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Life in Spain in August

Spain in August has two extremes; it’s either really busy, or really quiet. It all depends on where you are in Spain.

Working districts filled with offices, particularly in the centre of Spain, become very quiet. Many Spaniards save all their holiday time of the year for August, and just take the whole month off.  Even cafes and restaurants around these areas will close for August, as not only do they want to get out of the city themselves, but if they haven’t got the business of their usual customers, there is almost no point in staying.

The centre of Spain gets a lot hotter than the coastal regions, soaring to often unbearable temperatures. The Spaniards prefer to travel to the coast with their family, where they can enjoy the summer sunshine, but with the luxury of a beach. In cities such as Madrid, this is very much the case. Of course Madrid is still a popular tourist destination, so around the centre of the city, near the main sights, some places will stay open, to cater for the tourists. Continue reading…

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Beating the Wintertime Blues in Spain

Cold SpainNow that we are on our way to recovery from the two-week food binge that is Christmastime in Spain, it’s time to think about how to take full advantage of the rest of the Spanish winter and get 2010 started off on a memorable note! After all, as tempting as it may be to curl up with a blanket and go into a state of near hibernation until April (we understand – it’s our first inclination too), the winter provides a host of opportunities in Spain for those willing to go after them.

When the temperatures plummet, our natural instinct is of course to spend as little time outside as possible, braving the cold only when necessary and even then scrambling from one heat-blasting establishment to another. The winter months hardly see the kind of tourism that their springtime counterparts see, which – fortunately for us – translates to shorter lines, less expensive hotel rooms, cheaper air fares and crowdless tourist attractions. Keeping all of this in mind, winter can actually be the ideal time of year to visit museums, hunt out cozy cafés, take in a show at the theater or partake in the nationwide rebajas, part post-Christmas sales and part full-contact, every-man-for-himself sport. Continue reading…

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Take an edu-vacation in Spain!

Summer in SpainHere we are, already nearly halfway through July and, as it tends to do, the summer that we so anxiously await each year is flying by. But don’t fret! There’s still plenty of time to turn summer 2009 into an unforgettable experience of a lifetime, so if you’re looking for a fun, unique and rewarding summer adventure to tell your friends about, Spain has just what you’re looking for.

Spaniards adore the long, sunny days and warm evenings of summer and make the most out of each day, enjoying all that their country has to offer and happily encouraging visitors to do the same. Along with year-round attractions like museums, palaces and historical sights spanning the centuries, there are a few aspects of Spain that are best experienced in summer, so don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Continue reading…

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