For the first time in my life I left my home country of Australia and ventured over the ocean - or slept rather - into Spain. A country where my family's heritage originated and had not visited for the past 22 and a half years.
I write this while I sit in my apartment in Malaga, Spain. The hometown of my mum and the place where I got a formal letter from the owner regarding me climbing onto the roof of my apartment. Regardless of this, whilst being in Spain for the past month there are certain places and events that have happened that have really defined the trip for me. Places and experiences that I will never forget for as long as I live and places where you really need to visit twice to fully take it all in.
Without further ado welcome to my list of 4 Things You Can't Leave Spain Without Doing.
Barcelona - The Magic Fountain of Montjuic
Why is it called 'the magic fountain' you ask? Well you'll have to go at night to find out why. I'm going to be brutally honest and say when I was told about it I didn't really have much interest in checking it out but I'm so glad I did. It's one of those places where you need to visit at least once in your life time because it really is that good. Every night of the week from 8:30pm-10:30pm (except for Wednesdays) thousands of people gather to watch the fountain come alive with colour and music. You won't regret it (and you'll earn some serious brownie points from your significant other by taking them there).
The Alcazar of Seville
It goes without saying that this place wouldn't have made it to the list if it wasn't amazing, but what does it for me is the fact that this place is one of the locations where Game of Thrones was filmed in season's 5 and 6 (I freaking love Game of Thrones). It's a palace and garden all in one but it's not any old garden. It was originally used in the 11th century to house Muslim kings when they had conquered Spain during this time and in 1947 it was officially made a World Heritage site by UNESCO. What really amazed me was the size of the entire complex. From the outside it looked quite small, that is, until you enter its doors and realise the scale of the palace and garden. The Alcazar of Seville is a place you don't want to miss on your travel's through Spain.
Ibiza - D'alt Vila (Old Town)
I came to Spain with my family (who I love very much) but when some friends asked if I wanted to go to Ibiza for two days of partying how could I turn it down? Needless to say I took up that opportunity and partied 95% of the time away. On the last night of my time in Ibiza I wanted something more mellow, I wanted to go and explore what Ibiza had to offer behind all of the clubbing and partying scene. I spoke to the receptionist at Sun City Apartments (where I was staying) and he mentioned D'alt Vila, otherwise known as Ibiza Old Town. I caught a 10 minute bus (number 14) to D'alt Vila and began exploring. No more than 5 minutes later I found myself walking along the walls of the city walls that were over 1000 year's old and down streets made of cobble stone and painted white. I have to say right now, hands down, that my time exploring D'alt Vila was the highlight of my trip there. It blew my mind, I never knew Ibiza had anything else to offer other than what I came to do (party).
The Jewish Quarters of Cordoba
My favourite city I've visited in Spain (as of yet) and by far the hottest temperatures I've ever experienced were all felt in Cordoba, the hottest day reaching 44 degree Celsius. To get around this, the locals go out during the early morning and late in the afternoon to avoid the hottest part of the day. Ironically I visited a place called the 'Jewish Quarters' on the hottest day we were there, at the hottest part of the day (if you wanna avoid tourists and locals alike this is the perfect time to go exploring). The Jewish Quarters were kinda tricky to find since its not actually called this by the locals. Instead we entered the address 'Calleja de la Flores', one of the most famous streets in the Jewish Quarters and started our adventures there. With its streets the width of two people and flowers hanging on every house you pass you can easily get lost amongst these streets, but with amazing tapas bars and cafes on every street corner how can you complain?
Spain, a country with thousands of years of history ingrained into its rich culture. A country that is so travel bug inducing it will make you want to come back for a second dose. These are just some of my favourite places I've had the absolute pleasure of visiting. If you want to see more of exactly where I go and what I see through my eyes you can do so by heading on over to my social media pages linked below where I post regular content.
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