08 Aug Spanish Getaway
3 Spanish Cities To Visit Outside of Barcelona and Madrid
Contributed by: Renee Walter
The Flamenco dancing, the sky-high cathedrals, the popular party scenes, with hundreds of things to do and loads to see, Spain is a country that should be on everyone’s travel list. Saturated in history and painted with the hands of some of the world's most profound artists the country itself is a giant gem, and the best decision you could make while visiting is to try to see as much of it as you can. Now if this will be your first visit to Spain I’m guessing you only have Barcelona and Madrid on your travel list, and while I agree that those are two must-sees, adding a little detour isn't a bad idea either. In fact, it can be a huge plus when visiting a new place. Taking the time to explore the area you’ll be staying in (as well as neighboring cities around it) will definitely enhance your trip. So below I’ve listed three great cities you can take a detour to during your stay in Spain.
(Pronounced Ee-bee-tha) this lovely island is located in eastern Spain off the coast of Valencia. Most of you have been familiar with the celebrity hotspot, Ibiza for years, but let's be honest, some of us weren't aware Ibiza existed until we heard that Mike Posner took a pill there. Either way, we know where it is now and we are dying to go there. Buzzing with bars, restaurants, and countless aquatic activities Ibiza is one of the most popular vacation spots for old and young people alike. Each year tourists come from all over to watch the annual Aquabike (aka Jet Ski) Championships, relax along the beach, and experience some of Ibiza's famous bars. Known for the incredible parties when the sun goes down, I'm sure you won't be able to resist slipping on your dancing and heading out for the club scene.
Seville (in English) is located in an area of southwestern Spain called Andalusia. Ruled by the Moors until the 13th century, Seville is Spain’s 4th largest city, and the epitome of traditional Spanish culture. Looking for an authentic souvenir to bring back? Sprinkled throughout the market area are tons of small shops where traditional Spanish attire and accessories are sold by the bundles. The three must-haves: a fan, a shawl, and a mantilla can be found in a multitude of colors and patterns throughout the marketplace. In case you were wondering, the mantilla is a lace veil or silk shawl worn by Spanish women during Holy Week. If you find yourself in need of some entertainment, take a trip around Seville and experience some real-life flamenco dancing. When your feeling artsy feel free to go gallivanting through la Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede de Sevilla, or over to the breath-taking Alcázar de Seville. Oh, and let’s not forget the controversial bullfighting matches If you’re interested in learning about Bullfighting, but don’t want to support it by attending a fight, you can visit the bullfighting museum at La Plaza del Toro where the matches are held.
Located in the province of Cádiz, ,Andalucia the town of Tarifa was practically built for the adventurous. It’s coastal location keeps the temperature at nice 78-82 degrees between the months of July and September making everyday one you will want to spend outside. In fact, if you are dying to try something new you can visit one of Tarifa’s beautiful beaches for the chance to partake in one very interesting sport: kite surfing! The sport is so popular that Tarifa often holds kite surfing tournaments, but you can always just pay for a lesson and get the chance to kite surf without the pressure of a competition. After your kite surfing lesson you can tone things down with a nice visit to visit La Puerta de Jerez or relax at one of Tarifa’s many popular bars like the Arte Vida, Bar Taco Way, or La Tribu. Tarifa may be smaller than the other two places on this list, but don't underestimate it! The wide range of historical attractions, beaches, and activities will definitely make the trip worth it♡
Now that you have a few extra options, which of these beauties would you love to sneak off to on your trip to Spain?