Mention Val d’Aran, a valley at the foot of the Pyrenees in Catalonia’s Lleida province, and most Spaniards think of winter.
Popular for its access to pistes of various difficulties, the valley is peppered with ski resorts that buzz as soon as the first snow appears on the ground. Members of the Spanish Royal family vacation here and most Madrileños don’t mind a several hour drive to enjoy both the skiing and the beauty of the terrain.
But backtrack seventy-five years, and the mountains of th...
Barcelona may be known for its beaches and the Sagrada Família but there is much more to this Mediterranean metropolis, the capital of Catalonia. Fiercely proud of its culture and heritage the city is an eclectic mix of traditional and modern—with a vibrant art and music scene and nightlife to indulge your inner night owl like no place else. Mostly walkable but also with excellent public transport, bicycle lanes, and affordable taxis, Barcelona is made for sightseeing by day and ‘bona vida’—wine-and-tapas-fueled time with family and friends—by night.
There are three constants during the holiday season in Madrid: tourists ogling light-bedecked thoroughfares; supermarket aisles stuffed with seasonal treats like turrón and polvorón, the Spanish shortbread. And, everywhere, marzipan.
Step into any café on the Spanish part of the Iberian Peninsula and you are bound to find pan con tomate as one of the breakfast choices. It’s a four-ingredient dish involving toasted bread, olive oil, fresh tomato pulp, and salt. In Spain, pan con tomate is as ubiquitous as it is popular and affordable.