Spain Travel Guide
Soon, Hobbiton will have some competition for those coveted Lord of the Rings tourism dollars.
After the success of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and other movie theme parks, it comes as no surprise that Middle Earth is getting a park of its own.
The attraction, which will be called “La Comarca,” or "The Shire," is set to be built soon in Rincon de la Victoria, Spain. The park won't be very big, it will be set on about 20 acres of land and is estimated to cost less than $2 million, but the town's mayor, Francisco Salado, insists that when it comes to fun, size doesn't matter.
In 2011, a small Spanish town, Júzcar, blue itself, quite like Tobias in Arrested Development. The whitewashed buildings, including churches and gravestones, formerly of the White Towns of Andalusia, opted for a makeover by Sony Pictures to celebrate the premiere of the The Smurfs movie.
Why the cozy town of Júzcar? Oddly enough, the Spanish village maintains an interesting relationship with the fungi, something smurfs are known to crave.
The mycological roots in Júzcar bloom in autumn, at which point the town toasts to the delicious fungi sprouting throughout the city. Better yet, the townspeople embraced the blue better than anticipated, voting—141 to 33—to keep the blue exterior even after the film’s premiere.
Today, Júzcar continues to attract hoards of tourists, over 400,000 since the makeover, which is an insane number for a town of under 300 people. That’s over 100,000 tourists per villager. But now, the city will receive a $56 million donation to dive further into Smurfdom and build an official Smurf theme park.
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For all the travel we do, maybe because of it, we appreciate the little joys along the way and train or plane lounges rank right up there. When we come across a modern gem like the Renfe Club Lounge at Barcelona Sants Station our heart gives a little leap: it’s a seriously cool place to chill while waiting for your train.
Entry into the lounge, which reopened on April 2 of this year after a major overhaul, takes a Club, First-Class or Grand Comfort class ticket. Once you’re in you can choose from at least five different areas to park it, all with a different look and feel. There’s a self-serve drinks area with a few complimentary snacks as well – nothing spectacular, but enough to get you through until you board your train and can enjoy the first-class treatment on board.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger always warned he'd be back, and for Madrid that promise has become a reality.
Schwarzenegger has been named Madrid's first honorary Ambassador of Tourism. It might seem like a stretch, but the former governor/aging action star does have a connection to the Spanish city. It is where he shot the original Conan the Barbarian movie more than 30 years ago.
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When traveling to a foreign city, it's nice to eschew the guidebooks and TripAdvisor tips to find your own way "like a local." Well, now a new travel start-up in Spain called Trip4Real has made this common traveler's wish something of a reality as they mark unforgettable experiences all around the country.
Calling upon Spaniards who have been vetted as "experts," the website pairs visitors with locals in Madrid, Barcelona, Ibiza and other Spanish hotspots share the sort of experiences you'll brag about later. Similar to Airbnb, each expert is guaranteed legit by the company so you wont have to worry about someone stealing your money or not getting what you paid for.
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From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.
Spending a summer in Europe sounds both romantic and adventurous and, through the eyes of Woody Allen, we can only expect a brilliant caricature of those who chose to embark on such a journey. 'Vicky Christina Barcelona' is the story of two girls spending their vacation in Spain, combined with the ups and downs they experience on the road. Starring Scarlett Johansson as Christina and Rebecca Hall as Vicky, the movie follows the pair as they dive head first into more than just some tapas.
Combining the wonderful world of Ferrari with all things theme park seems to be a great idea, as the Ferrari theme park empire is moving beyond its home over in Abu Dhabi. Park officials are getting ready for a second theme park, as it sounds like they're packing up some cars, rides, and corn dogs and heading over to Spain.
Park number two will be known as Ferrari Land—as opposed to the original, Ferrari World—and it’s going to be constructed as part of the PortAventura resort area a little more than an hour outside Barcelona.
If you’re looking for something for that special someone who seems to have everything look no further than what’s up for sale over in Spain. Perfect for that individual whom is just so darn hard to buy for—it’s his very own international airport complete with terminal, runway, and everything else needed to start up a little air service.
Some reports indicate that Ciudad Real International Airport cost around $1.5 billion to build, but if you’re interested it can be yours for just $150 million. We’re sure that means that you can changes its name to pretty much anything you want, so if your name is Bob and you want to call it Bob’s International Airport—go for it.
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When we think of budget carriers, low cost carriers, and other cheap ways to travel the friendly skies amenities don’t usually come to mind. However, that’s not the case with Vueling, as they’re about to add something pretty darn awesome to the in-flight cabin.
Some of Vueling’s planes are heading into the hangar for an upgrade, as the carrier has plans to add in-flight WiFi to their fleet. Details are pretty limited at this point, as it sounds like even the company doing the wiring and whatnot is unknown. However, things could launch as soon as next month, so keep your WiFi settings updated and search for a signal.
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Next time you're flying into or out of Barcelona, you'll want to reach for a few sweet sticks of Swiss Toblerone chocolate. No, really; you'll actually be subconsciously sold on the stuff, as an entire section of Barcelona El Prat Airport's duty-free shop has been converted into a golden altar to the awesomeness of Toblerone, all to promote the newly designed packaging featuring a Gaudi-influenced Barcelona design.
For as long as we can remember, Toblerone has been king of duty-free. Whereas airports on tiny Caribbean islands may push their handmade crafts and massive airports of Asian metropoli stock themselves to the gills with designer perfumes, there's one thing they'll both have in common: the availability of Toblerone.
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For Iberia, the past few years have been pretty tumultuous. After years of bleeding money, then a merger with British Airways in 2010 and some more rollercoaster years of performance, it's about time for the Spanish flag carrier to come out with new branding and hopefully herald the dawn of a new era for themselves.
Since there's no easier way to rebrand an entire airline than to haul out the buckets of airplane paint, Iberia is planning to refresh their look starting early next year. While the designs are not complete, we do have an idea of what the airplanes will look like when they roll out of the hangar.
Things got a little messy this last week in the Spanish town of Buńol. The locals are used to it, however, as this was the celebration called La Tomatina, a fruit-hurling party that takes place on the last Wednesday of August. La Tomatina has gone on now for the past 68 years, attracting tourists from all corners of the globe, and only one thing has changed: there's now a fee to join the revelry.
There's no question that Spain is struggling a bit financially; even festival's host city is in debt over 4 million euros. Thus, organizers of the event looking to make a few extra coins. The cheapest way to experience the festival will not necessarily break the bank. The fee is 10 Euros just to be in the midst of the tomato-throwing but, if you do want to drop some cash, you can do it in style on the back of a tomato truck carrying 130 tons of the red fruit for 750 Euros.