In order to remedy my ever growing wanderlust, I recently took a trip to Spain, spending 7 days between Valencia, Barcelona, and Ibiza. Spain has been at the top of my travel list for a while and when the opportunity to visit the land of tapas and sangria came along, I was eager to add another stamp to my passport.
My favorite part of any trip is exploring what each place has to offer and really immersing myself in the local lifestyle. As you can imagine, I was particularly excited to fully immerse myself in the Sangria (I mean, Spanish) culture. Each city I visited had something unique to offer, but each embodied the essence of the Spanish lifestyle – elements of which I hope to apply to my own life.
The beautiful city of Valencia was truly the best of all worlds. It’s a fairly large city, but still has that charming European vibe. It’s a city full of life – with a large population of students and a lively nightlife; but at the same time it feels very safe. From getting lost in the charming streets of the old part of town, to admiring the modern structures in the “City of Arts & Sciences,” it seemed like every corner you turn, you see something that takes your breath away. The beauty of Valencia was prominent in every part of the city and also embodied in its people. I visited my cousin, who is currently studying here and constantly raves about how incredible Valencia really is. Spending a few days here made me appreciate the Spanish way of life – no one is ever in a hurry, people are calm, relaxed, and really know how to enjoy themselves. I learned to not stress over how long it’s taking the waiter to bring the check, take an espresso break as many times in the day as I want, and really move through the day at my own pace.
Everyone knows you can’t go to Spain without visiting the major touristy attractions that Barcelona has to offer. I was really in my element in Barcelona, visiting the Sagrada Família and Park Güell and getting to see and experience everything the city is known for. The basilica, which is still undergoing construction, was easily one of the most stunning architectural structures I have ever seen. There is so much meaning behind every detail and the intent behind every step of the process is truly fascinating. After admiring the Sagrada Família for hours, we made our way to experience the gorgeous views in Park Güell. Even on the very rainy day, the park felt so alive with its colorful mosaics and bustling tourists, and no rain drop was stopping me from getting all the insta-worthy shots. Both the church and the park are absolute must-see sights, but if you have time, I would also recommend visiting Barcelona’s famous beaches. We went to Barceloneta Beach early one morning, and enjoyed a few hours surrounded by palm trees, salt water, and sunshine. I also had possibly one of the best brunches of my life at Brunch & Cake, which justifies the nickname “Brunchelona.”
The island known for the best nightlife and marvelous beaches was definitely an interesting place to visit. We spent 2 days in Ibiza towards the end of my trip, so I wanted to make the most of the days and nights I had left. Although the days were spent (sleeping) at the beach, the nights dancing to the sets of world famous DJs made up for it. The thing that stood out to me most about Ibiza’s nightlife was the variety of people – young, old, locals, tourists, and everyone in between, from every corner of the world, all come to experience what Ibiza has to offer. To be completely honest, I think the “idea” of Ibiza is a little over-hyped (or maybe it’s just not my scene). I was more excited about finally getting a tan than anything, but I definitely had a good time and it is still worth visiting in my opinion.
Although my trip felt relatively short, it was much needed and I am so happy I got to be away and experience what Spain has to offer. If you’re like me, and already can’t wait to plan your next trip, check out our favorite travel resources, and remember that taking a vacation is always worth it!
A working professional and a lifelong dreamer, Bohdana strives to merge her passions with her everyday reality. She is a proud Ukrainian and a loyal Chicagoan (despite the winters). She loves traveling, reading, pursuing self-improvement, and sharing her stories. Allow this blog to bring you motivation and inspiration on your own journey to rise beyond.