The mecca of football, home to the Los Galacticos - Real Madrid, the richest football club in the world. And of course, Cristiano Ronaldo also plays there.Famous footballers to have played here: Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Luiz Ronaldo, Gareth Bale.Things to do apart from football: Visit the Plaza Mayor square to drink in the vibrance of the city. Art connoisseurs can satiate themselves at Museo Nacional Del Prado.Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 4,000Book the best hotels.Read more about the city.Well, just get your guy gang together and pack your bags for an epic footballing journey across the world. If you've already been to any of these cities, do share your story with us!
These 7 days literally flew away for us. We kept discussing what we’d missed. We wanted to stay each place a little more, but we also wanted to explore more places.You know what we were living with?THE FEAR OF MISSING OUT
ValenciaValencia, almost forgotten sister amongst the shine of Barcelona and Madrid, provides a harmoniously combine the remnants of its farthest past, with the most innovative and avant-garde buildings from the new millennium. It is a sort of laid back city which offers a Roman past harboured in its down-town area and the advanced massive architectural project called The City of Arts and Sciences.It was easy to visit the down-town area as I had already purchased the unlimited metro and bus pass. My host helped me with the areas to visit and how to reach there. The down-town area boasted of the Gothic architectural buildings and cathedrals with a lot to discover by walking or cycling. It was easy to rent a cycle and roam around in city, but I preferred to walk. There was the famous Valencia Cathedral, The Barri del Carme neighbourhood, The Mercat Central and a labyrinth of streets all displaying Spanish-style buildings with large balconies and windows. There were a good number of restaurants where I enjoyed mouth-watering cuisines when I got a bit tired of walking. It was a good way to relax and engage in a chat with locals and other tourists while I enjoyed the beauty of Valencia.
When people go on a citybreak in Spain, most of the time they are visiting the usual suspects: " Barcelona" , "Madrid", " Valencia",... . But Malaga, which is located at the Costa Del Sol, has one of the busiest airports in spain, but mainly with people who want to spend their holiday sunbathing along the Costa Del Sol in the main tourism resorts: "Nerja", "Torremolinos","Estepona",...But Malaga City is a forgotten gem. Malaga is a world apart from the tourism resorts of Costa Del Sol. The historic city is steeped in history. Walking through the small streets ligned with shops, you can't miss the beautiful historic buildings in the city.
History, architecture, shopping, food: this typical Andalusian city has everything you could possibly want or need! Roam these beautiful streets for ancient delights and modern marvels.
A town that has mostly known wines for centuries, is being introduced to a new wave of microbreweries. Amrita Das visits the Spanish town of Córdoba to find how the locals are handling the change.The fact that wine hosts most Spanish revelries is no secret. And for a beer-lover like me, chancing upon the effervescent beverage in southern Spain’s Andalusia was elusive. Until I spotted the dark pint, prominently labelled ‘Cordobeer’, in a quaint bodega in Córdoba. Soon after, I was initiated into the brand through its wheat variety, theTrigo pint, whose malty aroma and light lacing landed perfectly on my palate and became a quick favourite. There are two other varieties to follow it up with—the fruity Pilsner and the strong, dark IPA. Launched in 2013, Cordobeer is Lolo Roldán’s craft beer brand that aims to promote beer in Spain and make it as reputable as wine—a drink that can be appreciated by all generations, between friends and in family gatherings. Cordobeer itself is all of 30, born in a town where the majority population have always known and enjoyed wine. With the youth’s changing preferences, it has begun to find a foothold in town among other microbreweries. “The young people like beer because it’s affordable,” shared a Spanish friend, as we continued on the subject, with our respective pints on the table. “Also because summers can be very hot here. Beer suits the weather. Though I wish they would also indulge in local wines in equal measure,” she said, concerned about the diminishing popularity of wine.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Wandering away from the mainland, there are still other offbeat places to visit in Spain. Tenerife, a volcanic island off the coast of West Africa, is a lesser known place full of wonderful experiences.What to See/Do
1. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Home to unique Gothic architecture and religious artifacts, this ancient town is one of the best offbeat places to visit in Spain for history lovers.What to See/Do- The Cathedral: The Cathedral of Burgos is a Gothic masterpiece and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The building spares no extravagance, and features Gothic spires, mural-covered ceilings, medieval tombs, and more!- Castle of Burgos: In the midst of a beautiful park, this castle stands as a witness to the ancient history of Spain, dating back to the 9th century. Check out the castle’s museum to see its violent history, and don’t forget to enjoy the views of the city below.Where to Eat- El 24 de la Paloma: Near to the Cathedral, you’ll find this treasure of Castillian cuisine.- El Fogon de Jesuson: Typical foods served with style can be found in this lovely restaurant.9. Girona
Acantilados de los Gigantes
- Cliffs of Los Gigantes: The Giants are well named, as they stand towering over a small town on the western coast of the island. Watch in awe as the waves of the Atlantic crash against these monstrous cliffs.Where to Eat- For a Michelin star restaurant in a fantastic setting, head to El Rincon de Juan Carlos, in the town of Los Gigantes.- For a fusion of Mediterranean and Canarian cuisine, try Los Roques in the typical town of Los Abrigos.ConclusionSpain is certainly full of wonders. The best hidden places to visit in Spain will provide you with some incredible experiences to treasure for a lifetime.
The coast of Zumaia is part of the Basque Coast UNESCO Geopark. Located in between a bay and the rugged coast of Guipuzcoa, this small fishing village has one of the most impressive and unusual archaeological formations on Earth: the Flysch of Zumaia. But what exactly is a Flysch and why is it so unique?
I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned this in my blog before that every year on my birthday I travel. It’s a pact that I made with myself long time back. My goal is to visit all 7 Continents before I turn 35.This was back in 2014 that I did backpacking through Spain and Ibiza was my last destination.
Full of museums, religious monuments, and ancient history, Girona is a wonderful tribute to Catalonia and its people.What to See/Do- Museums: Girona is home to a tragic and beautiful history, as shown out in its museums. See the Museu d’Historia dels Jueus for an overview of the Jewish community that once inhabited this town, or the Museu d’Historia de Girona set in 18th century cloisters to see the city from its Roman times until now. There is also an art museum with over 8500 pieces, and a Cinema Museum.- Banys Arabs: These Arabic bathhouses are a lovely testament to the early Muslim influence on Spain, and a great place to relax.Where to Eat- There are two restaurants with Michelin stars here, El Celler de Can Roca, and Massana.- Another local favorite is Divinum, full of delicious Catalan cuisine and local wines.10. AlpujarrasThis mountain range in the south is home to white-washed villages soaking up the ever-present sun. They offer wonderful places to unwind, relax, and get in touch with nature.What to See/Do
We visited Malaga very briefly, mainly to enjoy a “fishy” meal by the beach. Like people tend to do in Europe when their pockets are tight, we went to a beach destination… but in the middle of December! Who cares about high season! The beach can also feel great on winter days. According to some, Torremolinos is the place that “used to be” but no longer is. But allow us to disagree. Although the majority of the people in town were old couples in search of a ray of sun (we could tell most of them were from Northern Europe) Torrremolinos is still a place that is “in” for the simple fact that it is a very pleasant sea-side town. You can easily fill your time taking walks, dipping your toes in the Mediterranean (but not much more than the toes this time of year!) and eating the typical fritura malagena, which is a traditional local dish consisting of assorted fried fresh fish.
Ronda's claim to fame, other than its bullfighting history, is its spectacular setting. Located on a plateau, the town of Ronda is split into two parts by a 120m deep chasm known as El Tajo Gorge. There are three bridges that connect the two parts of the town. Out of the three, Puente Nuevo, built in the 18 th century, is the newest, tallest, largest and the most impressive. The majestic Puente Nuevo along with the River Guadalevín snaking through the gorge, the sheer vertical cliffs, the white buildings and the vast green stretches of Andalusian countryside make for a spellbinding spectacle that hypnotises the visitors and leaves them breathless. I can say this because that was what happened to us when we saw that view for the first time.
Due to the abundance of history contained in this walled city, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. It was originally built by the Moors, but was conquered in the 12th century and has earned a reputation for historic buildings and abstract art.What to See/Do- Cathedral Nuestra Señora de Gracia: Originally built in the 1100’s over the site of the mosque which once stood here, this cathedral has been well preserved in the Neo-Gothic style.- Spanish Abstract Art Museum: Displayed throughout the fascinating hanging houses that stand clinging to the sides of steep hills, you can find some of Spain’s most lovely abstract art pieces.Where to Eat- Try a menú del día at El Bodegón, or some typical tapas at La Bodeguilla de Basilio.5. Tabernas