We’ve been to Spain twice and I will say, “I never get tired of it”. The people, food, architecture, art, history and sights are spectacular! We learned about an Art Festival in the city of Barcelona, So,we had to go! It was a week-long festival filled with activities daily and in the evenings. Parades that danced through the streets with floats, people, sparklers, and fireworks. My husband and I even joined in a drumming troop that marched (ran) through the narrow streets of Barcelona one night! That is a night I will never forget. The sound of the drums was amplified by the tall, stone & brick buildings. Huge dragon floats chased us.
There’s something about the radiant sun in Spain you can’t beat. One day I even ventured out to the topless beach and sunbathed while Bob walked the coastline. It felt freeing.
We rented a B&B in the Gothic Quarter. It was a great apartment, located in the heart of the city. We walked almost everywhere. We were steps away from the Picasso Museum, which was unbelievable. I enjoyed seeing his early works up until his death.
2012, What a trip! So many moments to remember! We moved around quite a bit over a magical three-week visit; however, it was so worth it. As many of our trips, we started out in the city and moved into the countryside.
Barcelona is a city with a wide range of original leisure options that encourage you to visit time and time again. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and famous for Gaudi and other Art Nouveau architecture, Barcelona is one of Europe’s trendiest cities. I like visiting in October when the heat is pleasant and not boiling hot.
Barcelona is full of art museums; We always visit the Dali Museum, Picasso Museum and The Museum Disseny de Barcelona when in Barcelona. There are plenty of Gaudi landmarks to visit as well. Walking Las Ramblas in the evenings is so pleasant. Visiting the La Sagrada Familia is like seeing an enormous sand castle.
After six days, we rented a car and drove the coastline through Valencia, Costa Blanca, Malaga, and Costa del Sol: we arrived in Marbella. We stayed in a beautiful compound. A woman owned the property. She had her orange, Moroccan stucco home, plus four units for rent, a guesthouse and a swimming pool. She set up our daily breakfast alongside the pool with white table clothes, napkins and nice dinnerware. If I remember correctly, she served an ample breakfast. Every night she would light candle outside each unit, next to the matured orange trees which flanked our unit. What I loved the most about her compound is that she built a sand moat around her house and had turtles (some very old) in the moat. We watched them feed every day, it was so relaxing to see. We decided to rest a bit in Marbella. The pool was so nice, we relaxed and enjoyed the brilliant sunshine.
Marbella is a city and resort area on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, part of the Andalusia region. The Sierra Blanca Mountains are the backdrop to 27 km of sandy Mediterranean beaches, villas, hotels, and golf courses. West of Marbella town, the Golden Mile of prestigious nightclubs and coastal estates leads to Puerto Banús marina, filled with luxury yachts, and surrounded by upmarket boutiques and bars.
It took us a while to find our next destination! Bob finally called a cab and we followed it to our resort/spa which was located in the mountain range. He was so smart to do that!!! Our GPS didn’t work due to too many mountains.
Lloret de Mar, a town on the Costa Brava in Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its Mediterranean beaches. We stayed in a 5-star resort-spa called Santa Marta. Santa Marta was built on a cliff overlooking the sea. Again, relaxing and taking in the sunshine and warmth. There was a Salvador Dali exhibit we were able to view which was amazing.
Because it’s so close to Africa, Bob and I decided to take a hydroplane to Morocco. That’s where I purchase a gorgeous rug. We shopped and then had a wonderful lunch at an outdoor café. Then our driver drove us to a town called Asilah. Miles from Casablanca. WHITE, WHITE, and WHITE! The brightest white you will ever see next to a bright blue sky and ocean. There are also painted shades of bright blue or green on random doors. Men walk around with trained monkey’s on their backs. The streets are filled with artwork from locals, rugs, purses, pottery and other miscellaneous items. I would have liked to have spent more time here.
Spain how I adore you.