This month, one of our wander girls has been enjoying the beautiful winter weather of Spain. Cold but sunny almost every day, the blue skies make it the perfect destination to wander around and discover new cities, from the streets of the capital to the mystical Andalusian south.
A beautiful European capital, with beautiful weather!
What Madrid has that Paris and London lack is perpetual blue skies. Whether you want to shop on Serrano or Gran Via, or simply admire the grand architecture of the Royal Palace, the Opera House, the 19th century National Library just to name a few… It is also perfect to enjoy a walk and perhaps a picnic in the Buen Retiro Park.
Get lost in the little streets of Malasana and Chueca
Concept stores, quaint little shops from comic books to bicycles to high end fashion, you can get lost for hours in these little streets, and stop for a glass of wine (or two) on the small plazas.
A feel for Spanish arts and culture
Enjoy the delicious Spanish tapas after an afternoon in one of Madrid’s exceptional museums. Visit the Prado for the classic Spanish greats such as Velazquez and Goya, or the Reina Sofia Museum for a more contemporary collection, including the Picasso masterpiece Guernica.
Travel south for typical Andalusian vibes: 1st stop, Cordoba
Less then 3 hours by train, and you arrive in Cordoba where you can experience the true Andalusian feel. We have incredible access to some old Andalusian homes, where you can see the architecture from up close, like the courtyard nestled in the center of the house. Smell the strong aroma of oranges when you walk in the little streets as you’ll be completely taken back in time. Have a private wine tasting at the Bodegas Campos, and stay at an old palace converted into the beautiful boutique hotel: Hospes Palacio del Bailio.
The Mezquita, Moorish baths, and other unique experiences
There are some things you simply cannot miss when visiting Cordoba, like the Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral), one of the greatest works of Islamic architecture with a Cathedral built inside the mosque. Also a must: the enchanting Hammams, another incredible reminder of the Arab influence over the region. But we also have access to some completely unique experiences and closed to the public sites.
Authentic Tapas and beautiful Orange trees in Seville
You can walk and discover the entire town in two days, and enjoy the orange trees everywhere you look! We went on an incredible Authentic Tapas waking tour with a native Andalusian, going to five emblematic venues and tasting the best tapas in each paired with fantastic wine!
The beauty of this trip is that it can be done pretty much any time of the year, and it is particularly fun in April, when you can catch the Feria de Abril in Seville, wearing an astonishing Flamenco attire and riding carriages! You can learn all about the different Flamanco dresses and the different kinds of dancing, and even take a class and learn a step or two!
Until next time, Keep wandering!