La Bella España

“Que sera, sera.” / “What will be, will be.”

Spanish Proverb

Spain is one of the most amazing, family-oriented, culture-rich countries in the world. While I’m biased, I’ve never talked to anyone who’s visited Spain and not loved it.

The saying “que sera, sera” (what will be, will be) sums up the Spanish perspective on life quite well. They take life a day at a time and enjoy every second of it.

Alicante

It kills me that during my year in Spain I didn’t have the good sense to blog about all of my experiences and adventures. Unfortunately, I was too wrapped up in the whirlwind of it all at the time.

I’ve been to Spain three times now for a total of year. I traveled there during a summer in high school, studied in Alicante for my college junior year fall semester and Granada for my college junior year spring semester.

Fortunately, I took more pictures than I could possibly ever go through, wrote in my journal, met amazing friends who I can reminisce with and made a lifetime worth of memories.

Now it’s time for me to give back and share my experiences and insight about the Spanish culture and traveling around my favorite country in world. No matter what season it is, there are truly limitless things to see and do.

Spanish Tapas

Here are a few of the “must-dos”: 

  • Tan on a beach in Costa del Sol: During our spring break trip, a group of friends and I decided to take a trip along the beaches on la Costa del Sol. Not only are the beaches beautiful, each of the small towns are unique and have something different to offer.
  • Stay at a hostel in Madrid: Although hostels have gotten a bad rep due to some bloody scary movies, they’re a great way to travel cheap. Hostel World is a great site to read what other people have said about potential hostels and  research prices.
  • Road trip through Northern Spain: Renting a car is a relatively cheap and fun way to travel around Europe. It gives you the flexibility to explore off the beaten trails and tourists traps. One thing to keep in mind is that tolls can get expensive so plan accordingly.
  • Eat tapas in Granada: Granada is one of the few cities that continues the free “tapas” tradition. Tapa translates as, “a small portion of food.” They’re served when you purchase a drink at bars and restaurants. Tapas range from olives to elaborate finger food. Every restaurant has something different, and there’s nothing more fun than trying them all! This is a list of popular tapas restaurants in Granada.
  • Guggenheim Museum Bilbao-spainParty in Ibiza: Not only is Ibiza an amazingly beautiful island, it’s home to the best house music DJs in the world. There really is no better place to party, relax and get an amazing tan all at the same time. Plan ahead and get a hotel/hostel close to where you want to be the majority of the weekend to avoid expensive taxi fares.
  • Visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao: There are countless amazing museums in Spain, but the Guggenheim was the one I enjoyed the most. It’s truly breathtaking with lots of modern art and exhibits. I could have walked around there all day. Not to mention, the city of Bilbao itself is gorgeous.
  • Go to an FC Barcelona fútbol game (Go Messi!): Fútbol and Spain are practically synonymous. There’s no experience more authentically Spanish than going to a soccer (know as fútbol in Spain) match, being part of the excitement and cheering on your favorite team.
  • Study at a Spanish university: Learning (not surprisingly) is a lot more fun when you do it in a foreign country. Even if it’s just something fun like art or music, try taking a course at a university in your favorite city in Spain. Granada, Salamanca & Alicante are all fabulous choices!
    Paella
  • Speak/learn Spanish from a native: You’ve probably heard people say it before, but the best way to learn a language is to learn it from native speakers in the native country. Before I went to Spain, I took over eight years of Spanish between middle school, high school and college. The growth I saw in my Spanish during my year in Spain compared to my eight years of classes was incomparable (and sort of sad!).
  • Eat {homemade} paella in Alicante: Alright, so you might not be able to have homemade paella, but you can get some that’s almost as good at restaurants throughout Spain. I prefer the paella along the southern/south eastern coast because it has a lot more seafood (which I’m a big fan of).

While this list only begins to scratch the surface of all the amazing experiences and adventures available to you in Spain, it’s a good place to start. Have more questions? Shoot me an email and I’d love to give you some advice for your next trip to, “la bella España!”

~ Miss Soucie

Paige

Lover of all things travel, food, fitness and cocktails. Currently the Community Director at Ampsy, supporter of the #yesphx community and always on the lookout for the next adventure.