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  • On the Costa Blanca, stop at Torrevieja. The town, popular with ex-pat Europeans, is about 18 miles (30 kilometers) south of Alicante, and there are Costa Blanca hotels suited for all travelers along the way. Torrevieja takes its name from the Old Tower and is famous for the area's salt lakes. The town has a salt museum, lively fish market and working harbor.
  • Barcelona - in late winter and early spring the Catalans enjoy calcotades - a different kind of BBQ. Calcots are a kind of spring onion that ripens at this time of year. After grilling, peel off the burnt skin, dip in romesco sauce and eat. Rumor has it that part of the fun is rubbing the black ash into your neighbor's face. Before you go around throwing onions at one another, find a Barcelona hotel that fits your needs.
  • Fuerteventura – for a day away from the beach chair, the Islote de Lobos Nature Reserve offers the chance to see birds and plants not found anywhere else in the world. The reserve is a short boat trip from Corralejo.
  • Majorca – Palma. The Coves del Drac (the Dragon Caves) on the edge of Porto Cristo is one of Majorca’s largest tourist attractions. The caves were discovered in 1896 and have bizarre stalactite formations. After the tour, visitors can return by boat and to their Palma de Majorca hotel across the lake.
  • A 1950s art colony and 1960s hippie haven, Ibiza is known for its hedonistic resorts, fine beaches, and electric nightlife. The crowd is cosmopolitan—chic, gay, and middle class visitors, mostly from Europe, the U.S., and Australia. The town and inner island are interesting and have some quiet corners, but most visitors are here for the anything-goes nightlife.
  • Valencia may appear modern and industrial, but look again. The heart of the city has renowned museums, art collections, and beaches. Valencia is where paella was created, El Cid fought the Moors, and the wild spring festival Las Fallas is held. The nightlife in summer is a beach party at open-air discos and in winter bar crawling in the historic district.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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    Homage to Catalonia

    George OrwellOrwell fought against Franco in the Spanish Civil War, then returned to England and wrote about his experiences and analysis of the political machinations that led to the Fascists’ victory.

    For Whom the Bell Tolls

    Ernest HemingwayOne of the great 20th-century war novels. The novel follows Robert Jordan, a mercenary from the United States, during the Spanish Civil War.

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