Power in the Pyrenees — royalty, monks, and magic

The western Pyrenees — in and out of France and Spain from castles to caldrons The Pyrenees are among my favorite mountain ranges. They are imposing and cut a clear swath between France and Spain. However, these mountains are still welcoming, gentle at times, and...

Pamplona fiesta: Reasons to return

Pamplona never sleeps during fiesta Today was the first of eight runnings of bulls in Pamplona. The Fiesta of San Fermin in Pamplona, known as the Running of the Bulls in the US, is a nonstop, 24-hour party. From July 6 to July 14 there is always dancing in the...

An Islamic monument — Granada’s Alhambra

The Alhambra — the Moorish last stand in Spain 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...

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...