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Pamplona – more than bulls!

While the small city of Pamplona is world-renowned for its Fiesta de San Fermín held every July, there is so much more to this atmospheric city than wild bulls stampeding down the main street, as our Camino Destination Expert Sue discovered during her visit in May. With the running bulls and rowdy San Fermin crowds...

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Hiking in Japan

Hiking in Japan – Kumano Kodo or Nakasendo Way?

If you are interested in hiking in Japan, RAW Travel offers two great walks – the sacred pilgrimage that is the Kumano Kodo and the Nakasendo Way, an easier route through the mountains of central Japan. We often get asked about the differences between the two walks and if they can be combined in one trip....

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True Cross, Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana

The secret of Santo Toribio Monastery

Deep within the spectacular Picos de Europa National Park in Northern Spain there is a relic that is inextricably linked to the Camino. On her recent visit to Europe, RAW Travel’s sales manager Mel Reynolds found herself in the monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana kissing this treasure – purportedly the single biggest chunk of Christ’s...

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Travel apps you will actually use!

As technology has improved, the number of options for staying connected while travelling has increased. While this means more choice, it can also be confusing. Here at RAW we are strong advocates of detoxing and tech-free adventures, but it’s still worth knowing what’s reliable and economical. We asked our Destination Experts for their favourite ways...

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A Spanish castle you can afford to sleep in!

Soaring turrets, dramatic moats, imposing guard towers and untold elegance await you in Spain’s historic Paradors. Turn your dreams into reality and spend a memorable evening at this magestic castle-hotel near Pamplona. Located in the centre of the Navarran village of Olite, just a 40-minute drive south from the buzzing city of Pamplona, the Parador de...

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Park Güell in Barcelona

Madrid & Barcelona: Gateways to your Camino de Santiago adventure!

Madrid and Barcelona are popular gateways for those walking the Camino de Santiago. We highly recommend spending at least a day exploring these wonderful cities before or after your walk. Our in-house Flights Specialist, Rosalind, can book your hotels, tours, flights and many other city experiences in conjunction with your Camino walk. Madrid can also be...

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Owner of Jam Jar Inn, Kyoto

Making memories at Kyoto’s Jam Jar Lounge & Inn

Ever since coming to Japan on a working holiday visa more than 25 years ago, Melbourne’s Danny Matheson has been infatuated with all things Japanese. A self-confessed Japophile, Danny made Kyoto his home 3 years ago. Having worked in the travel and hospitality industries in Australia for 20 years, he opened his own guesthouse –...

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Portuguese Tarts at Lisbon's Pastéis de Belém

Portuguese Tarts at Lisbon’s Pastéis de Belém

If you are making a trip to Lisbon then eating pastry is a must-do! The famous bakery Pastéis de Belém in the district of Belém is famous for pastries. Coming here will be a culinary highlight of any trip to the Portuguese capital – it’s here that you’ll find the unique flavour of time-honoured Portuguese...

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Why I love Kyoto

Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, is a wonderful contrast between old and new, modern and traditional, energy and serenity. For many people the very name Kyoto conjures up the classic image of Japan: streets of traditional wooden houses, the click-clack of geta (traditional wooden sandals) on the paving stones, geisha passing in a flourish of brightly coloured...

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