Patios de Cordoba: A Floral Feast for the Eyes

patios de cordoba

Córdoba is one of the many gems of Andalucía, the southern autonomous community of Spain, along with Sevilla, Málaga, Granada, and Cádiz, to name the most well-known. The Patios de Cordoba festival is unique to Cordoba and features what is, quite literally, a floral feast for the eyes. The festival is usually held in the first half of May, when the city’s patios burst in full bloom. Continue reading “Patios de Cordoba: A Floral Feast for the Eyes”

Palaces in Sevilla: The Unparalleled “Casa Palacios”

palaces in sevilla

I’ll be honest: there is nowhere in the world like Sevilla. Sevilla’s most popular attractions are probably the Alcázar, the cathedral, and the Plaza de España. However, if you spend a few extra days in the city and really dig into what it has to offer, you’ll discover some lower-key sights that will rock your world, like the city’s beloved “Casa Palacios,” or palace-mansions. These palaces are perfect microcosms of the city’s cultural, historical, artistic, and architectural legacies. Some of the most beautiful of these palaces in Sevilla are Palacio de Las Dueñas and Casa de Pilatos, which I describe below; however, Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija and Casa de Salinas are still on my list! Continue reading “Palaces in Sevilla: The Unparalleled “Casa Palacios””

Why Segovia is Worth More Than a Day Trip

why Segovia is worth more than a day trip

Segovia is one of the most popular spots for a day trip from Madrid. However, I think poor little Segovia doesn’t get the respect it deserves – this lovely city is worth more than just a few hours! Of course, Segovia is doable as a day trip, especially if you’re tight on time, but you can easily spend a relaxing full-weekend trip there: it’s the perfect retreat if you live in Madrid and works great as a romantic getaway. Continue reading “Why Segovia is Worth More Than a Day Trip”

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

Best Things to Do in Malaga

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

hiking sierra guadarrama

Some of my most special memories from my year in Madrid were spent with friends hiking in the 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”

The Sorolla Museum in Madrid: Underrated and Awesome

sorolla museum

Madrid is famed for its arts and culture. Its Golden Triangle of Art, including the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, showcases top-notch collections that include the likes of Velazquez’s Las Meninas, Goya’s El tres de mayo de 1808 en Madrid, and Picasso’s Guernica. I love all three of these museums (particularly the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen, since I’m a modern art kinda girl), but my favorite art museum in Madrid – and debatably one of my favorite in the world – isn’t part of the Golden Triangle. Continue reading “The Sorolla Museum in Madrid: Underrated and Awesome”

A Guide to Madrid Neighborhoods

madrid neighborhoods

After living in Madrid from August 2016 to June 2017, the city still felt like home – and I was lucky enough to move back in 2019. When friends and family head to Madrid for vacation, I usually get hit up for some recs. I often share this breakdown of my favorite Madrid neighborhoods, so I figure it’s high time to post about it. (For my Madrid restaurant guide, head here.)

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

Visit Cuenca, Spain

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”