Spain Trip Itineraries
Best Things To Do In Barcelona
Barcelona is rich in culture, history, landscape and of course sangria, vino tinto and endless tapas. It's hard to do and see it all if you're only there for a short period of time. This guide will help maximize your stay, see the most poignant landmarks and gain both the greatest cultural and social experience in just a few days. Experience an eclectic choice of hotels, restaurants, monuments, clubs and neighbourhoods that will make you feel like you've lived in the city for years. read more about Best Things To Do In Barcelona... Read More
Your First Time In Barcelona
One of the only city's where you can be skiing at 9am and surfing by 5pm, Barcelona has the laid back ambiance of a beach town with the vibrancy of a cosmopolitan city.
A definite must see for a first timer in Barcelona, is the old city, or 'ciutat vella.' Spanning everything below Plaza Catalunya, areas such as the Gotico, Born, Barceloneta and the Raval, feature windy alleyways, boutique shops, niche cafes and above all, an incredible rich history with stunning architecture. Divided down the middle by the famous, Las Ramblas walkway, everything in the old city is accessible via foot and easy to find.
Moving away from downtown, venture into the more modern, Eixample district, directly above Plaza Catalunya. This area boasts wider streets with more mainstream and elegant stores, as well as an incredible selection of yummy yet affordable restaurants.
This area is also accessible via foot or public transport. There's definitely no need to rent a car if you're staying in the city. In fact it's harder to get around with a car. Public transport is efficient and everywhere and if you feel inclined to rent something, opt for a small motorbike. Barcelona is extremely scooter friendly and it's a welcome change from walking every now and then. read more about Your First Time In Barcelona ... Read More
Barcelona on a Shoestring
Barcelona is the perfect city for those on a budget. It's very easy to still have an incredible time, even if your wallet's sitting a little light. There's plenty of interesting places accessible for free and in a city where most things are within walking distance, it doesn't cost much to experience the true taste of Barcelona. It's even possible to sample some Spanish tapas and forgo eating tuna out of a can, at least for a day. Since wine is cheaper than water in Barcelona, engaging in an exciting and eventful night out is never a problem and you might even end up with a few euros left over for the cab ride home. This guide will help you gain a true feel for Barcelona without spending your last cent. read more about Barcelona on a Shoestring ... Read More
Romance and Leisure in Marbella
Thousands of couples flock to the Costa del Sol to be spoiled with the luxury that Marbella has to offer. This is one of the most popular vacation spots in Spain and among the most posh resort destinations on the Mediterranean. It’s no surprise that you’ll find the best of the best here in everything you do—with excellent spas, beautiful beaches, and award-winning restaurants, Marbella is the definition of “leisure destination.”
We’ve planned four days of sun and sand that balance relaxation with a healthy dose of outdoor activities. The landscape around Marbella is gorgeous, making it a golfer’s playground. The Marbella Golf and Country Club has a prestigious reputation, and even if you’re not the golfing type, there’s a tennis and fitness club, riding stables, and a first-class spa. If you’re looking to get out on the water, the Academia Escuela Nautica Deportiva de Marbella offers sailing lessons and trips around Marbella Bay.
Pamper yourself on your first and last days by visiting two of the area’s luxury beachfront venues, Buddha Beach and Purobeach Marbella. Located in Puerto Banus and Estepona, respectively, these chic spots were built for indulgence. You’ll get away from the city and have no trouble relaxing—choose from private beach beds, V.I.P. jacuzzis, and spa treatments for a relaxing afternoon complete with a cocktails and a picturesque Mediterranean sunset as the evening sets in.
While in the city itself, stroll down Avenida Ricardo Soriano, where you’ll find upscale boutiques and well-respected jewelers. If you’re on a tight schedule or budget, this probably isn’t where you want to take your lady—she might get lost trying on endless pairs of shoes.
It would be a sin to visit Marbella without paying a visit to the restaurants included in this guide—most notably Messina and La Hacienda. Outstanding gastronomy, attentive customer service, and romantic settings make these restaurants ideal for an intimate dining experience. With so many impressive restaurants in Marbella, it was difficult to choose—perhaps you’ll want to check out our list of the Top Ten five star restaurants in Marbella and decide for yourself. Feature Image: JoséMa Orsini/Flickr read more about Romance and Leisure in Marbella... Read More