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Majorca, Spain
Majorca, Spain

Majorca, Spain

The most popular of Spain's Mediterranean islands, its perfect, golden-sand beaches     have attracted famous residents such as Michael Douglas and Claudia Schiffer. 960 1280

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Deia, Majorca, Spain

Deia, Majorca, Spain

For a taste of genteel old Majorca, visit the quintessential artistic village of Deia. After World War I, artists, musicians and writers were drawn to the coastal town's idyllic setting on steep cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean. 960 1280

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San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Spain

San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Spain

San Sebastian has a lot to brag about; not only does it have more Michelin stars per capita than any other place in the world, but it also has one of the best urban beaches in Europe. 960 1280

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Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Girona, Catalonia, Spain

About an hour’s train ride from Barcelona, Girona's picturesque houses overlooking the Onyar River, ancient cathedral --and its Catalan Gothic architecture -- and the old city walls and lookout towers draws sightseeing day-trippers. 960 1280

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Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Known for its vibrant nightlife, Alhambra, Granada's 13th-century hilltop palace and surrounding Generalife gardens full of cypress trees will make you feel worlds away from home. 960 1280

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Tarifa, Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain

Tarifa, Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain

The southernmost port in Spain (and Europe), Tarifa is a short boat ride across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco. For a particularly good view of the harbor and the coast of Morocco, climb the Castle of Guzman El Bueno's towers. 960 1280

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Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Seville, Andalusia, Spain

The Plaza de Espana in Maria Lusia Park is just one example of Seville's deeply layered history. 960 1280

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Dalt Vila, Ibiza, Spain

Dalt Vila, Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza (officially Eivissa in the local Catalan) is divided into 2 main parts: the old town, called Dalt Vila, and the modern district, called the Eixample. The vacation mecca gets, on average, 300 days of sunshine a year -- although, the water is only warm enough for a swim from May through October. 960 1280

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Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza, Spain

Just off the coast of Valencia, the island of Ibiza is the ultimate party destination for international jet setters, who flock to its legendary clubs during the summer to hear renowned DJs. 960 1280

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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

It's hard to describe the beauty and mystique you’ll feel when you turn the corner of a suburban city block to see the sun bouncing off La Sagrada Familia's twisted spires. The unfinished cathedral is Antoni Gaudi's most famous work. 960 1280

Luciano Mortula, Shutterstock.com  

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Stroll along the tree-lined La Rambla, dine at La Boqueria Market or duck into an intimate bodega for a taste of what the charming Catalan capital has to offer.  960 1280

Georgios Tsichlis, Shutterstock.com  

Merzouga, Morocco

Merzouga, Morocco

Outside this tiny village in the Sahara Desert in Morocco is a set of sand dunes that reach up to 150 meters called Erg Chebbi. Marvel at the sunrise over the dunes, and then head out on a camel safari, -- the best way to experience the dunes. 960 1280

Saida Shigapova, Shutterstock.com  

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech has some 18 souks, or markets, that sell everything from traditional Berber carpets to modern electronics. Just remember to bargain; haggling is still a very important practice in the souks. 960 1280

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Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Situated near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is divided into 2 parts. The Medina is the historic part of the city, full of character and intricately connected alleyways stuffed with vendors and stalls. The newer European district known as Gueliz is home to modern restaurants, fast food chains and big box stores. 960 1280

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Matadors Prepare to Fight

Matadors Prepare to Fight

Each morning, 6 bulls run through the streets of Pamplona from their corral to the bullring, where, later in the afternoon, a bullfight completes the ritual. 960 1280

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San Fermin's Chupinazo

San Fermin's Chupinazo

Revelers are sprayed with water as they celebrate during the "Chupinazo," which marks the start of the San Fermin Festival in front of Pamplona's town hall with the launch of a firecracker. Tens of thousands of people pack the streets for the kick-off to Spain's most well-known fiesta. 960 1280

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Parade of Gigantes y Cabezudos

Parade of Gigantes y Cabezudos

Each morning is celebrated with the parade of "gigantes y cabezudos" or "giants and big heads." The huge figures are more than 150 years old and roughly 13 feet tall. 960 1280

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Running of the Bulls on Santo Domingo Street

Running of the Bulls on Santo Domingo Street

Runners sprint alongside bulls on Santo Domingo Street, rounding the infamous "Dead Man's Corner," named for its slippery, sharp turn. 960 1280

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A San Fermin Bullfight

A San Fermin Bullfight

The picador, on horseback, helps the matadors during the first stage of the bullfight. He uses a lance to prod the bull, causing the animal to straighten its charge toward the matador and lower its head to prepare it for the next stage of the fight. Multiple bullfights are performed throughout the days of the festival. 960 1280

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The Pena Voladora Parade

The Pena Voladora Parade

On the first day of the festival, the Pena Voladora parade makes its way along Estafeta Street in Pamplona, Spain. 960 1280

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Woodchoppers Compete in the Aizkolaritza

Woodchoppers Compete in the Aizkolaritza

Woodchoppers carve tree trunks in the Aizkolaritza, a Basque wood-chopping competition that's just one of the many events during the San Fermin Festival. 960 1280

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Revelers in the Streets of Pamplona

Revelers in the Streets of Pamplona

Festivalgoers hold up their red handkerchiefs, known as pañuelos, during opening day. 960 1280

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Runners on Estafeta Street

Runners on Estafeta Street

A fighting bull collides with runners along Estafeta Street during the San Fermin Festival. 960 1280

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Fireworks over Pamplona

Fireworks over Pamplona

Fireworks mark the end of the festival's first day, before participants rest up for another day of running for their lives through the northern Spanish streets. 960 1280

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Toro del Fuego

Toro del Fuego

A Toro del Fuego, or flaming bull, is run through the streets of Pamplona on the second day of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls, with kids and adults alike dodging the flying sparks. 960 1280

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Generalife Gardens (Granada)

Generalife Gardens (Granada)

Schedule some extra time to stroll through the Generalife’s High and Low Gardens. Take the 19th-century Stairway of the Lions to the High Gardens, and see water fountains, beautiful magnolia trees, scented shrubs and other flora spread across several terraces on the palatial estate. Tourists may be lucky enough to catch the Granada International Festival of Music and Dance, held each summer in the Generalife’s outdoor amphitheater, located nearby. 960 1280

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Prado Museum (Madrid)

Prado Museum (Madrid)

Open since November 1819, the Prado Museum houses several collections and more than 2,300 paintings, including El Greco’s The Flight to Egypt and Goya’s The Countess of Chinchon. The museum hosts exhibitions featuring works by well-renowned artists such as Michelangelo, Picasso and Rembrandt.
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Plaza Mayor (Madrid)

Plaza Mayor (Madrid)

Thousands of tourists converge on Plaza Mayor each year. Shops and cafes are located around the square, and it’s not uncommon to see street performers entertaining the foot traffic that’s flowing through the popular tourist destination. Grab a seat, order a pitcher of sangria and enjoy the weather and people-watching. 960 1280

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Sagrada Familia Basilica (Barcelona)

Sagrada Familia Basilica (Barcelona)

You cannot leave Barcelona without seeing the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, a magnificent work of art that is still in progress after more than a century. In 1883, Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to complete the project started by Francisco de Paula del Villar. Gaudi finished the chapel of San Jose, the crypt and the Nativity facade, but after his death, different architects continued to work on and add to his original idea. 960 1280

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Gothic Quarter (Barcelona)

Gothic Quarter (Barcelona)

Take a stroll through Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, located in the city’s Ciutat Vella (“Old City”) district. Most of the streets are closed to traffic, allowing tourists to wander from La Rambla to Via Laietana to view the city’s medieval past. 960 1280

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Horchata (Valencia)

Horchata (Valencia)

Travel to Valencia, the home of horchata. This tasty concoction — made from tigernuts, water and sugar — is a summer beverage that is usually served cold. To sample your first horchata, head to Horchateria Santa Catalina, which is located in Valencia’s Santa Catalina Plaza. 960 1280

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Valencian Paella (Valencia)

Valencian Paella (Valencia)

During the mid-19th century, paella originated near the Albufera lagoon in Valencia. Locals and tourists can try seafood paella, mixed paella or Valencian paella, which is made with white rice, green vegetables, chicken, rabbit, land snails, beans and seasoning. We recommend sampling paella at a local restaurant such as La Matandeta, La Pepica or Tridente Restaurant. 960 1280

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Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba (Cordoba)

Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba (Cordoba)

Tourists who visit Cordoba, Spain, should add a tour of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba — also known simply as the Great Mosque-Cathedral — to their must-do list. On the site originally was a Catholic church, which was then divided into Christian and Muslim halves after the Muslims conquered Spain in 711. Caliph ’Abd al-Rahman I purchased the Christian half, tore down the church and built the current magnificent structure, a monument to Moorish architecture, in 784. Today, it is a Roman Catholic cathedral, despite the pleas from Spanish Muslim lobbyists who want to be allowed to pray there. 960 1280

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Alhambra (Granada)

Alhambra (Granada)

Visit the Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Granada. During the 13th century, this palace and fortress was the residence of the Nasrid sultans, as well as top government officials, court servants and the royal guard. Hidden by a thick wooded area, the Alhambra consists of 4 zones: the palaces, the military zone, the city and the villa of the Generalife, located on the country estate of the Nasrid emirs. 960 1280

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Plaza de Espana (Seville)

Plaza de Espana (Seville)

Does Seville’s Plaza de Espana look familiar? The square — located on the edge of Maria Luisa Park — has been used as a filming location for movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Dictator, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Designed by Anibal Gonzalez, the Plaza de Espana has tiled alcoves that each represent a different province of Spain. Today, it is home to museums and government buildings. 960 1280

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The Alcazar (Seville)

The Alcazar (Seville)

The upper levels of the Alcazar of Seville are home to the royal family, making it the oldest European royal palace still in use. The Alcazar was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and it is well-renowned as one of the most beautiful palaces in Spain. Explore the history of this amazing complex for a small entrance fee, about $10. 960 1280

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Majorca, Spain

Majorca, Spain

The most popular of Spain's Mediterranean islands, its perfect, golden-sand beaches     have attracted famous residents such as Michael Douglas and Claudia Schiffer. 960 1280

JTB Photo, Getty Images  

Deia, Majorca, Spain

Deia, Majorca, Spain

For a taste of genteel old Majorca, visit the quintessential artistic village of Deia. After World War I, artists, musicians and writers were drawn to the coastal town's idyllic setting on steep cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean. 960 1280

Jasper Juinen, Getty Images  

San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Spain

San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Spain

San Sebastian has a lot to brag about; not only does it have more Michelin stars per capita than any other place in the world, but it also has one of the best urban beaches in Europe. 960 1280

Xavi Gomez, Getty Images  

Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Girona, Catalonia, Spain

About an hour’s train ride from Barcelona, Girona's picturesque houses overlooking the Onyar River, ancient cathedral --and its Catalan Gothic architecture -- and the old city walls and lookout towers draws sightseeing day-trippers. 960 1280

kavalenkava volha, shutterstock.com  

Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Known for its vibrant nightlife, Alhambra, Granada's 13th-century hilltop palace and surrounding Generalife gardens full of cypress trees will make you feel worlds away from home. 960 1280

DEA / C. SAPPA, Getty Images  

Tarifa, Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain

Tarifa, Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain

The southernmost port in Spain (and Europe), Tarifa is a short boat ride across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco. For a particularly good view of the harbor and the coast of Morocco, climb the Castle of Guzman El Bueno's towers. 960 1280

Andreas Poertner, Shutterstock.com  

Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Seville, Andalusia, Spain

The Plaza de Espana in Maria Lusia Park is just one example of Seville's deeply layered history. 960 1280

Peter M. Wilson, Getty Images  

Dalt Vila, Ibiza, Spain

Dalt Vila, Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza (officially Eivissa in the local Catalan) is divided into 2 main parts: the old town, called Dalt Vila, and the modern district, called the Eixample. The vacation mecca gets, on average, 300 days of sunshine a year -- although, the water is only warm enough for a swim from May through October. 960 1280

laranik, Shutterstock.com  

Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza, Spain

Just off the coast of Valencia, the island of Ibiza is the ultimate party destination for international jet setters, who flock to its legendary clubs during the summer to hear renowned DJs. 960 1280

ullstein bild, Getty Images  

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

It's hard to describe the beauty and mystique you’ll feel when you turn the corner of a suburban city block to see the sun bouncing off La Sagrada Familia's twisted spires. The unfinished cathedral is Antoni Gaudi's most famous work. 960 1280

Luciano Mortula, Shutterstock.com  

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Stroll along the tree-lined La Rambla, dine at La Boqueria Market or duck into an intimate bodega for a taste of what the charming Catalan capital has to offer.  960 1280

Georgios Tsichlis, Shutterstock.com  

Merzouga, Morocco

Merzouga, Morocco

Outside this tiny village in the Sahara Desert in Morocco is a set of sand dunes that reach up to 150 meters called Erg Chebbi. Marvel at the sunrise over the dunes, and then head out on a camel safari, -- the best way to experience the dunes. 960 1280

Saida Shigapova, Shutterstock.com  

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech has some 18 souks, or markets, that sell everything from traditional Berber carpets to modern electronics. Just remember to bargain; haggling is still a very important practice in the souks. 960 1280

The Visual Explorer, Shutterstock.com  

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Situated near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is divided into 2 parts. The Medina is the historic part of the city, full of character and intricately connected alleyways stuffed with vendors and stalls. The newer European district known as Gueliz is home to modern restaurants, fast food chains and big box stores. 960 1280

Maurizio De Mattei, Shutterstock.com  

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