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Spain with friends

Traveling Spain with my best friends, great food and art.

by josorioAbout Me:Since I was a young girl, I loved learning about other countries and their cultures, and when I grew up travelling became that escape from reality and a chance to have more one on one family time. I’ve connected with my father through pict... read more

EuropeSpain10 days / September - October 2017

Highs & Lows

The trip itself was a whole high, probably traveling with friends and visiting so many beautiful places.

Getting lost in Madrid on our way to Las Rozas, maybe too much time lost.

Itinerary Overview

Some years ago, my friends and I planned a trip to Spain, to get a chance to travel together and enjoy this beautiful country. We started the trip in Madrid, flying in to Barajas Airport; when we got to the city, we took the subway straight to the hotel, the H10 Puerta de Alcalá; a standard hotel with nice rooms and great location, being just a walk away from Puerta de Alcalá, park El Retiro and many other places. There is a lot to do in Madrid, from visiting museums to enjoy art and history, walk around to look for monuments or amazing parks, eat great food and just have a lot of fun. For me, the best thing to eat was any typical place with tapas and some wine, it’s the best you’ll try; the best place to find this for me was in Toledo, a gorgeous village we visited one day, a few hours by bus from Madrid; it looks right out of any medieval story, has incredible views and great food, it’s a must. If you’re a sports fan, you should go to the Real Madrid stadium, el Santiago Bernabéu, where you can tour around, shop at the huge store and even check for upcoming matches, you may be lucky to be there for one. While staying in the city we had the chance to do a bit of everything, from shopping to party to eating and enjoying art.

A few days later, we traveled to Barcelona where we stayed at the H10 Casa Mimosa hotel, near Casa Milà. Barcelona is a beautiful city, filled with great buildings, plazas and just overall beautiful; which is topped by the magical building by Gaudi popping up here and there. For me, one of the greatest things was being able to enjoy the architecture, from the Sagrada Familia, to Parc Guell and so many other incredible landmarks. In Barcelona you also have the chance to visit the famous stadium Camp Nou if you’re a fan, as well as check out any available matches. One of the great things about Barcelona is the beach where you can just take a walk and enjoy the sun for a while. For shopping and just walking around there are two places that caught my attention, Las Ramblas, a street filled with lights and street market like shops, and Pueblo Español, a replica of an old town with beautiful streets, shops and places to eat. If you’re into partying, there are some amazing places near the beach in the city, a must for weekend nights. There is a bit of everything in this beautiful city.

  • 5 Nights: Madrid
    Friends, Food and Art; what else is there?
  • Day trip: Toledo
    A day in medieval times
  • 5 Nights: Barcelona
    A city that’s art in itself

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Packing lighter clothing; being October I thought it would be colder and packed heavy clothing.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Since getting lost wasn’t precisely wrong but fun; nothing.

  • How was the food?

    I recommend Jamon serrano in Madrid, probably at El Museo del Jamon.

  • Packing tips?

    Check the weather the days before you go so you know what type of clothing its best to pack.

  • Transportation Tips?

    I am a fan of walking, so mainly that; you can get around well in the subway or bus.

  • Booking details?

    I make most of my reservations on Expedia or directly on the hotel websites.