It Rains In Spain

Rioja Competition


To celebrate the wonderful news that a Rioja wine (Cune Imperial Gran Reserva 2004) won the Wine Spectator award for the best wine worldwide, here at It Rains in Spain we’ve decided to honour their victory and all the wonderful bodegas in La Rioja with a giveaway! To be in with a chance of winning […]

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IRIS interview – Cherry Radford


In a new series covering writers, musicians and artists inspired by Spain, IRIS Magazine talks to the British writer Cherry Radford, author of the highly acclaimed novel Flamenco Baby, a passion-laden tale of romance and dance. Cherry Radford can certainly claim to know her music – a former piano teacher at the Royal Ballet Junior […]

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Wonderful Tenerife

Discover Tenerife Talk about diversity. From soft sandy beaches and bustling family resorts to rugged clifftops and soaring mountains, there’s so much to love about Tenerife holidays. You may be familiar with Tenerife’s reputation as a party island, and if you head to the resorts of Playa de las Americas or Los Cristianos in the […]

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The Canary Islands: A Brief Lowdown

The Canary Islands: A Brief Lowdown There’s no denying that the Canaries are a popular choice with British holidaymakers looking for a piece of sunshine. If you have found yourself in one of the more popular resorts during the peak times, you will know that they can be incredibly busy, lively and fun-filled. However, the […]

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Why Spain? A brief overview

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Sun, Sea and Siestas in Spain   Ah, Spain. It’s the perfect holiday destination with just about everything you could ever want. Mountains, vineyards, beaches, cities, culture, heritage… it’s got all of that and much, much more.   Land of sun, sea, sand and siestas, it’s a popular destination for beach breaks. There are various […]

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Barcelona Voted Top Choice for an Arts and Culture Break

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Seafood in Galicia – A Beginners Guide


So you’ve packed the umbrella, brushed up on galego and you’re ready to head up to the far north-west of Spain to Galicia. In a land of crashing waves and dramatic coastlines, where the tides punish the cliffs relentlessly – life, culture and gastronomy unsurprisingly revolve around the wild Atlantic. Along with the magical city […]

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It Rains in Spain Magazine

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In the the magazine section you’ll find in-depth pieces on all aspects of Spain. From interviews and events, to great restaurants, hotels and cultural commentary, the Magazine offers a range of articles from our team of travel writers. Feel free to leave comments, share articles and get involved. Don’t forget to check out our It […]

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University of Alcala de Henares – Past and Present

University of Alcala de Henares Spain

Less than 30km from central Madrid lies the stunning university city of Alcala de Henares. As well as it’s charming historic core, the city boasts one of the most famous and reputable Universities in the country. In addition to the local students, large numbers of foreign visitors descend on the city every year to take […]

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El Escorial Monastery – A Royal Ode to God

El Escorial Monastery

Nestled in the Sierra Guadarrama a little over 50km from Madrid sits the splendid and astonishing El Escorial monastery complex. Burial ground for Spanish monarchs, symbol of austere piety and retreat for the Madrid nobility, El Escorial has been an important location in Spanish history for 500 years. The town of El Escorial comprises both […]

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