Best Day Trips from Alicante

Best day trips from Alicante _ Valencia And Costa Blanca itinerary, Spain

Easy and Fun Day Tours From Alicante (by Train or Car)

If you are looking for the best day trips from Alicante, this post is for you.

Costa Blanca in Spain is the perfect destination to visit all year round. While the beach is a great place to visit in the summer (and fall and spring), you can take wonderful strolls along the beaches even in the winter – thanks to a mild climate.

But Costa Blanca is so much more than just a great beach destination (personally, I think summer is too hot for me in Spain). Cute towns and villages, a party hotspot, and many activities for people of all ages (even kids) make it a great destination for anyone. 

So, for this region, I recommend making Alicante your base and do some fun and easy day trips from Alicante.

Here are tips for your week in Costa Blanca – how to visit places near Alicante the easy way.Costa Blanca itinerary, the best day trips from Alicante and Valencia

Costa Blanca Travel Tips

But first: some quick travel tips for Costa Blanca.

How to Get to Costa Blanca

If you get to Costa Blanca, you will most likely, fly into Alicante or Valencia. 

Alicante was our choice, as there are cheap flights from Bremen – my hometown – and many other European destinations.

From the airport to Alicante, it just takes a 20-minute bus ride (around 4€). 

Alicante also has a train station you can arrive at. The train station is right in the center, and from there, you can easily get around.

How to Get Around in Costa Blanca

For day trips from Alicante, there are several ways to get around:

  • Public Transportation
  • Car
  • Guided Tours

We opted for public transportation in Costa Blanca. Public transportation is actually pretty good – and cheap. The train ticket from Alicante to Valencia was about 40€ round-trip (if we had booked the tickets in advance, we would have had to pay only 32€) per person. 

From Alicante to other destinations, we took the tram – which came with great views. And a ticket from Alicante to Altea, Benidorm, or Villajoysoa cost only a few € (one way).

In a group of three or four, a rental car might be the cheaper option. But there is no need to drive the narrow mountain roads (at parts) and worry about parking – I was seriously so impressed with the public transportation in Costa Blanca that I would prefer that over driving myself.

Best Time to Visit Costa Blanca

I love seasons, but I cannot wait to escape the cold for a few days whenever it gets too cold. Living in Germany, I still haven’t fallen in love with a few months of freezing weather. But I also don’t worship the heat – so where to go in the winter?

While it might be too cold to spend hours lounging at the beach and swimming in the ocean, Costa Blanca is the perfect destination in the winter. The weather is mild in this time of year and perfect for endless hours of strolling, discovering the towns and cities along the coast (oh yes, Costa Blanca has some charming towns and villages along its shores), and enjoying sightseeing without too many other tourists.

No need to beat your way through the crowds, no overpriced accommodations – these are just a few reasons why I can recommend exploring this lovely Spanish area in the winter.

Costa Blanca in spring and fall is also a good time to visit – warmer weather will allow you to spend more time at the beach and getting your Vitamin D dose. 

Personally, I would avoid the summer months – with the hot dry summer days it might be great for a beach vacation but not so great to explore the area.

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Where to Stay in Costa Blanca

Thanks to the good public transportation, it is easy to get around from one place to another. Okay, it takes some time to get from Alicante to Valencia but day trips are absolutely doable. So, there is no need to change hotels each day.

We stayed in Alicante – most of the places here are closer to Alicante than to Valencia.

  • Alicante Accommodations – We (a friend and me) stayed at the 3-star hotel Maya Alicante. It was a decent choice with a friendly and bright interior – breakfast choices were good, the quality, however, was not great. But in all, you get good value for your money.
  • Click here to find more hotels in Alicante – for each budget.
  • Valencia Accommodations – Valencia is a great base for your trip to Costa Blanca. The city itself is home to many great sights and attractions, so if you want to base yourself in Valencia, check out hotel rates there.
  • Altea Accommodations – Altea is probably the best place to stay for love birds. Small and tiny and yet so gorgeous – I guess this is the most romantic place on the itinerary. So, click here to find out about hotel rates in Altea.
  • Villajoyosa Accommodations– Villajoyosa is a fun and small place perfect for those seeking to be at the beach within minutes (or even seconds). I suggest this place for those looking for a more relaxed place (also great for families). Click here to find out more about hotels and rates in Villajoyosa.

Best Day Trips from Alicante

Here are my tips fun day tours from Alicante.

Altea

Altea is located in between Alicante and Valencia and is absolutely charming. It is the perfect day trip from Alicante because you can get there even by tram for a few €, and this town is so unique.Instagrammworthy Altea, Costa Blanca Altea is like the mini version of Santorini – maybe I am exaggerating a bit, but the whitewashed houses and flowers add some Greek charm.Best places to see in Altea, Costa Blanca Altea itself is really small, so you could “finish” the sightseeing part quite quickly.

However, it is so cute that I recommend taking your time to stroll the narrow streets and soak in the views. At the end of the day, you can enjoy a drink at the beach. It will not get much cuter than Altea.  Find more travel tips for Altea.

HOW TO GET TO ALTEA FROM ALICANTE:

  • It takes about 100 minutes to get from Alicante to Altea by train: Start in Alicante: Mercado station – take L1-  and get to Benidorm Intermodal – then take the L9 and get to Altea. 
  • By car, it takes about 45 minutes (60km).
  • If you like to do a guided tour – Villajoyosa and Altea from Alicante – click here to find out more about prices and times.

Villajoyosa

The most colorful place in Costa Blanca is Villajoyosa. It is located closer to Alicante – since Altea is quite small you could combine a trip to Villayosa and Altea. I never expected to find such a colorful town here in Costa Blanca – it is my personal little Burano. Villajoyosa what to do in the summer

Villajoyosa in the winter - best things to doBut unlike Burano, it even has a beautiful beach section and a Friends Cafe. So small and tiny it may be, it is worth a day trip from Alicante. Find more travel tips for Villajoyosa here.

HOW TO GET TO VILLAJOYOSA FROM ALICANTE:

  • It takes about 60 minutes to get from Alicante to Villajoyosa by train: Start in Alicante: Mercado station – take L1-  and get off at La Vila Joiosa. Then it just a 2 minutes walk to the promenade. 
  • By car, it takes about 30 minutes (36km).
  • If you like to do a guided tour – Altea and Villajoyosa from Alicante – click here to find out more about prices and times.

Benidorm

Benidorm did not win me over within the first few minutes. Though I am a city girl, I did not enjoy walking from the train station to the beach area. It was just busy and not charming. So, are you wondering why I am still recommending it for a day trip from Alicante/Valencia?Best day trips from Valencia, Costa Blanca, Spain Benidorm

Best day trips from Alicante, Costa Blanca, Spain Benidorm

Well, the town center itself is not fun or amazing (unless you are a party animal – apparently, Benidorm is very well-known for being a party hotspot), but the beach area is charming, and so is the famous Balcón del Mediterráneo – these pretty white steps and balcony are absolutely lovely and charming. You have musicians playing (probably only in good weather) and fantastic views of the ocean.

This is serious Instagram material – pretty, pretty, pretty, and a fun and easy day trip from Alicante.

HOW TO GET TO BENIDORM FROM ALICANTE:

  • It takes about 70 minutes to get from Alicante to Benidorm by train: Start in Alicante: Mercado station – take L1 and get to Benidorm Intermodal. It takes about 10 minutes walk through the city center until you are at the promenade.
  • By car, it takes about 40 minutes (45km).

If you are a fast traveler or start your day early, you could see all three places mentioned above in one day actually.

So, while we visited all the places from Alicante, they can also be done as a day trip from Valencia, since all towns and places are located more or less in between the cities of Alicante and Valencia.

Valencia

Spain´s third-biggest city is lovely, lively, and fun. If you go on a day trip from Alicante, make sure to start your trip early so that you can maximize your day in the pretty city.Points of interest, Valencias best attractions

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Arriving at the train station Estació del Nord Valencia (there are two train stations) is already an experience in itself. From there, you can start with exploring the beach section of Valencia and then head towards the museum area – with sights like Valencia Eye along the way (either get there by bus or walk. Then, head to the pretty old town of Valencia with the stunning old buildings and attractions.

There is a direct train connection from Alicante (prices start from 16€ for a one-way trip). Early booking is helpful, and some trains are more expensive (we paid around 20€ one-way). Click here for more Valencia travel tips.

HOW TO GET TO VALENCIA FROM ALICANTE:

  • It takes about 100-120 minutes to get from Alicante to Valencia by train: Start in Alicante: Termino station and either get to Valencia – Estacio del Nord (the beautiful train station) or Valencia Joaquin Sorolla. Both are in the city center and easily reachable.
  • By car, it takes about 120 minutes (170km).

Calp

I am adding this place even though I was not able to make it there myself. Calp, a coastal town in between Alicante and Valencia, is known for its wonderful beaches. It is quite time-consuming to get to Calp from Alicante by train so it might only be worth it if you are really into beaches or if you have a spare day or if you have a car.

If you like to visit only one or two places, you can easily combine it with a trip to any of the following: Altea, Benidorm, or Villajoyosa. 

HOW TO GET TO CALP FROM ALICANTE:

  • It takes about almost 3 hours to get from Alicante to Benidorm by train: Start in Alicante: Mercado station – take L1 and get to Benidorm – change to L9 and take the train to Calp. 
  • By car, it takes about 50 minutes (65km).

Conclusion

While this is no ordinary Costa Blanca itinerary, it hopefully has helped you curate your time at Costa Blanca and create your itinerary – these fun day trips from Alicante are quite easy and worth ut.

If you visit in the summer – or late spring, or early fall – you can easily add a few days for some dedicated beach time. Depending on the place you stay, you can decide where you want to enjoy your beach vacation. As mentioned above, there are quite a few beach destinations and even more that weren’t listed (Costa Blanca is just great for that kind of holiday).

Safe Travels, Arzo

WHAT TO DO IN 5 DAYS IN SPAIN – ITINERARY

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5-DAY ITINERARY FOR SPAIN

Spain is a beautiful country to visit – from amazing beaches to beautiful villages and lively cities. There is something for everyone in Spain. But with only 5 days in Spain, it is hard to decide on the best places to visit in Spain. The option of incredible places is endless – so, how can you ever plan a Spain itinerary?

Well, I can tell you that it is challenging. It is challenging to come up with a few places to visit in 5 days in Spain. And while I cannot claim to have seen all of Spain, I am happy to share some tips with you on where to go in Spain in less than a week.

This post covers different five-day Spain itineraries. 

  1. For one, we have the fantastic city of Barcelona. You can spend a few days here and do a few day trips, and you will have a blast. This way, you will see some of the best places in Spain.
  2. Then there is another suggestion on what to see in Spain in 5 days – this one covers the beautiful, beautiful island of Mallorca.
  3. My third suggestion on spending 5 days in the country includes the beautiful area of Costa Brava.

So, before sharing my tips on a fun 5-day Spain itinerary, here are some travel tips.

HOW TO GET TO SPAIN

Spain has several major airports, and it is easy to fly into Spain. Depending on the chosen itinerary, you can fly into Barcelona, Valencia or Alicante, or Mallorca.

If you plan a trip to Barcelona or Costa Blanca (whether you opt for Valencia or Alicante), then you can also easily arrive at the destinations via train. Since all places are located on the coast, you could also get there via boat/ferry, etc., too but that is probably not the main way to arrive. Mallorca is an island – and accessible via ferry (also from Barcelona).

HOW TO GET AROUND SPAIN IN FIVE DAYS

Spain has good public transportation in the main cities/ tourist spots.

You can get around by public transportation easily – avoid yourself the headache by renting a car. 

  • In Barcelona, you might need a car for the day trips. You can also do guided tours from Barcelona.
  • In Costa Blanca, there is no need for a car, and you can just use good public transportation. Guided tours might be a good alternative as well. 
  • In Mallorca, however, renting a car might be the very best option. Public transportation is not the best, and the island is quite big – so getting around by car is the best solution. If you want to stay in the island’s capital – Palma de Mallorca – you can do a mix of public transportation and guided tours as well.

BEST TIME TO VISIT SPAIN

Spain is one of the most popular countries in the world – and one of the most visited. If you want to avoid the crowds – and the heat – avoid the summer months. I visited Barcelona in the summer – August – and it was not the most pleasant weather. It was hot.

On the other hand, I visited Mallorca and Costa Blanca in the shoulder season and loved it. 

As I always say – you cannot 100% rely on the weather. It might be rainy in the summer months and warm in the winter months. And while we cannot rely on the weather, I still recommend visiting Spain in spring or fall. 

WHERE TO STAY IN SPAIN FOR YOUR 5-DAY TRIP

Since I have a couple of itineraries to choose from, you will find recommendations for your accommodations under each itinerary. 

5 DAY IN SPAIN – BARCELONA

Barcelona is the fun city in Spain – with tons of activities offered for people of all ages. 

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With more than 1,5 million inhabitants, it is the second biggest city in Spain (after Madrid). It is the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region in the southwest of Spain. It is the city of FC Barcelona (one of the most prestigious football clubs globally), it is the city of Gaudi. It is a city filled with cafes, restaurants, exciting architecture, lively markets, and squares. It is also a city with a beautiful beach. Barcelona is a fascinating city itself, but it is also a good base for some day trips. Think about Montserrat, Andorra (a tiny country between France and Spain), or Girona.

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No, 5 days in the area of Barcelona is not too much time. I recommend exploring Barcelona in 2 or 3 days. And then plan 2 or 3 day trips from Barcelona.

THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA  

  • Visit La Sagrada Familia – one of Gaudi´s masterpieces. The work started in the 19th century – and yet the Roman Catholic minor basilica has to be finished.
  • La Rambla is one of the main streets – it is lined with bars and restaurants. This place is bustling and a must-see.
  • FC Barcelona Museum & Camp Nou Stadium is another top attraction in the city – whether you are a football fan or not – it should be on your itinerary.
  • Stroll Barrio Gotico – the gothic quarter of Barcelona and is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods.
  • Explore Park Guell, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is another work Gaudi and is used as a public park now. 
  • Montjuic Hill is one prominent hill in Barcelona – get up there by cable car or hike up and enjoy the views.
  • Tibidabo is another hill in Barcelona offering great views of the city.
  • Spend time at Barceloneta – the beach area that offers some getaway time in Barcelona.
  • Check out my Barcelona post for more tips.
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DAY TRIPS FROM BARCELONA

Here are a few suggestions for day trips from Barcelona.

MONTSERRAT

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  • Montserrat is probably the most popular day trip from Barcelona. It is a multi-peaked mountain range with the Benedictine Monastery Santa Maria de Montserrat just about 45 km northwest of Barcelona. And though it is close to Barcelona, plan a whole day because of all the activities you can do there – from visiting the Montserrat Monastery Museum to hiking and more. Montserrat is a great place to add to your Spain itinerary.
  • It is quite easy to get to Montserrat from Barcelona – you could book tours or rent a car to get there or just use public transportation. It takes about 60-90 minutes (one way) and is worth your time.

GIRONA

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  • Girona is a beautiful city with medieval walls and narrow winding city streets. It has also been a filming location of Games of Thrones – but there are more reasons to visit. Visit the Jewish quarter (one of the best-preserved in Europe), walk along the river and visit the lively squares.
  • From Barcelona to Girona takes less than 1 hour by train. So, this is another fantastic day trip from Barcelona to take.

HOW TO SEE SPAIN IN 5 DAYS – MALLORCA – MAJORCA

Mallorca (or Majorca in Spanish) is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. It is about 200 km south of Barcelona, and if you stay longer than five days in Spain, you could combine a trip to Barcelona with a few days in Mallorca.

However, given that Mallorca is only reachable by plane or ferry, it is pretty time-consuming, and I think 5 days for Barcelona and Mallorca is not enough.

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Mallorca is the most popular travel destination for Germans. While many Germans go (or better went as the local government has tried to stop that kind of tourism) there for partying and drinking alcohol, Mallorca is actually one of the most beautiful islands in Europe.

It has incredible beaches, beautiful towns and villages and much more. 

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THINGS TO DO IN MALLORCA

  • Explore the beautiful coves also known as calas in Mallorca – my favorite was Cala Mondragó,
  • Relax at the beaches – there are many beautiful, beautiful beaches to choose from. One would be Cala Millor, but the options are immense.
  • Do a boat tour – Mallorca, from this perspective, is also stunning, and you can also hop into the water with hardly any people around.
  • Explore the beautiful towns and villages on the island. Valldemossa is probably the prettiest, but the others are charming.
  • Visit Palma – Mallorca’s capital home to beautiful architecture like the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma.
  • Driving along the coast and the Serra de Tramuntana Mountain range. This is the most scenic part of a road trip.
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Check out my more detailed post on Mallorca with more travel tips on what to do and more.

COSTA BLANCA – SPAIN IN 5 DAYS

Costa Blanca is another popular but still somehow overlooked area in Spain and perfect to discover in 5 days.

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 The Costa Blanca stretches over 200 kilometers along the Mediterranean coastline. This itinerary will take us from Alicante in the south all the way up to Valencia in the north of Costa Blanca. Along this way, there are many beautiful villages and towns – and let’s not forget the beautiful beaches in Costa Blanca.

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5 days in Costa Blanca is perfect for those who like combining city life with some colorful and charming villages and beach days.

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Though Costa Blanca is quite popular amongst Europeans, I often feel it is underrated by Americans or Asians. I might be wrong! Either way, with five days in Spain and Costa Blanca, I recommend staying one day in Alicante and 1,5 days in Valencia. And then visit the cute, charming villages in between and also plan in a day or so for the beach. 

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Also, Costa Blanca usually has mild weather in the winter as well. It probably will not be hot, and sunbathing is perhaps not really the best activity. However, in the winter months, you can stroll the beautiful beaches of Costa Blanca while it is perfect for sunbathing in the summer months.

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THINGS TO DO IN COSTA BLANCA

  • ALICANTE – Visit Santa Barbara Castle, a castle located on castle Mount Benacantil built in the 9th century. Stroll the Esplanade of Spain. It is made up of 6,600,000 tricolor marble tiles and probably the most beautiful promenade in Spain. Walk the beach of Alicante and visit the port. Check out my Alicante post for more tips.
  • VALENCIA – Visit Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias – a part of a massive complex with various bright and futuristic buildings in the City of Arts and Sciences. The Plaza de la Virgen is on one side, and the Plaza de la Reine is on the other. Both are lovely and lively plazas that you should visit. See the street art – especially in El Carmen Street. Check out my Valencia post for more tips.
  • ALTEA – Whitewashed houses, colorful flowers against white walls, and pretty ocean views. Yes, Altea has a touch of Greece in it and is one of the prettiest villages in Costa Blanca. It is small so it does not have many attractions but is still worth a trip. Check out my Altea post for more tips.
  • VILLAJOYOSA – The most colorful place in Costa Blanca is Villajoyosa. It is a small town with a big beach section. Whether you visit for 1 hour or a full day – Villajoyosa should be on your Spain itinerary. Check out my Villajoyosa post for more tips.
  • BENIDORM – Though the bigger town is not the most exciting place in Costa Blanca, it is a nice stop along the way. The beach area is charming, and so is the famous Balcón del Mediterráneo, where you have musicians playing.
  • Here are more tips for day trips from Alicante.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON PLACES TO VISIT IN 5 DAYS IN SPAIN

5 days in Spain is not enough to see all the main places. I would not even try to squeeze in all major attractions in five days.

However, it is enough to explore one part of Spain and get an idea of what the country offers. Whether you opt for Mallorca and some island life, the vibrant city of Barcelona and its surrounding, or explore Costa Blanca – the suggestions for 5-day Spain itineraries give you options to see what you personally like the most.

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Most Beautiful Places in Barcelona to Visit

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BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN BARCELONA

Are you planning your Barcelona itinerary and are wondering about the most beautiful places in Barcelona? This post can help you find out how much you can actually do in Barcelona in 3 days – what is realistic and what is not? Also, you will find travel tips.

Barcelona has it all. Great beaches, awesome bars, stunning architecture, and so many things to do and see. The city is a hive of beauty, activity, and action. 

There is a reason why Barcelona has made it onto so many “favorite cities“ lists (including mine) – actually, there are many reasons. Here you´ll find out why Barcelona is so freaking awesome, which places to see, and what are the best things to do there in three days.

The weather is fantastically warm (okay, sometimes too hot for my taste), making it the perfect place for a getaway to escape the grind. The paved streets and majestic buildings are ideal for getting lost and finding yourself. 

However, arriving in a big city can be a bit daunting, so I have made a list of things to do soon after landing.

P.S. I did not visit Barcelona solo, but with my sister. This is not a solo-female guide to Barcelona, but I would feel comfortable doing all the Barcelona activities by myself.

TIPS FOR VISITING BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN BARCELONA

Also, this is not the typical 3-day itinerary because it was extremely hot at the time of our visit. As it is common in Spain’s summer months, we enjoyed the siesta, which meant we headed back to our hotel during lunchtime and slept.

So, we did not walk around all day (as I normally do), and thus, we were less “efficient.“ On the other hand, we spent more than three days in the city, so I compiled a list of places to visit in three days in Barcelona, even though it is not the typical Barcelona itinerary.

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Here are some important travel tips for Barcelona.

How to Get Around Barcelona

Walking: We mostly walked. Staying in a central hotel made it easy to get around on foot most of the time. It is easy and safe to walk to many Barcelona sights, as they are close to one another. 

Bike: We rented a bike for a couple of hours, and Barcelona made it easy to explore the city this way. 

We did not cycle around the busiest hot spots, like La Sagrada Family or La Ramblas, but cycling is great for exploring the city.

Public Transportation: We did not use public transportation often, but several of the below-mentioned places of interest in Barcelona are offsite, so using the metro/bus/tram is a good idea. They are cheap (around 2€ for a single ticket), fast, and run frequently.

I normally love using Hop-on and Hop-off buses – I did not use them in Barcelona, though, but I think they are often super helpful if you are short on time and like a good overview of a city. Check out tickets for Hop-on and Hop-off sightseeing buses in Barcelona.

Bike Tours

Barcelona bike tours are a good way to discover this gorgeous city. With the heat, we were challenged, but it was one of the highlights of the Barcelona trip.

There are a few different options. An easy option is one where you glide around the city at a slow pace, taking in all the beautiful sights and sounds Barcelona offers (we mostly calyces around the harbor area).

The more difficult option is to cycle around and up to Montjuic Hill (which I definitely did not do).

Language / People

Nowadays, the political situation dominates the news. Barcelona is the capital of the autonomous region Catalonia, with its own culture and language.

While it is debated whether Catalonia will become independent or not, at the moment, it is part of Spain and the European Union (and has the € as currency).

Spanish and Catalan are the official languages, but we had to use English since we did not speak either of these. Many spoke some basic English, but longer conversations were rare. 

I recommend downloading an offline translating app – just in case.

Safety in Barcelona

Though I did not visit Barcelona as a solo traveler, I would feel comfortable doing all of the mentioned recommendations by myself. 

I am proud to say that I have never been pickpocketed (so far), and though Barcelona is known for pickpockets and theft, you can stay safe when you watch your purse closely and exercise common sense.

Particularly at busy places like La Rambla or in the metro, you need to be super attentive and be more cautious than normal. 

It is all About Gaudi in Barcelona

Barcelona is – almost – all about Gaudi. Gaudi was an important Catalan architect (1852-1926), playing a crucial role in Barcelona. Some of the top tourist attractions in Barcelona were designed by Gaudi.

It doesn’t matter if you visit Barcelona for one day or one week, his work will always be present, so don’t be surprised to hear his name often connected to the city.

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Where to Stay in Barcelona

As you can imagine, accommodation in Barcelona is not a bargain. However, you find luxury hotels as well as hostels and more budget-friendly places to stay in Barcelona.

Siesta Time

Siesta happens between 1 pm and 4 pm each day. At this time, most shops shut down, so it is a great time to take a well-deserved nap. We visited in summer, so it was quite hot, and we had to take breaks – just because sightseeing in the heat is more taxing. As a person who loves taking naps, this comes in handy, though it might be annoying when visiting a new destination.

But make the best of it and do as the locals do… take a siesta. After all, being a tourist and woman of leisure is hard work.

WHERE TO GO IN BARCELONA IN 3 DAYS

This is not a typical Barcelona itinerary – however, you can do all the activities and tips in three days. It is a busy but not overly ambitious 3-day itinerary, and you can plan it according to your own travel speed.

La Sagrada Familia

Here we are, starting the first attraction by Gaudi. THE most popular place in Barcelona for visitors is La Sagrada Familia. This is a top Gaudi-designed Roman Catholic church, which is amazing – inside and out.

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The work on the basilica started in 1882, but it is still not finished. This fact might make this building even more special, and once it is finished (probably in 2026), we will finally see how the construction turns out.

The nouveau, gothic art design is definitely something to marvel at – a typical Gaudi, I would say (though I really don’t know that much about architecture and art). 

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If you want to visit the church, you need to buy tickets in advance to skip the crazy long lines. Have I mentioned that this is the most popular tourist place in Barcelona, with more than three million annual visitors?

During high season, it is even recommended to book tickets weeks in advance. Barcelona is really busy most of the time, so skip-the-line tickets do make a lot of sense…to me! Plan in about 90 minutes for the tour itself.

HOW TO GET THERE: La Segrada Familia is located in the Eixample district of Barcelona on 401 Mallorca street.

You can take the metro (Stop: Sagrada Familia with L2, or L5) or take a bus from different places. Bus 50 from Plaza Catalunya or H10 from Sants railway station.

Las Ramblas 

La Ramblas Street is downright fun.

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The pedestrian street connects the Plaça de Catalunya in the north with Port Vell in the south. The 1,2-kilometer long street is probably the busiest tourist area and is lined with bars and restaurants. La Ramblas is bustling, and there is plenty to see and do. The street performers are perhaps the weirdest and most eclectic in the world, with some going to great lengths to entertain the crowd.

If you need a shopping fix, La Ramblas is the place to get it. But make sure you keep your purse safe. It has had a reputation in the past for pickpockets.

HOW TO GET THERE: There are three metro stations – in the south of the street, midway and in the northern end of the street. Near to Christopher Columbus memorial is the Drassanes metro stop (Green Line, L3)

Just outside the Liceu Theatre, you will find the metro stop Liceu (Green Line, L3).

And you will find the Catalunya metro stop (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1). Here you can also get the Aerobus (express bus service to the airport) and Hop on Hop Off Tourist Buses.

FC Barcelona Museum & Camp Nou Stadium

Ok, I know what some of you might be thinking: Boring. A football stadium is the last place you want to go when visiting one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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But visiting Camp Nou should is one of the most interesting places in Barcelona. I admit that we did not go inside (we are just too broke to spend money on tour), but we made sure to visit at least and look at it from the outside. 

The stadium is actually quite amazing, even if you’re not that big of a football fan (or even a Barca fan). It is one of the biggest (or actually the biggest) stadiums in Europe with a capacity of almost 100,000.

You can also learn about its history in the museum and buy souvenirs. And while I did not do the tour, I went to the souvenir shop. I still have my little Barca pencil case, one of the very few souvenirs I have ever bought. Click here to buy tickets for a Camp Nou stadion tour and avoid standing in line.

HOW TO GET THERE: Camp Nou Football Stadium, Aristides Maillol, 08028 Barcelona. Ideally, you get there by public transportation. Take the metro and get out at the metro stop: Collblanc (Blue Line, L5). You have to do a 10-minute walk to Camp Nou.

Barrio Gotico

Barrio Gotico is the gothic quarter of Barcelona and is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods. You feel like you’re stepping back in time into some old movie.

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The cobblestone alleyways and cute eateries really give the feeling that you’re in another era, where time has stopped, and dreams can come true. There are plenty of photo ops while you visit, feeling inspired by your surroundings. Cafes, shops, and beautiful buildings make it a great place to get lost.

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It is also home to the Barcelona Cathedral, which is another good place to see and the Museu d’Història de Barcelona displaying remains of the Roman city.

Park Guell

Park Guell, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is another Gaudi-designed wonder and is used as a public park nowadays. While it looks unreal, it’s such a great place to spend a sunny day in Barcelona. 

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Its quirky architecture and a vast array of gardens are perfect for rejuvenating your heart and soul. Laden with bridges and pathways that you can go over or under, it is a whimsical place to chill and read a book or have a picnic – and the great views of the city should not go unmentioned!

Visiting the park is free, but if you want to enter the Monumental Zone with more great Gaudi pieces, like the Salamada Fountain, you need a ticket, which costs about 8€.

Again: Buy tickets in advance if you like to explore,  and come early (ideally at 8 am), as it is one of the most visited places in Barcelona and the crowds will not stay away. Click here to buy tickets in advance and beat the crowds.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the metro line 3 and get out at either Lesseps stop or Vallcarca stop. You need to walk for about 20 minutes from both stops to the park.

You can also take a bus and get out at Travessera de Dalt (bus lines H6 and D40). From there, you need to walk for about 10 minutes.

Sightseeing buses also stop here.

You could also get here by car but it is highly recommended to book your parking space prior to your arrival.

Montjuic Hill

Montjuic is one of the two prominent hills/mountains in Barcelona and a great place to go. It is 173 meters above sea level, and just slightly higher than any building constructed in the city.

Take the cable car to get to the top of the hill and the castle of Montjuic. These views are worth it! You could also take a regular bus (bus 150), but cable cars are so much more fun. Or you could walk up.

Montjuic Castle is a good starting point for exploring the area. We did not see the pools, but two of them had a view for those who would like to take a dip.

There is also an open-air museum, “Poble Espanyol,“ where you can find out Spanish culture and history. There are worse ways to study history than here! Find the best ticket prices for the Cable car ride up to Montjuic Hill here.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the metro lines 1 or 3 to Plaza España and then either walk up or take a bus to the top. If you want to take the cable car, take the metro line 3 to Parallel station and there change to the cable car (included in the metro ticket) up.

Tibidabo

Admittedly, you might not be able to visit both of Barcelona´s mountains in three days. If you skip one attraction or another, you can manage it, though. Of course, you will be rewarded with great panoramic views. There is also an amusement park on the mountain, but unless you are with kids or a sucker for amusement parks, I suggest not spending your valuable time there.

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Rather, enjoy some great (and free) views from the church on the mountain and see Barcelona above.

HOW TO GET THERE: There are several options to get to Tibidabo. Either hike. Or take the brown metro line (L7) from Placa Catalunya to Avenida Tibidabo. There, change to Tramvia Blau to Plaça Dr Andreu from where the Tibidabo funicular leaves.

Alternatively, you can use the Vallvidrera Funicular. From Placa Catalunya take S1 or S2 to Peu del Funicular, there change to Vallvidrera Funicular and afterwards continue on Bus 111.

Sightseeing buses also stop next to the splendid La Rotonda building at Avenida Tibidabo.

Barceloneta

The beach in Barcelona is only a short bus ride from the town center. As far as I can remember, it was one of the very few times we used public transportation. 

Barcelonate in 3 daysIt’s a great place to spend the day and get your tan on. The beaches have beautiful white sand and clear blue water. If you get hungry, there are plenty of places to eat and drink. It’s a great place for people-watching and resting after all those busy days in Barcelona. 

Casa Batllo 

Here is another masterpiece of Gaudi and another UNESCO World Heritage site: Casa Batllo. This weird, awkward-looking building is a must-see – and truly one of a kind. Things to do solo in BarcelonaBuilt at the end of the 19th century, it has become a tourist magnet. Marveling at it from outside is free. If you want to see more of Gaudi´s work and enter the house, and go up to the rooftop terrace, you need to book a ticket (and as you can guess, it is recommended to buy a ticket in advance, so you do not waste your precious time in line). Click here to find out about prices and skip the line tickets. 

More Things to do in Barcelona

Here are a few more ideas for things to do and see in Barcelona (that are still on my own Barcelona bucket list)

How about a day trip frBarcelonaona to Montserrat? Find out more here.

Have you heard about an ice bar? Probably. But there is an ice bar at the beach – in Barcelona. Check out more here.

Have you ever watched a Flamengo show? In Barcelona, you can… Find out more here.

So, as you can see, Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities globally, and there are so many fun things to do – for couples, families, friends, and solo (female) travelers. There is never a dull moment.

There are so many amazing places to get lost in and places to go out. I guess that’s why it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

Safe Travels, Arzo

Epic and Fun Things to Do in Mallorca, Spain

WHAT TO DO IN MALLORCA, SPAIN

Are you planning your Mallorca trip and wondering about the best things to do in Mallorca, Spain? Then read on – this post is for you.

With more than four million tourists from Germany each year, Mallorca (or in English Majorca) is not a hidden gem to Germans (aka me). However, in most other parts of the world, many people have never heard of Spain’s Balearic Islands.  

Although Mallorca has a bad reputation because of cheap parties and clubbing, there are many other things to see and do. While I visited Mallorca as a solo female traveler I enjoyed a wonderful week without clubbing at all. 

I am sure if I had visited Mallorca in my early twenties, I would have focused on other aspects than I did when I just recently visited Mallorca. Some of my friends who visited Mallorca a few years ago never got to see what I saw in Mallorca. It is true, though, that the government in Mallorca tries to stop this extreme form of party-tourism in Mallorca…Given the fact that Mallorca has a lot to offer, this should not be too tough.

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Essential Travel Tips for Mallorca

Here are some essential travel tips for Mallorca.

How to Get to Mallorca

With Mallorca having its own airport and many budget airlines and wellknown airlines flying, this is one of the easiest options.  Alternatively, there is a ferry from Barcelona to Mallorca, but it does take seven to eight hours.  

Where to Stay in Mallorca

Here are some tips for accommodations in Mallorca. Mallorca is well known for all-inclusive hotels, including the one where I stayed: A 4-star hotel called Globales America in Cales de Mallorca (great location, bad food).

And though it is not as fancy as staying in a medieval castle, I absolutely loved the area. I would book it again if I wanted to relax since it is a bit quieter and quite far from Palma de Mallorca (the capital) or the airport and public transportation is not great.

If I booked another trip to Mallorca, I would probably choose the West Coast of Mallorca this time. But not in the party area of EL-Arenal.

Despite staying in of the All-Inclusive Resorts myself, I do not necessarily recommend booking All-Inclusive.

To make the most of your Mallorca trip, it is important to walk around, dine outside, and not be tied to your hotel (although booking all-inclusive often is not much more expensive than just booking a room with breakfast only.)

Find the best prices for accommodation in Mallorca

Tip: One of the top hotels in Mallorca is the Jumeirah hotel in Soller. If you like to indulge in luxury, this is probably the best pick for you.

How to Get Around in Mallorca

Getting around via public transportation or car?

I seriously suggest getting around by car. If you want to get around in Palma, then check out the hop-on and hop-off bus tickets.

Rent a Car in Mallorca: Another thing to consider when booking your travel is that if you stay in Cales de Mallorca, you will definitely need a rental car to get around and enjoy your trip to the fullest extent. 

I booked a rental car once I was there and I paid about €35 for the smallest model (a day), which personally I think was quite expensive.  

You may also wish to double-check that there is no self-participation in case of accidents in your car hire insurance document. Though it was advertised with no self-participation, my contract said differently and needed to be removed by the salesperson.   

There are only very few streets where you have to pay a toll – I drove around avoiding those toll streets (which was not difficult because are not many), and tolls are quite cheap anyhow.

Renting a car? Then compare prices and get the best price for your rental car here.

Public Transportation: If you want to stay outside of Palma, the capitalpublic transportation can be a little tricky, and although there is a bus that travels from the East coast to Palma it is not easy to hop on as they only leave a couple of times a day.   

Remember these important tips for your trip to Mallorca, and you’ll be all set to make the most of everything the island has to offer. 

Security Tips for Solo Female Traveler

I visited Mallorca as a solo female traveler and felt safe. Always use your common sense and avoid side streets at night – keep your purse close to your body. I never left my stuff unattended (unless on the boat), and if you are staying at the beach and want to take a swim, bring your towel and stuff close to the water so you can have an eye on it. In general, only take things with you that you will actually need and leave some money at the hotel. Pick-pocketing is not uncommon in Mallorca.

I have to admit that I did not go out at night and avoided the area around El Arenal, but if you are fine to be hit on by drunken men, you can surely visit those areas. These activities I mention here are great to do solo in Mallorca. 

All in all, Mallorca is a great place to visit solo, and I can definitely recommend visiting Majorca as a solo female traveler. While I cannot wait to visit more Spanish islands, like Tenerife, Mallorca has won me over.

How Long to Stay on Mallorca

Mallorca has a lot to offer  – and then it is also a great place to relax. While it really depends on what kind of traveler you are, 7-8 days is probably a good time – you will be able to see a lot and have time to chill without getting bored. You could do a 5-day Mallorca trip, but since Mallorca is also about relaxing, I guess 5 days in the minimum amount of days to spend in/on Mallorca.

Best Things to do in Mallorca

Find out about the most fun things to do in Mallorca and some special tips for Mallorca for you.

Explore Many Different “Calas”

The most fun thing to do in Mallorca is to visit the coves, aka “calas”. Mallorca has some of the most beautiful calas in Europe, and you will not believe how crystal clear and colorful the water is! According to the locals I met, the calas on the east coast are the prettiest, where I stayed: Cales de Mallorca.  

I  got to see quite a few as I made visiting calas a priority of my Mallorca trip, and my favorite was the Cala Mondragó which is also situated on the east coastThe Cala Mondragó is located within a national park, Mondragó Natural Park, and can be reached by a car journey and a short walk. There are stunning beaches, so you can easily go from one section to the other, and checking out several calas is one of the top things to do in Mallorca.

The area is busy (understandably), given its beauty and range of restaurants to choose from, but please read on for hidden gems in Mallorca. 

Do a Boat Trip

In my opinion, a must-do activity in Mallorca is to go on a boat cruise. You can either do a speed boat trip or as I did, book a boat tour which shows you around the east coast and takes about half a day. I booked my tour just in front of my hotel, but if you like to be better organized, you can check the best boat tour rates here.

The great thing about the boat trips is that they have a couple of stops, starting from Calas de Mallorca, or boat tour stopped at Cala Millor, where I had a stopover of about 90 minutesAlso, they have a short stop for half an hour where you can leap into the pristine water, so I definitely recommend it, but if you prefer, you can do a speedboat tour to see Mallorca from the water.  

Relax at the Beach

In addition to Mallorca’s calas, there are also some gorgeous beaches which are, of course, quite popular and crowded. Cala Millor, for example, on the east coast, is a great beach to relax and unwind where you can rent sun loungers and umbrellas.  Honestly, all around the coast, you will always find some beaches (though not always sandy and white)

Planning some time for relaxing and chilling at the beach is one of the top things to do in Mallorca.

Stroll Along the Ports

Many cute ports wait for you to be discovered – so add that activity to your Mallorca itinerary. I must honestly say that I prefer the calls and the beaches to the ports – however, they are adorableMost of them are nice, and you should see at least one of them, for example, Porto Colom, Porto Cristo, or Porto Andratx which is a little bit bigger and on the west coast.  

You can also do a lot of sightseeing there along with visiting restaurants and cafes. Overall, the ports provide a great place to chill and relax and so you have to add them to your Mallorca itinerary.

Get Lost in Beautiful Towns

Mallorca has some incredible towns, and you have to visit the most beautiful ones. One of my absolute favorite places in Mallorca was actually Valldemossa, a little town west of Mallorca. Valldemossa is about a twenty-minute drive from Palma de Mallorca into the Tramuntana mountains. It is one of the most famous of Mallorca’s towns and probably one of the most stunning! 

There you can get lost in the little cobblestoned streetshave a coffee, enjoy life, and take in wonderful views of MallorcaIt is extremely picturesque and a mustsee place, but don’t miss out on other places/towns you should see like Sóller – another gorgeous town close to Valldemossa.

Deià is another beautiful town that is so close that you can visit all three places in one day! 

Visit Palma de Mallorca

You should definitely check out Palma de Mallorca, the capital city of Mallorca and located in the west/south of the island.It is a lovely city boasting the imposing Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palmacommonly known as LSeuPalma has a delightful little old town featuring interesting architecture, great shopping, and a heavenly beach to watch the sunset from.

I would plan at least a day for discovering Mallorca´s capital, including relaxing time at the beach, and there are many things to do in Palma. I often opt for self-guided tours and get lost (sometimes literally), but if you prefer guided tours, click here.

Flower HUNTING

Okay, this might seem weird, but I have a thing for flowers…Seeing colorful flowers in particular and Mallorca was like heaven.

Luckily, you do not have to search for long to find them but will stumble onto them.

Just drive along the scenic roads, and you will see gorgeous little houses with flowers hanging all around.  It is wonderfully quaint and the bright colors against the cobble-stoned houses are really worth taking the time to snap some pictures.

Enjoy Great Views of Mallorca

As Mallorca has mountains, great views come naturally.  While we’re talking about eye candy, one of the best views you will find and that is definitely a point of interest is the Sanctuary of Sant Salvador in Spain, close to Felanitx in the eastern part of Mallorca close to Manacor

Here you can either cycle, drive or hike up to the top of the hill, where you will find amazing views. It is definitely worth a visit and somehow a more unique thing to do in Mallorca.

Road Tripping  – Serra de Tramontana

Another must do that I mentioned at the beginning is getting around by car. A road trip is actually more than a necessity. It’s fun! Driving along the coast and the Serra de Tramuntana Mountain range, which is almost 90km long and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is amazing. You do need to be careful, because in Spain people sometimes drive a little carelessly (so do not be surprised to see all the cars having scratches and damages at some point).

The drive along the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is on the west coast, starting closely after Palma de Mallorca and beats out by far, the less scenic areas in central Mallorca.  

Enjoy the Sunsets in Mallorca

Many of the above-mentioned activities in Mallorca are free – and so is this tip: Watch sunsets.No doubt, to top off your holiday, you’ll find yourself enjoying one of Mallorca’s many spectacular sunsets.  I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a couple of them, and they are well worth staying outside for and enjoying.  

If you stay in Mallorca for 4 or 5 days, you will probably not see and do much more. But if you stay longer or have extra time on your hand, you can visit more beautiful places in Majorca.

Go-Wine Tasting in Mallorca

Another thing to do in Mallorca is to visit a winery to try wine tasting (I am not a wine person, so I skipped it, but it seems very popular). Find out more about wine tours here.

Admire Caves

Mallorca also offers great opportunities for cycling, foot tours, or even cave visits! The Cuevas del Drach cave is a famous cave located on the east coastnot too far from Cales de Mallorca. You have to purchase your ticket in advance and being spontaneous I, unfortunately, couldn’t do it but apparently it is one of the best and most popular tourist attractions

You can check out prices for visiting the Caves of Hams here.  

Curious if Mallorca has made it in the top list of places to visit in Spain? Click here to find out.

I hope you have gotten some inspiration for visiting this gorgeous island and now know about the best things to do in Mallorca – whether you stay 5 days, one week in Mallorca or longer, it surely will not get boring. 

Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Things to Do in Alicante in 1 Day

What to do and see in Alicante in one day, itinerary, Costa Blanca

WHAT TO DO IN ONE DAY IN ALICANTE

One of the more underrated cities in Spain is Alicante. If you are planning your Alicante trip and want to find out about the best things to do in Alicante in 1 day, this post is for you.

Alicante is a beautiful city in Costa Blanca, Spain (a coastal region of the Mediterranean Sea). Located near cities like Valencia and right off the beach, it is a great place to visit with its mild climate at any time of year.

I saw a cheap flight from Bremen (my hometown) to Alicante. I had no idea what to expect, but I was sure that a getaway to Spain in the winter could not be a bad idea.

Alicante was prettier than I expected – and though I visited in the winter months (late November), it was a pleasant trip. While summer times are probably great for spending time at the beach, you can also do many activities in the winter.

After booking, my friend decided to join me on the trip, so we spent a few days at Costa Blanca. We stayed in Alicante for the whole time and did a few days trips – and stayed in Alicante for two days.What to visit Alicante, Spain

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Fun Things to do in Alicante

Here are my tips for the best things to do in Alicante (in one day)

If you visit the area, I suggest planning for one day in Alicante. If it is warm and you like to swim, you could plan for more time (2 days fine or even longer, especially if you visit Spain with kids).

Santa Barbara Castle

I suggest starting your morning at Santa Barbara Castle which dates back to the 9th century.Travel highlights in Alicante, SpainThe castle stands on Mount Benacantil and is, hold on…free to visit. This gorgeous castle that comes with stunning views is really free! I still cannot believe it (other castles charge money for way less spectacular views).Alicante sightseeing in one day

Most Instagramworthy spots in AlicanteThe castle itself is quite big, and the numerous informative signs give you a good idea about the castle’s history. The castle probably dates back to the 9th century, and like several places in southern Spain, was designed in an Arabian/Islamic style. 

We thought that one hour would be enough, but actually, we ended up staying there much longer. The views and the size (plus the info) made it really interesting.

On the one hand, you have views of the ocean and Alicante´s harbor. You can also overlook the old town of the city and the inland.

Even though we visited during the off-season, it got busier later on in the day, so I suggest getting there early. We actually came here twice. We hiked up one more time in the evening to see Alicante from above in the dark.What to do in Alicante, Costa Blanca

Alicante in one day itineraryThere is a restaurant that serves food and snacks. The castle opens at 10 am (at any time of the year) and is open until 8 pm (in summer, until 10 pm or midnight).

How to get there: The best and most scenic view is to hike up. Depending on which path you choose, it will take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. You could also get up by lift in front of the Postiguet beach (Av. Juan Bautista Lafora), which is about 3€ per person, or you can drive up there in a car (or a sightseeing bus tour).

El Barrio / Old Town of Alicante

From the castle, you can head to the old town of Alicante. This place was recommended as a top place to visit in Alicante, but while it is cute and lovely to stroll, skip it if you are short on time. You can get a first good impression from the top of the castle and overview the old town.Best places in Alicante, Spain

Points of interests in Alicante, Spain

Alicante attractions in one day

Beautiful houses line the street, and I enjoyed the street art most of all. If you are looking for restaurants and cafes, you might find a great option here.

La Explanada de España / Esplanade of Spain

From the old town, you can walk along the Esplanade of Spain.Esplananda in Alicante, SpainMany restaurants and cafes line the pretty promenade, which runs parallel to the port. The Esplanade is made up of 6,600,000 tricolor marble tiles – no wonder it is often considered the most beautiful promenade in Spain!

Parque de Canalejas / Canalejas Park

I recommend walking all the way until the end. There you will find the Parque de Canalejas.Best things to do in AlicanteThis park is not only one of the most popular parks in Alicante, but with its unique trees, it is also a real attraction (at least it was to me). The centenary ficus trees are high, but their width is incredible. 

From there, I suggest walking back. But this time, not along the Esplanade. Instead, head back along the port.

Port 

Stroll along the port until you reach the beach. The Esplanade is gorgeous, no question about that. But strolling along the port also has its own charm (though the part with the big ships is not probably the most charming area, heading from there towards the beach is lovely).Alicante, Spain best places to visit in one day

Good places to see in Alicante, Spain

Beach 

Alicante has a lovely beach – and some people even swam in late November. In summer (or even early fall), it must be amazing at the beach.Most beautiful places in Alicante, Spain

While we enjoyed some really nice walks at the beach, we did not dare even put our foot in the water. If you are here between May and September, I can imagine how busy it gets. In winter, one day in Alicante is enough. In summer, though, I would plan in at least two days (spending a whole day at the beach).

Extra Tip for the Evening

Though Alicante is also known for its nightlife, I am too old for that kind of stuff, so we spent our evenings in the hotel. However, there are many great restaurants.

The city center gets busy, and whether you have your dinner here, in the old town, or at the Esplanade (or at the hotel like we had), there are more than enough choices. And the best part is that compared to many other popular travel destinations, Alicante is still affordable (maybe not as cheap as some eastern European countries, but better than many other places like Italy, Germany, and of course, Switzerland).

Day Trips From Alicante

Alicante is close to several beautiful places like Valencia or Altea. Here are more day trip ideas from Alicante.Points of interest, Valencias best attractions

Best places to see in Altea, Costa Blanca

Hopefully, this quick guide will help you pick the best activities for one day, and here are a few travel tips for your visit.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR ALICANTE ITINERARY

Here are a few things to know before visiting Spain.

How to Get to Alicante

Arrive by plane: Alicante has an airport used by a budget airline, making it a popular place to visit. It takes about 10-15 minutes by taxi to get to the city center from the airport.

Taxi costs: between 20 and 28€ (after 10 pm, there is an extra fee).

By bus: There is one bus going to the city center directly, which costs only around 4€. But there is no service in the late evening.

Arrive by train: Alicante has a train station from which you can walk to the city center. It takes about two hours to get to Alicante from Valencia. From places like Benidorm or Altea, it takes less than one hour (by tram).

How to Get Around Alicante

Alicante is quite walkable. We walked many kilometers on foot – along the beach, in the city center, to the tram station, and at Santa Barbara Castle.  There is a tram line (also great to take to other places, like Benidorm) and buses.

Where to Stay in Alicante

If you stay in Alicante overnight, I recommend staying very close to the Esplanade (beach area) or the city center. Accommodation prices in Alicante are not that high, so I would pay a few extra euros to have the comfort of getting around easily.

There is one 5-star luxury hotel in Alicante, but there are a few nice 4-star hotels.

We got a super great deal for Maya Hotel – near the castle and close to the beach. It is a 3-star hotel which was renovated just a while ago, so everything was neat and clean. Click here to find out more about the rates and the hotel.

As most of the time, I booked via my favorite booking site – because of their great cancellation policy (luckily, there was no need to cancel, but I like that option as it causes less stress – just in case).

Click here to find more hotels in Alicante – for each budget.

Best Time to Visit Alicante

Alicante is a great summer destination – which the big and sandy beach is perfect for some lazy days at the beach. However, we visited in winter (late November) and enjoyed our trip. It was less crowded, less expensive, and still sunny (though it got windy once in a while). Btw, here is a winter packing list for your trip.

Personally, coming from Northern Germany, Costa Blanca seems to be a perfect getaway in the winter. Escaping the cold season for a few days is great. So, my recommendation is to visit Alicante at any time of the year and probably only avoid June-August’s busy summer months.

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Alicante is a beautiful city. If you are a beach person, you could have some nice beach vacations here. But even if you aren’t – like me – or you visit in winter, there is are fun activities to do. 

But of course, whenever you visit, I hope this post has inspired you, and you now know about the best things to do in Alicante in 1 day (or longer). Safe travels!Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Things to Do in Valencia in One Day

Valencia in 1 day, best things to do and see in Valencia, Spain

WHAT TO DO IN 1 DAY IN VALENCIA

Are you planning your Valencia itinerary and wondering about the best things to do in Valencia in one day? Then you have found the perfect post. Here you will find tips for the best places to visit in 1 day in Valencia  – plus important travel tips for first-time visitors.

Valencia, one of the biggest cities in Spain, is a great place to visit. Located on the southern coast – in Costa Blanca – it offers a beautiful mix of modern and old buildings, palm and orange trees, fun street art, a bustling city center, lovely parks – and beautiful beaches.

Though one day in Valencia might not seem like enough, you really can see quite a lot.

Though I was not smitten within the first 10 minutes, Valencia grew on me after a few hours. And at the end of the day, I realized how gorgeous this city is.

Okay, I might have had a big advantage when I visited Valencia in one day – my German friend, who lived in Valencia for six months, was with me on my trip and, of course, she knew how to get around, what to do in Valencia, the best things to do and places to see, and so on.

So, I got to see the best of Valencia in 1 day. And kind as I am, I am sharing my tips with you. So, here is how to spend one day in Valencia – what to see and what to do.

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR 1 DAY IN VALENCIA

Before discussing your perfect Valencia itinerary, you´ll find some travel tips for your first trip to Valencia.

Best Time to Visit Valencia For 1 Day

You can visit Valencia at any time of the year. It gets hot in the summer months (hellp beaches), and it is warm in spring and fall, and warmish in the winter. You can do most of the below-mentioned activities at any time of the year.

  • If you are looking for a beach vacation, then visiting Valencia during the months of May-September would be the ideal time to visit.
  • I visited Valencia in the winter months – the weather was mild and pleasant and around 9-17°C (48-62°F) during the day. Surely, it was not warm enough to enjoy the beaches and swim in the ocean but warm enough to stroll the city. Valencia in the winter months is perfect as it is also less crowded – a perfect getaway from the cold in Northern Germany.

How to Get to Valencia

There are several ways to get to Valencia – most likely you will arrive via plane, train or car. 
Train Station - What to visit in Valencia, Spain

  • BY PLANE: The Valencia Airport (VLC) and is located about 8km from the city center. There are buses, a metro line, and taxis you can use to get to the city center.
  • BY TRAIN: Valencia has several train stations. Most likely, you will arrive at Valencia-Estacio Del Nord. In case you come into Valencia Joaquin Sorolla, walk for about ten minutes to Valencia-Estacio Del Nord station. From there, you can start your self-guided tour. 
  • BY CAR: You can park in a parking lot near the train station, but this is quite expensive. A tip from my friend: you can find free parking lots near the “Valencia Eye.”

Where to Stay in Valencia

If you plan to stay overnight, check out these hotels mentioned below. I did not stay overnight but I would pick a hotel in or near the Old Town.

How to Get Around Valencia For 1 Day

  • There is no need for a car in Valencia.
  • We walked to all the Valencia sights. Yes, after that day, we were quite exhausted, but Valencia is rather compact, and you can see almost everything by just walking. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes to discover Valencia on foot.
  • The public transportation in Valencia is good. However, you will not need it often following this Valencia itinerary. If you need to catch a bus, it will probably be from the “Valencia Eye” bus stop to the city center.
  • If you prefer hop-on and hop-off sightseeing tours then click here and find out about the prices.

1 Day in Valencia Tour Card

If you plan to use public transportation more often and visit a few attractions, the Valencia Tour Card can help you save money. Whether you stay for 24, 48, or 72 hours – you can check out prices here.

ONE DAY IN VALENCIA – BEST THINGS TO DO & SEE

So, let´s talk about the best things to do in one day.

Train Station Valencia-Estacio Del Nord

The train station is charming. It does not look like any other train station I have ever seen before.

It is quite small, and if you head from the platforms to the outside, you will see some interesting architecture. While this is not a highlight, visiting is a good free thing to do in Valencia.

Turia Gardens

If you head to the City of Arts and Sciences, you will most likely stumble upon the Turia Gardens, too. The garden is one of the largest urban parks in Spain. Turia Gardens runs through the city along nine kilometers of green space boasting footpaths, leisure, sports areas, and romantic spots. So, it is the perfect spot for basically anyone.Best places to visit in Valencia, Spain

  • A park with a river that does not have a river anymore. The park used to be a riverbed of the River Turia, and after some severe flooding in the 1950s, the river was diverted, and it became a park.
  • Perfect for a nice stroll, exercising, or letting your kids play at the playground.
  • There is no entrance fee, and it is open 24/7.

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Cituad de las Artes y las Ciencias – City of Arts and Sciences

The L’Hemisferic, the Eye, is probably the single most famous Valencia attraction. It is located in the City of Arts and Science – at the southern tip of the Turia Garden.

I admit I added it to my Valencia bucket list the minute I saw it on Instagram – and it did not disappoint.Points of interest, Valencias best attractions

  • It is part of a huge complex with various bright and futuristic buildings in the City of Arts and Sciences.
  • You can visit the planetarium, a museum, an IMAX cinema, and an aquarium in the area for an entrance fee.
  • The futuristic architecture does not actually go with the rest of the city’s design.
  • However, it is interesting to see.
  • On a sunny day, this looks absolutely beautiful. Sun, water, and the bright, light buildings make this place unique.

What to do in Valencia in one day

The Terrara Umbracle is also great to walk through. Make sure also to walk the upper area, as there are some beautiful places there, too.

Old Town

One of the most beautiful places to visit in 1 day in Valencia is the old town. Valencia´s old town is lovely, with interesting and unique architecture. We strolled the old town for hours, and I was repeatedly surprised by how pretty the buildings are.

Plan in enough time and do not rush through – there are tons of lovely squares, avenues, and places that want your attention. Here are some places to see in a day in Valencia.

Plaza de La Virgen / Plaza de la Reine

The Plaza de la Virgen the Plaza de la Reine are two lovely squares in close proximity. Both are lovely and lively plazas that you should absolutely visit.

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Plaza de la Virgen in Valencia in 1 day

Plaza de la Virgen is a lively and lovely square and home of the Turia Fountain, which represents the Turia River and depicts Neptune. You will also find iconic historic buildings like the entrance to the Valencia Cathedral & outdoor cafes.

Valencia Cathedral

Saint Mary´s Cathedral, also known as Valencia Cathedral, used to be a mosque and is now a Roman Catholic Church. The work on the building began in the 13th century.

Valencia’s cathedral is nestled between the two above-mentioned squares: Plaza de la Reina and the Plaza de la Virgen.Valencia best tourist attractions

  • You can visit the church, but they charge a fee of around 7€.
  • We skipped it, though we were tempted to visit.
  • Looking at pictures, it seems like a beautiful church with an impressive interior.
  • Also, there is a museum exhibiting up to 90 works of different styles: Gothic, Renaissance, Mannerist.
  • The collection includes pieces by Maella and Goya or panel paintings by Juan de Juanes.

Miguelete Tower

You can enjoy panoramic views of Valencia if you climb the Miguelete Tower which is the Gothic-style bell tower of Valencia Cathedral.

  • It stands at 50.85 meters
  • There are 207 steps to get to the top
  • The entrance for the tower is about 2€ per person
  • I love views like these. The climbing might be tedious (as it is narrow), but it was worth it.

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El Carmen Street Art

What I really liked in Alicante and Valencia was the street art. Even if you are in Valencia for only 1 day, you can see some street art. Especially in El Carmen, a charming neighborhood situated in the city’s old quarter, you will find some interesting murals and graffiti.

In the evening, this place got even busier than in the daytime – it is a popular place to end your day.

Central Plaza del Ayuntamiento + Town Hall

You will find this part of the old town behind Plata de la Virgin: Central Plaza del Ayuntamiento.Valencia best places to see in 1 day

The Town Hall of Valencia, the Ayuntamiento de Valencia, is another beautiful landmark of the city and something to add to your Valencia itinerary.

It is located right on the Central Plaza del Ayuntamiento, which is probably my favorite square.

  • You have a fountain in the middle (which is illuminated at night), some greenery, and gorgeous buildings (including the old post office) all around.
  • It was well visited in the daytime and the evening (a bit of light can make a big difference).

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Torres de Serranos – Serranos Towers

Torre de Serranos is one of the most iconic attractions in the city. Most beautiful places in Valencia, SpainValencia´s city walls back then included a set of walls with 12 gates. The walls have gone, but there are still two gates remaining. Built in the 14th century, the Torres de Serranos was part of the city wall and it was also, at times, used as a prison. Now it is open to the public.

  • You will find it at Plaça dels Furs. 
  • For most of the time, the opening hours are: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm and on Sundays and bank holidays from 10 am to 2 pm. We missed it because it closed quite early in winter. It was already closed at 5 or 6 pm – opening hours depend on the daylight. So, in winter, visit here earlier the day. 
  • The entrance fee is 2 € for adults, free on Sundays and official holidays

Admire the Buildings

Valencia is home to some really impressive buildings that are not typical sights. To my shame, I cannot even remember the addresses of the buildings but I highly suggest to stroll around and look up! Look at these beautiful houses!Most beautiful places to visit in Valencia, Spain

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More Places to Visit in Valencia in 1 Day +

All the above-mentioned places make Valencia very charming. While the old town and the City of Arts and Sciences are probably the main tourist attractions in Valencia, there are other places, like the beach, that you could add to your Valencia itinerary.

Then, however, I recommend staying in Valencia for 2 days. Here are a few more tips if you stay longer or want to skip one of the other recommendations from above.

I mostly do self-guided tours whenever I travel. However, if you like to make sure not to miss main spots and receive info, you can check out guided tours.

Silk Exchange

If you stay in Valencia for more than 1 day, you can probably visit these places as well.

La Lonja de la Seda: This building was once used for trading silk. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you can visit it for an entrance fee of just 2€.

Central Market

Mercado Central I decided to skip this place. After visiting the Central Market in Alicante, I figured out that I am not a fan of these markets.

If you are not a vegetarian and do not mind seeing a lot of meat hanging around, this is a place to see in Valencia.Spain, Valencia best things to do, Central

I know it is not only about the meat, and that you can also buy vegetables and fruits. And in the pictures, the Central Market actually looks great, especially if you look at the ceilings.

Valencia Beach

Valencia has some wonderful beaches. If you visit on a sunny day and stay for more than one day in Valencia, then head there from the City of Arts and Sciences and either take a swim or walk along the beach.

If you are short on time, you can skip them, but if you stay for two days in Valencia – or love beaches – it takes about 30 minutes to walk there from the Valencia Eye.

THOUGHTS ABOUT VISITING VALENCIA FOR 1 DAY

Valencia is a beautiful city that has quite a lot to offer. You could surely spend much more time there and would still find great places all the time. However, this Valencia itinerary for 1 day helps you find out about the best places to see in a short amount of time. Enjoy your trip!

Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Things to Do in Altea in One Day – Costa Blanca

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WHAT TO DO IN ALTEA – THINGS TO DO AND SEE + TRAVEL TIPS

Altea is a charming town in Alicante, Spain, that should be on your list when visiting Costa Blanca.

When I booked my trip to Alicante, I had no idea what or where Altea was. But after some research, I found out about this gem, and after seeing the pictures, I immediately added it to my Costa Blanca itinerary. All I can say is that I am so glad that I did.

ALTEA TRAVEL TIPS

Altea is a city and municipality located north of Alicante and just around 10 kilometers from Benidorm and Calpe – with about 22,000-inhabitants is a rather small town. Especially the old town – the area we focus on today – feels like a village rather.

Whitewashed houses, colorful flowers against white walls, and pretty ocean views – yes, Altea has a touch of Greece in it.

While the old town, located on a small hill, is tiny and there are not many attractions per se, it is a great place to visit and makes a wonderful day trip from Alicante (or Benidorm).

I will keep this post short and sweet (because there is not too much to talk about). Along with all the images, you will also find out how to get to Altea and what to expect when you are there.

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When to Visit Altea

We visited in November – the streets were mostly empty (apart from a big group of seniors), and the weather was nice. However, I guess the best time to visit is between March -June, and September to early October. Apparently, Altea is overrun by tourists – not even in the summer. So, it is a great place to visit even in high-season.

How to Get to Altea

The best way to get to Altea is by tram.

Altea has a train station, so whether you get to Altea from Benidorm or Alicante, it is the easiest and most convenient transport mode. (A return ticket from Alicante is only about 10€, less from Benidorm.) 

It takes about one hour from Alicante, but the train ride (actually, it is a tram ride) is lovely, with great views of the beaches and towns included.

Once you are out of the tram, you will see the blue dome, so head toward the hills, and you are there. 

Where to Stay in Altea

We did not stay in Altea but Alicante. However, personally, I would have loved staying here. Watching the sunrise in the mornings must be great – also you are close to other places in Costa Blanca – like Benidorm, Alicante or Valencia.

If you are looking for a luxury hotel in Altea, then check out SH Villa Gadea. It is a luxury accommodation close to the town center. The views look great, and the overall ratings make it look like a great place to stay near/in Altea.

If you are looking for a more budget-friendly place in Altea, check out FH Altea Centro Historico. It seems like a wonderful place if you don’t need luxury and need a clean place to stay. Then this could be the place to stay.

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What to Do in Altea in One Day

What to do in Altea? Where to go and what to see?

While there is no real to-do list, and thus, this is not a typical Altea itinerary, I recommend not rushing through the village.

STROLL THE STREETS OF THE OLD TOWN

You could easily overlook many small and narrow streets, so take your time when strolling the area. 

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Best places to visit in Altea, Costa Blanca

VISIT CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF CONSOLATION

The market square is also home to the Church of Our Lady of Consolation (this is such a small town, but the church is large and ornate as in much bigger cities).Church in Altea, Costa Blanca

Altea best things to see, Costa Blanca

VISIT THE MARKET SQUARE

You will also find restaurants and cafes (which are even open during the slow season).

We were lucky as we had some musicians who played music -behind the market square. Like us, a big tourist group of seniors listened to the music – and some ladies danced Flamingo.

Even though we visited in November, this felt like a busy and fun Mediterranean travel destination.What to see in Altea in Costa Blanca

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ENJOY THE VIEWS

As the old town is located on a hill, there are quite good views that you can enjoy. Mirador de la Plaza de la Iglesia is just one place to enjoy the views.

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There are several restaurants and cafes for more great views.

SPEND TIME AT THE BEACH

If you walk down and pass the train station, you will also find a little cute beach.

On a warm day, I suggest spending more time here (there are also restaurants and cafes) as you will be “done” within a few hours in Altea.

Altea Beach, Costa Blanca

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Altea is – without question – very unique, but here is another very unique destination at Costs Blanca.

Small but extremely cute – this is Altea, one of the most beautiful places in Costa Blanca.

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ULTIMATE PACKING LIST FOR EUROPE IN WINTER

What to pack for Europe in winter

WHAT TO PACK FOR WINTER IN EUROPE

If you are want to find out what to pack for Europe in winter, then this post is for you.

While you might have to think about which places to visit in Europe in winter, you will also need to plan what to pack for the cold winter months in Europe.

While Europe might not be the biggest continent, weather conditions strongly vary. It does make a big difference whether you visit North countries like Iceland or Norway, Central Europe like Switzerland or France, or Southern Europe with places like Valencia in Spain.

If you head to Southern Spain, you will not need all the super warm winter clothes – and you will be happy with some warm pullovers and jeans. In the Nordic countries, you will definitely need to pack differently.

In this post, you will find one general part of what to pack in Europe for winter. You will find out what to pack for warmer countries like Spain or Malta, what to pack if you visit “cold” countries like Switzerland, Estonia, or Iceland in winter.

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Winter Weather in Europe

Before talking about what to bring to Europe in winter, we should talk about the weather in Europe in winter. Your packing list depends on where you visit.

Southern Europe is much milder and warmer than Eastern Europe or Northern Europe. While you could wear a light jacket in Southern Spain in the winter months, you surely have to dress very warmly in countries like Norway or Iceland.

If you come to Europe in winter – come prepared. 

Be advised that the average temperature can reach as low as -10° degree Celsius in countries like Iceland and Norway and while it gets up to 15° degree Celsius in other countries.

Climate change has lead to a much warmer climate in many countries. I remember the years – as a little child – where we had many days with freezing temperatures in Germany. And a lot of snow – but nowadays, snow is no longer the rule for many parts of Europe. But it can be.

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What to Bring to Europe in Winter – General Items

So, the first part of the post is a general packing list. Then you will find an additional packing list for winter.

Luggage for Europe

Here is what luggage/bags you might need for your winter Europe trip.

  • Suitcase: Though it depends, where exactly and for how long you travel, I recommend taking a good, light, and quality suitcase with you where all your clothes and most of your toiletries fit in.
  • Carry-On: If you visit for longer and aren’t a minimalist, then you might need extra carry-on luggage.
  • Laundry bags: They are great if you travel for longer and don’t want your dirty and clean clothes to mix up. I prefer them over plastic bags.
  • Packing Cubes: They are the new must-items when it comes to traveling, they are convenient, and they also come in cool colors. I recommend using packing cubes because it makes packing and organizing easier.
  • I choose a cross-body handbag with a zipper (to be safe) and several extra pockets for my handbag. My tip: The size of the handbag is important: do you carry a camera with you? A water bottle? Keep that in mind when you decide on one handbag.
  • Passport Holder: since I have become more minimalistic, I prefer not to use a passport holder, but if you need a passport (and an ID is not enough), you might want to have one.
  • I recommend a beach bag or a cotton bag for a day at the hotel pool or some shopping. Plastic bags – fortunately – do cost money in many parts of Europe…and plastic sucks anyway, so with a cotton bag you use for years, you do the environment a favor. And it looks much better than carrying your shopping in a plastic or paper bag.

Toiletries to Pack for Europe in Winter

Lately, I have reduced the care products. Less is better if you ask me. However, in winter, our skin is also subject to stress. You will find a detailed list – even if I do not use all products below throughout the year, you might use more products.

If I travel for 10 days or shorter, I take travel-sized toiletries, which I refill with my natural and organic beauty products from home. To pack light, shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, cleaning water, and cleansing milk are all in small bottles.

Of course, you could buy toiletries in Europe as well, but if you do not want to waste your time in drug stores or supermarkets, use this checklist for Europe.

  • (TSA Approved Clear) Travel Toiletry Bag (if you fly)
  • Sunscreen (even in winter – depending on where you travel to. If you go for a ski trip, then take it, but you most likely will not need it for most other winter trips).
  • Travel bottles to refill – I refill them with my own organic products that I normally use (I do not use shampoo & conditioner provided by hotels)
  • Electric Hair Removal Epilator (only if you stay longer than a week or if you remove your body hair with it) – otherwise, a razor or whatever you prefer.
  • Face cream – (which I also use as a hand cream, so I do not have to take another cream).
  • Refillable Travel Size Perfume Bottle
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste and mouthwash plus Dental floss
  • Tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Magnifying make-up mirror
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover + glass nail file
  • My favorite hairbrush (especially for longer hair) – or if you have less space, take a comb
  • Hair ties
  • A small cosmetic bag with the following items: Mascara / Rouge / Eyebrow powder (Taming & Shaping Kit For Brows) / Tweezer / Eyeliner and Eye Shadow / Make-up brushes/ Cotton swabs

Here are a few more items that I personally do hardly use but which might be important to you, so I added them here:

hair spray, hand cream, foundation, powder, lipstick, sanitiser

Tech Stuff to Pack for Europe

  • I have my laptop with me whenever I fly – however, I do work online while traveling, and I also watch Netflix on it.
  • My phone is, without a doubt, one of my most useful and important (travel) items.
  • My camera is a must – because Europe has so many great spots that need to be photographed.
  • I have to admit that I still don’t have a kindle, so a “real” book is often an essential
  • Power Charger – how long does your phone battery last? Not long? Neither does mine, so this  is an essential
  • Do you need an adapter? It depends on where you travel to Europe, so please check if you need one for your destination.

Random Things to Pack for Europe

  • Umbrella (in many countries, like Germany, Switzerland, or England is can still rain quite a lot in the winter)
  • Guides
  • Medicine (headache pills etc.)
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Clothes to Pack for Europe in Winter

The key is dressing in layers for Europe in winter. The temperature can reach freezing levels, and yet the sun can be deceptively strong. Dressing in layers allows you to keep warm without compromising on comfort. 

Also, it really depends on where exactly you travel. As I mentioned before, Southern Europe has mild weather in winter where you will not need a super warm jacket and gloves plus a hat.

Depending on where you travel, the wind might make you feel much colder than the temperature actually says.

In the worst-case scenario, hypothermia and frostbite will result if you’re wet and not appropriately dressed.

Your items should be versatile in function. For example, pack a jacket that is both waterproof and warm. Also, comfortable walking shoes are essential.

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Everyday Attire Essentials For Europe In Winter

At the top of your Europe winter packing list should be the following versatile, essential items. Using these items to dress in layers will keep you both stylish and warm. 

  • Coat – Warm And Waterproof: A warm, waterproof jacket should be one of the very first items that you think to pack. Avoid choosing a bulky jacket that takes up a lot of space. This can make you feel uncomfortable when you have layers underneath. Instead, opt for a lightweight, trench raincoat that will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable. 
  • Hat: Science tells us that we lose up to 10% of our body heat through our heads, meaning that it’s essential to keep this area warm. A knitted beanie is a perfect solution for keeping the warmth in while you venture out.  A hat will keep you toasty warm whether you’re on the slopes, sipping coffee, or exploring the sights. 
  • Gloves: Have you ever tried to use your phone with frozen fingers? It’s a nearly impossible task. A pair of gloves can do wonders for your mobility, dexterity, and comfort. This makes it one of the most important items on your Switzerland packing list. When selecting your options, it’s worth investing in a pair that can dry quickly and are touch-screen compatible.
  • Scarf Or Turtleneck: A warm scarf and/or turtleneck sweater are key items for keeping your neck covered. Not only do these items keep you warm, but they also prevent you from getting ill (and thereby ruining the fun). A turtleneck sweater is perfect as a garment to wear underneath your jacket, while the scarf can be removed easily. 
  • Leggings: There’s a reason that almost every woman owns a pair of leggings. They are both comfortable and snug. Leggings are an essential item to pack as you can dress them up or down. You can even wear them underneath your denims as an extra layer of warmth. 
  • Socks: When it comes to packing socks for your Switzerland trip – the thicker the better. Chances are that you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors in the snow, and you’ll want your feet to be warm and cozy. If you plan on hitting the slopes at any stage, then you’ll want your socks to be extra-thick or padded for increased comfort. 
  • Thermals: A quality set of thermals is your key to enjoying the winter weather in Switzerland. They provide the extra layer of heat that will allow you to spend an extra hour on the slopes, or to pack fewer items on your road trip instead of excess clothing.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: If you can only pack one pair of shoes, then make sure that they are a trusty pair of waterproof snowshoes. You’ll want your shoes to be as versatile as possible. Snowshoes allow you to enjoy a variety of activities while keeping your feet warm and dry. 
Verbier in Switzerland in the winter

WInter Sport Clothes to Pack

One of the best top reasons to visit e.g. Switzerland during the winter months is winter sports opportunities. While most ski resorts will offer rental equipment, there are a few essentials to pack for yourself. 

  • Ski Jacket: When choosing the perfect ski jacket, you need to consider warmth, level of waterproofing, and freedom of movement. A jacket that is adjustable in fit seals effectively and dries quickly is the perfect apparel for snowboarding, skiing, and other winter outdoor sports.
  • Ski Pants: A trusty pair of insulated ski pants are the next essential item for all winter sports fans. Make sure that your choice of pants is breathable, warm, and waterproof. These details will keep you dry, warm, and comfortable on the slopes.  
  • Winter Protection: There are a few items that will make your winter vacation all the more comfortable. The last thing you want is to be soaked on your first day or get a migraine from snow blindness. 
  • Umbrella: Regardless of what time of year you visit Switzerland, it’s always a smart move to pack a foldable umbrella. The nifty item doesn’t take up too much space. It can be the difference between a stroll in the city streets and getting caught in a flu-inspired downpour. 
  • Chapstick: Visiting Switzerland in winter will most likely find you spending hours of fun on the snow-covered slopes. This can quickly dry out your lips and burn your skin. In this instance, you’re going to be grateful that you’ve packed your moisturizing stick of Chapstick. 
  • Sunglasses: The best days on the slopes are the ones accompanied by clear, sunny skies and good conditions. These circumstances also increase the sun’s glare on the white snow, making it close to unbearable on your eyes. A pair of polarized sunglasses or ski goggles can protect your eyes from the wind and bright light.

CONCLUSION: WHAT TO PACK FOR EUROPE IN WINTER

Europe in winter is a fantastic travel destination. Whether you come for a ski trip in Switzerland, explore the Christmas markets in London or want to have a weekend trip to a warmer place like Valencia – Europe is so diverse and has something for every taste.

Just be aware of what to pack for Europe in winter, and you can enjoy a fantastic time in Europe.

Stay safe and enjoy!

Safe Travels, Arzo

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