I stayed in a friend’s house in Sant Carles de la Ràpita, a small town 2 hours south of Barcelona. It’s a lovely place which is more populated by Spanish people than tourists from other countries which made the stay a bit more special because I had to practice my very rusty Spanish! The house we stayed in was almost directly by the beach and since there were almost no tourists, we did have the beach to us most of the time except for the weekend which was great!
Although I do love a beach holiday, I also really enjoy visiting surrounding cities. We visited Tarragona on the third day and enjoyed a stroll around the city and a Cafe con leche at one of the many cafes! There are many Roman buildings in Tarragona, including an Amphitheatre and it has a lovely old cathedral (top left picture). The old town of Tarragona (top right) has lots of tiny streets to explore and lots of little market stalls where you can buy fresh fruit!
On one day it was raining a little bit and we decided to use our rental car for a day trip to Valencia! Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and has a lot to offer when it comes to culture and history. We first walked through the old part of Valencia and visited the Cathedral (top left) and the Market Hall which was huge and offered a great selection of Spanish food and fresh fish! We then walked through the Jardí del Túria (bottom picture), a park that runs around the city centre and connects it with the harbour. My friend had been to Valencia before and told me how different the old harbour now is, so I was really excited for her to take me there. As you can see in the top right picture, it really is like a different world. This area is called Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències and features museums, an aquarium and an opera amongst others. The design is very futuristic and you do really feel like you are in a different world!
Unfortunately we weren’t able to go to Barcelona as we did have a rather big nightmare with our rental care which included going to the airport twice in 2 days to change it, but I will definitely come back to explore Barcelona!
Have you been to any of the places I visited? I am dying to go to more cities in Spain soon, which ones would you recommend?