Ronda, Spain: Gorge-Straddling Hill Town

While crowded with day-tripping tourists from the nearby Costa del Sol, early and late in the day, locals retake their streets and squares. Ronda is famous for its gorge-straddling setting. Its breathtaking perch, while visually dramatic today, was practical and vital when it was built. For the Moors, it provided Continue Reading

Madrid, Spain: Plaza Mayor and Bullfighting Culture

Plaza Mayor is a stately, traffic-free chunk of 17th-century Spain. Whether hanging out with old friends, enjoying a cup of coffee, or finding a treasure at the Sunday coin market, it’s an inviting place for people to gather. The square is filled with emblems of Spain’s powerful past. Bronze reliefs Continue Reading

Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls

We’re here in early July for the Festival of San Fermín and that means the Running of the Bulls one of Europe’s most exuberant festivals. For nine days each July, throngs of visitors most dressed in the traditional white with red sashes and kerchiefs come to run with the bulls Continue Reading

Pamplona, Spain: Running of the Bulls

We’re here in early July for the Festival of San Fermín — and that means the Running of the Bulls — one of Europe’s most exuberant festivals. For nine days each July, throngs of visitors — most dressed in the traditional white with red sashes and kerchiefs — come to Continue Reading