Barcelona

Barcelona is a thriving city because of the proximity of the Mediterranean  Ocean and all the things to do in the city itself, it is mostly known for its architecture and art.

 

First things first, a visit to “las ramblas” while in Barcelona is essential. A long strip of vendors, restaurants, cafes, shops, street performers etc. It begins with this memorial of Christopher Columbus and continues on after that.

Check out the world famous stadium, home to FC Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia is a well known Roman Catholic Church. Though I did not get to go inside because of the construction, the outside was amazing to see.

 

It won’t take long to realize why Barcelona is known for its architecture. You can make a day out of walking around the city and simply looking at all the intricate architecture displayed around the city

Be sure to take a visit to the beach. Arguable one of the most beautiful beaches I have visited because of the crystal clear water….just make sure you don’t make the same mistake I did and unknowingly end up in the middle of a nude beach!

 

Barcelona is home to the Picasso Museum and many Flamenco dancers performing everyday. Photos or videos were not permitted in either of these things, but they are definitely worth a visit.

Madrid

Madrid is a city full of unique culture and is filled with lots of history, so I wanted to share different things that I love about the city

The Royal Palace is a must see for anyone visiting Madrid

If you are a real Madrid fan, you will not be disappointed. There are fans and fan gear everywhere!

 

The oldest restaurant in the world “El Botin” is located in Madrid, although they do not have vegan food I had to pay this restaurant a visit because of my favorite author, Ernest Hemingway’s references to it in The Sun Also Rises.

The city itself is always awake! Other than the daily siesta, most of the locals will enjoy a casual night walking around the city or even starting their dinner or eating some tapas at 10pm. Most places don’t close until midnight

For any art lovers El Prado Museum is the place to go. Many works of art displayed by thousand year old artists can be viewed here

Street art is everywhere! Take a second to admire it

Check out Egyptian Ruins at the Temple of Debod at the local park, you won’t be disappointed

Check out Buen Retiro Park

Day trip to Toledo

Toledo is a famous walled city about 40miles from Madrid. It is the perfect embodiment of the Spanish culture. You will enjoy the history and culture while also being surrounded by modern restaurants and cafes.

We took a train to get to the city, and from there you can choose to take a guided tour, a taxi, or simply walk around the city

A small train that runs all throughout the city took us around the city and stopped a few times for us to take photos. Usually I prefer to explore on foot, but this is a good alternative if you are short on time or want stories and other details of the city

 

If you venture out on foot, you’ll have fun exploring the unique streets, or even if you take a taxi it will be interesting to see your driver barely fitting through the spaces!

   

Visit breathtaking cathedrals scattered all over Toledo, either admire them from the outside or you can choose to pay a small fee and visit the inside which I recommend because they are all amazing.

Day trip to Segovia

While in Spain, we took a day trip to Segovia. A modern city built among an ancient medieval city

 

After taking a train from Madrid and a bus, we were dropped off in front of the ancient city. Segovia is famous for the ancient Roman aqueduct that was built thousands of years ago and still works to this day!

I recommend spending a good portion of the day here and planning to have lunch here. While exploring the city, you may stumble upon an enormous cathedral, which is the tallest building in the city.

If you continue to venture off through the city, you will find these gates that lead to something even more impressive…

This is the Alcazar de Segovia, a castle that looks like it came straight out of a children’s fairytale book. Sadly, it was under construction so we couldn’t go inside, but the area surrounding the castle has a beautiful view of Segovia.

Buen Retiro Park

The Buen Retiro Park is a popular hangout place for many locals in Madrid.

 

The park has many water features including little row boats!

 

But don’t worry, If you don’t like the water, you can stick to the paths in the park and enjoy the scenary.

 

While you’re walking you may come across a crystal castle!

 

There’s even a museum inside. Go inside, take some photos, and enjoy the view!

Visiting Spain and Paris

In the summer of 2016, my parents and I took a backpacking trip to Spain. Whenever I visit Spain it’s always special to me because I used to live there as a little girl. It feels like home and as if I had never left. On our trip we visited Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, and Barcelona. After about 10 days, we went to Paris to finish off our trip.

Check out Paris pt.1

Check out Paris pt.2

Check out Barcelona

Check out Madrid

Check out Barcelona Vegan Restaurants

Check out Madrid Vegan Restaurants

Check out Paris Vegan Restaurants