No need to fly: three European trips easier by train

No Need to Fly: Two European Trips Easier by Train

No need to fly: three European trips easier by trainDid you just land in Berlin and need to get to a hotel soon? While flying allows us to travel to both popular and not so popular destinations in Europe, Asia and everywhere else in the world, there is no excuse not to explore the countryside.

From Matching in the United Kingdom, to the French countryside and Balkan nature parks and SPA centers, there are many destinations in the countryside that planes do not connectto. We listed some of the most beautiful European countryside castles, inspired by The Guardian’s “European Trips Easier by Train” article.

Opening new routes, or taking an advantage of train prices in the last days before Brexit with newly launched Interrail four-day pass (€ 185), can be an advantageous feauture of train travel.  Going through the mountainous Europe – Alps, Pyrenees and Tatras – Europe offers one of the best opportunities for anyone traveling by train. . We looked at Burgundy, the Austrian Alps, and the Dutch Coast among other amazing destinations only reachable by European trail tracks. No flights here, keeping it green in 2020!

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A Taste of Burgundy

Taste and smell the famous Burgundy wine region. Along with amazing wine and views to the green yards,  the main winemaking villages can also be reached by stopping at Gevrey-Chambertin, Meursault and other Burgundian wine regions. For more wine travel in Europe, go to this article on Hungarian wine history and travel tips.

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The Austrian Alps

Austrian Alps can not only be the place to live through The Sound of Music scenes, but it can also be easily visited on your way from Brussels to Vienna on the newly opened railway. From the nearest Vienna airport, hop onto the Vienna – Brussels line and take bus 172. After a  27-mile journey over the Seeberg Saddle, you’ll arrive in Bruck-an-der-Mur where the Unesco-listed Semmering Railway can take you back to Vienna by night.

Away from Airports and Still in Reach

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Eltz Castle, Moselle Valley, Italy

Trains from Koblenz in Germany where Moselle flows into the Rhine, can connect you to Trier in Italy. Sit back and enjoy the view with some perfectly roasted espresso.

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Falkenstein Castle, Savoy, Jura route

Since the Handbook for Travellers in Switzerland and the Alps of Savoy was written by John Murray in 1846, the Savoy was one of the main European destinations on the Jura route to visit for nobleman taking their European journey. Drop by Waldenburg, or

Heinfels Castle in Rhine Valley, Italy

Taking a train from Koblenz towards Cologne along the Rhine valley will allow you to relax. Visit the Rheinfels Castle on your way!

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Black Forest, Germany

The Black Forest and Eifel in Germany? May sound like a mix of France and Germany, but the southwestern North Rhine-Westphalia has it all. Visit the Cochem Castle in the meantime!

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Plane passenger makes an 88-year old woman’s ‘dream’ come true: Be Kind During Your Travels in 2020

Plane passenger gives first-class seat to 88-year-old woman, makes her 'dream' come true: 'No one asked him to'

However hard it may be to imagine, the new year – new you could become a new type of approach to travel. Make the world a better place and when possible choose the train over plane If you can’t avoid flying across oceans, you may as well be a better person by giving your seat to the elderly. Extra legroom, in the end, is not the reason why you travel to new places.

There are some tips you can take from viral acts of kindness. From heartwarming Christmas stories like “the passenger trading his upper-class cabin ticket with a traveler seated next to the economy toilets“, the “kindness of his own heart” articles have been overflowing the internet during the holiday season.”

There are some tips you can take from viral acts of kindness. From heartwarming Christmas stories like “the passenger trading his upper-class cabin ticket with a traveler seated next to the economy toilets“, the “kindness of his own heart” articles have been overflowing the internet during the holiday season.”

However, as Roy T. Bennett once wrote, “Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” After all, life becomes easier not only for people but for the planet and peoples to come, as we live with the right attitude, respecting and choosing optimism for people around us.

Here are 3 simple tips on how to make your holiday more enjoyable not only for yourself but also for those around you.

Give the Seat to the Elderly

Next time you’re traveling with a priority train ticket through South East Asia via train and the next cabin over is overcrowded with rural vendor workers, switch your ticket with an elderly local and make their day! You’ll have a more authentic experience and might make friendly connections with the locals.

Always Ask before Taking Photographs – and then Send it Back

So, you just snapped a beautiful street portrait of a craftsman in a market – but what about taking it another step and sending him a digital version of it? You never know when it may become useful

Keep it to the Trains

We already wrote about it, but once again: choose train, or share a ride. Flying should always stay a last resort option for short-distance travel.

 

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Houston Ranked Number 5 on List of Top Places to Visit in 2020

Houston travel scene is full of adventure and new ideas for those who are tired of the same old Texas attractions. Apart from Parque Nacional de Big Bend and Alamo museum, as well as Palo Duro Canyon State Park, there is much more Texas visitors can get by visiting Houston for a weekend.

Houston has scored the 5th place on Harper’s Bazaar’s list of top 20 places to travel in 2020. No wonder the fact – after Sydney, Australia; Botswana; and Paris, France, Houston has a refreshing food and art scene to watch out for in 2020.

What to Do in Houston in 2020

No wonder the city is among the top-tier tourism destinations. Houston, TX Texas has a lot to see and do at – and most part of it is for free, competeing with Chicago’s art getting more and more out of pocket for most travellers.

Space Center Houston

Houston’s Museum District

The Museum of Fine Arts is getting an expansion, and

Walk Bike or paddle – Buffalo Bayou Park

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Go and see some of the most amazing Houston street art

Shop vintage stores on 19th street in the Heights

Visit Houston’s Farmer Market

This year, the market is expanding across 18 acres.

Visit Houston Botanic Garden

.. which will be completed this year!

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7 Travel Destinations That are Actually Economic Ideas

Whether you have tried going to Moscow to see the Swan Lake, or just visited Stockholm for the Christmas carols at Skansen, there are travel destinations that will make you rethink – and think about your travel not only in budget-saving terms, but also in terms of getting the travel value right.

Lucas Islands, Princess Elizabeth Land

While Lucas island is a charming island on Antarctica full of penguins administered under the Antarctic Treatry System, the island itself was only mapped in 1936-1937 by  Lars Christensen Expedition and called “Plogsteinen” (the plow stone), later being renamed.

Lucas Islands model, however, is not referring to Princess Elizabeth Land. Instead, it is a land of economics, linking money supply and prie and output changes, driving on rational expectations theory. The quantity theory of money will indeed be useful when planning your trip to  Antarctica, as the budget tips and tricks for your next travel will not be money neutral. To have an effective proposition on money budgeting, please consult the article on budget travel tips.

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm is well known for its subway art, as well as ABBA and Vasa Museum. But what about Stockholm school of thought? Stockholmsskolan, led by Wicksell and Keynes, believes in Scandinavian happiness levels can be achieved by adjusting travel budgets to your pocket. So, when going on your next trip, save some money before it gets hot and travel spending comes around!

Travel to Mars by Overshoot

Did SpaceX intend to overshoot to Mars? While the talk around Tesla is always an interesting one, overshooting to Mars can become a reality pretty soon. Overshooting, however, in near future, cannot be the best solution. To travel and really get to Mars, the real exchange of travel expense and experience novelty will need to be balanced out with the previously assumed, so the travellers are stable with their wants, needs and expenses. After all, the way to Mars is a long one!

Swan Island, Tasmania

While Swan Island, a part of Waterhouse island on the coast of Tasmania is known for its seal parties and little penguins, and less for swans themselves, the island has a vast variety of seabird and wader species. Swan model, however, focuses on bringing the travellers out of work depression (Read: why travel is necessary for your mental health) by balancing external and internal positions of economy.

Baikal, Russia and Mongolia –  the Largest Freshwater Lake in the World

Baikal is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, and travelling to Russia just to visit the rift valley lake in Siberia is worth it. While freshwater reserves are important to any country and will determine the future climate in the world, the Sweetwater school of rationality would reaffirm that, opposite to Saltwater Keynesian economics, travel spending and failures from time to time can be either a bust situation, or a solution to a problem. So remember on your next trip – not a person can have valuable travel experience without being taken aback by some of the travel experiences.

Matching, United Kingdom

Escape to a countryside sometimes is just what you need. Matching near Harlow in United Kingdom will give you not only a pleasant fresh breath of air, but also knowledge, as not afar from Cambridge. The economic thought being the matching theory, or search theory, maintains that travellers form mutually beneficial relationships over time, be it solo traveler finding a travel companion in hostel in Hanoi, or a senior traveller travelling Spain with common interest in museums friends group.

Vienna, Austria

From Mozart chocolate balls selling in Saltzburg to Viennese Midsummer concerts in the Schönbrunn Palace, Austria is full of discoveries for both foodies and culture travellers. Austrian school of economics, also, maintains, that music movements and developments are made by individuals. Geniuses like Mozart are responsible for movement forward, and economics is no exception.

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How Hungary Produced The “World’s Most Expensive Wine”

September 4, 2020/in Hungary

While many choose Hungary for its budget travel opportunities, some may still be wondering, “Is Hungary expensive?”. The country has earned the title of the country with the world’s most expensive wine and definitely has some more expensive options for travel in Hungary. With nearly 100 varieties and 22 wine regions, one of the most established wine vocabulary and industries flourishing since the 16th century, Hungary is now known not only for its Kékfrankos but also as one of the most luxurious wine producers. In Hungary, expensive wine is definitely not the only option, as there are multitudes of cheaper varieties available, but we wanted to highlight some of the most luxurious and unique wines there are.

The Essencia 2008 magnum decanter was certainly the world’s most expensive wine put up for sale in 2019. But how did Hungary come to be a country of expensive wines?

The Rich History of Winemaking in Hungary

Hungary is a wine country. The rich history of Hungarian wine can be traced back to Roman origins. Not only are they famous for Roman temples of Ridicule; they also had a very varied food and dining culture, later reflected in countries that were once influenced by the Romans.

Food and dining in Roman Empire, or simply the ancient Roman cuisine, was full of traditions, partially derived from ancient Rome’s earliest times, and inherited from Greeks and Etruscans, whose Symposium was, for the most part, a drinking party – drinking wines. From vin ordinaire to regional varieties in Roman comissatio, the wine culture was brought to its regions, Hungarian and Magyar lands as well.

Throughout history, Hungarian winemaking saw its golden ages as well as dark times, and only in recent years has the Hungarian winemaking once again been on the rise.

The Celts inhibiting Hungary during the third century BC brought the viticulture to the land. Later, Hungary’s terroir, composed of multiple microclimates, allowed the industry to flourish, and after the Magyar invasion of Hungary in 896, Tokaj wine yards, where the most expensive wine of today is made, was awarded to the dynasty that would later rule the Kingdom of Hungary. By the 17th century, Hungary advanced in winemaking as to merit the first vineyard classification system in the world, and by the 16th century, the lore of fearless warriors of Hungary, fuelled by “Bull’s Blood” – the red wines – sounded loud and far.

Today, you can visit the Tokaj vineyards in Hungary to see where the most expensive wine is made, which was praised centuries ago by the King of France Louis XIV as “Wine of Kings, King of Wines” when about Tokaj’s aszú dessert wine.

Wine of Kings, the Tokaj’s Aszú Essencia

Just like the French kings, Tokaj’s dessert aszú is praised all over the world still today. Made entirely from the juice of aszú berries, not diluting any of its sweetness, the Royal Tokaji Winery, located in Mad, is making a comeback due to its praise for Tokaj’s high-quality wine. What makes it so expensive, though, is the fact that it takes a kilogram of perfectly ripe aszú grapes to produce just a teaspoon of wine.

In 2019, the Essencia was placed on the market at $40,000 for just a bottle of wine. Only 20 bottles of the wine exist, and after releasing the 18 bottles of wine in 2019, only 2 are still left, owned by the Hungarian-based wine artist James Carcass.  

New Tendencies in Winemaking

While wine is by no doubt one of the must-trys when visiting Hungary – here are some Budapest free activities to spend your time in the country’s capital while on the travel in between the wine regions. The new tendencies in winemaking are encouraging travelers to try wine everywhere they go. From Norwegian Honeywine Suttungs mjød to Latvian pear and cherry wines when visiting Riga Art Noveau for its architecture, there is an upspringing wine culture in both traditional European wine regions as well as in traditionally wine-importing countries.

Where to go for Wine Tasting in Europe

Go to Champagne in France to taste the prestigious Veuve Clicquot and Tattinger wines.

Visit Piemonte in Italy to taste the rich whites, like Erbaluce and Cortese.

Go to Bordeaux, France to sip on Saint-Emilion and Pomerol.

Take a trip to Duoro Valley Wine Region in Portugal and taste the portwine in Vila Nova de Gaia cellars in Porto.

Taste the vibrantly coloured Tempranillo in La Rioja Wine Region is Spain.

Got some Cash? Other Expensive Wines to Try in 2020

Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru 2012 – $14,450

Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc – $5,850

Chateau D’YQUEM – $117,000

Ampoule from Penfolds – $168,000

Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese – $13,615

 

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Why You Should Plan a Trip With Your Mother Every Year

If there is one thing we love, it’s family bonding! From exploring new places to making new memories, there is so much fun to be had in taking a trip with mom. After learning our reasons for taking a trip with your mother, you will never want to travel with anyone other than her again.

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Start with a list

The best way to start planning a trip with your mother is by writing down all of the places you want to visit. Are there excursions you want to take? Adventures on your mutual bucket list? Restaurants you cannot wait to dine at? After writing down your lists compare and plan your trip combining the ideas you each have. This will ensure that you get to do, see, and eat things each of you would like, and share those experiences with each other.

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Indulge in quality time together

When was the last time both of you celebrated something epic? Was it just before your graduation? Was it during the holidays? Well, spending quality time together is something epic and must be celebrated. Sip on some Hungarian wine or take a stroll through the valleys of Sri Lanka during your adventurous train excursion. Take the time to eliminate all the daily noise and distractions to allow you both to enjoy each other’s company. We recommend everything from spa treatments and massages to hiking and surfing. You can both do it all!

Get to know each other

We know what you’re thinking. Of course, you know your mom, and of course, she knows you. However, taking a trip and traveling together allows you to bond and really know each other on a deeper level. What your likes and dislikes are. Little quirks you’ve never noticed. It will also give her a chance to spend time with her son or daughter away from your everyday life. You have no idea how special that can be for a parent. You may even discover a hidden talent or something you never knew before. This is a time to rediscover your strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and make the mother-daughter–son relationship bloom again!

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Create memories to last a lifetime with your mother

Nothing will ever compare to the incredible adventures you and your mother take together. After your trip, relive those memories again and again by making a scrapbook or a photo album. If you are looking for the perfect place to start your trip planning, create a CuddlyNest wishlist by creating a CuddlyNest profile. Your greatest adventure awaits you both.

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The Top 5 Beaches to Visit this Summer

It’s summer in the northern hemisphere, which means it’s time to enjoy the sun and sand, and welcome relaxation. Summer goes hand and hand with a good book, summer cocktail, and the beach. Which is why we are sharing with you the top 5 beaches to visit this summer. Hidden on all corners of the globe, these beaches offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you do not want to miss out on. Take a look at our list and let us know which you are adding to your summer travel itinerary. 

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7 Commandos Beach, Palawan, Philippines:

7 Commandos Beach is a must-visit for summer fun. Its name comes from the legend of seven soldiers who were trapped there during World War II. The Philippines is a true paradise. It ranks high as a popular tourist destination and boasts incredible views of the sea. In Palawan, specifically, there are many beautiful islands, from north to south. In fact, it is one of the most highly acclaimed destinations for an island getaway. You know where to find us! The Palawan area is known worldwide for the El Nido region, where the 7 Commandos beach is located. The palm trees metaphorically are the guards of the island, running down the coast for miles and miles. Tourists who visit this pristine location are welcomed by crystal blue waters, coconuts for days, and a relaxing getaway you’ll never want to end. 


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Noosa Main Beach, Queensland, Australia:

Noosa Main Beach is the only north-facing beach on the entire coast of Australia. It is one of the most popular destinations for tourists looking to enjoy the perks of Australian life and enjoy the sunny climate. Whether you are visiting with your friends or family, you will surely want to book a holiday here for more than a few days. Noosa is about 62 miles, 100 kilometers, southeast of Queensland. Noosa’s unique enclave makes it an ideal place to go surfing. The orientation of the beach reduces the waves making them a calm place to learn and enjoy the experience. When in the area, take advantage of visiting Noosa National Park. It is surrounded by whitewater and beautiful scenery, creating the perfect place for exploration after a long day of sun and sand.  It definitely makes our list of the top 5 beaches to visit.


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Koh Samui and Koh Muk, Thailand:

From photos to movie scenes, brochures, and more, if there is a beach destination that makes the top of every list, it’s Thailand. Home to a fun, boisterous, and friendly culture, Thailand offers ravelers magnificent beauty and experiences. After all, it is called the Land of Smiles and has some of the friendliest people on the planet. From the famous beaches and islands like Maya Beach and Ko Samui to hidden nooks and coves, there is so much to do, see, and explore.

One of the small paradisiacal islands, Koh Muk, is located south of Krabi and near Trang and hides a treasure that all lovers of mysteries would be fascinated by. It even has a cave that leads to a small oasis within a rocky environment only accessible at low tide. According to legends, pirates used as a hiding place for their treasures. A group of explorers can access the site with a guide to take them through the cave while holding onto a rope. The rocky cliffs that surround the beach area and the green waters gave it its name: the Esmeralda Cave. We highly recommend a visit to adventurous travelers. 


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Havelock Island, Andaman Islands:

The Andaman Islands are a group of islands in the Bay of Bengal, which belongs to the territory of India. Port Blair is the main community of these islands and the administrative capital of the territory. Although the main island has its charm, it is best to take the ferry that takes you to Havelock. This island is a paradise for travelers thanks to its sublime silken beaches, twinkling teal shallows, and some of the best diving in South Asia.

There, you will find Radhanagar Beach, although many visitors commonly know it as Beach Number 7.  Its turquoise waters and white sand make this beach a perfect spot to bask in the midst of nature’s bounty. Radhanagar Beach is located just a few miles, seven kilometers away from Vijaynagar Beach and Dolphin Yatri Niwas. The lush and verdant trees on the side of the beach offer tourists the opportunity to unwind and indulge in serenity and nature’s charm. We recommend watching the sunset from the comfort of the shore. 


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Cala Macarella, Menorca, Spain:

Menorca is one of the Balearic Islands, in Spain, in the Mediterranean Sea. It is the smaller of the islands compared to its sister island, Mallorca. The whole island is beyond impressive with its coves, crystal blue waters, and hilly terrain. Visitors can rent a boat or take a ferry for the day to visit and tour the island. There is no better way to truly explore it. For those who enjoy water sports, this island boasts kayaking and paddle surfing. You can even explore the caves while paddle surfing from one to the next.

One of the most impressive beaches on the island is Cala Macarella. You can arrive at the beach by shuttle bus, as it does not permit access by car. Due to the massive influx this year you can not get there by car, so you have to take a shuttle bus, but you can walk and enjoy the wonderful scenery. Let us know how much you enjoyed this paradise after your visit.


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Spanish Cities to Visit in 2021: Get to Know Them All

January 1, 2020/in SpainCulture and Experience TravelEurope

Wondering what the best cities to visit in Spain for 2021 are? With the new year quickly approaching, there is one thing we have on our wish list that lives there all year round: A trip to Spain. With incredible summer deals, fall escapes, winter getaways, and spring festivals to explore, Spain is a country you can visit any time of the year. Whether you’re in the market for an amazing dining experience full of tapas or want to explore cultural activities like flamenco dancing, you can never go wrong with visiting Spain. Looking for the best place to start planning your vacation to the Iberian Peninsula?

Start with this list of the top Spanish Cities to visit in 2021. This guide takes you on the getaway of your dreams from north to south. From hidden gems like Bilbao and Cadiz to world-famous cities like Barcelona and Madrid, we’ve got you covered on the best places to visit, and some of the best-known things to do there. Whatever type of vacation you’re looking for, from romantic city escapes, amazing outdoor excursions, or relaxing beachside vacations, Spain will have something for you.

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Bilbao:

The city of Bilbao is not one to miss when visiting Spain! Located in the North of Spain in the Basque region, Bilbao offers a unique insight into Spain’s more modern sides. Bilbao offers a rich, historical, medieval atmosphere combined with modern skyscrapers and a reflection of the country’s industrial history. It makes it a very vibrant city to visit for fans of architecture and art. After all, it does house one of Europe’s most famous museums, The Guggenheim. Take a stroll along the Nervion River after a delicious breakfast of churros and cafe. Definitely one of the hidden gems, we consider Bilbao one of the best places to visit in Spain in 2021.

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San Sebastian:

If you enjoy lying on the beach with an incredible view, then San Sebastian is the perfect place to spend your Spanish holiday. The beautiful city is tucked right into the Bay of Biscay and it is very well known for its lavish resort hotels and vacation offerings. The northern coast is green all year long with a rainy winter season and a warm, sunny summer. Visitors will love indulging in the upscale shopping, gourmet restaurants offering “pinchos”, and exploring up to Monte Igueldo to get the panoramic views of the whole city and La Concha Beach. If a more laid back vacation is what you are searching for, yet something that offers all of the whimsy of the city meets beach life, then this is definitely one of the best places to visit in Spain for you.

Barcelona:

Hands-down one of the best places to visit when traveling in Spain is Barcelona. The Catalonian city is famous for its nightlife, beach, city, and incredible views. You can’t go wrong packing a picnic and hiking up to The Carmel Bunkers to enjoy manchego cheese and vino with an unforgettable view of the coast of Spain. But before you go exploring, you will want to plan a bit as there is so much to do, see, and eat in this cultural hub. One of the best things about Barcelona? How well-connected and easy to get around it is.

Visitors will adore strolling through the Gothic Quarter over the cobbled streets. Elaborate plazas filled with restaurants offer everything from tortilla española (omelets) to paella (Spanish rice with seafood) to tinto de verano (wine with lemon soda). Discover the great live music scene and contemporary street art. You can even plan ahead by taking a virtual tour of several cities in Spain before your visit. Be sure to add visiting La Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, and the Barceloneta to your list of attractions. Barcelona is definitely one of the best places to visit in all of Spain in 2021, and we highly recommend it to anyone planning a trip to the country.

Valencia:

Spain’s most famous city for paella, the famous seafood dish, is the coastal city of Valencia. Located south of Barcelona on the Mediterranean Sea, this beach town is a summer hot spot. After spending a day at the beach and eating freshly-made paella, you can try Valencia’s horchata almond drink. However, one of Valencia’s biggest events happens every March leading up to Easter Weekend. It is called Las Fallas. Parades of large hand-built structures and people dressed up in costumes fill the streets, culminating in the burning of many of these magnificent creations. This event commemorates Saint Joseph. When looking for cultural events to attend during your trip, be sure to plan to see this one. You also cannot miss visiting the City of Arts and Sciences, strolling through the Turia Gardens, and checking out the Cathedral. For a cultural experience, Valencia is definitely one of the best places to visit in Spain.

Salamanca: 

Salamanca is one of Spain’s best cities, especially for student travelers. Popular for how close it is to Madrid and for its gorgeous Spanish outdoors, Salamanca wows everyone who visits. Especially those who are fans of cheap beer and fun nightlife. It also happens to be one of Spain’s safest cities which is another reason it boasts visits by the youth. From visiting Casa Lis, Salamanca’s Art Nouveau and Art Deco Museum, or house of Shells, tourists love the art experiences offered in this city. After all, Salamanca was the center of great minds in historic Spain. We highly recommend this city as one of the best places to visit in Spain, especially for younger travelers.

Madrid:

The capital of all Spanish cities is Madrid. Although there is a big debate about whether to visit Barcelona or Madrid if you could only visit one, it is very hard to choose. That’s why the only choice is to visit both and the other Spanish cities on this list! Madrid will give you a more contemporary vibe and will be easier on the budget for a longer trip.

Madrid will allow you to explore Spanish history and life in the city. It is also the best city for connecting you to the rest of Spain as it is in the middle of the country. There is a magnificent selection of affordable hotels and rentals in Madrid that will make you never want to leave. From visiting the lively Puerta del Sol to taking long walks through Retiro Park, Madrid has so much lust and charm you will fall madly in love with. We know we do! 

Toledo:

Madrid’s neighbor, Toledo is an off the beaten path city that you must visit during your trip to Spain. Just a short ride by bus or train from the capital, Toledo offers nature and town life for those looking for an escape. Set in central Spain on a hill above the plains of Castilla-la Mancha, it is well known for the old city architecture and mannerism. Enjoy a glass of wine and wander through the winding streets on the hilltop. You’ll love looking at everything from the Moorish Bisagra Gate to Mudejar Sol Gate. The city has so much to offer especially no crowds. If you are looking to experience classic Spain for a better price and in a quieter setting, then Toledo is for you. We know we can’t wait to visit again soon.

Granada:

From Moorish architecture and serene patios to tapas and drinks that will fill you up with joy, Granada is a must-visit in Spain. Some of our favorite things to do when visiting this historic mountain town include: Hiking up to St. Nicholas Church to enjoy a glass of wine or chilled beer while watching the sunset over the spectacular Alhambra. And in the wintertime, people come from far and wide to enjoy the mountain fun to be had in the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. In the spring, visitors will see the trees and bushes bloom with vibrant color that goes hand in hand with the magical feel this city gives off. Pro tip: when you order a drink at any restaurant in Granada, they also come with a small tapa so be sure to find the best bars in town. 

Cordoba:

Tucked in Andalusia only about 30 minutes by train from Spain’s southern capital, is Cordoba. This beautiful town is famous for its mix of Roman and Islamic architecture spanning from the early 1st century BC. La Mezquita Mosque is one of the town’s main attractions and welcomes millions of visitors a year. Especially during spring when people gather in the city to see the famous patios filled with colorful flowers of all shapes, sizes, and colors. From Roman bridge to Palacio de Viana, the architecture of the city is definitely worth a visit, and if you enjoy wandering through Spanish cities and their romantic cobblestone streets, then Cordoba should be added to your bucket list. Are you a Game of Thrones fan? You can visit Cordoba’s GOT Spain filming locations during a road trip through Spain.

Seville:

Seville is the heart of Southern Spain, both physically and emotionally. If you are fond of flamenco, olives, and oranges, and floral scents, and incredible views from its many rooftops and buildings, Seville is the perfect place for you. Orange blossom perfumes are sold on every corner, along with painted tiles and traditional feria dresses. You will love wandering through the Real Alcazar which is also known to Game of Thrones fans as the city of Dorne. Do not forget to walk around the Maestranza bullfighting ring and take long walks along the Guadalquivir River. Also, if you are already planning your Easter holiday, then we highly recommend you add Seville to your itinerary. The Easter processions are one of the most beautiful in the whole of Spain and attract millions of tourists a year to watch the processions from many cities fill the charming streets of Seville. Seville is definitely one of the best places to visit in Spain for its classic Spanish culture and atmosphere that you won’t soon forget.

Cadiz:

Spain’s southernmost city, Cadiz is truly paradise. Lovers of seafood and beach vibes will be very fond of everything Cadiz and its beach towns have to offer. It is also one of many European’s favorite vacation destinations, and usually brings in thousands of visitors every year. The Costa del Sol offers painted white towns running along the shore. This allows visitors to experience many of Spain’s beautiful spots all summer long. We suggest starting with Cadiz capital and taking a road trip along the coast. On a clear summer day, you can even see Morocco from the hilltops. Of all the other Spanish cities to visit, Cadiz is an absolute must.

Which Spanish Cities are you adding to your travel itinerary? For more Spain inspiration check out our Game of Thrones Spain travel guide, and the best travel destinations to celebrate New Year!

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