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Spain

Spain is a fun, vibrant place to visit, full of exciting adventures and fun-loving people.
  • Barcelona is accessible by low-cost airlines directly from Naples, and features an all-night party scene and some extraordinary architecture by Gaudi. Enjoy tapas, relax with a drink at a beach cafe, and enjoy seeing the city via one of Europe's easiest and most comprehensive subway systems. Take note of what airport you are arriving in - some low cost carriers fly to an airport that is actually 100km outside the city, requiring a lengthy transfer. You want to fly to BCN (Barcelona Int'l Airport), not Girona or Reus. A must see is Las Ramblas, which is pretty much a 'piazza' that runs a bit over 1 km that is packed with shops, street performers, and tourists (just watch your pockets). Additionally, try a bike tour - an easy highlight for a trip to Barcelona. Fat Tire Bike Tours (http://fattirebiketours.com/) is an excellent choice, run mostly by Americans.
  • Madrid, the capital, has amazing museums and a lively night scene.  Perhaps one of the best places to get tapas (small dishes of Spanish food)
  • Granada, near the southern Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun), is a beautiful old city that boasts the amazing Moorish Alhambra palace.
  • Pamplona is famous for its "Running of the Bulls," part of the festival of San Fermin, which is basically a huge, city-sized, increasingly international outdoor frat party.

Portugal

  • Lisbon is the vibrant capital, with thousands of years of history and beautiful beaches nearby
  • Porto is the home of one of Portugal's most famous exports, Port wine.
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