Travel Spain A Short Guide To Spains Must See Cities Outside Madrid

Travel Spain A Short Guide To Spains Must See Cities Outside Madrid



Below you​ will find a​ list of​ some of​ the​ better Spanish cities I’ve visited outside of​ Madrid,​ with a​ short commentary on​ each:

Granada- Old city with heavy Arabic influence definitely worth a​ visit. Check out the​ Alhambra,​ the​ Albaicin (the old Arab quarter),​ the​ Turkish baths,​ and the​ main drag off of​ the​ main plaza. Most bars give out free tapas if​ you​ purchase a​ drink (even soda),​ and the​ tapas in​ Granada are much better than those in​ Madrid. the​ nightlife in​ Granada is​ famous and most clubs don’t close down until after 7 AM. There is​ a​ cool club called Kamborio in​ the​ Albaicin and another called Granada 10 (pronounced Granada Diez) off of​ the​ main drag.

Barcelona- Much more cosmopolitan and fun than Madrid during the​ day in​ my opinion. I took the​ double-decker tour bus around the​ city and thought it​ was a​ good way to​ see all the​ sites in​ a​ short period of​ time. Check out the​ Barrio Gothic,​ Las Ramblas,​ the​ yacht harbor,​ the​ beach,​ La Sagrada Familia cathedral and all the​ other works by architect Gaudi. the​ restaurant crowds get huge at​ two pm for lunch,​ so try to​ beat the​ rush. Port Olympico is​ a​ good area for nightlife,​ filled with bars,​ cafes,​ and many English-speaking tourists. It’s also right on​ the​ water,​ which adds to​ the​ atmosphere.

Marbella/ Puerto Banus- Two of​ the​ nicest towns I’ve visited in​ Spain. Within five miles of​ each other,​ both beach towns are filled with resorts,​ expensive homes,​ first-rate shopping,​ big yachts,​ and a​ wide variety of​ restaurants. After you’ve had enough traditional Spain,​ these areas are a​ nice change. Almost everybody speaks English,​ the​ buildings are relatively new,​ and you’ll feel like you​ are back in​ the​ first world.

Tarifa/ Morocco- Tarifa is​ the​ windsurfing capitol of​ Europe,​ and the​ city resembles a​ California beach town. It’s a​ great place to​ learn to​ kitesurf (two day minimum for lessons),​ windsurf,​ or​ go canyoning (climbing and sliding down water falls- with a​ guide). Tarifa is​ also a​ good jumping off point for a​ daytrip to​ Morocco. I took a​ guided tour of​ Tangier,​ which was really inexpensive and fun. the​ downside to​ the​ tour is​ that they push you​ into their own bazaars,​ rush you​ at​ times and try really hard to​ sell you​ carpets and spices. Even so,​ everyone on​ my tour agreed the​ day trip was worth doing. an​ overnight stay would give you​ a​ much better chance to​ see the​ city.

What I’d Skip on​ a​ Short Vacation

Cadiz- Tacky beach town with a​ cool history. the​ city is​ pretty run-down and not really worth a​ special visit.

Segovia/ Toledo- Unless you​ plan to​ spend a​ long time in​ Madrid,​ don’t waste your time on​ either. Segovia was cooler than Toledo,​ although a​ little harder to​ get to. Segovia has good food,​ a​ cool castle,​ a​ Roman aqueduct,​ and not much else (5 hours worth of​ stuff max.). Toledo is​ similar to​ any other old village in​ Europe,​ and its museums are really lacking. There is​ a​ historic synagogue,​ a​ small museum dedicated to​ El Greco,​ and a​ big Cathedral.




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