Spain — A Travel Bucket List Screaming to be Continued

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Destinations, Featured, Spain | 4 comments

Is it even possible to see everything on a Spain bucket list? I mean, mine is just so full. I think I’d have to live there full time for eons (which would not be a hardship!) and even then I’m not so sure…

Many of my bucket list “Must Dos” for Madrid were scratched off over the course of 12 days exploring this fascinating city. The Prada and the Reina Sofia easily became my favorite museums in the city. When I left Madrid I felt like I was leaving my old friend, the Prado, behind. With free admission every evening for two hours, I spent most evenings getting lost in one room and then another.

San Jeronim-el-Real (at The Prado)

 

 

The Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace was another bucket list highlight. The “Solemn Changing of the Guard” is held one a month and I was lucky enough to be there when it happened in February.

 

Exploring the ancient cities of Toledo and Segovia, despite the frigid temperatures, was also high on the list. 

 

Historical Toledo (Reminds me of colorful jigsaw puzzle.)

 

Historical Toledo on a Cool, Sunny Winter Day

 

The majestic Roman Aqua Duct in Segovia…

 

Roman Aqua Duct, Segovia, Spain

 

Then it was off to Granada, and the imposing Alhambra. There is no question as to why this is one of the most visited attractions in all of Spain. One day is simply not enough to experience this huge sprawling complex. Be sure to buy your tickets on-line and avoid the lineups. Do note, tickets to the Nasrid Palaces are limited, and must be purchased separately. 

 

A Veiw from Spain's Alhambra

 

Pool Reflections, Nasrid Palace...The Alhambra, Granada, Spain

 

And lastly, the charming city of Sevilla, an Andalusian gem…

Everyone should experience the deliciousness of biting into their first tapas. If you are vegetarian, don’t despair, you’ll find lots of tapas to savor. 

 

Sevilla’s charming Alcazar.

I spent hours wandering in the ancient buildings and relaxing in the gardens. Do purchase the extra ticket to view the Royal residence.

Seville's Alcazar ...Gazing out into the Garden

Wherever I travel I want to view the city or town from above, and Sevilla was no exception. The top of Sevilles Girhaldi Tower provided some awesome panoramas of the city.

Seville from the Giralda Tower

These are the hightlights from my Spain bucket list, but there is still so many more sites and experiences waiting. Like many countries, Spain has very few festivals in the winter. Next time, I want to visit when the bulls are running through the streets of Pamplona. I’d love to sample Rioja wine at the Haro Wine Festival, and who knows what others…

 

This infographic was created by Jet2.

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Do you have a bucket list for Spain or elsewhere? What is something you hope to tick off of your bucket list in 2012?

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This is my 12th post in my personal challenge “Publish a post every second day in August”. If you missed post 11: A Korean Traditional Dance Experience

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4 Comments

  1. Must be “Spain in the air” I too am working on a Spain-post. These brought back wonderful memories. Beautiful photos Nancie.

  2. I love your photos of Seville! That’s long been on our list. On our recent trip to Spain, we stayed mostly north, so I haven’t been there–yet.

  3. Thanks, Jackie! I’ll watch for you new post.

  4. Margaret, whan you get the chance do go! You won’t be disappointed.

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