30 Beautiful Alhambra Photos

Alhambra
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— The Granada War ended in 1491 with the Treaty of Granada, thus eliminating the last Arabic foothold in Iberia and ending the Reconquista. Now, the entire Iberian peninsula was under Christian rule. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella forced the Muslims out of Granada in 1492, unless they vowed to convert to Christianity. Arabic influence

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12 Things to Know Traveling in Spain

Seafood display at Vinitus
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The afternoon siesta is not in Spain’s history yet. Shops and businesses in most of the smaller cities and villages, and even some in the bigger cities, close for 2-4 hours starting between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. The hours vary from shop to shop. The staff is out to lunch or running personal errands. Lunch

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23 Inspiring Photos of Sagrada Família

Nativity Scene
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— Photos of Antoni Gaudi’s architectural masterpiece, El Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Família. It has been under construction in Barcelona for over 100 years. Gaudi also paid homage to nature throughout his designs. Click on any photo to view them all full size.

Madeira Carnival

Madeira Carnival Gala at Pestana Casino Resort, Funchal, Madeira
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Madeira, like most of Portugal, comes to life with Carnival the week before Lent to celebrate the coming of Spring and to have the last fun fling before the traditional somber period of Lent. The parties and parades of Madeira Carnival last for more than a week and conclude the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday with a

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