Where: Barçelona, Montserrat, Valencia, Madrid, Toledo
Who: Mr & Mrs Wanderlust with Neighborly friends
What: Holidays in España, DIY style!
When: April 2023
Welcome to our travel blog where we share our unforgettable journey through Spain's most beautiful destinations. From the vibrant city of Barcelona to the spiritual Montserrat, from the stunning beaches of Valencia to the historic cities of Madrid and Toledo, join us as we explore the best of Spain.
We believe in getting to know a place intimately, which is why we opted for a DIY travel style. By exploring Spain on our own, we were able to truly immerse ourselves in the local culture, interact with locals, and move around freely, making our trip all the more authentic and memorable.
VISA NOTE: For Filipino passport holders, obtaining a valid EU visa can be a lengthy and tedious process that requires careful planning and preparation months in advance. However, the opportunity to explore the rich history, culture, and beauty of Spain is definitely worth the effort and we hope our blog can provide helpful tips and insights for fellow travelers embarking on this journey.
How We Got There:
We booked our flight with Emirates, with a layover in Dubai before finally arriving at Barcelona, Spain - the perfect starting point for our adventure through the stunning landscapes and vibrant cities of Spain.
NOTE: With stopover in Dubai without going out of airport, there is no need for transit visa, but check with your country to be sure.
Where To Stay:
During our stay in Barcelona, we opted to stay in the lively La Rambla area, which boasts a plethora of shops, restaurants, and attractions all within walking distance. The central location allowed us to easily access some of the city's most iconic landmarks, including the Gothic Quarter and La Boqueria market. With so much to see and do, La Rambla proved to be the perfect base for our Barcelona adventure.
What To Do:
1. Explore La Rambla
Exploring the vibrant streets of La Rambla in Barcelona, where the lively atmosphere, captivating street performers, and delightful array of shops and cafes make it a must-do on any traveler's list.
2. Experience and Eat at La Boquieria
Stepping into the sensory paradise of La Boqueria in Barcelona, we found ourselves in the midst of a culinary haven where top chefs flock daily to procure the freshest and highest quality fruits, vegetables, seafood, and animal products, while the bustling stalls welcome visitors from all walks of life, offering an unforgettable gastronomic experience
3. Enjoy the Beautiful Buildings
Strolling through the streets of Barcelona, we were captivated by the architectural wonders that surrounded us, with every turn revealing a symphony of old and beautiful buildings, showcasing the city's rich history and artistic flair, leaving us in awe of its timeless charm
4. Adore Sagrada La Familia
Visiting the awe-inspiring Sagrada Familia was an experience beyond words, as we marveled at the magnificent blend of Gothic and modernist architecture. Stepping inside this masterpiece, the interplay of colored light, soaring columns, and intricate details left us breathless, making the ticketed entry well worth it for an unforgettable journey into Gaudí's visionary world.
5. Day Trip at Montserrat
Embarking on a day trip from Barcelona to Montserrat, we found ourselves in a world of breathtaking natural beauty and spiritual significance. As we ascended the mountainous terrain, the jagged peaks of Montserrat unveiled a striking landscape that seemed straight out of a painting. Upon reaching the Benedictine monastery, we were greeted by the serene atmosphere and stunning views that stretched as far as the eye could see. Exploring the monastery, we marveled at the ornate architecture and intricate details of the Basilica, feeling a sense of tranquility wash over us in the presence of the revered Black Madonna. To immerse ourselves further in the surroundings, we ventured on a hike through the winding trails, encountering hidden chapels, picturesque viewpoints, and the ethereal sounds of the Escolania de Montserrat, the renowned boys' choir. As the sun began to set, we bid farewell to Montserrat, filled with a deep sense of gratitude for the unforgettable experiences and spiritual connections we had discovered in this remarkable sanctuary nestled amidst Catalonia's majestic mountain.
6. Looking at other Gaudi's Buildings
Stepping into a Gaudí masterpiece, we were transported to a whimsical world where architectural wonders defied convention, as every curve, mosaic, and intricate detail came together to create an enchanting experience that left us in awe of Gaudí's genius
7. Night Walk at Gothic Quarters
As the sun went down, we ventured into Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, ready to embrace the magic of its nighttime atmosphere. The cool breeze made for a pleasant stroll as we wandered through the maze-like streets. It felt like stepping back in time as we explored the quirky specialty shops that lined the cobblestone pathways. From handmade crafts to vintage treasures, each store had its own unique charm. We couldn't resist popping into a few, getting lost in the maze of trinkets and souvenirs. The whole experience felt like a nostalgic trip, immersing ourselves in the past while enjoying the thrill of discovering hidden gems. Walking hand in hand, we relished the cool evening air and the enchanting ambiance, making memories that would forever remind us of our time in the Gothic Quarter.
9. Churross at a Classic Chureria
No trip to Barcelona is complete without indulging in the heavenly delight of churros. We made it a point to seek out a traditional churrería, one that had been serving these delectable treats since time immemorial. The aroma of freshly fried dough filled the air as we approached the charming establishment. We eagerly ordered a plate of piping hot churros, eagerly anticipating that first blissful bite. Crispy on the outside, yet soft and fluffy on the inside, they were pure perfection. Dipping them into the thick, rich chocolate sauce was sheer decadence. As we savored each mouthful, we couldn't help but appreciate the authenticity and heritage that came with every bite. It was a delightful experience that connected us with Barcelona's culinary history, leaving us with a craving for more long after we had devoured the last morsel.
10. For the Football Fans!
To commemorate our love for football and our visit to Barcelona, we couldn't resist getting a Barcelona jersey from the official Barça shop. It was like stepping into a fan's paradise, surrounded by a sea of vibrant jerseys and memorabilia. Choosing the perfect jersey, we eagerly imagined ourselves sporting the iconic colors of the team. With each purchase, we not only took home a tangible souvenir but also carried a piece of the city's football spirit with us, forever cherishing the memories made in Barcelona.
OUR NEXT LEG -> VALENCIA, SPAIN
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