I vividly remember my first time in Spain. I was in my early-twenties and Spain was very high on my bucket list. Together with a friend, I planned an 18-day road-trip from Barcelona to Madrid; a trip which turned out to be the start of my love affair with Spain which continues till this day!
We started with a few days in the city of Gaudí and Míro, taking in all the major sights before heading for the Pyrenees mountains. We spent a few days criss-crossing this majestic mountain range before heading south to the Rioja region. From here, we went further south to the historic city of Segovia, and continued west to Mérida in the Extremadura region which borders Portugal. After several days here, we headed east to Toledo before ending our pretty epic road-trip in Madrid. Our list of experiences was long and varied, encompassing culinary, historical, natural and cultural highlights. Now, more than twenty trips later, I’m still deeply in love with Spain! Here’s why…
Reasons I love Spain in 45 photos
Spain is such an incredibly colourful country: from the vivid colours of Míro’s creations to picturesque villages, the bright blue of the Mediterranean Sea, festivals and the food… The colours are simply captivating!
Read about things to do in Valencia.
Read about things to do in Asturias.
Read about a stroll around Girona.
Read about Salvador Dali museums in Costa Brava.
Read about things to do in Lanzarote.
Do you love Spain as well? Share your favourite Spain photos on social media! Scroll down to the end for details of the #SpaininMYheart photo competition.
Markets are always one of my favourite places to visit whenever I travel and especially so in Spain!
Gorgeous towns and villages
There are countless towns and villages in Spain worth exploring. Many feature quaint alleys and lively squares whilst some have magnificent cathedrals, fortresses and other historic monuments.
Read more about Morella.
Read about my visit to Peniscola.
Read about the medieval towns and gastronomy in Costa Brava, Catalonia.
Food, food… glorious food!
Haha, you were probably wondering when I was going to mention food! Well, yes, the amazing variety and quality of the food is one of the biggest reasons I love Spain! From the pintxos bars in the Basque Country to the freshest seafood in the smallest coastal villages, and from the buzzing tapas bars in Seville to Michelin heaven in El Celler de Can Roca, Spain is a true culinary paradise!
Another great reason why I love Spain! The diverse architectural styles, from medieval monuments to Gothic greatness, the romance of the Renaissance and futuristic creations… Spain has loads to offer in terms of architecture!
Read about the historic architecture in Seville.
Read about things to do in Seville.
Read more about the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia.
Read about things to do in Toledo.
Read about the Centro Niemeyer.
I’ve had so many extraordinary experiences in Spain, including many firsts, like sky-diving, taking part in a medieval festival and enjoying an exquisite dinner in an artist’s studio.
Read about my hilarious skydive.
Read about my meal at El Celler de Can Roca.
Read about the Terra de Trobadors medieval festival.
Read about my extraordinary dinner with Quim Hereu.
And finally, I love Spain because of its fabulous BEACHES!
Share your favourite photos of Spain and win a camera!
Have you been to Spain? If so, share the photos of your favourite experiences in Spain on Instagram or Twitter by 30th Aptil 2017, include the hashtag #SpaininMYheart and you could win a Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera (worth GBP 500). Contest is open to UK residents only I’m afraid. One upload = one entry, so the more images you share, the bigger your chance of winning!
Terms & Conditions
The promoter of this competition is the Spanish Tourist Office whose registered office is at 64 North Row – 6th Floor London, W1K 7DE. Users will need to post their images of Spain and use the hashtag #SpaininMYheart to enter the competition. Entrants must be 18 or over and be based in the UK to be eligible to win. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. Closing date for entry is 23:59, 30 April 2017. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted. The winner will be chosen by a panel appointed by the Spanish Tourist Office. The winner will be informed via DM on Social Media by the Spanish Tourist Office by Friday 19th May 2017. If a winner does not accept the prize within 14 days of being notified of winning, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and Spanish Tourist Office shall be entitled to select another winner. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
Note: this post was brought to you in partnership with the Spain National Tourist Office. All views mentioned above, including my unbridled enthusiasm, are mine.