Wednesday, 11 October 2017

My Itinerary In Spain


So before we start, I would like to mention that this is my itinerary and what all places I visited. At most places, I stayed in Hostels and was traveling via public transport or on foot but you can alter things according to your convenience and the time you have.
The total duration that I was in Spain was 16 days (including the internal transfers, arrival, and departure from Spain) and the break up for the same are as follows - 

Barcelona - 4 days
Seville - 2 days
Granada - 2 days
Madrid - 4 days
Valencia -  2 days

In Barcelona, I stayed at Kabul Party hostel located in La Rambla. You can check a hotel suitable for you. 
What all I visited in Barcelona - 
1. Montserrat - It's a Monastery located about an hour away from Barcelona on the multi-peaked rocky range.
2. The local vineyards near Montserrat along with some Spanish Lunch and a tour of the Vineyard. 
3. Once back in the city, roaming the streets of Plaza De Catalyuna. 
Tossa De Mar
4. You can take a bus from Plaza De Catalyuna to Costa Brava i.e. Lloret De Mar, take a walk on the beach and then a ferry to Tossa De Mar where you can tour the Old Town Village and the new Fisherman's Village. Lunch options are huge there with lots of varieties and good alcohol. 
5. Take a walk down the streets of La Rambla while sipping on some coffee and post that dinner can be done at a good restaurant in the same area. 
6. Ham Tasting can be done at Jamon Experience in La Rambla. 
7. Walk till the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar one great cathedral you can check it. 
Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar
8. All chocolate lovers need to visit the Museu De La Xocolata and then sip onto the rich, dark, creamy hot chocolate. 
9. Picasso Fan? Stand in the line to enter the Museu Picasso and enjoy the art. (I didn't have the patience to stand in line for about almost an hour and a half).
10. Just close to this is located the Parc De La Ciutadella. It's huge, take a walk, and go and see the Arc De Triomf. 
La Sagrada Familia
11. Don't forget to eat and post that sit beside the water at Moll De Bosch I Alsina. Close to La Rambla. If you want check Museu d'Història de Catalunya if you are interested in knowing the history of Catalyuna. 
12. Camp Nou is a must for all football fans. Take the tour of the whole stadium. 
13. Limited time in Barcelona? One place which you must for sure visit is the La Sagrada Familia, it's beautiful. 
14. Love food? check the La Boqueria market.
15. Montjuïc - A hill in Barcelona and the view from there is very good. You can see the docks, the city.
That's all folks for Barcelona - Check the detailed blog for more suggestions. The blog will be out soon.

Camp Nou
Alcazar of Seville


It's time for Seville -
1. The most important place The Alcazar of Seville along with a tour of the Jewish Town.
2. One of the most beautiful cathedrals is the Seville Cathedral. Located near the Alcazar.
3. Plaza De Espana and Parque De Maria Luisa go hand in hand. Do check this place out and take a walk here as well.
4. Do not miss the Flamenco here and some drinks and tapas in the bars/restaurants nearby.

Plaza De Espana














The Alhambra
Time to explore Granada -
1. The Albaicin which is a small town located about 15 mins from the city center.
2. The Alhambra and the Generalife is the must here. Remember to book the tickets in advance.
3. Do not miss the bylanes near the Granada Cathedral if you want to shop.
4. Food ? check the restaurants and bar near Plaza Nueva. Tip - Granada has a tradition that if you order a drink at the bar, you get a free Tapas.
P.S. Stay somewhere in the city center. I stayed at Hotel Inglaterra.

Albaicin


Let's check out the capital - Madrid.
My friend - Priyanko Sarkar who also writes joined me for the next couple of days. In Madrid, we stayed at Hotel Silken Puerta America. The rooms were really good just FYI.
Things to do in Madrid.
1. Plaza Mayor, the city center has lots of attractions and things to check out in the areas surrounding it.
2. San Miguel Market, lots of tapas, shopping for vegetables and more, some good sangrias and a bar kinda feeling.
3. Do not miss the churros at the Chocolatería San Ginés, it is the oldest place in town serving them.
4. If you are an art lover then you need to spare one day for the 3 Art Museums

  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  • Museo Nacional del Prado - This is the biggest of the 3.
  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. 
Palacio Real
5. The king's palace - Palacio Real and the Cathedral de Santa Maria. Both of them are opposite each other and worth visiting. 
Parque de El Retiro










6. Palacio de Cristal and Parque de El Retiro, they both are located together and you should take a walk in the park for sure. It's really good. 
7. We decided to take a single day tour to Segovia and Toledo which you can do as well. (Check city discovery for the same. They will show you around the two places.)



Time for the last destination of the trip - Valencia. 
To be honest, I couldn't enjoy it that much as it was raining most of the time (it usually doesn't rain during those months I visited)
Mercat Central
1. Visit the Mercat Central for some freshly baked croissants/bread and coffee. You can also find amazing vegetables and ham. 
2. La Lonja - The Silk Exchange - the place will show you the background about how the silk exchange started here. 
3. Iglesia de Santa Catalina Mártir (Santa Caterina) - Located a few mins walking from the Mercat Central. The cathedral has a tower having just 127 steps to climb up and you can see Valencia from there. 




Cathedral De Valencia
4. Cathedral De Valencia - You can easily spend 2 hours here. Take an audioguide to know the story behind all. 
5. Museo Nacional de Cerámica - I enjoyed this place, the art, the designs and the sculptures. It was worth it. (At least we were indoors and saved from the rains)
6. Museo Arqueologico De La Almonia - An innovative way of seeing the remains of the different civilizations that have existed in Valencia.
6. It was La Tomatina time when we were in Valencia and decided to take a tour to Bunol in order to play with tomatoes and have fun there. The festival happens on the 31st of August every year so you can plan accordingly. 








With this, the trip has ended. I wish I had more days to explore other areas as well but with the time I had in hand, I think I covered quite a lot. I hope you guys enjoy traveling through Spain and exploring the places. There might be some places I have missed which you might come across so you can put it down in the comments section below so that other reader can check it and visit them.
BTW, I forgot, you can follow me on Twitter - @HungryBawarchi, Instagram - HungryBawarchi, Facebook - The Hungry Bawarchi for travel updates, food updates and more. I'm soon going to be traveling more.

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