My love for Spanish tapas, sangria’s, pool parties, and appreciation for art all started from my one week trip to Spain in August 2011. I traveled with some of my girlfriends and we got to explore a little bit of this beautiful country.

Madrid, Spain

We stayed at a hotel near the Puerta del Sol, which was a popular meeting place. I remember we arrived at 7am, jet jagged but full of energy to explore the Capital of Spain! We started the morning grabbing a coffee at Cafe and Te, and going directly into our walking tour to visit the Royal Palace of Madrid aka “Palacio Real de Madrid” which was a residence of the Spanish royal family.

Next stop was another of Madrid’s “musts” which was Plaza Mayor. We simply sat there in awe as we people watched and took in all of the culture around us.

We had some mouthwatering Paella from Mercado de San Miguel which was one of the many food markets in town. This open market was full of shops, amazing food, and wine!

Day two we visited the Prado museum which is one of the best and most popular museums in the world. We also took a stroll through Retiro Park which had beautiful greenery and another great place to relax.

The time we visited Madrid was the time of the World Youth Day 2011, a Catholic event focused on youth, where there were more than 1.5 million people in attendance and Pope Benedict XVI was the main guest of honor. It was such an amazing opportunity to have witnessed this.

We also explored the nightlife in Madrid where I got to meet so many people traveling from all parts of the world which truly opened my eyes to beauty this world has to offer!

Barcelona, Spain

We booked the tourist ‘hop on hop off ‘ bus in Barcelona to fully utilize the time we had and visit the major attractions, I will outline some of my favorites from here. Went inside the famous Sagrada Familia and was able to witness the work of Antioni Gaudi. This basilica was so colorful and just beautiful beyond words.

We then visited Park Guell located on Carmen Hill and climbed up to get a breathtaking view of Barcelona.

We got the opportunity to visit the amazing city beaches where the beachfront boardwalk stretches for miles. We were able to sit by the restaurants/bars with outdoor seating and visit the trendy shops along the boardwalk and experience a bit of the Barcelona culture.

As we prepared to enjoy the night on the town, we were lucky enough to see the beautiful Magic Fountain which puts on light and music shows on certain days. This was a must see!

The popular nightlife along the beachfront boardwalk was an exceptional experience and did not fall short of expectations!

Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza island is a natural beauty with it’s white sandy beaches that were great to explore during the day. However, the island definitely meets it’s reputation as a “party” island as there were parties going on all day and night!

There are two main areas on the island which is San Antonio and Old Town. We stayed near San Antonio and did a lot of walking to explore the beaches and food in the area. The next day we took a bus to Old town to explore more. Old town was definitely an interesting location but it was filled with more tourists than locals. We got the opportunity to meet so many people from all over the world. This is definitely an exotic island that is worth visiting, especially if your looking to enjoy the nightlife and beaches.

Tips and Tricks for Spain:

  • Explore different neighborhoods to see the different cultures 
  • Wear comfortable shoes 
  • Try to attend a big festival 
  • Try many different tapas and paella. 
  • Siesta is real here. Lots of places are closed between 1-4pm. 
  • Keep your purses and wallets near you at all times, lots of pickpocketing happening