Barcelona is probably one of the most stunning cities in Spain. It’s view from the mountain and to the Mediterranean sea give it a distinct touch, and it’s artistic monuments and excellent food make it a top destination.
Travel without expectations is pretty much a rule I live by. Not studying any guidebooks nor researching are my personal extension to this rule. When we traveled to Cantabria and stayed at Molino Tejada, we had no idea a place like Orbaneja del Castillo even existed!
I feel privileged to get to discover the hidden gems of the world – the truly hidden ones. The only thing that makes it better is sharing them with you. Of course, hidden gems don’t come around in every trip but then they do, I get the best feeling!
Our first trip of 2018 was to Oviedo, a small mining city in Asturias, our new favourite destination in Spain. Cities in Northern Spain have a different vibe. Elegant, ancient, Oviedo has the best tapas we have tried and its rocky streets lead to wild nature.
The aura of Valencia will make you forget all your worries while preparing you to relax. I loved Valencia for its architecture and Mediterranean vibe, but now I love it for its coastal mild winter weather too. Even in countries like Spain, winter brings snow and heavy coats. Valencia is an oasis of warmth and peace where flowers shine colourful all year-round.
One of its most beautiful places is the monument to King Alfonso I “El Batallador”, who reconquered the City of Zaragoza from Arabic ruling in the year 1118. It is at the top of the hill, offering stunning views of Zaragoza. I recommend going there at sunset.
Peñiscola is such a stunning place I am not surprised that the Game of Thrones producers chose it for so many shots for the show. You might know it as the city of Mereen!
Being a small town, Zaragoza never ends surprising me. The Aljaferia is my latest finding – a castle that hosted kings both from Spain´s Moorish and Catholic times.