SPAIN

 

I wish I knew more about Spain,

but the truth is

I haven't been there as much

as other places.

 

And when I have,

I haven't done a good job

of keeping track of the places we loved.

 

I can't give you a ton of stuff,

but I can give you a pretty decent list 

for Barcelona.

 

My full post on the city is here

if you're looking for additional commentary or my favorite shopping.

 

 

 


BARCELONA


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METRO: The Barcelona metro is really easy to use and really cheap. Read my post about it here.

PARC GUELL: Make the trek up to Gaudi's panoramic park that overlooks Barcelona. It's a bit of a haul out there and admission isn't free- but it's something you have to do when you're in Barcelona. 

PICASSO MUSEUM: Another "must" that isn't cheap... but it's worth spending a morning wandering around this extensive museum dedicated to the work of Pablo Picasso. The good news is, you'll work up an appetite and find loads of yummy restaurants to satisfy you nearby after you're finished.

LAS RAMBLAS: Yes, it's touristy, but its Barcelona! No trip is complete with a meander down this famous street.

LA BOQUERIA: This food market along Las Ramblas is a culinary- and visual- feast. With everything from freshly caught seafood, vibrant produce and bins overflowing with candy, you'll find something to satisfy any craving you could possibly have.

 

EAT

TANTARANTANA: Located in the Born area, this tapas place is just perfect for your daily required dose of piquillo peppers, cheesy ham croquettes and chorizo. And with glasses of cava for just €2.50 and most tapas plates at €2-4, you'll walk out of there with enough cash left in your pocket to buy yourself a souvenir at some of the great shops nearby.

MAKA MAKA BEACH BURGER CAFE: If you're headed to the beach, this is a fun place to get a burger. It's definitely "cool," so you may need to wait. It's worth it though. The food is great, and the patio is really lively. 

LAS FRITAS: After you've stuffed yourselves with burgers from Maka Maka, head across the street to Las Fritas for a giant cone of fries. Get it the way the locals do with a giant dollop of mayonnaise.... or stick to ketchup, if your stomach can't handle the thought.

 

STAY

HOTEL MARKET: I really loved this hotel. We paid around €69 per night (via the TABLET site) and felt like we hit the jackpot. It's about a 15 minute walk to Las Ramblas, but a good walk. We didn't mind, so if you're in the mood for a great hotel (with a great restaurant and bar) and aren't intimidated by being in a more residential area, this is your place.

 


MADRID 


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GRAND VIA |

CALLE FUENCARRAL

MERCADO SAN MIGUELhistoric food market fun to explore)

RETIRO PARK |

THEYSSIN MUSEUM |

PRADO MUSEUM |

CALLE SERRANO |

SALAMANCA AREA | a bit more upscale) for shopping and strolling.

PLAZA MAYOR | for a drink/tapa and to view the famous plaza.

 

EAT 

DIVERXOSpanish & Asian Fusion. Amazing interiors and presentation. 3 Michelin Stars!)

LA TERRAZA- CASINO DE MADRID | Amazing rooftop dining overlooking city. From 1970's.)

VIRIDIANA | Modern interiors/ classic Spanish ingredients and olive oils)

ZALACAINClassic interiors/celeb clientele/ Madrid institution of fine dining)

SANTCELONIImpeccable dining standards: from the perfectly presented food to the Baccarat crystal on the table)

LA GABINOTECA | Cool decor- great atmosphere, clever food using Spanish ingredients) SUPER COOL AND HIP

MERCADO DE LA REINA | Great tapas bar or dining room for meals with larger portions/menus. Classic Spanish items done well and easy price points. Gin lounge in basement for after-dinner drinks, too.) SUPER COOL AND HIP

SACHA | Standard Spanish food with small twists. Was owned by parents, but son "SACHA" has taken over since their death with great success.) No website- just Facebook page. SUPER COOL AND HIP

EL RINCON DE ESTEBAN | Traditional Spanish cuisine, and very close to your hotel. May be a great option if you’re tired on your first night in? Or for lunch when on your open day, as it’s near the art museums?)

EL COGOLLO DE LA DESCARGA | Unpretentious, Northern Spanish food that is loved by locals and is very affordable. Location just off Plaza Mayor.)

MURILLO | 

CHOCOLATERIA SAN GINES |

 

STAY

WESTIN PALACE MADRID |

 


TOLEDO




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GOTHIC CATHEDRAL |

SANTA MARIA LA BLANCA |