Things to see and do while backpacking in Madrid, Spain.
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All in all, Alicante is such a special place. You can live a relaxing beach life there and take a train to Granada for some classic Spanish architecture or to Madrid for some shopping or to explore the history.natalie-holland
Alcala is filled with different bars and clubs. I have become a regular at The Green Irish Pub, located at the end of Calle Mayor in the plaza de Santos Niños. People from all over the world visit the Green and is known for the grunge atmosphere and great beer. The bartenders are friendly and get to know your name and order fast. If you are looking for dancing, just go up the stairs and enter into their night club. They frequently have live bands or great DJ’s playing the latest music. Whatever atmosphere you are looking for; The Green is the place to go! Helpful Tips Utilize the bus system and the transportation app! There are bus routes for everywhere in the city. Eat near the plaza! Visit El Corte Ingles in La Garena for a department store experience. Stop at the town hall in the plaza for any tourist questions. Use Airbnb to find a place to stay! You can get the real feel of what it is like to live there! Remember that most shops and cafes close during lunch and siesta, around 2:30-4:30. The train station can take you from Alcala to the center of Madrid in under an hour! It is perfect for day trips. I hope this list of things to do, see, and eat will help inspire you to take a trip to Alcala de Henares. Alcala has become a second home to me and I really enjoy sharing all of my information that I have learned the past few months. If you have any questions, write a comment or send me a message and I would be happy to help!!haylee-holbrook
Parque del Retiro
During the first period, I spent my time visiting and exploring my new city. As one of my flatmates loves running, one day I put my sneakers on and a comfortable outfit and I decided to go out with her. I discovered one of the most beautiful green areas of Madrid: the so-called “Parque del Retiro”. It is a quiet and calm place where you can go to have a moment of peace and to stay away from the chaos of the city center.Ilaria Geminiani
San Sebastián: An Foodie Paradise in the Basque Country
When you think about Spain, what are the first places that come to mind? Let me guess—I bet you thought of Madrid, Barcelona, and maybe even Valencia or Seville. Well, that’s hardly surprising. Those are indeed the largest cities in Spain, after all. Let’s move away from these major cities in Spain and go north, into Basque Country (known as Pais Vasco in Spanish).Camila Lama
Madrid : First days in the capital city
Few words about me and my arrival in Madrid… Moving to another country was an opportunity for me to discover a new culture, new people and amazing places. Indeed, even if Spain and France are neighboring countries, they still have different habits and culture. So that’s why I’ve chosen to write a blog about my new experience. To talk about my trips all around this marvelous country and especially to share with you advice and good things to know about living in Madrid. If you should have any question about it, I’ll be pleased to answer you.gwladys-rabe
Madrid: A Beautiful, Must See European Destination
At the geographical center of Spain sits it’s international capital city of Madrid; a top destination any tourist should have on his or her bucket list. With numerous sights to see, various museums to choose from, a vast array of open air markets, and wide mix of streets for shopping, eating and drinking; your to do list will be filled to the brim, keeping you entertained, and having you slowly falling in love with this vibrant city. And the best part of Madrid, it can be done even for a budget traveler.Endlessly Wandering
Book an Overnight Flight
When looking for long flights, price isn’t the only factor you want to be searching for. The time that you leave and arrive doesn’t only help you adjust to the new time zone better, but it can make a flight go by faster as well. Time zones are tricky, so make sure to double-check everything. I always make sure to book both my departure and arrival time during the night, so my body can sleep and naturally adjust to the changes. For example, when I flew to Spain, I left Chicago at 9:00pm. I slept through most of the flight, did my transfers, and then arrived in Madrid at 11:00pm the next day. Tired from flying, I checked into my hostel and went right to bed. It helped my sleep cycle naturally adjust to Spanish time and my flight went by really fast!Elizabeth Barker
Madrid’s top festival for their patron saint!
Sights, sounds and smells of San Isidro 2016 Madrid’s top festival for their patron saint! Spain is known for its fiestas and San Isidro festival is celebrated each year across the city of Madrid, on the weekend closest to the 15th of May. Madrilenos celebrate San Isidro, the patron saint of farmers as well as Madrid, by dressing in traditional attire, and taking to the streets all across the city for parades, performances, fireworks, music and so much more. If you’re heading to San Isidro, the life of the party is at La Pradera de San Isidro, a park to the South West of the city centre, however just about every Barrio in Madrid has events to celebrate.Hannah
Precious diamond of Andalucia – visit Granada
I guess the question you are asking right now is – why the hell did you choose Andalucia? Every single person who visits Spain goes to either Barcelona, Madrid or the islands. I was trying to do a „tiny bit less touristy“ route. I was traveling to Andalucia in late May – early June, so the weather was perfect.Ruta
5 Months in Europe: First Stop Madrid
The itinerary was plotted in a spread sheet and a daily budget had been set to keep us in check. So what was the plan? 5 months of taking in 16 European countries starting with sunny Spain, first stop Madrid!The Backpack Rambler
Living the perfect day in Madrid, Spain
Joaquin Sabina sings, “A mitad de camino entre el infierno y el cielo, yo me bajo en Atocha, yo me quedo en Madrid.” Well, let me say the songwriter is totally right; you will discover it once you meet Madrid personally.Andrea Bastien
How it all started or the beginning of my Spanish journey
In the past year, travel has become a huge part of my life. And surely when summer came to an end I started looking for a way to make it last a little longer. So with October coming, I thought what better way to enjoy a few more days of sunshine than a trip to Spain? Browsing through various destinations that countless people praised I was trying to avoid the megapolises like Madrid and Barcelona and was thinking more of a small and not as crowded city and definitely near the coast! And this is exactly how I came across Valencia. Valencia is a beautiful little city in the southeast part of Spain filled with historic buildings and charming little streets. Now in another article, I’ll probably tell you all about the beautiful sights we saw and the lovely experiences but now I want to share with you some travel tips I really wish I knew before I went and I believe will make your trip smoother. First of all, I should make it clear that probably like most Europeans nowadays I travel low-cost air companies. I’ve mostly had great experiences so far and this was the first time I had an unexpected surprise.Monika Spasova
BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT VALENCIA:
I wanted to dedicate this article to show you my own city in SPAIN: Valencia. Some advises about how to discover best places to visit and also best places to eat! BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT VALENCIA: Geographic location: East coast of SPAIN (Mediterranean Sea) Size: It is the third biggest city of SPAIN after Madrid and Barcelona. Its population is around 787.266 citizens. Weather: Hot summers (around 35ºC) and soft winters (it can vary from 12-18ºC). Important festivities: ¡The Fallas! Is the traditional festivity in Valencia celebrated every year from March 15th to March 19th. Typical plate in Valencia: Paella Transport: Valencia is a flat city so you can go almost everywhere by walk. However, buses and metro are available and they are in some cases the best way to move after all the day walking around the city. Spain: Valencia on the mapIrene Parrilla
A Weekend in Madrid for the Poor Hipster
Guys, I’ve been there… cringed as I typed “Hipster + my city of choice” into Google in an ashamed effort to find something to do in my next destination that won’t also include 100 other tourists. Truthfully, some of my best travel experiences have been ones I jotted down from those aforementioned Google searches. Sometimes you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. So, here goes… a weekend guide in Madrid for the (poor) hipster.Kirsten Leigh
Salamanca: My Timeless Home
Of course , this was not my first time living in a foreign country, far away from the comfort of living with my mother and sister, but there was an extra excitement that kept me waiting, since I saw my name on the list of students accepted to the University of Salamanca until I took the bus from Madrid to Salamanca.Andrea Chirinos
Salamanca: The Golden City
When I found out I was going to be studying in Salamanca, I had no idea where I was going. All I knew was that it was in Spain and I was stoked to finally be studying abroad. Before living in Salamanca, whenever I thought of Spain, Barcelona and Madrid were the cities that instantly came to mind. Now, Salamanca is my home away from how where I met incredible people and discovered the beauty of Spain culture.Emily Garcés
Spain: Small Town Life
There are a few things everyone thinks of when talking about Spain– Flamenco music and dancing, fútbol and its most famous stars Reynaldo and Messi, bullfighting, or perhaps tapas. Everyone knows about the bustling metropolitan Madrid in the heart of the country, the beautiful beaches of Barcelona, and maybe even the Southern charm of Seville. Spain is all of those things and those places, but there is oh so much more to be discovered off the beaten path, that rivals, if not betters the best known tourist spots in the country.Jessica Jenkot
Siestas, Sunshine and Tapas
In September 2015, I packed all my bags, got on a plane and took a leap of faith. I was off to start my new life in Madrid and I was nervous, scared and excited. The previous year I was teaching middle school in Boston, in a job I loved (kids) and hated (conniving coworkers, difficult bosses and long work hours). I had nothing to lose. So I accepted a teaching position and accepted an admittance to a masters program in teaching bilingual education. I could not wait to see what Madrid, Spain had in store.Laila Sholtz-Ames
Basque and Bilbao : Sun and Art in Spain.
Sun. Blue skies. Gelato for days. It sounds great doesn’t it? I’ll let you in on a secret – it is great! I visited Basque Country during the European summer of 2015, it was my first real taste of Spain outside of Madrid and it was well worth the trip north. Here’s how it looked.Nina Barlow
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