Segovia, Spain, is a small city with big sites. A quick ride from the capital on the high-speed train, it’s a perfect day trip from Madrid.
Spain has had a troubled history. It was fought over by Christian Crusaders and Moors, it was devoured from the inside by the supremacy of the Catholic Church’s Spanish Inquisition, and spent much of the 20th century embattled in a civil war and under a totalitarian regime. In recent years, frequent terrorist attacks by separatists and an economic crisis has held the country back.
Despite the challenges, Spain is an amazing travel destination. It is loaded with history, has world class gastronomy (who doesn’t love tapas?), has two of the world’s great wine regions, the beaches in Spain are among Europe’s best and cities like Barcelona, Seville and Granada make perfect travel destinations! If you haven’t been in recent years, it’s time to put it back on your list. Here are some of our favorite Spanish travel experiences.
Barcelona’s most famous son is the architect Antoni Gaudi. His creative and whimsical designs have left an indelible mark on Barcelona and indeed the Catalan region, and are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On our recent trip to Spain, we sought out the works of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona.
Planted in the heart of the Barcelona’s modern Eixample neighborhood, a hidden oasis blossoms in the Mediterranean sun. Far from the chaos of La Rambla, visitors find peace and quiet in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The Praktik Garden Hotel in Barcelona is a secret find for the visitor looking to enjoy the heart of the city in a relaxed venue.