Travel Guide: Spain

January 20, 2012

MADRID

ACCOMMODATION:  
Hotel Persal - Plaza del Angel, 12, 28012 Madrid
The room was pretty small but it was good enough for two nights. It was cheap as well. I read reviews on Tripadvisor and I found a good tip to request for the newly renovated 4th floor rooms. The concierge at the hotel was actually curious to know why I knew about the 4th floor rooms. It is centrally located and lots of restaurants near the hotel.
RESTAURANTS:
Taberna la Dolores - Plaza Jesús, 4, 28014 Madrid
Amazing paella made to order. It took about 20 minutes but really worth the wait!
Dehesa Santa Maria - various locations. Amazing tapas! 

SHOPPING:
Casa Hernanz - Toledo 18-20, near Plaza Mayor
Really good espadrilles for very cheap price. The shoes are so comfortable. I was wearing flats and getting blisters but once I started wearing them, I could walk for hours and look stylish!
Great souvenirs to take home to family and friends. Depending on the style of the shoes, the price can range from 4.25 Euros and up. Watch out for the line ups though.

SIGHTSEEING:
Retiro Park - a great way to burn off your meal. Take a stroll around the park or rent boats to row.
Royal Palace - stunning architecture and great history. A must visit.
Almudena Cathedral - opposite to the Royal Palace.
Campo del Moro - a great park behind the Royal Palace.

VALENCIA

ACCOMMODATION: 
Ayre Hotel Astoria Palace - Plaza de Rodrigo Botet, 5, 46002, Valencia
Great hotel and very spacious! I was surprised when I walked into my room, it was huge! Lots of closet space, king bed, his/hers sink, jacuzzi, big tv, and complimentary bottled water every day! I got a really good deal since I spent 5 days in Valencia. Centrally located again and close to all the high end shops.

RESTAURANTS: 

Restaurante la Vita e Bella - awesome Italian restaurant.Loved their pizza!

SIGHTSEEING: 
The City of Arts and Sciences - fantastic futuristic buildings!
Playa Malvarossa - great beach and lots of restaurants/bars nearby!
Turia Gardens - great for strolling around to hide from the blazing sun
La Lonja de la Seda - is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amazing architecture. Free entry!

SHOPPING: 
Paloma Verdeguer -C/ de la Paz, 10, 46003 Valencia. Found great shoes at this store and on sale!


BARCELONA

ACCOMMODATION
iStopover - provides short term apartment rentals. I wrote about my experience here.

RESTAURANTS:
Taller de Tapas - various locations but I went to the St. Josep Oriol location. It was a 2 minute walk from the apartment I rented. It was my last night in Spain and I wanted a great meal. I walked in the restaurant with no expectations and left blown away by the food.
Mercat de la Boqueria - amazing market! Full of fresh vegetables, fish, meats, ham, etc. Great for grocery shopping and taking photos. It's always packed with tourists.

SIGHTSEEING:
 Sagrada Familia - catholic church designed by Gaudi.
 Park Guell - a massive park full of amazing architecture and art. A must visit in Barcelona!!
Museo Nacional d'Art de Catalunia - breathtaking view of Barcelona plus you can find the Magic Fountain there.
Casa Battlo - another building designed by Gaudi. It's on the Ramblas so it's hard to miss.
Magic Fountain - it comes alive at night!

SHOPPING: 
Zara - various locations. Great clothes and shoes.

10 comments

  1. Loved reterio park. We so enjoyed Madrid on our honeymoon. The palacio royale was great if you enjoy history and art. :)

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  2. can't wait to visit spain soon again! i'm in love with barcelona - such a great city! <3

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  4. God i love spain! I've only been to bcn but not alot of things beats a summer night there :) Im so happy u like my blog XO

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  5. I LOVE Spain! It is one of my favourite countries in the world. Actually, I think I belong there full time. I have lived there twice - in Marbella and Madrid last summer. I am pretty sure I went to that same shoe store for the espadrilles! :)

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  6. Beautiful pictures! My friend and mother-in-law just returned from Spain. I am burning to visit. Thank you for your post, I will definitely hit up some of those spots!

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  7. Great post - Madrid and Barcelona are two of my favourites!

    I have just done a travel guide for Santorini in Greece - www.thegreeneyedgirl.co.uk

    Claire x

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  8. Great post - Madrid and Barcelona are two of my favourites!

    I have just done a travel guide for Santorini in Greece - www.thegreeneyedgirl.co.uk

    Claire x

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  9. Hi, if you're visiting Spain again, I'd like to give a tip
    If you wanna travel unhindered, staying for a while
    Go for a vacation rental. Its much much cheaper


    Vacation rentals Spain
    by eGetinnz

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