Visitors to this ‘ere blog will know that I love Spain just as much as the next Hemingway. Heaven knows I go on about it a fair bit.
Yet sometimes being stuck on the edge of western Europe has more advantages than fantastic weather, great people and cities that have the potential to make you a little stiff in the man department.
Yep, due to the hand this country was dealt by our good Lord in the geographical department, it’s in Spain that you can travel to some pretty damn beautiful places all over the rest of Europe, all on the budget of a penniless clown. Don’t forget that you can also find some great Spain hotel deals with Easytobook.com.
5 places from Spain that aren’t too far yet definitely worth travelling for? Check out these recommendations my good people. Then join me out there.
The land of shisha, souks and slippery men, Morocco is definitely worth the 9-mile hop from the southern peninsula of Spain. Yes, you can see Tangiers in a day, but why bother when you could go the whole hog and fly into the ancient fortified city of Marrakech, close to the foothills of the snow capped Atlas Mountains. With one of the busiest squares in the world, Djemma al Fna, it would only be right to try and exchange your sibling for the price of two camels (as much as I tried and failed before) in the heart of one of the worlds largest shopping centres. You could also pick up this vegetarian some cous-cous while you’re at it! Decent Vegetarian places from Spain? I’m there.
With Athens flights as cheap as they are right now, heading out to the Greek capital from Spain is definitely worth a punt. Not one for political discourse, I’d easily slip by all the troublesome fires there are right now and go and check out breathtaking sites like the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora. Everyone knows that Greek food is kick-ass too and sorry, my pinxto-picking friends, but that definitely makes it one of the places from Spain worth travelling for. That and the temple of Olympian Zeus, the only thing big enough to old this Spain-based bloggers ego in.
I was almost there while living in Caceres, yet I didn’t get the chance to jump the Spanish border and head into the fair old lands of Portugal herself. Having stoked my interest after editing an article at Vagabundo Magazine on Lisbon’s trams though, I’m now raring to head to this ocean-city and to check out its big Jesus statue, Cristo Rei. Appreciative of all things godly I wouldn’t mind checking out key Lisbon sights like the Botanical Gardens (I love some good flowers) and the Aqueduto das Aguas Livres. Bet that would kick the shit out of the Spanish version in Merida!
For some reason the Polish capital of Warsaw keeps cropping up in my conversations here in Granada. Whether it’s my housemate, or the other Erasmus exchange students I’ve met here that keep telling me to go, I feel I should do my respectful duty as an expat here in Spain and check out all the cities of all the other expats. Warsaw ain’t exactly a chore. With its stunning Castle Square and the seven districts inside Centrum, I’m likely to get lost for days and never find my way back to Spain. The best things worth from Spain worth travelling for in Warsaw however? Got to be some of the cool-ass events like the Warsaw Summer Jazz Days and the Warsaw Film Festival. Sometimes Granada’s Boogaclub just can’t cut it culturally.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Me and the girl planned to go here last summer but due to complications (i.e. not being close enough) we pipped for Milan instead. Living in Spain however I could most likely engage in a spot of car rental and make my way up to this gorgeous Italian spot and stop and eat my body weight in pizza along the way. Cinque Terre doesn’t have a tonne of things that one could draw comparisons with to Spain, it’s a region of five coastal towns after all (sorry Malaga but you haven’t got a patch on that), yet it’s mix of classic rustic beauty and secluded beaches might come close. The stone beach at Corniglia might well remind me of my Brighton days if not for the stunning Italian weather, olive-oil infused food and wild hand gestures of Italian locals. My housemate Giulio is going to love the fact I picked this one.
So that wraps up my list of key places from Spain worth travelling to. This country can’t get all the action all the time. That just wouldn’t be fair!
Got any more recommendations you lovely well-travelled folk you?