Does anyone look up when walking? I mean, when you get lost walking in a city, do you usually look up? Do you usually see the top of the buildings? If so, congratulations. You don't know what you're missing if you don't.
It is the case of the Gran Vía of Madrid, the top of the buildings are incredibly beautiful. From the emblematic Capitol building (Schweppes), passing by the beautiful Telefonica building and the no less impressive Grassy building, etc.. You just have to be willing to see it and enjoy a simple walk.
Las Ramblas have it all. Hemingway didn't referred to them as the most beautiful street in the world. Not only the architecture, but also the urban life, which also includes the horse-drawn carriages, typical in the old parts of town. Take a ride and you can go from Plaza Cataluña to the Columbus monument. Nice for a romantic summer evening, even though you can also do it during the day and at different seasons of the year.
This street in Logroño is one of the most Spanish you can find in our country. It is a meeting point for people of all ages. You can find many generations at a time. The grandparents eating "pinchos", their sons with their wives and the entire set of grandchildren. It is something you have to see. A healthy, nice and family environment, and very local as well. Moreover you enter the street, declared national touristic interest, and you ask yourself: where is the crisis? Of course I have been there only during the weekend, it might not be the same during the week.
I recommend it 100%.
The first time I went to the Paseo de los Tristes I didn't even know that was the name, I was just going to Sacromonte. I didn't even notice this avenue with so much romanticism since my eyes were fixed solely in the direction of my objective. Then I decided to go there. Sometimes to go to Sacromonte, sometimes to Albaicín. Until I realized I wasn't going because it was on my way somewhere, but because I just wanted to walk there.
The Alhambra is the most visited spot in Granada but this walk has something special, it is the heart of historical Granada. On one side the neighbourhood of Albaicín, the origin of the city. On the other side the slope of the Alhambra, pure wooded forest. Half way between both extremes of the Darro river, and next to it the Paseo de los Tristes, open space on the outskirts of the medieval city where the souk and cultural and leisure are celebrated.
Is at the centre of Granada, a unique and unexpected spot for its natural beauty. Although its name evokes memories of the years that it was the necessary path to the cemetery, the point at which the funeral procession passed.
Place yourself in the city centre and take the road north, up, ignoring the rise of the Alhambra to follow the course of the river. First you pass through a narrow street, the Carrera del Darro.
The walk starts at the Church of Santa Ana, Moorish and Muslim in origin. Opposite, the Archaeological Museum. Between the two they form a narrow entrance through which you have to move with caution. Following that is an entrance to a broad alameda with several terraces and great views.
What is enjoyed nowadays is the result of the urban development measures of 1609 which paved the old tour ground. The place was turned into the favourite festive spot of the Court. A wooden stage was built, partly covering the river and in front of it, on the other bank of the river, the Casa Cuadrada (Square house). It is striking for its curious decoration, out of place on a site with such Moorish flavour. It is a small house with two floors, on the upper, music bands would play while the aristocracy would enjoy the show on the lower floor.
A little before this typical place the Pipers’ bridge can be found. It is a place where people take pictures a lot although it is not Arab but a rebuilding from the 19th century. Crossing it leads to various art shops where you can admire and purchase high quality handmade products.
If you follow the walkway you get to the remains of an Arch, which was possibly the old entrance. On a side street that climbs to the top of the Albaicin is where one finds the viewpoint that was made famous by an American president who came to admire an exceptional sunrise.
At the end of the alameda is a monument to father Manjón, founder of a school for the poor children of Sacromonte. Behind, the other footbridge, that of Aljibillo, gives way to an ascent to the Generalife. It is the other walk, the one for couples, the poets, a path which ends at the Fuente del Avellano (Hazel fountains), between ancient trees.
The Path ends in Cuesta de los Muertos (Hill of the dead), the access street to Albaicín for cars. If you want to stay you can go up to old Granada, now a restored neighbourhood with huge sensibility and an impressive medieval touch. A spot to have tapas, enjoy art and beauty, in front of the Nasrid palaces.
Campo de Criptana, between the blue bases and the sky, blinds you with its whiteness. Of all the towns of La Mancha, where Don Quijote passed by, this is the most beautiful and endearing one. Its houses, small and crammed on a hill, uncover a bunch of solitary mills. I climb the arid hill, I circle them. They no longer move their gigantic blades, but they still inspire respect. Here, after defying them by saying “Don’t run away, cowards” and of entrusting himself to Dulcinea, Don Quijote battled with them.
The Passeig de Gràcia is a wide avenue which runs through the center of Barcelona and some of its most important neighborhoods. The richest families in Barcelona settled here when it was first built and, to show off their wealth, they commissioned homes by architects like Gaudi, Domenech i Montaner and Puig. These three architects each have a house on the same block, which was a bone of contention as the owners fought to have the most beautiful and most modern house. The Casa Batllo is one of Gaudi's most famous buildings and is now owned by a private organisation. Entry costs 16 euros, and is well worth it for the tons of information you can get from the audio guide. A little further up, on the right, is La Pedrera, another wonderful Gaudi home that now belongs to the Caixa Catalunya Foundation and costs 8 euros to visit. In the summer, they have concerts on the roof, and tickets are just 7 euros with a glass of champagne (make sure to book in advance!). On Sundays, the luxury shops on Passeig de Gracia are closed, but you'll still see plenty of people!
We left Puerta Cerra and on the way to two emblematic squares, Plaza de los Carros and Plaza de la Paja, we enter a street that is without a doubt a fundamental part of the history of Madrid: the Cava Baja.
You cannot leave this great city without going to this street first, where more than 500 years ago you could see "knights with their horses", "young people of the black market", "whores" "go-getters and light-fingered"... They would go and get the water from the nearest fountains and streams, or see what else they could possibly get on the trip there and back.
Make sure to be careful of the "light-fingered" while on this street in modern times. It has the most typical taverns and restaurants of the city; renovated taverns where you can have old and excellent soups and very famous restaurants like Casa Lucio, honored with the presence of some member of the Royal family once in a while.
To me, this restaurant is without a doubt the best in the area and of almost the entire city of Madrid, with the best "huevos estrellados" (fried eggs) that I have ever eaten.
Among the dwellings of the street, some were renovated and others are more than a 100 years old. In one of them, exceptional case, on can see a plaque in remembrance of the origin of the building in 1624.
You walk absorbed by the alleys of Albaicín. The target imposes its power and silence is king in the hour of the siesta. You keep on walking, without a goal, enjoying architecture, the charm of the neighbourhood and suddenly, bang! An explosion of colours, life, noises, but most of all aromas, a mix of spices. You have arrived at Calle Calderería Nueva, better known as the Calle de las Teterías (Tea-rooms street) of Granada.
A curious street, since it is more of a short alley, little of the old Calderería remains and of course not much is new despite its name. But all this does not matter; the hard part is to decide which tea-room or which shop to enter. A place for the senses, to be carried away at the rhythm of the street, by the numerous young people and not so young that pass through the tea-rooms. In short, a street that fascinates.
Quite legendary, and it only houses a standard mall (the Maremagnum). But the walk becomes pleasant: you sit down on the shore, looking at the boats coming and the bridge opening and closing. The Maremagnum, by the way, has a decent restaurant and mirrors you can play with to take curious pictures.
The main street of Alcala de Henares is one of the biggest attractions of the city. This street is picturesque because its bows and two-story medieval houses. A traveler will not be indifferent here. While strolling along, you are taken to another time and place. This is the longest street in Spain with arcades, which can give us an idea of how long it is, and it always keeps its style. In addition to the street which is nice and historic, there are tons of tapas bars, and it is the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, you can visit his house for free. Right in front of the house you see statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, to remind you of the importance of this city. I recommend that you look at all the details in the street, like rain gutters, which are interestingly decorated and the shadows and lights which are lovely as the sun sets.
Probably everyone has heard about the running of the bulls in San Fermin. But this street is also alive without the bulls.
It has two different parts: the first, from the curve next to Mercaderes street, is not so lively. But there are some great places, such as Pastas Beatriz and Churrero de Lerín (both places deserve their own chapter), also the Cuchillería Gómez. The second part of the street is more gastronomic. It has bars on both sides that will satisfy the visitor with their delicacies.
It is fine to go with children, there is barely traffic on the weekends and they can play along the street without any danger.
It's a beautiful city in summer or any other season. I've just arrived home and I want to go back! For those thinking about going I recommend you look at the offer to stay in Iberostar Hotels. There's nothing like this city and on top of that, you ca make savings!
"Bilbao in gray makes us think of the transient that takes the maelstrom, in aeviternal, which has had a beginning and no end, in eternity, has not begun and will not end." Azorin. Bilbao brings me to the writers of the generation of 98 and walking through its streets is like walking into a novel by Miguel de Unamuno, who was born in Bilbao. Not surprisingly already anticipated Don Miguel: "Bilbao .and I will not ever completely die, because he can not die at all and I hope to live in it. " There lives the author, between the gray Azorín and rain, that stops us in our stroll and remarked: "Bilbao and rain, rain, lightly, blurring the air, dark facades and weak loins Archanda, gently raining. " Bilbao brings me to an old friend and told him that if I had to give an adjective to its streets, its people, it would be that of kindness and grace. Bilbao is like the novels, not being lovely or joyful, rather dark and sad, you can not help but remember it with a fondness.
We had a lovely visit to this town on the coast of Alicante on a very sunny day, with a walk through the old town which was amazing with its quiet, narrow streets, whitewashed houses, breathtaking views of the coast and in the distance the rock of Ifach. There is a beautiful and very well maintained church with blue domes like almost every other church in the area of Alicante. An extraordinary experience.
This weekend I discovered a new place to eat in Gascon. It has a striking facade that grabs your attention. It has very good atmosphere, and the prices are what makes it the best. We had a portion of ham for €6, grilled shrimp for €6 and a bucket of five beers for €3.50. It was all very good and it fed three people for less than €20. I've been wanting to try one more thing, I really recommend it.