Splurging on Spain: How to Spend Two Luxurious Weeks Exploring España
Anyone who’s spent more than just about a few minutes with me can tell you one thing: I am absolutely nuts about Spain. I had my first taste of it when I studied in Granada for a month in high school, and that was enough to get me hooked for life. I returned to spend my junior year of college in Madrid, and, because that wasn’t nearly enough, I also taught English for a year in Sevilla and another year in Madrid. Plus, I’ve been back to visit a few times since. So if I haven’t already persuaded you to check out what I truly believe to be the world’s best tourist destination, well, you can probably guess what’s coming.
Go to Spain! Just do it! Hop on that plane now! Explore the Iberian peninsula! Come on, stop reading, and get flying! Or at least start considering a trip!
If tales of Spain’s landscapes, cities, cuisine, nightlife, history, architecture, music, and people aren’t enough, one of the best things about traveling the country is that it can be done on any budget, no matter how large or small. Bargain hostels and €0.80 cañas of beer will keep even the stingiest of backpackers delighted, but those with a penchant for luxury can also really splurge and enjoy Spain’s finer pleasures. If you count yourself among the second group, or if you’re looking to truly treat yourself on your next España experience, may I humbly suggest Luxury Escapes’ 13-day luxury small-group tour.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: you could spend years traveling around Spain and still have loads left on your bucket list. But if you’re looking for an introduction to the best that Spain has to offer, two weeks will allow you to hit up many of the country’s highlights. This tour kicks off in Barcelona and ends in Madrid, paying a visit to Valencia, Albufera Lake, Sagunto, Granada, Córdoba, Sevilla, Jerez, Cádiz, Ávila, Segovia, and Toledo on the way. It’s a whirlwind ride, but you wouldn’t want to miss any of these spots on a trip to Spain.
Each of those cities is overbrimming with amazing things to do and see, and the tour includes the best attractions and activities in each. Admire the architecture of Granada’s Alhambra, Sevilla’s Alcázar, Córdoba’s Mezquita, and Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia. Taste sherry where it originated, Jerez, and enjoy authentic Sevilla flamenco. Hop on a boat and cruise around Albufera Lake while spotting birds and wildlife. Dine on tapas and paella and learn about the significance of olive oil production in Spain. Get lost in some of the world’s most beautiful cities (okay, I may be biased).
I could tell you all about Spain’s cheap hostels from my experiences there as a student and part-time teacher, but, as I grow up, I increasingly appreciate finer accommodation (remember those amazing hotels I checked out in Taipei and Bali?). This tour offers five-star accommodation for all twelve nights of the trip, with nights at hotels like Le Méridien Barcelona and the Gran Meliá Colón Seville. You even spend one night in a converted sixteenth century convent in Granada – how many people can say they’ve done that? You’ll also be feeling supremely comfortable as you cruise from one destination to the next in private, air-conditioned transport and private airport transfers.
Of course, there are plenty of ways to see Spain, and backpackers can hit me up for all the best tips. But if you’re really interested in enjoying Spain’s greatest luxuries, this tour is a real winner. You can read more details about the itinerary and inclusions here.
Honestly, I’m just psyched about the idea of more and more travelers visiting Spain, and I love hearing stories from those who have been, so I hope I’ve done just a little bit to convince you. Now, let me stop raving and start researching L.A.’s best Spanish restaurants – all this talk has seriously got me craving some tortilla!