WHAT TO PACK FOR EUROPE IN WINTER

What to pack for Europe in winter

WHAT TO PACK FOR EUROPE IN WINTER – PACKING LIST

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. So, 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. Then you will find out about what to pack for warmer countries like Spain or Malta, but you will also find out what to pack if you visit countries like Switzerland, Estonia or Iceland in winter.

First ski experience in Verbier, Switzerland what to pack in winter

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Winter Weather in Europe

Before talking about what to bring to Europe in winter, we should talk weather in Europe in winter. Because 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 warm 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 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 in 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 ist. 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 an 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 very handy and they also come in cool colors. I recommend using packing cubes because it makes packing and organizing easier.
  • For my handbag, I choose a cross-body handbag with a zipper (just to be safe) and several extra pockets. My tip: The size of the handbag is important: do you carry a camera with your? A water bottle? Keep that in mind when you decide on one handbag.
  • Passport Holder, since I have become more minimalistic, I prefer not using a passport holder but if you need a passport (and an ID is not enough) you might want to have one.
  • For a day at the hotel pool or for some shopping, I recommend a beach bag or a cotton bag. Plastic bags – fortunately – do costs money in many parts of Europe…and plastic you use only once, sucks anyway, so with a cotton bag you use for years, you do the environment a favour (and it looks much better than to carry your shoppings 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. Here 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 sizes 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 is 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 bidy 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 which 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 in 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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What 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 worst case scenario, hypothermia and frostbite will be a result if 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. In addition, 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 Sportswear

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 that 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 leisurely 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 glare of the sun 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 some fantastic time in Europe.

Stay safe and enjoy!

Safe Travels, Arzo

Most Beautiful Places in Barcelona in 3 Days

Barcelona in 3 days, best things to in Barcelona itinerary

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. So, this is not a solo-female guide to Barcelona, but I would feel comfortable doing all the mentioned Barcelona activities by myself.

Also, this is not the typical 3-day itinerary because, at the time of our visit, it was extremely hot. As is common in the summer months in Spain, 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 things that you can do in three days, even though it is not the typical Barcelona itinerary.

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Things to Know Before Traveling to Barcelona

Here are some important travel tips for Barcelona so you have 3 great days!

How to Get Around

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 though, 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 usper 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

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 since we did not speak either of these, we had to use English with the inhabitants. Many spoke some basic English, but longer conversations were rare. 

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

Safety

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

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 in connection 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.

Luxury Hotels in Barcelona

Find the best rates for your stay in Barcelona – here are some great luxury hotels

Mid-Range Hotels in Barcelona

There are also some great mid-range hotels in Barcelona. If you can try to book your accommodation near the main tourist attractions. Click here for more information on mid-range hotels in Barcelona.

Budget-Friendly Hostels and Hostels in Barcelona

If you prefer staying in hostels or are on a budget, then check out the best rates and your wallet will love you. Find the best deals here.

Barcelona Itinerary – Best Things to do 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 with 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.

Buy tickets in advance to skip the lines and beat the crowds (Barcelona is really busy most of the times, so skip-the-line-tickets do make a lot of sense…to me!

Las Ramblas 

La Ramblas Street is downright fun.

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The 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 of them 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.

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 be on your itinerary. I admit that we did not go inside (we are just too broke to spend money on a tour), but we made sure to visit at least and take a 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). You can also learn about its history in the museum and buy souvenirs ( 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

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.

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 pieces of Gaudi, 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

Montjuic Hill

Montjuic is one of the two prominent hills/mountains in Barcelona and a great place to go.

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.

Montjuic Castle is a good starting point for exploring the area. We did not see the pools, but there are two of them with 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 about 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

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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Biel Morro @Unsplash

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

Bike Tour

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 that Barcelona has to offer (we mostly calyces around the harbor area).

Cycle around Barcelony by bike in three days

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

Barcelonata

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 days

It’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. 

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Built 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 

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.

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 in the world 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

Best Places to Visit in Spain

BEST PLACES TO GO IN SPAIN

So, you like to visit Spain but are wondering about where to go in Spain? Here are some of the very best places to visit in Spain.

Barcelona! Madrid! These are probably one of the first places that come to people´s mind when hearing about Spain – however, this proud country has so many more places that are worth to be visited. So if you are wondering “Where to go in Spain?” you are lucky as this post is perfect for you.

Find out about the best places to see in Spain – from cities to towns and beaches, from metropolis to hidden gems – this post, written in collaboration with my some of some fellow travel bloggers.

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Granada

Recommended by Abbie from Speck on the Globe

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Tucked at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Southern Spain, Granada is one of the cities not to be forgotten on your Spain itinerary.  Getting lost in the six neighborhoods here is not only expected, it is encouraged.

The small alleyways and narrow streets are perfect places for taking a walk, people watching and uncovering great places to eat. 

Marveling at the Moorish buildings is a must, and the Alhambra is a perfect example of Andalusian and Arabic architecture.  This building and the surrounding gardens are probably the most popular tourist attraction in the region, therefore getting tickets ahead of time is a great way to ensure a ticket. 

Spending a night like a Gypsy in the caves was one of the highlights of my visit and, in my opinion, one of the best things to do in Spain.

The Sacromonte neighborhood of Granada is located in the hills above the city. 

The attraction here is to come up for the evening to see a more traditional flamenco show, but you can also spend the night in one of the many cave homes, offering unique lodging and stunning views of the Alhambra and the city below.  There are several places to see a Flamenco, but Venta El Gallo is said to be the place that mastered the local Zambra style.

Check out Best Rates for Accommodation in Granada

Montserrat

Recommended by Rashmi & Chalukya from Go Beyond Bounds

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Montserrat is a famous Catalonian Pilgrim destination in Spain which can easily be done on a day trip from Barcelona.

The Montserrat monastery sits atop a unique jagged mountain massif which is a marvelous sight to behold and one of the most beautiful places in Spain and not surprisingly one of the best Spain tourist attraction.

The Montserrat Basilica in gothic architectural style has a beautiful interior with elegant chandeliers and enshrines the famous statue of the Virgin of Montserrat. The Espai Audio Visual museum provides an insight into the history of the Montserrat Monastery, the mountain and the life at Montserrat.

From Montserrat mountains, there are two more funiculars one to the top Sant Joan which has trails leading to the highest summit and the other to the caves of Santa Cova which has a small chapel built into the mountain. Both the trails have wonderful views of the mountains and the valleys of Montserrat.

To reach Montserrat one can take a train to Montserrat from Barcelona’s Placa d’Espanya station and then a cable car or a rack railway to the top. Trains run every hour and the combined tickets to Montserrat with the cablecar or the rack railway to the monastery and further ride up with the funiculars can be bought at the Placa d’Espanya station itself.

Overnight hikes to reach the top to watch the sunrise is very popular with the locals.

Check out Best Rates for Accommodation in Montserrat

Almería

Recommended by Sonia from Migrating Miss

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Almería city is certainly a destination worth visiting and one of the hidden gems in Spain.

If you only went for the free tapas, which in my opinion are some of, if not the best, in Spain, then you wouldn’t be disappointed. Many of the tapas bars are exploring new flavors and fusions, as well as producing high-quality traditional tapas, and you get to choose what you want for free from an extensive menu, as long as you have a drink too!

But in addition to that, you can explore the Alcazaba, a Moorish Fortress used in Game of Thrones that you will often have almost to yourself, plus several museums including one about the history of cinema in Almería, a film destination since the 1930s.

Add in a visit to the Los Refugios de Guerra Civil, underground shelters from the Spanish Civil War, and you’ll be wondering why more people don’t visit this city of historical import.

Almería has one of the driest climates in Europe, with the nearby Tabernas being the only desert in Europe, and so you can look forward to plenty of sunshine when you visit. 

This makes wandering along the Paseo de Maritimo pleasant at almost any time of year, and if you want to venture further out of the city you can always to go the nearby Cabo de Gata Natural Park, a stunning area where former volcanic mountains reach down to the sea.

Check out Best Rates for Accommodation in Almeria

Oviedo

Recommended by Talek from Travels with Talek

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Oviedo, the capital of Asturias province in northern Spain, does not disappoint – and it is another great place to visit in Spain.

I was expecting the traditional Spanish town with the massive cathedral in the central plaza surrounded by medieval monasteries, convents, churches and winding cobblestone streets.  Yes, there’s that, along with riveting museums and art galleries. What I did not expect was the atmosphere of party central I found there.

There are three main sections of the city reserved for extreme revelry, each more fun than the next. Cider Street has great regional cuisine and cider is served from bottles held up to four feet away from the glass. Tapas Street has a myriad of counter service bars offering killer tapas.

The more upscale North Street offers gastronomic works of art at surprisingly reasonable prices.  Local musicians wander in and out of these restaurants performing and encouraging the patrons to join in the revelry.

Add to that some of the best wine in all of Spain and the result is the Spanish version of a rip-roaring good time. Sometimes the patrons follow the musicians out to their next stop to continue the fun. It’s quite unique!

Tip: Despite the festive atmosphere, Oviedo remains a very safe city for party-goers including women traveling solo.

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Majorca / Mallorca

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A must-see place in Spain is Mallorca.

Outside of Europe, not many people have heard of the beautiful island of Mallorca – this might come as a surprise to many in Germany since several million Germans visit Mallorca, one of the Balearic islands, each year, as euch have understood that it is one of the best places in Spain.

The island is known for being the wildest party place if you are enjoying wild parties you might like Mallorca, but to me, it is much more than a place to party for cheap.

Mallorca has one of the most beautiful beaches and coasts (calas) in all of Europe. If you stay away from the party area, El Arenal, you´ll be amazed by Mallorca´s beauty. There is a lot to see and do besides spending the entire day on the beach and you’ll be not get bored staying in Majorca for one week.

Things you need to do in Mallorca: visit the amazing calas (my favorites are Cala Mondrago and Cala de Mallorca) with their pristine waters and white sandy beaches; and get lost in the cutest villages, like Valldemossa.

Click here to find out more about this beautiful island of Mallorca and what to do and see there.

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Cadiz

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Cádiz can be found in the south of Spain, in the Andalusia region, just below Seville.

If you’ve visited Cuba it may look familiar to you as it’s seaside skyline looks like a twin for Havana and as such it was actually used for the Havana scenes in the James Bond film “Die Another Day”. It is a coastal town built onto a sandbar peninsula, so if you like beaches you’ll want to stop by Cadiz! .

Plus a long beachside promenade with alfresco terraces to take in the views of glasses of wine.. Another excellent seaside spot in Cadiz is the Castle of San Sebastián.

This is a military fortress from 1706 built on a small island about 1 kilometer off the coast of La Caleta beach as joined to the mainland by a stone levee, a novel way to extend an evening promenade stroll! Near to here you can then view the incredible ficus (rubber) tree’s, just one of Cadiz’s many beautiful parks full of interesting foliage brought back from expeditions to the “New World”.

A final must-see (but by no means the last thing you’ll find in Cadiz) is the Roman Theatre ruins which are the second largest in the world and the site allows you to walk through the tunnel out into the seating area just as the patrons must’ve done over 2000 years ago!

We found the Pensione Las Cuatros Naciones to be a well-priced, clean, and friendly family run place for centrally located accommodations.

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Madrid

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Madrid doesn’t have the best reputation with travelers.

Many people are disappointed with the Spanish capital city because they compare it to Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain. 

The appeal of Madrid is in the hidden plazas, bustling marketplaces, and quaint neighborhoods. Also the traditional, untouched Spanish culture and unconventional tourist activities.

When visiting Madrid, allow yourself to wander through the narrow streets, free of tourists, only stopping to admire a beautiful site like the Royal Palace. Enjoy a cafe con leche while people watching in Plaza Mayor. Stop in one of the many markets like Mercado de San Miguel for an afternoon glass of wine and sampling of tapas.

Stroll through Parque del Buen Retiro to take in the Spanish sunshine and maybe rent a rowboat. Catch the sunset and a great view at a place like Templo de Debod, a gift from Egypt, or Círculo de Bellas Artes, a favorite rooftop patio.

Don’t you dare leave the city without sampling the iconic churros con chocolate at Chocolatería de San Gines. When you visit Madrid, remember to slow down and admire the constant liveliness of the people in the city that serves as the heart of Spain.

If you are wondering about places to go in Spain do not forget about Madrid.

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Toledo

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Toledo Spain is a small, ancient, UNESCO recognized city located about 50 minutes south of Madrid and if you are wondering about what to see in Spain you have the answer.

The city is known as the city of three cultures due to the presence of Christian, Arab and Jewish communities and their respective religious sites. The inner historical area contains a mosque, Sephardic synagogues and one of Spain’s finest Gothic cathedrals.

Walking around the historic area, you’ll first want to visit those religious sites. The cathedral is huge and contains several rare pieces of art including paintings from Zubarán, Van Dyck, Goya, Raphael, Bellini, Titian, Velasquez and Rubens, as well as 18 El Grecos, who was from Toledo.

Additionally, take a stroll around the narrow cobblestone streets, stopping to look in the numerous shops.

You’ll notice several of shops filled with knives, swords, and armor paying tribute to the former Knights that once lived in Toledo.

Make sure you don’t miss the zipline going over the river. It is the longest urban zip line in Europe and is also very affordable, currently only 10 Euros.

I also recommend going to the Alcazar Fortress, the army museum that is also a perfect place to see panoramic views of the city from a high hill.

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Segovia

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Segovia is one of the best towns to visit in Spain simply because it has it all – an epic Roman aqueduct, a fairytale castle, picturesque landscape views, and a beautiful town center.

The walkable and winding streets packed with history will truly transport you to another time and place. The entire town in northern Spain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the top must-see site is the massive Roman aqueduct that towers over one of the town’s plazas. Bonus – it’s free!

Segovia is one of the best towns to visit in Spain simply because it has it all – an epic Roman aqueduct, a fairytale castle, picturesque landscape views, and a beautiful town center. The walkable and winding streets packed with history will truly transport you to another time and place.

The entire town in northern Spain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the top must-see site is the massive Roman aqueduct that towers over one of the town’s plazas. Bonus – it’s free!

Beyond the aqueduct, no trip to Segovia is complete without visiting the 12th century Alcázar, a fortress turned royal palace and later military academy. Today, you can explore the entire building from the dungeons up to the turrets. Make sure to head all the way to the top for stunning views of the town itself as well as the surrounding countryside’s rolling hills.

Afterward, walk back to Plaza Mayor where Isabella I, one of Spain’s most famous monarchs, was crowned. The plaza is also home to Segovia’s cathedral, which was the last Gothic cathedral to be built in Spain and one of the last to be built in all of Europe.

Segovia is a perfect day trip from Madrid that is easily accessible by bus, train, or car.

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San Sebastian

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Located in the mountainous Basque Country in the north of Spain, San Sebastian is well-known for its local tradition, impressive old town, white sand beaches and top-class restaurants.

Besides its natural beauty, San Sebastian has become a popular gastronomic and cultural destination. It has 15 Michelin stars distributed among seven restaurants. The city boasts more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere in the world except Tokyo.

It’s also home to the glamorous Festival de Cine de San Sebastián and the Donosti Jazzaldi, a world-known jazz festival.

If you have a few days, I recommend that you take a walk around Casco Viejo (Old Town) to wander its alleys and enjoy the traditional architecture. The city hall is a must-visit place. It was first used as a casino in the Belle Époque time of 1882, when San Sebastian was popular among European aristocrats.

Other places you shouldn’t miss: Peine de los Vientos, a great steel sculpture complex located in front of the sea; La Brecha, a beautiful market inspired by Roman and Greek architecture; and the port area, where you can see the colorful houses of fishermen.

For the best view of the city, take a tour to Monte Igueldo and enjoy a panoramic vista of the bay, the city, and the surrounding mountains!

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Costa Blanca

I admit that the Costa Blanca was not really on my radar – and I booked my flights from Bremen to Alicante just because I found a good deal. However, the Costa Blanca is a beautiful travel destination in Spain.

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It is just so diverse – of course, there is stunning Valencia (more on that a bit later) but there are also extremely cute towns like Altea or Villajoyosa. You might have never heard of these as neither I had heard of them.

But while there are tiny and not very well-known they are surely worth a visit. Villajoyosa is a very colorful (and I mean really colorful) town at Costa Blanca while Altea is a mini version of Santorini.

But then there is the lovely city of Alicante with the beautiful promenade and the even more stunning castles that allows great views of the city.

As I have more detailed guides on those places I keep it short here – but definitely add Costa Blanca to your itinerary.

Santiago de Compostela

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The beautiful town of Santiago de Compostela in north west Spain is best known as the final stop of the world renowned Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.

The Old Town of Santiago de Compostela, with its winding streets, quaint archways and historic monuments, houses a plethora of delicious wine and tapas bars where locals and tourists alike relax over delicious food and wine during the hot Spanish afternoons.

The Old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is considered one of the world’s most beautiful urban areas.

The square in front of the stunning Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela greets the Camino pilgrims as they enter the town at the end of their long journey: some make their way from France, winding through northern Spain and finishing in Santiago de Compostela where the remains of Saint James are said to be buried.

The symbol of the Camino, the sea-shell, is embossed on stones around in the square and pilgrims stand in front of the cathedral to marvel at the end of their trek.

Plan your visit to the Cathedral at the right time and you’ll see the famous incense ceremony where incense is lit and swung around the altar in a giant thurible known as the Botafumeiro.

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Barcelona

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A trip to Spain without visiting Barcelona at all would feel weird.

It does not surprise that Barcelona is one of the best cities in Spain, does it?

The city is one of the most beautiful ones in all of Europe – often, I hear it is the favorite city of those who have traveled through Europe. Why is that? There are many different reasons, but for one Barcelona is an amazing place to see Gaudi´s architecture – there are so many stunning buildings that it would be easy to spend days with just exploring them, like the La Sagrada Familia or the Guell Park.

Checking out La Ramblas, the major entertainment street, is another (family-friendly) activity that is a must-see place as well as checking out the beach in Barcelona. Admittedly, it is not the best beach ever, but after all the sightseeing a rest at the beach comes in handy.

Football fans´ first choice would probably be the Camp Nou – the stadium of the football club FC Barcelona.

Either way, Barcelona is probably the number one place to visit in Spain and surely one of the best cities in Spain, so you need to put in on your Spain itinerary. Click here to find out what to do in Barcelona in three days.

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Almuñécar

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Almuñécar is a small, fairly quiet town in the south of Spain just a few hour’s drive from Malaga and just an hour south of Granada. It has absolutely gorgeous beaches that never seem too crowded even in summer – perhaps because there’s 19km of beach!

It’s worthwhile spending a morning (before the sun gets too strong) exploring the old town. You can climb your way up the narrow, windy streets where you’ll really find yourself immersed in the local way of life. Then wander the Paseo del Altillo where you’ll find a monument to the writer Laurie Lee who lived in Almuñécar in the 1930s.

Continue your historical morning by making your way over to the San Miguel Castle which has been resorted, slowly, over the last 130 years.

The castle also has an interesting archaeological museum containing artifacts from different periods of its history and offers impressive views of the rocky coastline beneath its walls and turrets.

Want more great views? Head to the western end of Almuñécar’s main beaches and you’ll notice a group of rocks called the Peñón del Santo. A gentle climb takes you up some steps to the top and it’s well worth the climb.

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Cordoba

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In the heart of Southern Spain, half way between Madrid and Seville lies the city of Córdoba.

Famous for its Mezquita, or The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, there is plenty of other things to discover in the city as well. Córdoba’s old town, the second largest old town in Europe, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers discoveries around every corner.

Be sure to stop by the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, the former royal fortress and primary residence of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon. Walk across the Roman Bridge which was used to film part of Season 5 of the Game of Thrones.

At night, you can see the city basked in beautiful hue from its lights. And of course, you can’t miss the Mezquita. Part cathedral, part mosque, the building’s divergent architecture is fascinating and a lot of fun to wander through.

Before you leave the city, be sure to get a taste of salmorejo, a thicker and creamier version of gazpacho made from a puree of tomato, bread, olive oil, garlic, and salt.

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Girona

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With its gorgeous medieval architecture and walled Old Quarter, Girona shouldn’t be missed. Game of Thrones fans will also likely recognize Girona as it’s used as the setting for Braavos.

You should start your visit to the city by trying one of the legendary xuixo pastries that were created in Girona. The deep fried dough is filled with Crema Catalana and then dusted with crystallized sugar. Many locals have one of these with coffee to start their day!

During your visit, make sure to visit the Girona Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona. The cathedral has the world’s widest Gothic nave at 22 meters or 72 feet.

Not only is Girona famous for its cathedral having the world’s largest nave but the city also houses Europe’s smallest square, the Placa dels Raim, measuring only 24 meters.

Also make sure to visit the Iron Bridge, also known as the Eiffel Bridge as the designer also designed the famous Eiffel Tower located in Paris.

When planning your visit to Spain make sure not to overlook Girona.

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Seville

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Seville is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It’s located in the South of Spain, already pretty close to Portugal. Due to its location, it’s warm all year long in Seville, so it’s a great destination even for winter.

That’s one of the reasons why Seville is special. Another reason is that architecture in Seville is amazing – you can see a huge palace-castle – Alcazar, impressive cathedrals, palaces, and towers. It even has a canal with gondolas, just like Venice (but 50 times smaller). Seville is bright, colorful, and cheerful.

Also, Seville is the capital of Flamenco, so there are many restaurants and special bars, which offer a ticket for dinner with a chance to see a Flamenco show.

The absolutely best day in Seville is undoubtedly Monday because it’s the day when almost all the attractions in Seville are free or partially free, so it’s useful to keep this tiny fact in mind.

And of course, some of the episodes of Game of Thrones were filmed in Seville too, so it’s another reason to visit this gorgeous city.

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Calella

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Calella is a small town in the south of Costa Brava. It lies only an hour, and a simple bus ride, from Barcelona city. I

Calella is a resort town, really catering to families and couples but it is great for any kind of traveler.

Explore the old town, walk the cobbled streets, and shop until you drop at the local shops.  Enjoy a night away at a Medieval show, visit a Salvador Dali museum or have a blast a Costa Brava’s largest water park. Take some time to explore the beaches in Calella and enjoy a drink at the Blue Bar Beach Club while watching the waves slosh back and forth.

Calella boasts great weather with a fantastic location so close to Barcelona that you can visit the city regularly without having to pay the Barcelona city accommodation price tag.

Choose between resort hotels, smaller boutiques and Airbnb to find a place which suits you best.

Valencia

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Viva Valencia! In a country of vibrant and historic cities, travelers can easily overlook its charms.

Yet, they will miss a destination with more winter sunshine than Seville, a medieval core equal to the Gothic quarter in Barcelona, and a more human size than Madrid.

Valencia is the gift of the Turia river, which due to disastrous flooding in 1957, was diverted around the city. Today, the exposed riverbed offers visitors miles of open green spaces to explore on foot or by bike. It’s also home to Santiago Calatrava’s world-famous Cuidad de las Artes y Ciencias. This monument to modernity houses Oceanografic, which many consider Europe’s top aquarium.

However, Valencia is no one-trick pony. Bioparc replaced the city zoo in 2007 and it will delight children of all ages. Here, animals roam freely in habitats such as the savannah and an equatorial rainforest. They have even recreated Madagascar on a small island!

Then, there’s always the beach. With miles of golden sand on the Mediterranean coast, take a long walk in the evening before dining on paella, the local specialty.

Valencia was one of the first places I ever visited in Spain. Now, it’s high on my list for a return visit.

Read More: How to Spend 1 Day in Valencia 

CONCLUSION: BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN SPAIN 

There are so many beautiful places in Spain and I hope, this list with the best places to visit in Spain will help you plan your itinerary. 

 

Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Day Trips from Alicante

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

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.

So, if you are looking for the best day trips from Alicante then this post is for you.

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

Most likely, you will 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.

Valencia has an airport and two train stations as well (which, btw, are very close to each other).

How to Get Around in Costa Blanca

We opted for public transportation. It 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 I was so seriously 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 whenever it gets to winter, I cannot wait to escape the cold for a few days. Living in Germany, I still haven’t fallen in love with a few months of very cold weather. But I also don’t worship the heat – so where to go in the winter?

Costa Blanca was my choice this year and I can tell you: 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 very lovely 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.

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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 the other. 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.

My tip would be to stay in Alicante but you will be fine in any of the places.

Alicante Accommodations – We 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 in 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 of 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 Vilajoyosa.

Best Day Trips from Alicante

Here are my tips for things to do and see in Costa Blanca.

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.

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Altea is like the mini version of Santorini – maybe I am exaggerating a bit, but the whitewashed houses and flowers add some Greek charm to it.

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. 

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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 than Valencia, so if you are coming from Valencia, you could combine it with a trip to Altea. I never expected to find such a colorful town here – it is my personal little Burano. 

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But unlike Burano, it even has a beautiful beach section and a Friends Cafe. So, small and tiny it may be, but it is worth a day trip from Valencia or Alicante.

Find more travel tips for Villajoyosa here.

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 absolutely lovely 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.

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.

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Arriving at the train station 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.

Calpe

I am adding this place even though I was not able to make it there myself. Calpe, a coastal town in between Alicante and Valencia, is known for its very beautiful beaches. 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. 

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.

Conclusion

While this is no ordinary Costa Blanca itinerary, it hopefully has helped you curate your time at Costa Blanca and create your itinerary.

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

Best Things to do in Villajoyosa, Spain

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QUICK TRAVEL GUIDE: WHAT TO DO IN VILLAJOYOSA

Villajoyosa, or La Vila Joios, is a beautiful – and especially colorful – town in the Province of Alicante at Costa Blanca.

Before I actually landed in Alicante, I had not even heard of it. As a lover of colorful places (I should mention that I am totally in love with Burano and other such places in Europe), this place was a real revelation.

Villajoyosa, with a population of about 33,000 inhabitants, is probably not a place you can spend weeks or months exploring, but it is a lovely, charming, and fun (and, of course, colourful) place with a beach, cute houses, and a great cafe.

So, before talking about the best places to see and best things to do in Villajoyosa, here are a few travel tips. Then, you can find out how to spend a day in Villajoyosa.

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Villajoyosa Travel Tips

Here are, quick and short, a few travel tips for your Villajoyosa trip.

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How to Get to Villajoyosa

Villajoyosa is located in between Alicante and Cape (Benidorm). It takes about 30 minutes from Alicante by tram (so, it is a great day trip from Alicante and tickets for public transportation are quite affordable).

From Benidorm, it takes a bit less, and to beautiful Altea, it also takes about 30 minutes (and to Cape, a bit more).

Villajoyosa 1 day in Villajoyosa, Spain

Best Time to Visit Villajoyosa

We visited Villajoyosa in late November – Costa Blanca has a mild climate, even in the winter months. However, if you prefer spending more time at the beach (yes, Villajoyosa has a lovely beach), then I suggest visiting between May and September (I rarely recommend visiting in the summer months – but that’s just because I dislike heat and Europe can be crowded in the summer months of July and August).

Where and What to Eat in Villajoyosa

I was super happy to find out that Villajoyosa is actually quite affordable. 

There are several restaurants lined up along the beach. 

The restaurants offer a whole menu for just 12 €. It would probably have been great food (though I have to say – unpopular opinion – that the food I had at Costa Blanca was never really great) if the vegetarian food I ordered had actually been vegetarian. A vegetarian salad came with tuna and the pasta Aglio e olio came with seafood. So, I recommend always checking four or five times if it is really without seafood (unless you like seafood, in which case, just enjoy). 

Where to Stay in Villajoyosa

We (this time I wasn’t traveling solo) stayed in Alicante and just did a day trip to Villajoyosa. There are a few hotels in Villajoyosa that you can book (personally, I would have loved to stay for two days if it had been warmer. It must be amazing on a sunny summer day).

For a luxury stay, check out this 5-star hotel that is located at the beach and comes with great views.

For a more budget-friendly yet still lovely hotel check out this 3-star hotel.

Find out more about the best things to do in Alicante

Villajoyosa in the winter - best things to do

What to Do in Villajoyosa – Best Villajoyosa Activities

Okay, here are my recommendations for a day (or two) in Villajoyosa

Stroll the Town

I don’t even claim to have seen many Spanish towns or cities, but I am sure that Villajoyosa is one of the most colorful places in Spain.

Villajoyosa points of interests in Villajoyosa

Villajoyosa best things to do in Villajoyosa, Costa Blanca

Villajoyosa´s colorful houses made my heart jump.

When we got out of the tram, we could already see some colorful buildings, but it got even better when we walked down and strolled the town. Houses in all colors and shapes make it so Instagrammable, and even though I am not into Instagram as much these days, I wanted to snap pictures of all the houses and buildings.

Pretty, pretty Villajoyosa – walking along your narrow, cobblestone streets with all the colors was fun! This is my tip for the best thing to see in Villajoyosa (or even Costa Blanca).

Walk Along the Promenade

The promenade is a beautiful, long stretch. With views of the ocean on one side, and views of all the colorful (and bright) houses on the other, this place is probably the best one to visit in Villajoyosa (especially on a warm and sunny day).

Villajoyosa what to do in the summer

There are quite a few restaurants and cafes (as mentioned, if you are picky with food, make sure you confirm what is in your food several times). Food is quite affordable. Note that in the winter time, fewer restaurants seem to be open and they – naturally – close earlier.

Spend Time at the Beach

Villajoyosa has a beautiful sandy beach, perfect for kids and adults alike. Since it was not very warm, we did not spend too much time at the beach.

Villajoyosa beach

But if you visit Villajoyosa in the warmer months, then I suggest planning in more time here. The beach really looked inviting.

Friends Cafe 

I am not sure about you (it is probably an age thing), but I am the biggest, biggest fan of the TV show “Friends.”  Like really – I still watch it regularly.

Villajoyosa what to see, Spain

So, when I stumbled upon La Vila Central Perk (Avenue Jose Maria Esquerdo Zaragoza) right at the promenade, I got so overly excited that I had to take some pictures. Since we had just eaten and were full, we could not even have a drink there, but that cafe made me happy. Well, it doesn’t look exactly like the Central Perk in the show, but if you are a Friends fan, you should definitely check it out.

I think that you can get a good glimpse of the town in one day. It is a beautiful day trip from places like Alicante, Benidorm, or Valencia. However, if I visited Costa Blanca again in the summer months, I could see myself staying for longer than one day.

Here are a few more tips for things to see in Villajoyosa

If you have more time or like to experience a few unique things at Costa Blanca you can do a Valor Chocolate Factory Tour or the Villajoyosa Thursday Market.

READ MORE: A little bit of Santorini in Spain? You don’t believe it? Then check out my post about this pretty town near Villajoyosa.

Villajoyosa best things to see in 1 day in Villajoyosa, Spain

This place was so cute, I wish I had more than this day to spend here. Though Villajoyosa is small, it is also a great place to stay two or three days in the summer because of its lovely beach.

I also visited Valencia during my Costa Blanca stay – travel tips for Alicante.

Read more: The best day trips from Alicante and Valencia – find out more.

Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Things to Do in Mallorca, Spain

What to do in Mallorca, Spain

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

So, you are one of the people who has heard about the beauty the island has to offer and who wants to find out about the best things to do in Mallorca, Spain? Then this post s perfect for you – here you´ll find out about fun things to do in Majorca (how it is called in English) and more travel tips for your first trip to the Balearic Island.

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

Despite its little-known status there are many reasons to put Mallorca on your bucket list and if you are wondering about things like “where to go in Mallorca” or “what to do in Mallorca” “main sights of Mallorca” or questions like “how to get around” you will find all the answers in this post!

Although Mallorca has a bad reputation because of cheap parties and clubbing there are many other things to see and do and 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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Important Travel Tips for Mallorca

Here are some of the most important travel tips for Mallorca.

How to Get to Mallorca

With Mallorca having its own airport and many budget airlines as well as wellknown airlines flying there 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 and would book it again if I wanted to just 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 definitely 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.

In order 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, then this is probably the best pick for you.

How to Get Around in Mallorca

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 staying in Cales de Mallorca, for example, you will definitely need a rental car in order 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 just 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 so 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 my drunken men, then you can surely visit those areas as well. So, these activities I mention here are great to do solo in Mallorca – so I did them all by myself and I was fine and felt good. So, Mallorca is a great solo travel destination in my eyes.

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 for example, this place has won me over.

How Long to Stay on Mallorca

Mallorca has a lot to see – and then it is also a great place to relax. While it really depends on what kind of traveler you are, I suggest visiting Mallorca for one week. 7-8 days is probably a good time – you will be able to see a lot and also have time to chill without getting bored at all. You could do a 5-day Mallorca trip but since Mallorca is also about relaxing, I guess you should not rush too much.

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…and only for you 🙂

Explore Many Different “Calas”

I think the most fun thing to do in Mallorca is to visit the coves aka “calas” and so my tip for the best things to see in Mallorca, Spain.

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 and this is 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 coast

The 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 (understandably) very popular given its beauty and range of restaurants to choose from but please read on for hidden gems that Mallorca holds. 

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 rates for boat tours 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 minutes or so

In addition, 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.  

Palma de Mallorca is extremely beautiful and has a nice beach but 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

There are many cute ports which wait for you to be discovered – so add that activity to your Mallorca itinerary.

Another top thing to do in Majorca is to visit some ports or ports. 

I must honestly say that I prefer the calls and the beaches to the ports – however, they are very cute.  Most 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 towns in Mallorca.

One of my absolute favorite places in Mallorca was actually Valldemossa, a little town west of Mallorca- it is one of the most beautiful places in Mallorca and a must-see spot.

Valldemossa is about twentyminutes drive from Palma de Mallorca into the Tramuntana mountains and 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 by so that you can visit all three places in one day! 

If you don’t just want the quiet life and want to be close to a bustling city, Valldemossa is also close to the capital, Palma de Mallorca. Visiting Mallorca’s charming towns is only one of the many things that you should do during your visit. 

Visit Palma de Mallorca

Well, you should definitely check out Palma de Mallorca which is the capital city of Mallorca and located in west/south of Mallorca.

It is a very beautiful city boasting the imposing Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palmacommonly known as LSeu. 

Palma has a delightful little old town featuring interesting architecture, great shopping and a heavenly beach to watch the sunset from.

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

Hunt Flowers

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, however, there are some places to visit in Mallorca that offer the best views.

While we’re talking about eye candy, one of the best views that you will find and that is definitely a point of interest is the Sanctuary of Sant Salvador in Spain which is 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. It is one of the best things to do in Majorcaa road trip is actually more than a necessity, its fun! 

See the most beautiful places in Mallorca when road tripping Mallorca.

Driving along the coast and the Serra de Tramuntana Mountain range which is almost 90km long and is a UNESCO World Heritage site is just amazingThat said, 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 of Spain starting closely after Palma de Mallorca and beats out by far, the less scenic areas in central Mallorca.  

So, if driving you should definitely venture through Valldemossa and the west coast to enjoy great views for a must do activity in Spain.   

Enjoy the Sunsets in Mallorca

Many of the above-mentioned activities in Mallorca are free – and so is this tip for Mallorca.

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 are staying in Mallorca for 4 or 5 days you will probably not be able to see and do much more. But in case 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 to be hot and 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 iPorto Cristo 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.

Party Hard

I visited Palma de Mallorca as a solo female traveler and I didn’t party – might sound boring but it was not.

Not all of Mallorca is a party island but there is one place called El Arenal close to Palma which is a very popular place for parties, and especially the Ballermann there is infamous for drunk party people (especially the British and Germans love it there).   

If you want to party, if you want to see crazy people or drunk people and maybe want to get drunk as well, this is where you should head to.  

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

Hope, you enjoy Mallorca as much as I did! If I have missed some fun things to do let us know.

 

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 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 ALICANTE

One of the more underrated cities in Spain is this beautiful city – even though it has quite a lot to offer and now you might be wondering about the best things to do in Alicante?! Or are you planning your Alicante itinerary already and want to find out how to spend 1 day in Alicante? Then this post is for you.

Alicante is a beautiful city at Costa Blanca, Spain (a coastal region of the Mediterranean Sea). Located near cities like Valencia and right off the beach, with its mild climate, it is a great place to visit 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, there are also many activities you can do in the winter.

After booking, my friend decided to join me on the trip and 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 in one day in Alicante. If it is warm and you like to swim, you could plan in more time (2 days in Alicante is fine or even longer especially if you visit Spain with kids) In the winter time, however, one day is really enough.

Santa Barbara Castle

I suggest starting your morning at Santa Barbara Castle. 

Travel highlights in Alicante, Spain

The 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 Alicante

The castle itself is quite big, and the numerous informative signs give you a good idea about the history of the castle. 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 the 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 here 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 itinerary

There is a restaurant that serves food and snacks. The castle opens at 10 am (at any time of the year) and is open to 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. To be very honest with you, this place was recommended as a top place to visit in Alicante, but while it is cute and lovely to stroll, if you are short on time, skip it. You can get a first good impression from 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 – one of the best places in Alicante.

Esplananda in Alicante, Spain

Many 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 to be 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 Alicante

This 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, but 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 to 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.

Click on each link to find out more about day trips 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 Alicante activities for one day and here are a few travel tips for your visit.

Travel Tips Alicante

Here are a few things to know before visiting Spain.

How to Get to Alicante

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

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 just 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 highly 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 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, it 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 a 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 it great. So, my recommendation is to visit Alicante at any time of the year and probably only avoid the busy summer months June-August.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON BEST ACTIVITIES IN ALICANTE

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 in Alicante. 

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

Things to Do in Valencia in 1 Day

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

WHAT TO DO IN ONE DAY IN VALENCIA

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

Valencia, one of the biggest cities in Spain, is a great place to visit. You’ll find 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 the best places in Valencia in 1 day.

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 days. And kind as I am, I am sharing the 1-day Valencia itinerary with you. So, here is how to spend one day in Valencia – what to see and what to do.

I visited Valencia in the winter months – the weather was mild and pleasant – surely, not warm enough to enjoy the beaches and swim in the ocean but warm enough to stroll the city.

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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

Valencia could be visited at any time of the year – hot in the summer months, warm in spring and fall and warmish in the winter.

If you are looking for a beach vacation then visiting Valencia during the months of May-September would be the ideal time to visit.

You can do most of the below-mentioned activities at any time of the year. However, I think, visiting Valencia in the winter months is perfect as it is less crowded and still warm – a perfect getaway from the cold in Northern Germany.

In the winter months, the weather is around 9-17 degrees Celcius during the day. There might be rain, but normally you have dry days that allow you to see the main Valencia attractions without getting wet and without freezing.

How to Get to Valencia

Valencia has several train stations. Most likely, you will arrive at Valencia-Estacio Del Nord. In case you come into Valencia Joaquin Sorolla, just walk for about ten minutes to Valencia-Estacio Del Nord station. From there, you can start your self-guided tour.

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It is very easy to reach Valencia from Alicante via train.

If you arrive by car, you can park in a parking lot near the train station, but this is quite expensive (tip from my friend: you can find free parking lots near the “Valencia Eye”).

If you prefer hop-on and hop-off sightseeing tours then click here and find out about the prices.

Where to Stay in Valencia

If you plan to stay overnight, then check out these hotels (I definitely recommend staying near the city center; I preferred the place more than the area around the Old Town).

The best-rated luxury hotel in Valencia is the Caro Hotel near the Cathedral. Check out more about it here.

A well-rated 4-star hotel is the Melia Hotel in Valencia that is also close to the city center. Find out more about it here.

How to Get Around in One Day 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 most everything by just walking.

If you need to catch a bus, then it will probably be from the train station to the Eye.

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 your one day in Valencia itinerary and the best things to do.

Train Station Valencia-Estacio Del Nord

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

It is quite small (given Valencia´s size) and if you head from the platforms to the outside, you will see some interesting architecture. Okay, while this is not a highlight visiting is a good free thing to do in Valencia.

Turia Gardens

A park with a river that does not have a river anymore. If you head to the City of Arts and Sciences, you will most likely stumble upon the Turia Gardens, too.

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The park used to be a riverbed of the River Turia, and after some severe flooding in the 50s, the river was diverted and it became a park. Perfect for a nice stroll, exercising, or letting your kids play at the playground.

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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 and a place to visit in Valencia in one day. I admit I added it to my Valencia bucket list the minute I saw it on Instagram – and it did not disappoint.

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It is part of a huge complex with various bright and futuristic buildings in the City of Arts and Sciences. For an entrance fee, you can visit the planetarium, a museum, an IMAX cinema, and an aquarium in the area.

On a sunny day, this looks absolutely beautiful. Sun, water, and the bright, light buildings make this place unique. The futuristic architecture does not actually go with the rest of the city’s design, however, it is one of the best places to visit in Valencia.

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

What to do in Valencia in one day

You can stroll the areas and the Terrara Umbracle for free – but if you want to watch a film or get inside, then you will need tickets.

Click here to find out about ticket prices for:

3D Film at Hemispheric

City of Arts and Sciences & Oceanografic 2-Hour Guided Tour

Oceanogràfic Entrance Ticket

Old Town

One of the most beautiful places to visit in one day in Valencia is the old town. It has a really beautiful old town, with interesting and unique architecture and if you are in 1 day in Valencia then it is a must-place to see. We strolled the old town for hours, and I was repeatedly surprised by just 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.

Plaza de La Virgen / Plaza de la Reine

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 absolutely visit – even with only 1 day in Valencia.

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Valencia Cathedral – El Migulette Tower

Saint Mary´s Cathedral, also known as Valencia Cathedral, used to be a mosque and is now a Roman Catholic Church.

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Valencias best attractions

You can visit the church, but they charge a fee (and it was not cheap). The entry fee was around 7€, so we skipped it, though we were tempted to visit.

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We decided to climb more than 200 steps and enjoy the views (about 2€ per person) – personally, I love views like these and they were worth the time and effort. The climbing might be tedious (as it is narrow) but it is one of the best things to do in Valencia in 1 day.

El Carmen Street Art

What I really liked in Alicante and Valencia was the street art.

Even if you are in Valencia for 1 day, you can see some street art. Especially in El Carmen, 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.

The Town Hall of Valencia, the Ayuntamiento 

You will find this part of the old town behind Plata de la Virgin. Central Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

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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, as well as in the evening (a bit of light can make a big difference).

Torres de Serranos

Torre de Serranos is one of the most iconic attractions you can visit in one day in Valencia and a great place to enjoy the views.

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We missed it because it closed quite early (it was already closed at 5 or 6 pm in November, so if you want to enjoy the views for a few euros, head there earlier).

Valencia´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 now you can visit it.

Entrance fee: 2 €

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These places make the old town of 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 would 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 then you can check out guided tours here.

Just a few more random images of Valencia, before suggesting a few more places to see. 

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More Places to Visit in Valencia – 2 Days in Valencia

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. Now, 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, then this is a place to see in Valencia.

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

Beach

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 just walk along the beach.

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

READ MORE: The best day trips from Valencia

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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, with a limited time, this Valencia itinerary helps you to find out about the best places to see in in one day in Valencia (or two days). Enjoy your trip and if you have questions, contact me on Instagram.

Safe Travels, Arzo

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