How To Spend Your Time In Spain
Art & Architecture Galore With A Booming Nightlife
Spain intrigues me due to its amazing architectural buildings, the art & culture, and the natural beauty of this country. It brings a feeling of easiness to just be out and about exploring it’s sights. It is the fourth largest country in Europe, so you know it will surely have many wonderful places to see. You will be able to take delight in the Spanish foods, and enjoy all their fine art.
Due to its massive landscape you can get a taste of everything from the mountains to the beaches, the hillside to deserts it just provides it all. Which in turn can have you feeling overwhelmed trying to decide on what to do and where to go, so here is my list of cities I would plan for in my travel itinerary.
Home to some beautiful arts of work and some astonishing architecture. A good public park to visit is the Park Guell an urban nature reserve with many different gardens and architectural views.
The temple La Sagrada Familia is a popular unfinished church with an amazing design structure. When your inside staring at the ceiling it makes you feel like you have been transported somewhere else.
Casa Mila another great design by Antoni Gaudi takes you back to a different era with each floor showcasing something unique such as the:
- Milà Family’s Apartment (An Art Exhibition)
- The Butterfly Courtyard (A Living Nature)
- The Flower Courtyard (Walls of Paintings)
- The Whale Attic (Gaudi Exhibition)
- The Warrior Rooftop (With Stone Warrior Statues)
During the summer nights the La Padrera Jazz is a nice place to be with live music on the rooftop (Casa Mila) with a great view overlooking Barcelona. Make sure to check out the street festivals on Las Ramblas Boulevard to take in all the street performers. As well as stop into the Picasso Museum to check out an extensive collection of the late great painter.
Another must see stop is the Magic Fountain it gives you everything you need for an amazing water show you won’t soon forget. This city has so much more to offer that you will certainly be entertain for your whole trip in just this one stop alone.
The capital of Spain will have you glowing in its breath-taking beauty and spectacular pieces of European art which can be found at the Prado Museum a collection of well-known painters.
The Retiro Park is a massive public park where you can take out boats onto the lake, enjoy the beautiful rose garden (which Madrid has many amazing gardens), and see plenty of elegant décor around the park as you walk along the different pathways. While strolling along the area take a break, have a seat in the grass, and relax with your Nintendo Switch, game on everyone.
Looking for a great place to get your shopping and dining on then head to Gran Via. Don’t forget to experience the wonderful nightlife of Madrid too. Spain’s night life tends to start pretty late about 12 and can go till 4 AM or a little longer than that, but hey no worries enjoy your Sangria’s for me.
The Real Madrid CF stadium is another thing you will have to visit for sure. Also if bull fighting is your thing then you are in the right place for it to experience what some would call an art form in itself that can be debatable though.
This is a great place to be for the summer with its many beaches, and their greatest tourist attraction the futuristic looking building of La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias which houses:
- L’Hemisfèric (A Planetarium & IMAX Cinema)
- Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe (A Hands on Science Museum)
- L’Umbracle (A Parking Structure Lined With Trees and A Metal Archway With A Sculpture Garden)
- Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofia (A Opera House)
- L’Oceanogràfic (Europe’s Biggest Aquarium)
Then head to Turia Gardens for a nice relaxing stroll after all that sightseeing at La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, or if you want to see some street art then go to El Carmen and stay for its night life there too. While on your trip make a stopover at The Central Market of Valencia a great place for tourist and locals.
The Sociable Spaniards
The Spaniards are fantastic people and they know how to make you feel welcomed in their lovely country. They are a very sociable group of people who love spending time with friends, family, or anyone really once they are socializing and having a great time.
They love their culture especially eating and drinking. They do have such long lunch breaks, as well as they tend to have dinner pretty late compared to other places like as late as 9 PM. Which could also explain the booming night life festivities.
They are a group of people who know how to have fun, and of course they do things on routine. Certain things are done the same time everyday no matter what, so don’t go thinking you will change that. All in all, a great group of people.
Food & Drinks Equals A Good Time
The Spaniards truly enjoy their food and drinks taking their time to appreciate and enjoy their time together while eating. Paella is very common in Spain to have and can range in prices.
Churros Con Chocolate is a popular breakfast dish (or any other time of day really) that is bent in shape rather than just straight like other churros in different parts of the world. The chocolate is used for dipping. Other great eats are:
- Jamon (Ham)
- Crema Catalana
- Tortilla de Patatas
- Queso Manchego
- Tortilla Española
- Seafood Too
Some Drink Choices:
- Vino Tinto (Red Wine)
- Tinto de Verano (Like Sangria Just Without Triple Sec and Brandy)
- Kalimotxo (Red Wine Mixed With Coca Cola
- Agua de Valencia
- Cava (Fine Champagne)
Where The Art Is Center Stage
Barcelona, Madrid, and Valencia have so much to offer, but if your still in need of some excitement then just take a little side trip over to Ibiza (one of the Balearic islands off the coast of Spain) which is known for its wild nightlife. Travel with your backpacks for a light packing side trip ladies check this one out by Pincnel, and gentlemen this one by Nike is very convenient too.
Most things in Spain seem to be reasonable priced, and a great place where you don’t really need a lot of transportation to really get around just your legs to get moving around the town.
The numerous parks and gardens alone are what would keep me in Madrid and throw in their great nightlife. I’m sold on this city as a destination hot spot. Barcelona and Valencia do this country justice with precious and unique art forms. It is definitely an art lovers dream here.
That’s all for now on sights to be traveled🗺 let’s travel to our next destination soon. 😁🎫🛫
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