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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 Buñol. 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.
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We know the recent lottery craze has come and gone, but the next time you are busy wasting away an afternoon spending your imaginary millions—we’ve got an idea for you. There’s an airport up for sale over in Spain, and if you’ve got the cash then it’s yours for the taking.
Of course we would love to score our own airplane, but why not take it to the next level with the whole darn airport? Ciudad Real Central Airport—about a couple hours south of Madrid by car—was built a few years ago for around a billion bucks, but now it can be yours for just around $133 million. The airport was previously known as Don Quijote Airport and South Madrid Airport, but of course with the right amount of cash you can name it anything you want.
Leonardo DiCaprio has it all. This includes supermodel girlfriends, movie stardom and, most importantly, a bff with a super swanky yacht.
This week Leo was once again spotted onboard billionaire Vladislav Doronin's Yacht in Ibiza, Spain. This time he was joined by his current girlfriend Toni Garnn and a group of friends who seemed less interested in Ibiza's nightlife and more interested in the area's latest water sport craze: Flyboarding.
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We didn't think it possible, but Paris Hilton has overpacked for a trip...and admitted it!
Earlier today, Paris Instagrammed a photo of her luggage for her DJ gig on the Spanish party island of Ibiza, captioning it thus: "Unpacking all my luggage. This is brutal. I'm never packing this much again."
Pictured are at least 10 rolling suitcases of checked baggage size, plus two cases and a few smaller items here and there. Heaven help whoever is paying her extra baggage fees, unless of course the club is just sending a private jet with a cargo compartment large enough. At press time, the image had amassed approximately 16,000 "likes."
[Photo: @parishilton on Instagram]
The summer season is sailing right along, so if you’re still on the fence about where to go we’ve got an idea for you—Spain. Specifically Madrid, as this week’s video distraction comes to us from the tourism folks from that fine city.
We dare you to spend a couple of minutes watching the embedded video above, and to not start at least looking at flights and thinking about how to swing a late summer or early fall getaway.
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As the sun goes to sleep in Barcelona, the city comes alive with energy and a vibrancy unique to very few cities around the world. The Spanish city has a life of its own at all hours of the day, but it's truly after a siesta that the beach vibe heats up, literally. Here's a video that makes our point so well; we swear we could watch it on repeat and see something new each time.
The time-lapse video by Pau García Laita shows dusk turning to night in Barcelona, with daylight slowly saying good-bye to Gaudí buildings in exchange for dramatic lighting that showcases every detail. Watch as the Sagrada Família illuminates to become a beacon along the city's skyline. The iconic, beach-side W Hotel even has a cameo as a watchful eye on the Mediterranean.
If your summer travel plans include some sangria and tapas in the sun-burned country of Spain, perhaps a traditional bullfight is also on the must-do list. While we won't get into the moral arguments of the age-old festival, if Spanish parliament gets it's way, the barbaric shows may be protected as a "national pursuit."
Current pending legislation from national political leaders seeks to include the custom of bullfighting as part of the fabric of what makes Spain...well, Spain. Not only would this protect any current animal shows all around the country by offering subsidies to farmers that breed bulls, but it would also overturn the prohibition of the act in the Canary Islands and Catalonia.
If it seems like we are spreading the news of some flashy new business class seat every few weeks, you are probably right. It's all the fault of the airlines, as a huge number have taken the recent years to update their cabin offerings to lure passengers away from competitors. Now, the torch is passed to Iberia with their announcement of new lie-flat seats in the long-haul swanky cabins.
The Spanish flag carrier's aim is to sit their elite flyers down in a more comfy seat for folks winging their way to/from Spain on their widebody Airbus jets, starting this month with the A330s and eventually moving onto the A340s later in the year. And the love isn't limited to business class; economy class is getting an overhaul as well, just not lie-flat hotness.
When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
This FGF post is brought to you by some delicious food that cannot be found in a grocery store, instead we highlight the food found in a local restaurant on Mallorca, the small resort island in the Balearic Islands of Spain.