Earlier this year I brought my second visit ever to Spain. The initial plan was to only visit Madrid, but after searching for some cheap airfares, I figured I could might as well fly to Barcelona, travel to Madrid, followed by a quick visit to Valencia to return home afterwards.
Why not combine and extend your trip if you have the option? Plus you only have to fly once! Let’s just say it was a very tactical visit.
However, of course I didn’t only travel to these cities because I ‘could’. Obviously I wanted to see all these cities for myself!
I never visited Barcelona before, but I was dying to see it for myself as it is such a thing to see in Europe. So how could I NOT visited it? I was convinced to travel to Madrid because of my friend, who traveled to Spain with me. She lived in Madrid when she was younger and absolutely loved the city.
Another friend of mine lived in Valencia for half a year while studying, and she still travels to the city on a regular base. It made me super curious to the city, and after seeing a couple of photos and doing my research I was convinced: Valencia was another city I needed to visit.
I’ve written about my visit to Spain in the past, but I never did a photo diary. So as I always do: let’s flashback!
ABOVE Literally the first two photos I shot in Spain, at the boulevard of Barcelona.
BELOW The beach! Always happy when near the beach
ABOVE Breakfast at Brunch and Cake during the first two days we were in Barcelona. I loved this spot – close to the beach, and such a good menu!
BELOW The famous Park Güell and the cathedral of Barcelona: Sagrada Familia, as much as I liked to see it, I didn’t like the architecture. No, I really prefer an old, traditional cathedral over this one.
ABOVE By far my favorite spot in Barcelona: the Bunker. An undiscovered spot, high above the city, from where we had the most insane view over the city. The climb was quite tough, but definitely worth it!
ABOVE My favorite part of Madrid: park Retiro!
BELOW Chilling in Retiro with my travel mate
ABOVE While exploring Madrid we joined a walking tour through the city. Our guide showed us around some of the funniest places, like the oldest restaurant of the world, the oldest butcher of the city and the markets of the city.
BELOW The biggest flee market of Madrid.. and jeez, it was big!
ABOVE The view from our hotelroom!
BELOW The beautiful architecture of Madrid
ABOVE Hola Valencia! From the three cities I visited I loved Valencia the most. It felt like a fresh, young and vibrant city. I also definitely loved that it was a bit quieter than the other cities I visited. Above you can see the modern part of the city, where they built a museum and an opera building.
BELOW Literally every street looked like this in Valencia. Loved it!
ABOVE Restaurants! Always love a good restaurant in Spain. You should definitely visit this place when it is evening. It just gets so crowded!
BELOW The best way of waking up: walking though this market hall searching for a great fruity breakfast. My hostel was situated directly opposite this market!
ABOVE Just a random bike
BELOW A more historical side of the city!