My heart is currently set on Europe. I am desperate to go to Spain (amongst several other countries).
Since I was being lazy on New Years Day I decided to catch up on some shows. Both Booze Traveler on the Travel Channel and Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown on CNN had episodes in Spain with the mention of Granada in each one.
Granada is the capital of the province of Granada which lies in the region of Andalusia in Spain. It is at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains and is about an hour away from the Mediterranean coast. The city is the 13th largest urban area in Spain.
The most famous structure in Granada is the Alhambra which is a Moorish citadel and palace. It is the most renowned building of Andalusian Islamic history. There is a heavy Moorish influence in the architecture of the city.
Granada is a city full of History and Culture. From some of the earliest Celtic immigrants to gypsies to the Roman invasion, all have crossed paths in Granda.
Of course, tapas are a way of life in Granada. When hanging out with friends at night, going from bar to bar ordering drinks and sampling some incredible food.
Through it all, my heart longs to wander amongst Spain.
My heart is set on Spain as of late. Well, and just about all the other countries around the Mediterranean but for today, we’ll just focus on Barcelona.
Barcelona is the one the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula on the Mediterranean Sea.It has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers. Barcelona is Spains second largest city. It is the 10th most visited city in the world and the 3rd most visited in Europe, following London and Paris.
Barcelona is an important cultural centre, rich with cultural heritage with a tradition in the creative arts, craftsmanship and architecture. The city is full of parks, museums and has some of the top beaches in the world. Barceloneta beach has been listed as one of the top ten beaches in the world by both National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. Barcelona is also a major fashion capital and of course is known for its food and nightlife.
Barcelona is home to several World Heritage Sites. Park Guell, Palau Guell, Casa Viceno, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Palau de la musica Catalna and Hospital de Sant Pau. The church of Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882 and is set to be completed by 2026.
I would love to be able to just wander about Barcelona for days…
For more on Barcelona, check out http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/barcelona
I have had a fascination with Spain for years.
Year after year I would hear of how amazing the culture is and beautiful of a place it truly is. One of my Spanish teachers in high school would always talk of Spain and every other year she would take a group of students. Unfortunately my family moved before I was able to join one of those groups. A couple of weeks ago, I met a girl around my age in Chicago that lives in Spain. She has always had a love for the country and then a few years ago she moved to Spain and absolutely loves it. I know the feeling and I’m dying to experience it again…but thats a different story.
Maybe its the food (i would just about kill for some good paella) or the beautiful landscape or quite possibly that most Spanish men are beautiful (i mean, did you not watch the world cup at all this summer). So, I’ll start with San Sebastian for my first post for Spain.
San Sebastian is on the northern coast of Spain about 12 miles from the border with France. Its a small city with some of the best beaches in Europe. It is a town full of culture and history but the biggest reason that I want to go to San Sebastian is for the food.
It is said that there are more Michelin stars per square foot than any other place in the world. Two of the top ten restaurants in the world also happen to be in San Sebastian. This region has had a huge influence in the whole gastronomy scene within the past few years. Although I am a fan of fancy meals, I am always down for some tapas or pintxos, as they are called in this region. Most people go from bar to bar, enjoy a few pintxos and drinks at each location. I mean, put me by the ocean and give me some awesome food within a beautiful city…well, that pretty much spells perfection to me.
For more on San Sebastian, check out http://traveltips.usatoday.com/travel-san-sebastian-spain-27526.html.