Although Bilbao is not known for its knock-out beauty, it’s def a must while in the north of Spain. The city’s appearance reflects its history as an industrial hub, but investments over the past few decades have breathed new life into the city: The Guggenheim, inaugurated in 1997, has become one of the world’s best-known museums. Below I sum up my weekend in Bilbao, featuring pintxos, pinturas (paintings), and paseos (strolls), from my visit with friends in July 2021 😍.
Weekend in Gijon: Sip Cider, Stroll, & Swim!
Gijon is the largest city in Spain’s beautiful northern autonomous community of Asturias and was a key stop on our weeklong trip to region. The city is not exactly jam-packed with sights – I’d say there is more to do in Oviedo, but don’t tell that to someone from Gijon because the 2 cities have some beef 😜 – so I’d say a weekend in Gijon will do just fine! However, Gijon does have beaches – which you can’t say about Oviedo – so you may want to make time for that too, although we didn’t get to hit the beach when we visited.
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Day Trip to Llanes, Asturias: A Cozy Coastal Town
We took our day trip to Llanes, with Gijón as our base, during our week-long trip to Asturias. Llanes is a popular summer destination among Spaniards, but I was particularly interested in visiting because my great-great-grandparents, the parents of my Cuban great-grandfather Manolo Fernández Blanco on my maternal grandmother’s side, were from there! They likely emigrated from Llanes to Cuba in the late 19th century. It was exciting to see this little slice of my Spanish-Cuban heritage! Continue reading “Day Trip to Llanes, Asturias: A Cozy Coastal Town”
Patios de Cordoba: A Floral Feast for the Eyes
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”
Arcos de la Frontera: A Picturesque Pueblo Blanco
Arcos de la Frontera is a treat. Located in the province of Cádiz, in Andalucía, this makes for a great day trip or one-nighter if you’re in the South of Spain. We visited by driving from Sevilla when we lived there. Continue reading “Arcos de la Frontera: A Picturesque Pueblo Blanco”
Evora: Bread Soup, Human Bones, & Tiled Churches
Evora, located in the Alentejo region of Portugal, is about a 3.5-hour drive from Sevilla. We visited Evora on a weekend trip when we were living in Sevilla, and we had a great time. Below I outline 9 things to do on a weekend in this little gem of a city. Continue reading “Evora: Bread Soup, Human Bones, & Tiled Churches”
Half Day in Sighisoara, A Colorful Transylvanian Town
Sighisoara is a little Romanian fairy tale. The vibrant colors of this cozy Transylvanian town will win over your heart. Although you could leisurely spend a day there, a half-day in Sighisoara will do just fine, especially if you’re tight on time. I highly recommend a visit if you’re in the region! Also see my posts on other cities in Romania, like Bucharest, Braşov, Sibiu, y Timişoara, here!
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What to Do in Split: Roman Ruins, Olive Oil Tasting, & More
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”
Cadiz: The Hidden Gem of Andalusia
Cadiz is the hidden gem of Andalusia. Cadiz may not be as well known as some of its Andalusian counterparts, like Sevilla and Granada, but I highly recommend a visit. It is a perfect spot for a day trip or a weekend while visiting the south of Spain. Continue reading “Cadiz: The Hidden Gem of Andalusia”