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Morning to Night: Drinking Culture in Italy

Morning to Night: Drinking Culture in Italy

Before visiting Italy for the first time I’d heard plenty of whispering/rumours about how important drinking culture is to the overall Italian way of life. The moment I landed in Milan, I started to notice evidence everywhere that this is true! Whether seeing people head […]

A Beginner’s Guide To Visiting Oman

A Beginner’s Guide To Visiting Oman

I can’t remember exactly when I first decided to add Oman to my travel bucket list. I do remember watching this amazing Marko Roth video about Oman (seriously though, all his travel videos are incredible) and feeling inspired to travel to this small nation in […]

7-Day Spain Itinerary

7-Day Spain Itinerary

It’s impossible to see all of Spain in a single week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a memorable vacation! Spain is incredibly well-connected and you can easily rely on Renfe to get you where you need to go. Read on for a great 7-day itinerary to help you start planning your next trip!

 

Day 1&2: Madrid

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Madrid will always hold a special place in my heart as the first city I ever visited in Spain. As far as big cities go, it’s definitely one of my favorites because it has a combination of old colonial mixed with laid-back vibes and modern culture. There’s tons to do here and you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. Spend a day visiting locales like the National Museum, Royal Palace, and Plaza Mayor, then kick back in the evening with some sangria or a gin and tonic at one of Madrid’s many amazing places to eat.  

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Day 3&4: Granada

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Madrid to Granada is around 5 hours by bus, so you may want to aim for a late night bus or train, or head out early in the morning. The distance is totally worth it though because Granada is gorgeous! Plan ahead to visit Alhambra, the fortified Moorish complex that sits high in the hills and overlooks the city. Alhambra is absolutely breath-taking and it offers some seriously dazzling views.

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Day 5: Ronda

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Luckily the distance between Granada and Ronda is quite short: only about 2 and ½ hours by train. You can roll into Ronda in the morning and really only need one day to enjoy this small, sleepy town. Walk to the old part of the city, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take a hike down the mountainside for some stunning views of the dramatic gorge over which the city is built. At night you can dine in one of the restaurants overlooking the gorge—it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget!

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Day 6: Córdoba

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Córdoba is one of those cities that doesn’t take long to see, but leaves you wanting to settle in for a long while anyway. This city is probably most famous for the brightly colored flowerpots that decorate the balconies and walls of the town’s buildings, but there’s more to Córdoba than Instagrammable flowerpot moments! Check out the old Roman bridge which spans between two parts of the town, and set aside time to explore the iconic mosque-cathedral. It’s here that you’ll see a truly unique combination of Moorish and Christian cultures, and the mosque-cathedral is sure to take your breath away!

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Day 7: Madrid

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You’re on the last leg of your journey and it’s time to head back home! Take the train from Córdoba to Madrid (just over 2 hours), and, if you have time, do some last minute sight-seeing. Finish off your trip on a high note by watching the sunset from the restaurant on top of Círculo de Bellas Artes where you can get 360 views of the magical city.

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What is your 7-day Spain itinerary like? Share your tips below in the comments section.

How To Deal With Living Abroad (Even When You Hate It)

How To Deal With Living Abroad (Even When You Hate It)

  Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the struggle of living abroad. This is mostly because two dear friends of mine settled abroad for the very first time in their lives and now, three years later, are still struggling to adjust. As someone who […]

5 Amazing Lisbon Restaurants For The Vegetarian Traveler

5 Amazing Lisbon Restaurants For The Vegetarian Traveler

  Being a vegetarian can be a challenge – especially if you are an expat living in countries that don’t cater much to the meatless lifestyle. Finding ways to follow your vegetarian ways may be simpler when you’re on your home turf, but traveling to […]