Why Dubrovnik is Touristy Yet Worth It

Upon seeing Dubrovnik’s walled old town for the first time on our drive in from the airport,ย  I was so excited. Even after seeing all the photos, no one can prepare you to witness the amazing sight of the ancient city walls and terracotta-roofed houses jutting out majestically into the sparkling Adriatic. However, my experience in Dubrovnik turned out to be bittersweet: the star of the Dalmatian coast is at once one of the most beautiful and one of the most touristy places I have ever been. In this post, I seek to explain not only why Dubrovnik is touristy, but also why it’s ultimately worth it. Continue reading “Why Dubrovnik is Touristy Yet Worth It”

What to Do in Split: Roman Ruins, Olive Oil Tasting, & More

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I really enjoyed Split: I kinda felt like I was in Italy due to the extensive, well-preserved Roman ruins throughout the city and the architecture that is at times reminiscent of Venice. Realistically, Split can be seen in a solid day, although a second day will allow you to enjoy the city at a more leisurely pace and squeeze in a few more activities. Below are 3 suggestions for what to do in Split! Continue reading “What to Do in Split: Roman Ruins, Olive Oil Tasting, & More”

10 Best Things to Do in Malaga: Moorish Castles, Modern Art, & More

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Malaga is a jewel of the Costa del Sol in Spain’s autonomous community of Andalusia. The city’s #tranquilotropical vibe had me right away: you can feel how the ocean and the warm weather energize the city, where timeworn Moorish ruins meet renowned modern art. Places like Sevilla and Granada may compete for top honors as Andalusia’s greatest city, but Malaga is definitely in the running with its compelling arts scene, culture, history, and, unlike the aforementioned cities, its BEACHES. Continue reading “10 Best Things to Do in Malaga: Moorish Castles, Modern Art, & More”

Hiking Sierra Guadarrama: The Perfect Day Trip to Madrid’s Mountains

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Some of my most special memories from my year in Madrid were spent with friends hiking in theย Sierra de Guadarrama, the mountains right outside the city. Whether singing Beyonce on the trail or tripping over tree roots or catching up with friends along the walk, I always had fun up in the Sierra. Continue reading “Hiking Sierra Guadarrama: The Perfect Day Trip to Madrid’s Mountains”

8 Reasons to Visit Cuenca, Spain: The City You Wish You Knew

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It’s taken me a while, but after talking this place up for the past year, I’ve finally gotten around to posting about my beloved Cuenca. While living in Madrid last year, I decided to visit Cuenca, Spain, one weekend after simply looking at a map and picking a place I had vaguely remembered hearing about. This sleepy yet incredibly picturesque town completely surpassed my expectations: it may just be the cutest town you’ve never heard of. Continue reading “8 Reasons to Visit Cuenca, Spain: The City You Wish You Knew”