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Tips and Articles in Spain

Life’s a beach for Mariam Ahmadi, 19, a Los Angeles resident of Venice Beach, who enjoys nothing more than easy access to the ocean. "I love living here! I’m a surfer. I can wake up, go surfing, work, and then surf again. It’s heaven." Hers is th...
The chef came out of the kitchen again—solicitous, in crisp whites—and this time he placed before us a tiny, delicate bowl of cool white gazpacho. “Here,” he said, “the principal ingredient is an Arbequina olive oil. Fruitier than others, sweeter...
Roig Robí, Barcelona, restaurant
Lydia Delgado: This crimson-walled shop stocks Delgado’s signature black and ivory separates and knits. Roig Robğ: Barcelona’s sophisticated set comes for the classic Catalan fare, such as fluffy buñuelos de bacalao (cod fritters) and Iberian suc...
Malibu, Unplugged, The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu, Spa, Pool
Like so many gadget addicts in this age of digital gluttony, I am hooked on the narcotic of electronic content: Twitter, RSS feeds, Facebook, Tumblr, e-mail. On vacation, in the subway, while brushing my teeth, I seem to be logged on, constantly s...
Cunard Line, Queen Elizabeth, cruise, formal night, staircase
5:30 a.m.: Captain Christopher Wells, a lieutenant commander in the Royal Naval Reserve, heads to the bridge to dock the 90,900-ton ship in Barcelona’s port, steering with a wheel smaller than a car’s. 7 a.m.: Five of the nine dining rooms open f...
Pisa, Italy Designer Cecilia Iacobelli and chocolatier Paul de Bondt, husband-and-wife team behind Pisa’s De Bondt Chocolate: “This place is so much more than the Leaning Tower. There’s also a buzzing food and art scene.” 8 a.m.: The couple star...
There was a time when, if you had told your friends that you were taking a trip to Bilbao, they would have wondered why you were going to a shabby, terrorism-scarred Spanish city. Nowadays, they'd envy you for visiting the world's most talked-abou...
It’s a freezing cold winter’s day, but that’s not stopping 10,000 men in the northern Japanese city of Konomiya from stripping down to nothing but a loincloth. With the snow flying, these adventurers—fueled by honor, not by hot sake (alcohol is no...
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia The Trip: A Taste of Croatia, $3,990 per person for 12 days (June–September); rowadventures.com. The Tour: While sailing Croatia’s coast, sample peppery Plavac Mali wines on the Pelješac Peninsula, harvest mussels on the...
See our video collection of the World’s Best Holiday Light Displays. Let’s face it: most of the things we love about the winter holidays—the family gatherings, the parties and overindulgent meals, the giving and receiving of gifts—are also pretty...
Q: I recently stayed at an agriturismo in Italy and would love to have a similar experience closer to home. Any suggestions? —Greg Stahl, Mesa, Ariz. A: “American growers are taking a cue from their European counterparts by letting you experience...
The Spanish chain Quilibra is designed for sleep-deprived guests: indoor and outdoor spaces flow together to induce calm, rooms come with ambient-sound CD’s, and light levels are adjusted according to findings by the hotel’s “sleep institute.” Iro...
2,000,000: Number of reservation requests made each year 8,000: Number of diners El Bulli serves each season (April to October) 7: Number of months ahead you should e-mail to score a coveted table 35: Number of courses in the $320 tasting me...
It was in Libertad 8, a smoky neighborhood bar in Madrid, that the urge to visit Andalusia—the seductive southernmost region of Spain—stole upon me like an insistent tropical wind. My friend and I fell into conversation with two men and a girl, ac...
Leave it to peripatetic designer Philippe Starck to mastermind the sleek new packaging for the olive oil from LA Organic (laorganic.net; from $12.99 at Zabar’s, Macy’s, and Amazon). This eco-conscious Andalusian brand now matches style with flavor...