, you can really see the fishing tradition We got back in the car and continued our route stopping again in the fishing village of Cudillero. This town was even fuller of tourists. In fact, as we entered the main street you could see a huge sign that said “Cudillero in the past, in the present, and in the cinema.” It seems that the town was used in various movies. I can understand why this is the case.

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Asturias

Unique Small Towns in Asturias : Luarca

Luarca is the white town of the green coast After leaving Avilés, we continued across the coast and we stopped in two beautiful towns on the coast: Luarca and Cudillero. The first stop was Luarca. We had planned to park the car in the town, but it wound up being impossible because there wasn´t even one parking spot. In the end, we parked the car for a few minutes in the port so that we could contemplate the views of the sea and the town. Like Lastres, the town of Luarca is parcially located on a big hill. From the port you can see the sea on one side and a group of houses that were all different colors and sizes sitting on the hill.

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Asturias

Unique Charming Towns in Asturias : Lastres

Walking through Lastres, the town from Doctor Mateo, with some beautiful sights to see Our first route across the Asturian coasts arrives in the Council of Colunga. Here, in the village of Lastres, the Spanish television series, “Doctor Mateo” is filmed (It is similar to the American series “Northern Exposure”. Our visit to Lastres coincided with the town´s yearly celebrations, so with it being the summer and because now it is in fashion; the number of tourists was high. Despite that, Lastres was, possibly, one of the villages which we liked most.

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Asturias

Travel to Aviles (Asturias) : A route around the city

Aviles, with the Niemeyer Center lends its industrial side to the arts After we had a relaxing breakfast, we took one last look at the great hotel where we had slept, and promised ourselves we would return sometime soon. Then it was off to Avilés, a town that was not in our route, but the waiter had recommended the night before which was on the way to Cudillero, where we would sleep that night.

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Asturias

Travel to Gijón : A route around the city

Gijón is a perfect balance of tradition and modernity From Villaviciosa we continued towards Gijón. Along with Oviedo, Avilés, Langreo and Mieres, Gijón forms part of what they call the “Asturian eight” named for the geometric shape that you would see by connecting the cities with an imaginary line. The city of Gijón was capital of the Muslim domains in the transcantabric region in the middle ages until the year 713, but it was successful again in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when it began to trade with the American colonies. In modern times, Gijón is most known for coal and transportation along with the production of cider.

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Asturias

Where to eat in Villaviciosa (Asturias) : Cider-Restaurant La Ballera

A place that we definitely reccommend for home cooked food in Villaviciosa When we arrived at the restaurant we knew the place was authentic. Outside several old men sat chatting and generally observing the lazy August afternoon. Inside the two waiters that were working in the dining room could barely keep up with the clientele. At the bar, groups of retirees were drinking hard cider, poured in the traditional style from high in the air into the glass. This process is necessary for the cider to have its authentic flavor and when it is not possible, bars will use little mechanisms that are attached to the bottle in order to serve the cider at its best.

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Asturias

Unique Small Towns in Asturias : Ribadesella

Ribadesella is a beautiful town in Asturias where you can enjoy impressive landscapes We continue our route along the Asturian coast. After having lunch and visiting Llanes, the next stop was Ribadesella. Ribadesella is important for some reasons: the prehistoric remains are very evident and you can visit them, it is the place where the descent of the River Sella ends and the Route of the Dinosaurs is nearby and you can see their remains.

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Asturias

Unique Small Towns in Asturias : Covadonga

Covadonga: Beauty and fantasy; a visit to the lakes, the hermitage and the basilic The second day dawned very cloudy. After visiting Cangas de Onís, we wanted to see the Lakes of Covadonga, its landscape and the sanctuary. You can go to Covadonga by car or by public transportation (you can only go up to the lakes by car between 8pm and 10am). There are four parking lots to leave the car between Cangas de Onís and Covadonga (Cangas Center, La Venta, El Bosque and El Repelao). There you can buy the bus tickets (7,5€, from 10am to 6:30pm) for going up to any point of Covadonga.

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