Travel: Planning a trip to Spain

Over the last few years, I’ve managed to travel quite a lot. This past weekend I spent a whirlwind 24 hours in Berlin (posts coming soon!), however I don’t have any more plans for 2017 yet. You may remember that I won flights to Barcelona at an event last year, so I’m thinking of making the most of them and travelling around mainland Spain, which is somewhere I’ve never actually been before. I have previously been to Majorca twice but I’ve always wanted to visit the mainland.

Barcelona which is the capital of Catalonia (but not the capital of Spain, it’s easy to get confused!) is located along the North East coast of Spain and is a very popular city for holiday makers. I’ve always wanted to visit Barcelona to see the famous architecture including Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia which I learnt about in school as a child. I also like the fact that although it is a city, it has a beach as well so you can split your time between seeing the sights and relaxing on the sand.

Another coastal city that I would like to visit is Valencia, which is around 3.5 hours away if you travel by train. My parents visited Valencia when they went on a cruise a couple of years ago (the image I’ve used above is one that my dad took whilst they were there) and they really enjoyed it, so I think that I would too.

Further along the coast is Mojacar which is an elevated mountain village in the Province of Almeria and has brilliant weather especially in the summer months, it has more than 3000 hours of sun per year and it’s very rare for rain to fall in Mojacar at all which sounds amazing, especially if you’re planning a bit of sunbathing.

A couple of other places that I would love to visit in Spain are further inland, such as Madrid which is the capital city. I’ve heard so much about this fashionable city and have always wanted to visit, especially as it’s the capital – I think there’s always something about more interesting about visiting capital cities. Seville is also on my radar as I’ve heard that it’s beautiful.

Now I’ve got a list of places I want to visit, I need to start looking into how I will get there as I don’t think I’m brave enough to rent a car and drive on the wrong side of the road! I quite fancy using the Spanish railways so I can see more of Spain along the way.

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