Spain’s dramatic regal paradors

Some of Europe’s most luxurious and spectacular hotels are regal paradors that have been created within the ruins of ancient castles, palaces, monasteries and convents in Spain. Known as paradors, these majestic hotels offer visitors romantic, atmospheric and...

Bullish on Pamplona

In 1976, I came to discover the Running of the Bulls; 42 years later I still return year after year. Sometimes travelers wander into cities by accident. But I know exactly why I came to Pamplona that first year back in 1976. I came to run the bulls. I drove for two...

6 ways to find Spanish savings

  Here are a few ways to find Spanish savings Spanish savings are a way of life. I return to Spain every year at least once, and most years, several times. These are some of my favorite ways to save while enjoying that special love of life that the Spanish present....

Spain is much more than paella and sangria

Spain — far more facets than beaches, booze, and bulls. Many American travelers have preconceived notions about what they will find when traveling in Europe. These expectations are often self-fulfilling, as the travelers make plans to explore exactly what they expect...

An Alhambra state of mind

Looming above the tight downtown streets of Granada, the Alhambra dominates the city skyline. This fortress-palace-garden preserves the most complete vestiges of the Moorish occupation of Spain. This amazing collection of buildings along the imposing ridgeline...

Pamplona’s fiesta: reasons to return

Pamplona never sleeps during fiesta. The days from July 6 to July 14 during the Fiesta of San Fermin are a nonstop 24-hour party. There is always dancing in the streets, bands around every corner, and continuous supplies of wine from bottles being passed through the...