Jenny here….got behind on my posting…again. I spent 3 amazing weeks in Spain room mid September to early October.
San Sebastian, Spain
I flew from Greece to Barcelona, Spain and immediately took a train to San Sebastian, where I would be meeting back up with Derek and some of his family and friends who were there on holiday for a long weekend. We had a great time catching up, making new friends and hanging out with a wild crew full of Irish and Australians…fun times. We hung out on 2 of the stunning beaches in town, ate at many of the delicious pincho bars and consumed an incredible amount of yummy red wine that costs 2 euros a glass.
We spent one afternoon at a cider house enjoying amazing food served family-style to long picnic tables, and sampling all of the different barrels of apple cider.In the evenings, we hung out on the small narrow cobblestone streets enjoying endless glasses of red wine and laughing a lot.Our last day in San Sebastian was spent hanging on a gorgeous beach!San Sebastian turned out to be one of my favorite cities in Spain, with some of the best food that you can find in the country, cheapest (good) wine, and incredible beaches!
I had a few days to spend in Barcelona and I immersed myself in the incredible architecture that the city is known for, and also tasted some amazing tapas while there.
My first day included a tour around the city seeing all of Antoni Gaudi’s famous buildings and hearing the history about this widely-known architect that made such an imprint on this incredible city.
In front of the magnificent Segrada Familia
We ended at the Segrada Familia, Gaudi’s greatest unfinished masterpiece! We learned a but the different facades, which can be seen on 3 of the sides of the outside of the cathedral, and simply take your breath away with the detail. The following day I was able to get a tour of the inside of this insanely large cathedral, and it was absolutely incredible!
I had a tip from a travel buddy that once lived in Barcelona, to go to the Bunkers del Carmel for the best views of the city, so a few friend I’d met from my hostel joined me on the trek up to the Bunkers and we took in the breathtaking sights of the entire city!I did another tour of the Gothic quarter in Barcelona and learned more about the history of the city and some of the most important buildings in the city. Here I met Cat, an Aussie girl that I totally hit it off with and we hung out until we both flew out the following day.A group of us from the hostel went to a delicious highly recommended (by several people) tapas restaurant called Vitalus. We shared lots of different tapas plates and some tasty sangria!On our last morning, Cat and I went to the famous Boqueria Market, once voted the best market in the world, to wander around and grab different bites of food for lunch. Cat and I went up and down every gorgeous, colorful aisle taking in the fresh food sights and smells and ordered some local Catalonian food, shared an empanada, and skewer of grilled meat! We ate 2 fresh fruit cups each, they were just so delicious and cheap!
My time in Barcelona was so nice, I thoroughly enjoyed the city’s sights, food and drink…what more could I ask for?!
I flew down to Granada on a recommendation from some friends I met in Barcelona. When I originally arrived in Spain, I had no plan other than to eventually make it down the southern coast and get to Portugal. I relied on word of mouth from friends made at my hostel to plan what cities that I would visit, so that’s how I ended up here in Granada! I am so glad I did, because it became my favorite city in Spain!
My hostel was fun and social, with loads of activities keeping us busy. My hostel was also great in that they were able to get me tickets to the Alhambra, a huge Islamic palace and fortress in Granada built in the year 800.
I also went on a walking tour of the city led by a guy that worked for my hostel, which included seeing the famous graffiti around town, having a beer in a “cave” with a local that lives in it, and ending with an incredible sunset view over the city.
I also hiked the Sierra Nevada mountain range with people from my hostel, which was so great to be back to hiking and the great outdoors with spectacular views!
One night our hostel offered a special on paella, so much group of friends opted to enjoy that for dinner on our outside patio, then we took in a local Flamenco dancing show which was so entertaining and a neat experience!
Another one of my favorite things about Granada is that pretty much every restaurant gives you a free tapas with the order of a drink, so I never paid for food in this city! I also met a friend, Kim, originally from Malaysia but living in England for 10 years now. We hung out on and off over the next week!
I headed on a bus bound for Seville and immediately joined some friends from Granada for tapas and drinks and just relaxed for the rest of the evening.
I did a walking tour of Seville where we saw most of the main sights in the city and learned the history of the town. The tour ended at the stunning Plaza de Espana, which is breathtaking!
We took a break from the sun and listened to this guy play some great music!
After the tour, Kim and I got tickets to go inside the 2 cathedrals in Seville, the 2nd being the 3rd largest cathedral in the world, called Cathedral de Sevilla, which also happens to house the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
The tomb of Christopher Columbus
That evening we went to the Metropolitan Parasol building for a stunning sunset! We then enjoyed a free vegetarian paella dinner at our hotel which was delicious!
The next evening, our last one in Seville, we found a great recommendation for a local tapas spot and basically ordered the whole menu!
Kim and I decided to take a day trip to Cadiz, to see this ages old beach town that is considered one of the oldest cities in Europe! We took a train to town, then walked around viewing the cathedral, taking in some food at a local market, then lounging beachside for some rays. We also enjoyed some tinto de verano drinks in the square before heading back to Seville that evening.
My time spent in Spain was so amazing, and I am so thrilled that I was able to make it to this region in Europe! Up next, Lisbon, Portugal!