Traveling within Spain: A Country Rich with Diversity
One of the main reasons I was excited to study abroad in Spain was that being in the European community would allow me to easily visit so many unique and incredible European countries, that have always been a dream of mine to see. While I was extremely excited to be studying Spain, I admit that I didn’t know too much about what places there were to see inside of Spain. I obviously knew some things about Madrid, and of course everyone knows a little something about Barcelona, but all other cities were either those that I had just briefly heard about or that I had never even known about. Before and upon my arrival to Madrid, my girlfriend Alexa and I came to the conclusion that our best plan of action would be to cover as much as we could of the country we were studying in, before venturing out into the rest of Europe. I knew that because I would have to book my outer-Spain visits in advance, my schedule would eventually become completely full with different European countries, and I would return home regretful that I didn’t explore more of the country that I was living in. While exploring both well-known as not so well-known cities around Spain wasn’t initially so exciting to me, these trips turned out to be some of my greatest experiences during my time here so far. Something I did not know about Spain that I have grown to learn is that the country is practically its own continent. Spain is so geographically diverse, culturally diverse, historically diverse, and overall just diverse in diversity. In this, I’ll let pictures do most of the talking.
Valencia was an incredible city, with welcoming people, and even better food. While walking through some streets, you feel as if you’re walking in the past, while other areas like the City of Arts and Sciences make you feel like you are seeing the future. Whether it is the incredible architecture, beautiful beaches, or fantastic art and science museums, I highly recommend Valencia to everyone.
Toledo is just an hour drive away from Madrid, and is a MUST SEE day trip when visiting Madrid. With an incredible fusion of culture, it is a city truly stuck in time, in the best way possible.
A truly artistic and unique city, Bilbao sticks out like a futuristic thumb in the great green North of Spain. The city has a lot to see, and is a city that is grown extremely in popularity and tourism over the years.
When most people visit Bilbao, it’s so that they can go to San Sebastian, Spain. But I’m happy I listened to the locals at Bilbao who advised me to take the road less traveled and visit Santander. Hands-down one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.
Segovia is a remarkable city, with so many beautiful castles, monuments and other locations to see that I can’t simply fit it in one post. A place you must truly see to believe.
El Escorial/ Valley of the Fallen
I hope I’ve provided at least a slightly good idea of what these incredible Spanish cities are like. More than that, I hope I’ve influenced some to explore their study-abroad country before getting to excited and visiting every other country, especially in a place like Europe. Finally, I hope I’ve convinced some to visit Spain, because it’s incredible.