Spain Trip 2022: Top Things To Do In Madrid Over A Weekend – Swirlster

The political and cultural centre of Spain – Madrid – makes a grand first impression. A walk around its elegant boulevards, and you will find yourself admiring the beautifully-preserved medieval buildings at every nook and corner. The heart of Madrid is no doubt bustling with tourists, yet that’s where you will want to be – from Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol to making your way to Gran Via. Don’t be surprised if you are drawn to endless bar de tapas or tabernas to indulge in local delights of Croquetas de jamon (ham croquettes), Gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), Chorizo al vino (sausage in red wine) and pitchers of sangrias. That’s just the start; you are yet to explore lavish palaces, cathedrals, flawlessly manicured parks, a host of art museums called the Golden Triangle of Art, charming neighbourhoods, michelin-starred restaurants, pub crawls, a lesson of flamenco perhaps… the list goes on!

Best Things To Do In Madrid In 2022

Don’t know where to start? We are here to make it simple and easy by listing down the top things to do in Madrid over a weekend or a 2-night’s stay:

1. Start With Plaza Mayor

A great way to start is to be in the middle of it all. Make your way to the hub of old Madrid – Plaza Mayor, which is a 17th century landmark that was once the venue for ceremonial events as well as bull fights and executions. The three-storey buildings enclose a square with a statue of King Philip III standing tall at the centre (it was during his reign Plaza Mayor was built). Endless restaurants dot the area and make for a good spot to experience the place at leisure while sipping some wine. Before you leave, make a pitstop at a no-frill tavern called La Campana that serves a perfect on-the-go treat – Bocadillos de Calamares (calamari sandwich). Or for those with a sweet tooth, Chocolateria San Ginés is where you can grab the best churros.

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Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest travel rules for France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany … – MyLondon

June is in a couple of days and half term is here, which means holidays are on the mind – especially after two years of pandemic restrictions. While England has fully opened up its travel, there are still rules in place for other countries that passengers must be aware of.

When returning to England travellers do not have to complete a passenger locator form, take any tests, or quarantine. And many other any countries have now lifted all rules and restrictions on travellers. But some continue to enforce rules on international arrivals, such as Covid testing requirements and expectations of certain documentation.

For that reason, we’ve put together a list below of some of UK holidaymakers’ favourite European destinations with all you need to know about their current coronavirus travel rules, so you can make sure everything goes smoothly when you make your trip. Here are the latest Covid restrictions for France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Greece [...]  read more

From Evans to Hindley – Australia's Grand Tour journey gets a new chapter | Cyclingnews

Australian riders have for many decades been making a mark on the men’s Grand Tours, ranging from a Vuelta a España stage win by Don Allan in 1975, to 1982’s first Tour de France yellow jaunts by Phil Anderson or the green jersey winning sprint stars of the early 2000’s, like Robbie McEwen. Still it is only in the last 15 years that the nation has joined the fray of serious overall contenders.

In 2007 it was former mountain biker Cadel Evans that opened up a new world to Australian cycling fans – results that were built over three weeks with time carefully stolen in the mountains and time trials, and then just as carefully protected on the flat. Evans delivered a raft of firsts, from being the first rider from his nation to stand on a final Grand Tour General Classification podium to being the first and, until now, only Australian to win a Grand Tour.

On Sunday, however, Evans gained company as an Australian Grand Tour winner when Jai Hindley rode the pink carpet into [...]  read more

May 29 (Reuters) – Sudan’s military leader, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, on Sunday issued a decree lifting a state of emergency that he imposed after seizing control in a military coup on Oct. 25 last year.

The Transitional Sovereign Council said in a statement the decision was taken to create the right atmosphere for “a fruitful and meaningful dialogue that achieves stability during the transitional period”.

The Security and Defence Council had recommended earlier on Sunday lifting the state of emergency and releasing all detainees who were arrested under it.

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Travel disruption: 'We were on the plane when our flight was cancelled' – BBC News

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More than 30,000 people face disruption to their half-term travel plans over the next week, after airlines cancel dozens of flights.

For some holidaymakers, it will be their first chance to get away since the pandemic hit more than two years ago.

Some told the BBC of their heartbreak and anger.

Rob Gore spent 14 hours at Manchester Airport on Friday.

He had planned to fly to Turkey with his family for his sister-in-law’s wedding, but his flight was delayed.

After hours of waiting, he and his family finally boarded a plane – only to be ushered back off it at the last minute.

“When the news was announced on the plane by the pilot the kids just burst into tears,” he said.

The pilot said they had run out of hours they were able to work, so everybody had to disembark, he said.

“It was just an absolute farce from Tui, no reps available until right at the very end,” he said, describing his treatment as “disgusting”.

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Wealthy Russians exploit travel loopholes in Serbia and Uzbekistan to avoid EU flight bans … – iNews

Wealthy Russians are exploiting travel loopholes to jet to destinations like Cyprus, Italy and America while the country remains isolated on the world stage following the invasion of Ukraine.

Travel has become more difficult for Russians since the war broke out. While the elite are still able to jet off to Dubai and the Maldives, the most popular destinations for Russian travellers are in Europe, which have been cut off by the ban on Russian planes using EU airspace.

Russian tour operators and popular resorts in Europe have seen their revenue decline sharply as Russians find alternative destinations closer to home. But as the Instagram feeds of travel bloggers demonstrate, there are ways around the airspace ban.

Serbia has become a popular “back door” to the West and national carrier Air Serbia has increased flights between Belgrade and Moscow. Prices for the route have risen sharply but tickets are still being rapidly snapped up.

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OMG, I Want to Rent That House: Radda in Chianti, Italy – The Daily Beast

Vignalsole, Radda in Chianti, Italy (Vrbo): We don’t like to stereotype any destination, but there are certain things that inevitably come to mind—things a traveler hopes will come true—when planning a holiday in the Tuscan countryside. Olive groves, vineyards, historic towns paved with cobblestones, and old stone houses are key among them. (We like to blame Under the Tuscan Sun for these clichéd expectations.) Luckily for us, when it comes to Vignalsole, all of these dreams can come true. This home not only ticks off every one of those boxes, but it also offers much more for any poor soul desperately in need of a summer vacation.

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We’re pretty sure these are the views Leonardo da Vinci enjoyed in his childhood, ones that, if we may be so presumptuous, inspired the backdrops of his many fine ladies. Those women may have had gorgeous jewels, fancy frocks, and ermines, but only a modern Italian noble—or a traveler playing one—gets the luxury of frolicking in this pool during [...]  read more

Just opened: The luxury Rock House in Turks and Caicos – Travel Weekly

Rock House, the first resort tucked into the limestone cliffs of Providenciales’ north shore, opened in May.

Developed and operated by Grace Bay Resorts, the resort features 46 oceanfront villa-style accommodations, including studios and one- and two-bedroom freestanding homes as envisioned by Mark Durliat, CEO, during his travels to Italy and the south of France.

“Rock House is the Caribbean Capri, rivaling a trip to the Mediterranean without the transcontinental trip,” Durliat said. “As one of only a few Leading Hotels of the World properties in Turks & Caicos, Rock House brings a new experience to those seeking an alternative to beachfront resorts typically found in the islands.”

The standalone residences, which are available to resort guests when not owner-occupied, feature outdoor terraces, bathrooms with outdoor shower gardens, 13-foot vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the sea.

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