I think it will come to no surprise to you that I love going on holiday. While I do like seeing the world and all it has to offer, a holiday destination for me also has to have some relaxing elements. I think the perfect destination to travel to for a best of both worlds with this kind of thing is Spain and today I’m going to be sharing with you some of my favourite things about it.
Spain has a warm, Mediterranean climate, with very dry summers and extremely mild winters and sees more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year (which is a far cry from Britain – am I right?) It is no surprise that this is one of the warmest parts of Europe and why it is such a popular holiday destination for Brits wanting to go abroad. During the summer, it is rare for temperatures to fall below 25ºC which makes it perfect sunbathing weather – so long as you’ve packed your Factor 50 and have on that SPF.
I love the accommodation
in Spain. This is going to sound weird but Spanish mansions
have always struct a chord with me architecturally. I find them really beautiful. Sadly, I’ve never had the luxury of staying in one but it is on my to-do list. Spain is full of gorgeous rental properties. However, not all places to stay in Spain are as luxurious as that. When I was about 12, my mum, dad, brother and auntie all headed off for what we thought was an apartment complex in Catalonia, quite near Barcelona. When we arrived, it was clear that was not the case. My mum and I love our creature comforts (and my dad does too, not that he’d probably admit that) so when we found out that the five of us would be staying in a 2 bedroom static caravan (not the 2 bedroom apartment as promised) with no air conditioning in the height of summer, the most cramped kitchenette you’ve ever seen in your life and beds that were probably around 1.5 ft wide. I won’t say it was a ‘holiday from hell’ as we did have a really nice time. However, it wasn’t really what we expected.
Spanish food is the ONE. I am a huge fan of tapas, which is one of Spain’s most iconic meal-types. Ever since I was little I’ve enjoyed meals that you can pick at (probably because of my small appetite) and so the concept of Tapas really appeals to me. My auntie makes really killer tapas and it is one thing I do really miss about living 100 miles away from my family – no more tapas nights. Some of my favourite tapas dishes include patatas bravas, albondigas (which are meatballs) and fried chorizo. Another Spanish delicacy that I cannot get enough of is paella. I’m not really a big fish eater (if I’m being honest, I hate the stuff) but I really love meat, rice and vegetables so any non-fish based paella is a winner in my eyes. Recently, Johnny and I went out on a date night to a paella restaurant in central London and they did a chicken and chorizo paella which was utterly divine. Spain really do kill it when it comes to food and I adore the flavours of the Med.
Spain is such a tourist hot-spot
as it is jam-packed with places to go in order to be entertained which is fantastic if you’re going with kids. One of my favourite spots in Spain to be entertained is PortAventura
which is actually the theme park where I first ever went on rollercoaster that went upside down: Dragon Kahn. It also has another amazing rollercoaster which I believe at one point was the fasted in Europe and that is Furious Baco. If you’re an adrenaline junkie looking for some thrills (and not of the cheap variety) then I highly recommend visiting PortAventura. Spain also has a host of amazing water parks where you can cruise down a lazy river, plunge into icy pools and enjoy amazing slides. There are so many to choose from so I definitely recommend checking out your area and visiting a local one.
Spain is such a cultured country due to its vibrant cities. I’ve never visited Madrid but I’ve been to Barcelona multiple times and loved every part of it. For the more cultured individual I’d definitely recommend going to the Picasso museum. If you’ve got kids in tow then the Aquarium is so vibrant, fun and bound to entertain them for hours on end. Or, if you’re like me, and you’re a bit of a shop-a-holic then you will love the iconic strip that is Las Ramblas for all your shopping needs. You can walk all the way down to the harbour and it’s such a lovely thing to do on a really sunny afternoon. I’ve never been to Madrid but I hear that it is equally as beautiful and it is 100% on my travel wishlist for the upcoming year.
If you’re looking for a holiday destination this year you can’t deny that Spain has it all: good food, luxury villas, amazing weather and a huge amount of culture. Johnny and I haven’t booked our 2018 summer holiday yet but we are probably going to go to Spain. Where are some of your favourite Spanish destinations?
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