Spain – Barcelona, Zaragoza, Madrid & Toledo

Spain is a country I always enjoying going back to due to it’s culture and in particular, its food and drinks!

September is a fantastic time to visit Spain as it’s still warm and has less crowds. I was travelling for 8 days and visited Barcelona, Zaragoza, Madrid and Toledo with my brother.  It was super nice to get out of London’s gloomy weather and get some well needed sun!

Barcelona

It was my second time in Barcelona, however it’s always great coming back to this cosmopolitan city. We ate and drank our way through, saw beautiful architecture and views and my highlight was seeing a football match at Camp Nou – FC Barcelona vs SD Eibar. We stayed in El Born which is a artistic, creative area with lots of good bars and restaurants so it was a good place to base ourselves for 3 days.

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Park Guell
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Gaudi’s work at Park Guell
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Views from Park Guell
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Colourful tiles at Park Guell
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At Bunkers Del Carmel – these bunkers were used in the Spanish Civil War and has amazing views across Barcelona
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Bunkers del Carmel
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Parc de la Ciutadella
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Jamon, pan con tomate and cava at El Xampanyet – the waiters don’t really speak English and we were standing at the bar ordering different types of tapas but worth the experience!
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Incredible vibe and atmosphere at Camp Nou – FB Barcelona beating SD Eibar 6-1 with Messi scoring 4 goals!
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Jamon iberico at Mercado De La Boqueria
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Inside La Sagrada Familia
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The unfinished La Sagrada Familia
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La Barceloneta
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Bar 9 – pintxos
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Fresh seafood at La Paradeta – must visit when in Barcelona!
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Mussels and squid at La Paradeta – meal for 2 including wine was only 30 euros!
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Burgers at TGB – so cheap but good!
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Montjuic

Zaragoza
We decided to stop by Zaragoza for a night from Barcelona to Madrid. As it’s such a small city, one day was more than enough. The city has a rich history of over 2,000  years and it was nice to stroll around and take it all in. We stayed in the Old Town so everything was walkable.

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River view of Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar
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Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar
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Streets of Zaragoza
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Tapas dinner with sangria
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Amorino gelato!

Madrid

Again, it was my second time here and we stayed for around 2.5 days (excluding the day trip to Toledo).  We didn’t stay near the centre near Plaza Major/Plaza Sol but instead stayed in Salamanca. It which was a super nice area and said to be one of Madrid’s most exclusive areas with high end shopping and restaurants, yet still close enough to the city centre. The weather was 30 degrees so really nice and warm! Another highlight was visiting the Wanda Metropolitano to see another football game – Atletico de Madrid vs Sevilla FC

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Royal Palace of Madrid
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Beautiful fountain backing the Royal Palace
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Jamon, beer and patatas bravas at Volapie
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Another amazing experience seeing Atletico de Madrid and Sevilla FC play! The stadium was full, the crowds cheering and Atletico won 2-0! 
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Catching up with my Brazilian friends in Madrid – we met last year in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile
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Autumn colours at Parque del Retiro

 

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At Parque del Retiro
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Jamon and wine at Restaurante Cazorla (every meal whilst in Spain consisted of jamon and wine)
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The grilled prawns at Restaurante Cazorla – yum!

Toledo
Only a 30 minute train ride from Madrid, Toledo is an easy day trip to do. This historic and ancient town can get very touristy, however we escaped the crowds by walking to Mirador de Valle to get the views across the city and within the old town, it was nice to walk down the small alleyways and explore.

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Amazing views of Toledo
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Views from Mirador de Valle
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Long lunch at Bar Ludena – Toledo specialty called “carcamusas” which is pork and vegetables stewed in tomato sauce
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Walking the streets of Old Town Toledo

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