Reveling in Bilbao’s art scene

By Courtney Cleveland. Classic, ornate and modern are the first impressions I perceived of Bilbao’s architecture. The city steps away from the style of most major cities in Northern Spain because of its modern structures. Bilbao is developing into an interesting, artistic capital that welcomes the public into its exhibits, galleries and typical city life. In addition to major museums throughout the city, a visitor will come across art by simply walking down the street. Unfortunately there are several parts of Bilbao that are far from pleasing to the eye. Bilbao is an industrial city; therefore many structures are dedicated …

Alicante: Off the Beaten Path in Spain

By Olivia Young. You won’t find Alicante, Spain, in the guidebooks. At least, not unless you’re looking for it. Most publishers relegate it to a lone page or small corner of the “Costa Blanca” section, where it’s overshadowed by its more popular neighbors like colorful Valencia and ancient Murcia. And after living there for six months, I can see why: Alicante is not for the power sight-seers. It’s not for museum-junkies or 5-meal-a-day foodies. It’s for people who seek the authentic, day-to-day, not-so-bustling side of Spain — the side we always read about in novels and travel articles. In Alicante, nearly …

A Quick Re-Visit to Valencia, Spain

By Veronica Shine With a privileged location along the Mediterranean Sea, the third-largest city in Spain can boast itself as one charming place. Filled with designer shops, fabulous museums and a delicious cuisine it calls its own, Valencia, Spain is also a tale of two cities. This mixture creates just the right environment for a perfect break no matter the season. Compared by many as a smaller version of Barcelona, I included; I thought I would re-visit this Mediterranean city by the sea during the holiday season to compare the old and new. It has been several years since my last …