Best of Spain- Discover It My Way
If you’re itching to embark on your next travel adventure, why not choose Spain? From beautiful nature and rich history to amazing architecture and even better food, this Mediterranean country has it all! But, if you’re still not buying the whole hype, here’s my little guide to discovering Spain and all its beauties.
Just two and a half hour train ride from Madrid lays Andalusia. Even though it’s not really a progressive region, it’s more than rich in culture, heritage sites, and things to do and see. If you choose to visit Andalusia, make sure to go to Granada. This little city is often forgotten and omitted from the itineraries, but if you’re a history buff, you’ll love Granada. If you visit in the summer, make sure to check out Alhambra—the famous Moorish fortress with many gardens and interesting buildings, but it if you find yourself in Granada in winter, grab the tickets for the Jazz Festival in November.
Munch on some tapas
While in Andalusia, don’t miss the chance to sample some delicious tapas. In case you’re not familiar with Spanish cuisine, tapas are small bite-sized portions of ham sausage or fish with olives, cheese, or different veggies and condiments. Usually, they accompany some good wine or any sort of alcoholic drink. So, pick your favorite combo and munch away, especially when you’re in Seville, Granada or San Sebastian.
Spy on some good art
If you really want to get to know a country or a place, just visit their museums and take a good look at their art. Luckily, Spain, and especially Madrid, has plenty of museums that will teach you all about this land and its culture and lifestyle. Madrid is a home to the so-called Golden Triangle of Art Museums that consists of the Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums. These are some of the best museums in whole Europe. Conveniently enough, they are located just 10minutes from each other!
Enjoy a flamenco show
If you’re a music aficionado and love to get your groove on, make sure to see some authentic flamenco shows while in Madrid. Flamenco is a Spanish national dance that involves a lot of singing, dancing, clapping, and beautiful music. Once you see a flamenco performance in its natural habitat, it will really change your life and cause a rush of raw emotions.
Having found yourself in Barcelona, get ready for some real excitements! But, it’s always the smartest to leave the best for last (just like I did), so make sure to explore the rest of Catalonia before you tackle its crown jewel. Fortunately, there are so many super fun Barcelona day tours that can take you on a short but sweet journey through Catalonia’s wine cellars, castles and monasteries, mountains of Spain, and even aquatic parks! Whichever tour you choose, you’ll have an amazing time, learn new things about Catalonia and take some real Insta-gold photos!
Learn about the beautiful architecture
No matter if you’re into pretty buildings or not, Barcelona has such distinct architecture that anyone can be entertained by it. Make sure to check out Gaudi’s works like Parc Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Batllo, Casa Vicens, and his unfinished masterpiece, yet a super impressive church, La Sagrada Família!
Chill in the Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter is one of the oldest and liveliest parts of Barcelona. It boasts amazing Roman and Medieval architecture mixed in with modern shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs. It’s really a magical, bohemian place with cute plazas and charming narrow roads!
Eat your heart out
Since I know that there are many foodies among travelers, it’s necessary to mention some other amazing Spanish dishes aside from tapas. Barcelona is rich with many restaurants, so pick one and order paella. This dish is made all over Spain and Mediterranean, but it’s the best in Barcelona (they put a little twist on it, and omit saffron). Another fun variation of the dish is called Fideuà, where you get noodles instead of rice. You can also sample some famous jamón ibérico (Iberian ham),manchego cheese, refreshing gazpacho, and tasty patatas bravas (sautéed potatoes).
Spain is a treat to all travelers, both beginners, and more seasoned ones, so make sure to travel to this beautiful and sunny country, and get a real taste of the Mediterranean life!
Author: Sienna Penfold – is a proud mom of an adorable baby girl and a blogger who loves to write about parenting, travel, food, pets, and lifestyle. Enjoy cooking, traveling and spending quality time with her family.