There is something about Spain that makes me want to go back over and over again. It does not matter what the season is Spain is always thrilling and inviting.
Since we are in the middle of the summer, I assume you opened my article hoping to read suggestions about places that offer beaches and summer activities.
Being a tired mummy of two did not stop me from planning our vacation to this country, and you know what, it turned out to be a great decision. We had an excellent time; maybe it was the weather or the cruiser, and the food or perhaps the planets were in our favour. Maybe we made a smart choice with the places we visited, or we were lucky enough to leave most of the organization to professional agencies.
Whatever it was, the following four places made us enjoy and love Spain even more.
- Barcelona – When you sail with a cruiser on the Mediterranean, it is impossible to skip Barcelona. And it would be a shame to avoid this beautiful Catalonian city located in the northern part of Costa Brava. We did not want to miss anything, and when you are with children, it seems like a possible thing. So we decided to book a shore excursion with these guys here. Needless to say that we saw the most important places like the cathedral Sagrada Familia, Montjuic, the Jewish Quarter and of course the endless La Rambla street. The food is fantastic, and the weather was perfect.
- Girona and Dali Museum – Since we stayed in the port of Barcelona long enough, we wanted to see a bit more of the Costa Brava region. The closest to Barcelona are two lovely towns Girona and Figueres. Girona is far less crowded than Barcelona but is equally attractive for people. We had a lovely lunch there; we decided to wander around without any itinerary. Our next stop was the Dali Museum in the next small town, Figueres. My children thought we were entering a Disney themed park; the museum looks like a castle from a fairytale. My husband and I enjoyed the work of Dali, and even our kids found it amusing.
- Lloret de Mar – We had no idea what to expect from this coastal town. When we arrived we realized that it offers far more than just a beach and the sea. This is the place to be; the beach is endless, vast, and full of happy people. There are countless bars and night clubs (we did not go there, of course). Lloret de Mar (Flower of the sea) has everything from a hilltop castle to aqua park. Gardens, a very unique church from the 15th century and Iberian ruins are only a few of the things you can see here. This place is worthy of staying far longer than just a day.
- Kayak or snorkelling along Costa Brava – If you are more into adventurous things, I suggest you do something more thrilling than visiting museums or sipping drinks under the sun. Book a day tour where you will challenge your inner adrenaline junkie; kayak and snorkelling tours are extremely popular. You get to see the underwater world of Costa Brava, swim into hidden sea caves, or build up your muscles rowing your kayak over the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. These tours last a bit longer (about six to eight hours) so if you have enough time, get ready for an adventure and swimming far from the loud and crowded famous beaches.