By now you all know that I love to eat food and travel as well looking at the blog and the Instagram profile and the Facebook page and the twitter account. If you don't know, I'll say it again, 'I love eating, traveling and exploring new areas and also eat food in those areas.'
I will start with a long background now and directly get to the point which was what all went into the planning for the trip. I read about where all I can visit, what all can be done and started noting down. Took me about a month to plan a 16 day trip across Spain.
The places covered were Barcelona, Seville, Granada, Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Valencia and Buñol. The days of my travel were divided as below -
Barcelona - 4 nights & 4 days
Seville - 2 nights & 2 days
Granada - 2 nights & 2 days
Madrid - 3 nights & 4 days
Valencia - 3 nights & 2 days
Let's begin with the first place - Barcelona.
Stayed at Kabul Party Hostel as I was alone and to be honest, the place was good. Centrally located in La Rambla which is the most happening area. Majority of the bars, restaurants and the nightlife is there.
|The multi-peaked rocky range of Montserrat
|Cottage cheese and honey
It was time for some Spanish lunch along with a tour of the local vineyard which showed us the process of how the wine is made and not to forget the wine tasting.
The lunch has some classic dishes like the Gazpacho Soup, Ham and Cheese toast, the local cheesecake and more.
This was also complemented with wine. The tour took the next step and we did walk up to the vineyard and it was good that there was this walk as it helped us digest some food. Post the wine tasting, we headed back to the bus and to the city where the tour ended at Plaza Catalunya which is the city center.
|The vineyards at Oller del Mas Castle
It was already evening by the time I reached the city so I decided to explore the local area i.e. the streets near Plaza Catalunya a bit before heading back to the hostel.
A tip - Invest in a travel card there which will give you access to the buses, metros if any. You can travel as many times you want in the public transport.
Day 2 - Time to check out the beaches of Costa Brava. Here also I took a tour by Julia Travels and they took care of everything i.e. from travel to showing around and guiding with other things to see in the area.
|Lloret de Mar
|Tossa De Mar - View from The Walled In Old Town
Town - Vila Vella enceinte which is the only example of fortified medieval town still standing on the Catalan coast. There is a lighthouse up there which is now a restaurant but you can still see the view of the beautiful sea from there.
|The new Fisherman's Village street
While coming down, take the route through the town, you will see some old shops, houses and the lanes which were amazing. Eat lunch at the new fisherman's village or at any restaurant facing the beach. The food at all the places smells delicious.
The other option that you have is to go take a dip in the sea and enjoy the clean waters.
|Varieties of Salts you can find at La Boqueria
|Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar
On the list, there was Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, one great cathedral and it was huge and it was beautiful. At a walking distance of about 10-12 mins, there was Museu De La Xocolata and Museu Picasso. Do not miss the hot chocolate at the Museu De La Xocolata, it was just amazing. Go for the big cup and not the small. All art lovers have to check the Museu Picasso but remember there is always a big queue to enter. So if you have the time and patience, it is worth visiting.
|Arc De Triomf
|Trophy collection at Camp Nou Museum
Day 4 - Last Day in Barcelona and I kept the important places for this day. Started with Camp Nou and this is a must visit place for all football fans. The tour of the whole place will take at least 2 hours and you get to see the field as well. DO not forget to click many pictures here :P
Next on the list was a trip to Montjuïc, from here you can get a view of the town and also a view of the docks.
|La Sagrada Familia
It has been almost 135 years and the church is not complete yet and will take more 9 years for the same. The Gothic building is a UNESCO world heritage. One can actually spend hours in the church. (My images did not turn out that good, the weather was a bit cloudy but still, I managed to click some so apologies for the not so good images here.)
This was the last thing I did in Barcelona and was off to Seville after this and to know more about that, a detailed post on Seville and Granada are coming up soon on the blog, so subscribe now if you want updates and want to know about the coming parts of the trip.
Oh, I forgot to tell you how did Spain happen and why I wanted to visit the place. There is a small backstory to it.
Like last year, how I had taken a trip to Hong Kong and Bangkok, this year for my trip I had Spain in my mind. After a lot of confusion, thanks to some friends, office colleagues (They tried to brainwash me and confuse me with multiple places).
Spain was a place I wanted to visit from the time I saw the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD) (sounds filmy right ?). What they showed in the movie was something I wanted to explore, the country and the cities, understand the food there, the culture and learn more about traveling alone and enjoying.
Btw there will be a detailed post coming following this post in a couple of weeks on the individual places/cities.