Spain Trip Itineraries
Historical Cordoba in 2 Days
Cordoba’s rich and interesting history comes from its role as a prominent fortress during Roman, Muslim, and Christian rule. Once the intellectual capital of Europe, Cordoba is now a prominent Andalusian city and commercial metropolis with a wealth of monuments that make it a popular destination for Spanish and international tourists.
The Eurostars Maimonides hotel is conveniently located in the Jewish quarter, just a few steps away from the Mezquita. In this historical district, you’ll find a number of other destinations on your journey, including the synagogue and the Alcazar.
Whether you’re traveling with friends, kids, or on a romantic weekend, this guide covers the basics for a 2-day trip to Cordoba. Just don’t go on a Monday-many of the attractions and some of the restaurants will be closed. Feature image: flydime/Flickr read more about Historical Cordoba in 2 Days... Read More
Travel Green to Barcelona
This Mediterranean city is full of dazzling architecture, delicious tapas, and beautiful beaches. It also has a long history of preserving its green spaces, and the city is full of parks with interesting histories and unusual designs. read more about Travel Green to Barcelona... Read More
Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Spain
Make the most out of your Spanish vacation by using our top 10 fun restaurants in Spain as a guide. El Cuchi is a loud, rowdy, and irreverent restaurant with traditional and tasty Spanish fare. Tacos, fajitas, and nachos with guacamole are all winners here and the tequila flows freely all day long making for a festive atmosphere. Twisters in Torrenova offers a fun time for everyone in the family. You can watch live sports action on one of the many big screen TV's located here and there are free Playstation consoles to keep the kids entertained. Yummy Yummy has the quality fare needed to back up its name. Regular entertainment and fun-filled games add to the atmosphere that will keep you coming back for more. Movie Restaurant serves up tasty food and cocktails while you take in movie clips and music videos. La Fonda offers delicious Catalan cuisine at prices that won't break you. We highly suggest you try the lamb shoulder and show up early for your meal since no reservations are taken. read more about Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Spain... Read More
Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Spain
Our top 10 romantic things-to-do in Spain guide is sure to rekindle the fire in your relationship. Jardines del Campo del Moro is a beautiful park that stands at the front of the Royal Palace. It's a historical site as on this spot, Moorish troops fought the Christian troops during the reconquest of Spain. This is an ideal place for a romantic stroll or picnic. Cala Mondrago Beach is one of the country's best hidden gems. You can explore coves, take a swim, or walk on the beach here and admire the beauty of nature. Hotels and restaurants that serve delicious fresh fish line the beach in case you get hungry. Spoil yourself and your spouse with a trip to Six Senses at Hotel Arts Barcelona. Unwind with a relaxing massage and treat your lady to an amazing facial sure to restore spirit, body, and mind, making her feel special. read more about Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Spain... Read More
Top 10 Restaurants in Spain
Find the very best in Old World cuisine with our top 10 restaurants in Spain guide. Casa Patas excels with wholesome traditional Spanish dishes and it also doubles as a flamenco club with shows nightly, so come early for the delicious food and stay late for first-rate entertainment. Make sure to stop by Restaurant Montiel when you're in Barcelona. This critically acclaimed restaurant is located in the posh and trendy Born neighborhood, so wear your best attire. This is the best place in town to indulge in fresh fish bought daily from local markets. Km5 is a comfortable and cozy dining venue that serves up delicious Mediterranean-influenced fare such as grilled meat, fish, and homemade pasta. Km5 also houses a boutique, art gallery, and a stunning garden lounge where you can enjoy the view with a cocktail. Our top 10 restaurants in Spain guide can be used to fill your itinerary with delectable dining choices for your trip abroad. read more about Top 10 Restaurants in Spain... Read More
Top 10 Nightlife in Spain
Use our top 10 nightlife in Spain guide to find the most happening night spots in all of Europe. The Hyde Club is an up and coming club in Barcelona where top 40 and hip-hop rule the night. Hyde Club caters to a younger and hipper crowd of university students and young professionals that enjoy dancing the night away in this small disco. Moog features industrial decor and a metal floor and ceilings as a backdrop to its infectious techno music. There is no strict dress code here so it's easy to gain entrance - so bring comfortable shoes and be prepared to dance. Bar Ego is attempting to shake up the club scene in Barcelona. It's an eclectic mix of restaurant, bar, art gallery, and clothing shop, so it has something to offer everyone who walks through the doors. read more about Top 10 Nightlife in Spain... Read More
Hot Spots: History, Tapas, Nightlife
If you think you have enough energy to hit up the main sights in Granada and still enjoy the best of its nightlife, this is the guide for you. There’s a lot to see in Granada, and fortunately, it is possible to fit the main attractions and a lot of fun into a two-day trip.
Arrive early on Friday and get situated in Hostel Atenas, an affordable, centrally located base with a helpful staff. Get your map at the front desk and walk toward the center of the city to Manolo, where you’ll start the day with traditional dishes from Granada and Andalusia. Nearby is the Granada Cathedral, a beautiful example of Spanish Renaissance architecture, which is rich with political and religious history. Around the cathedral, there are a number of vendors selling fresh spices and teas that make for exotic souvenirs.
Balance the time you spend in the Cathedral and your next destination wisely, as there is a wealth of uniquely Moorish architecture to be seen in Albaizín. As you begin walking up this hilly district, you’ll encounter a number of shops that have a counterculture vibe, selling scarves, pottery, jewelry, and quality leather goods. Walk to the Mirador de San Nicolas, where you can enjoy fantastic views of the city, Granada Cathedral, and the surrounding sierra (mountainous landscape)—but most of all, it is a spectacular spot to appreciate the beauty of the Alhambra.
Satisfy your hunger and relax at El Huerto de Juan Ranas, located on the Mirador de San Nicolas. El Huerto de Juan Ranas, in addition to its exceptional views of the Alhambra, offers a romantic ambience and a delicious menu featuring a fusion of Spanish, Moroccan, and mediterranean cuisines as well as an extensive wine list.
Once you’ve had a chance to relax, you can explore deeper into Albaizín, where you’ll find hidden treasures of well-preserved original Moorish homes. It is truly a unique neighborhood unlike any other in Spain. If it’s getting late, it is advisable to take a taxi from the Mirador back to the Hostel, as the dark streets of Albaizín can be a risky area at night. If you feel like taking a nap, don’t hesitate—it’s Andalusian tradition.
Within walking distance from Hotel Atenas is La Riviera, a laid-back tapas bar where you can fill your stomach and start out the night with a few drinks. The walk to El Camborio along the Darro River is long but beautiful, with dimly lit cobblestone streets and the Alhambra situated to the right. If you’re not up for the walk, it would be best to take a taxi. El Camborio has numerous dance floors including four indoor “caves,” a glass-enclosed rooftop terrace, and an elegant outdoor patio that features—you guessed it—magnificent views of the Alhambra, illuminated at night.
On your second day, don’t hesitate to hit the snooze button—remember, you’re in Spain, and everything around you is moving at a relaxed pace. For breakfast, order a typical Spanish tostada (toast) with your choice of toppings: jamón (ham), tomate (tomato), mantequilla (butter), mermalada (marmalade), or simply, aciete (olive oil—a Spanish favorite). Café Fútbol has a large outdoor patio and other Spanish breakfast and lunch staples such as churros con chocolate (fried breakfast pastry with warm chocolate sauce) and various bocadillos (sandwiches), if you’re a little hungrier. After a warm Moroccan tea or a café con leche, you’ll surely be rejuvenated and ready to explore the Alhambra.
After drooling over the Alhambra from afar for an entire day, you’ll be more than giddy about finally visiting this legendary fortress. It’s best to buy your ticket for the Alhambra online, ahead of time, rather than trying to squeeze a trip to the ticket office into your plans and risking ticket unavailability. The Alhambra, originally constructed for what would become the last Muslim rulers in Andalusia, is Spain’s most prevalent site in regards to Islamic architecture. Peruse the endless rooms of this elaborate palace—no matter how much time you spend in the Alhambra, it may never seem enough.
Later in the day, stop by La Bella y La Bestia at the corner of Calle Cárcel Baja and Calle de Elvira—a short walk from Atenas. There is a decent amount of seating to rest your legs both inside and on the patio. La Bella y La Bestia is a well-known chain in Granada, and this location has an extremely relaxed atmosphere, serving large, delicious tapas that are sure to please your taste buds. If you’re craving even more of Granada and think you have the stamina, go out with a bang at Granada 10. It’s one of the most popular discotecas (clubs) in the city, featuring numerous dance floors—each with unique music varying from salsa to house.
This exhilarating two-day visit to Granada will give you a keen feel for the city and a preview of the culture you’ll encounter throughout Andalusia. Having gotten a taste for its one-of-a-kind neighborhoods, main attractions, tapas, and nightlife, you’ll find yourself wanting to return again and again. read more about Hot Spots: History, Tapas, Nightlife... Read More