Essential Travel Guide to Spain for 2020

Barcelona

Built around The Basílica de la Sagrada Família also known as the Sagrada Família, the city of Barcelona is also the home of one of the most successful football teams, FC Barcelona. The concrete jungle around the unfinished catholic basilica gives tourists the perfect opportunity to experience what a party in Europe feels like.

The Catalonian people are honest and very welcoming towards tourists. The food, nightlife, impeccable transport system, and law and order, everything is up for love. Before we get into the nitty-gritty, you would be pleased to know that there are tourist warning signs for pickpockets, short changing taxis, and other things people warn you about.

However, where the city is perfect in every sense of the word, be it culture, beauty, or romance, what it lacks is a change of scenery for people living in central London. The architecture is quite similar and so is the city’s infrastructure.  The city is also very busy, thus might not be able to give you the ‘vacation’ vibe you’re looking for.

Must-Do Things

  1. Visit the Sagrada Família
  2. Go on a Camp Nou Tour
  3. Go to the Park Guell during the daytime to experience sculptural buildings in all their glory.
  4. Go to Barceloneta Beach to experience the setting sun and the beginning of the city’s vibrant nightlife.



Valencia

Hemisfèric in Valencia

For history fans and scale modelers alike, the city of Valencia offers beautiful architectural feats in its concrete jungle. Tired of concrete? Visit the beach an experience the blue sea in all its vigor in front of you with contrasting red building tops behind.

The city is also home to the classic Spanish dish of Paella – a must have for all. Is it rice? Is it meat? Oh, no, it could be seafood! Or is it a mix of both? No, it’s Paella – there’s no other way to describe it.

Seeing is believing, and Valencia’s annual Fallas Festival is a prime example of that. We can describe its vibrant colors, sculptures, fireworks, or the general love people have for each other, but words simply aren’t enough to describe the experience this festival offers.

However, the transport system of the city isn’t as developed as you might be used to or that of close-by Barcelona. So you might have to walk a bit.

Must-Do Things

  1. Experience Malvarossa beach without having to see other tourists
  2. Try the Paella – we can’t stress this enough!
  3. If you’re visiting in March, don’t miss out on the heartwarming and religious Fallas festival
  4. Go to the Valencia Cathedral and see the Holy Grail. Maybe you’ll figure out whether this is the real one or not – something historians still debate upon?
  5. Walk or bike along the Turia river bed and see the beauty of nature firsthand.



Madrid

Madrid – Home to Real Madrid & Bullfights

Oh, yes; time to talk about bullfighting. You might have seen the videos or pictures, but nothing beats experiencing it for yourself in the city of Madrid. Seeing the bulls go at the torero full speed for yourself is something the camera simply can’t capture.

The 16th century architecture is enough to make even the coldest of hearts fall in love, either with the city or your significant other all over again. The city is clean, not just on the outside, on the inside as well. There is no smell or sewage or smoke in the air, only greenery. However, you might end up smelling bulls time and time again, but that’s expected from the capital of bullfighting.

The staff is accustomed to tourists and speaks English very well, offering bespoke services at all times. Unfortunately, not all eateries and restaurants enjoy the same fluency in communication. You might have to rely on Google translate if you are looking to go to local restaurants.

We recommend going there in spring, autumn, or winters. The summers can get extremely hot there and you might not get to see as much bullfighting action as you had hoped.  March is the best month for a visit.

Barcelona – Home of FC Barcelona

Must-Do Things

  1. Visit the green heart of Madrid – Retiro Park
  2. Explore King Philip V’s Royal Palace
  3. Football/Soccer fan? There’s always a match taking place at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
  4. Plaza de Toros – the name says it all. See the thrill of bullfighting for yourself.
  5. On a Sunday, go to El Rastro. It would seem like the whole city has come out to shop. Plus, you’ll get bargains you might not be expecting on everything!



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