Spring Break is at the end of March.
And you know what that means, right? Right? Of course you do!
Wanderlust has won again and I am visiting SPAIN!
I’ve wanted to visit Spain for a very long time, having only heard amazing things from friends, and now I finally get to experience this incredible and vibrant country for myself!
Of course Spain is very diverse, consisting of several unique regions, and since I only have 9 days (sob) free from my job, I can’t spend nearly as much time as I want exploring each and every area. God, I could spend 7 weeks in Spain and not feel bored, I bet. Wait, scratch that. 7 weeks wouldn’t be enough time.
So to keep it simple and time efficient, I’m splitting my itinerary between Madrid and Barcelona. As much as I wanted to explore Andalusia, southern Spain will have to wait for another trip. Perhaps next year.
As you’ll see in a few seconds, I don’t have many set plans for each city. At all. I’m still doing my research, but want to leave plenty of time to simply explore and see what happens. I’m awful with planning every second (control freak) and need to stop that ASAP.
Plans for Madrid
I’m flying into Spain’s capital and spending 5 nights there. While 5 nights may seem excessive for some people, especially the quick “must-see-it-all” types, Madrid has piles of museums that I wanna check out, as well as a variety of day trips, such as Toledo and Segovia.
What are some of my plans, you say?
— visit both Toledo and Segovia.
— pretend to be all intellectual as I explore The Prado Art Museum. Art museums are best experienced alone, in my opinion, and I’ve heard this is one of the best art museums in the world. So excited. If I have time, I’ll go to some of the others. Any recommendations?
— walk around Retiro Park and hopefully enjoy the sunny weather. At the end of March, Madrid won’t be toooooo warm, but I’d rather feel cool than sweltering hot. I’m lookin’ at you, Berlin in July.
— eat lots of tapas and drink lots of sangria.
Plans for Barcelona
After Madrid, I’m taking the high-speed train to Barcelona for four nights. Barcelona will provide me with a completely different experience, since it’s the capital of Catalonia and quite unlike the rest of Spain. I have fewer set plans for Barcelona than Madrid. I mostly want to soak up the ambiance of this city and enjoy my surroundings instead of running like a tourist and checking sites off a list. Here are my completely lacking plans.
— see all of Gaudi’s crazy architecture.
— possibly do a day trip out to Montserrat.
— try not to get pickpocketed on La Ramblas and The Gothic Quarter. Haha, all joking aside, I do want to see Barcelona’s funky touristy spots, but also want to explore lesser known neighborhoods. Your thoughts are appreciated here.
Since I’m going to Barcelona in late March, I’m hoping some of the crowds are smaller. Fingers crossed.
Do you have any suggestions about what to see and do in these two cities? Are you planning on visiting Spain in the near future? Where are you going this spring?