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Spain Travel Spotlight10

Where is the Most Expensive Restaurant in the World?

Sunday April 20, 2014

Despite Spain's economic problems and the fact that Spain has the cheapest resorts in the world, the Spanish island of Ibiza is about to have the priciest restaurant on the planet, when Sublimotion opens its doors later this year.

At 1,500€ per person, this will make meals at the restaurant nine times more expensive than at the world's best restaurant (according to Diners Club World), the Celler de Can Roca in Girona.

Perhaps most surprising of all is that the restaurant will be at Hard Rock Hotel, from the same company that brought you restaurants adorned with signed Fender Stratocasters and serving the 'Official Food of Rock' (their words, not mine), including the Red, White and Blue burger and something called an S.O.B. I would be surprised if anyone who usually favors the Hard Rock brand having the money to pay for a meal at this restaurant.

Spanish news website ABC.es reports, without any apparent irony, that the menu will include 'moments for humor, pleasure, reflection, nostalgia and even fear'.

Me, I prefer more typical Spanish fare, such as in Granada where the tapas comes for free.

Would you pay this much for a meal? What's the most you've ever spent on a meal? Share your thoughts below.

Madrid Zoo's Baby Panda VIDEO

Thursday April 10, 2014

Madrid Zoo's baby panda has been seen in public for the first time.

The seven-month-old 15kg fluffy guy, named Xing Bao, came out at a ceremony for the Chinese Ambassador to Spain.

Madrid's Zoo is in the Casa del Campo, the large park to the west of Madrid.


What's the Most Photographed Sight in Spain?

Sunday April 6, 2014

What do you think is the most popular place in Spain to be snapped by tourists? La Sagrada Familia? Or Las Ramblas? Or maybe it's not in Barcelona - could it be the Alhambra in Granada?

Well, according to Thrillist's Top Ten Most Photographed Places on Earth, it's actually Barcelona's Parc Guell, which came third on the list (New York's Guggenheim museum came first).

Surprised? A lot of the commenters on the article refuse to believe the findings of the article, which uses research conducted by Sightsmap.com. They claim that almost every sight on the list is from a country that has a more photographed sight. Some take particular exception to Times Square, which is constantly being photographed, not appearing higher.

I have a little more faith in the list.

Sightsmap isn't really looking at how many times people press 'click' on their camera. No-one has this data. What they do know is how many photographs people upload to the web. And, despite the feeling we all have that our friends are uploading every photograph they ever take, the truth is that most people take hundreds of photos on a trip but only upload their favourites. So this is a list of the most satisfying sights for snap-happy visitors.

And in this light, I'm not at all surprised that Parc Guell came out on top in Spain. Las Ramblas may be more visited, but one picture of a tree-lined avenue is probably all you're going to want to upload to show your friends. La Sagrada Familia is similar - it has two photo-worthy facades.

But Parc Guell has so many excellent sights. The views, the gingerbread houses, the lizard sculpture, the ceramic bench - all of these things are worth a snap. Don't believe me? Check out my Parc Guell Picture Gallery.


April and May in Spain

Monday March 31, 2014

Spain is warming up and with that comes some of the country's hottest festivals and celebrations.

April is dominated by Semana Santa, or Holy Week, Spain's version of Easter. But there's also the Barcelona Beer Festival, the Festimad music festival in Madrid and Murcia's Spring Festival.

Heading into May, we have the Feria de Sevilla (later than usual due to the late Easter) as well as Madrid's month long San Isidro festival.  Wine drinkers have wine festivals in Jerez and Sanlucar de Barrameda. And for the gastronomically brave there's the Snail Festival in Girona, Catalonia.

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