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 why I love Spain in 50 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!
Check out my guide to the best places to visit in Costa Brava on a road trip.
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.
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.
Read about things to do in Sitges.
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!
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.