My recent trip to the south of Spain was absolutely wonderful. I had the opportunity to truly experience the Spanish culture and see things I never dreamed of seeing. I decided to wrap it up with a list of my top three favorites (in no particular order). 🙂
1. The Food
I ate SO MUCH good food while in Spain. Everything was fresh, flavorful, and delicious. Something new that I tried was tapas. Tapas are basically teeny, tiny portions of savory foods that are served as a snack with drinks or shared among friends as a meal. I love this idea because I am so indecisive when it comes to ordering at restaurants. While eating tapas, you don’t have to choose! Nicolas and I ordered pasta bolognese, Spanish meatballs, and ribs with roasted veggies. Paired with some fresh bread and a piña colada, this was one of my favorite meals by far.
Being that I am unable to deny my heritage and my love for Italian food, we tried multiple Italian restaurants as well as a pizza shop. None of them disappointed. Apparently the Spaniards are fans of Italian food as well!
I should also note that I consumed more ice cream than I’d like to admit while on this trip. I have no regrets.
In Spain, there is a café everywhere you look. This one happened to be my favorite (for obvious reasons :)). I was so happy to stumble upon it!
2. The Beaches
Spain is home to so many beautiful beaches, and I was lucky enough to visit quite a few of them. The first beach we visited was off the coast of Málaga, and it was breathtaking.
I was also so excited to try out my new camera, which I am LOVING so far.
I also loved going to the beach in Estepona, the city where we were staying. The weather was hot and the water was clear and cool. It was blissful.
Here is a glimpse of one of the most popular beaches in Cadiz. Some say this city is the most ancient city still standing among Western Europe.
3. The Architecture and Artwork
Spain was built exquisitely and is adorned with artwork. You can feel the creativity and experience their passion for the arts in almost everything. I was taking photographs left and right because each building was prettier than the next!
I particularly loved this Catholic Cathedral in Cádiz. It was by far the most elaborate church I have ever been in.
Construction of the Catedral de Santa Cruz began in 1722 and took 116 years to build. It contains numerous paintings and relics collected from several monasteries and cathedrals throughout Spain. It was such a beautiful and sacred place that I opted to take minimal photos.
As I just mentioned, Spain is positively filled with artwork. From the streets to restaurants to museums, you can find beautiful pieces of all medias and styles just about anywhere.
Being that I took art lessons for nearly a decade and have studied some of his work, I was so thrilled to have an opportunity to visit Museo Picasso in Málaga, the city where Pablo Picasso was born. It was a beautiful exhibit. However, I only managed to get one photo after a worker promptly told me that no photography was allowed in the museum. Oops!
And that concludes my list of the three things I loved about Spain! Thank you so much for visiting Breakfast at Madison’s again. Stay tuned for another Spain post!