Backpacking Series: Spain

Travelling takes a lot of planning, researching and asking!! So I’m putting together a series of my adventures around Europe. I’ll write about where I went, where I stayed, my favourite times and the worst experiences. First stop was Spain so continue reading if you want to see what I got up to or are looking for a little advice when it comes to booking your own holiday.

Barcelona

Without doubt the best city I’ve been to. The vibe is young, the streets are energetic and everywhere is alive with culture. Hidden on narrow streets are buzzing eclectic cafes, vintage shops, markets with handmade shoes and bags, eccentric clubs,  and quirky bars. This city is missing nothing, it even has a beach. Barceloneta beach is perfect to cool-off and take a day to relax. 

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My favourite bar was the Dow Jones Bar. I was very
entertained (and confused) by the stock exchange of drinks going up and down and choosing the perfect time to buy. A smart concept as despite the fact you’re spending money you feel as if you’re winning.

My favourite cafe was Flax & Kale – being a confirmed plant-based foodie, I was happy paying 10 euros for an acai bowl, and a special mention to the cashew milk latte which was almost as good as a coffee in Sydney.
Taking the leisurely bike tour was a great way to stay active and see the highlights of the city. In 3 hours we saw Plaza Sant Jaume, Plaza Reial, La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi apartments, Parc de la Ciutadella, Arc de Triomf and more.

Highlight: El Carmel Bunkers. A spot locals go to watch the sunset over the city. After a short hike you have a view of the entire city. Honestly jaw-dropping !!!

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Accommodation: St Christopher’s Inn ★★★★★

Nightlife: ★★★★★ (€10-€20)

Ibiza

Coming to Ibiza I was in the mindset to party all night then relax all day on beautiful beaches. And Ibiza more than met my expectations.

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Having booked our trip through a group called Together Week our accommodation, breakfast, pool parties, boat party and nightclubs were all included at a very reasonable price.

Every day and night was a difference event. The Jet apartments pool party was certainly a highlight because what could really be better than floating in a pool with a long island ice tea whilst listening to music and meeting new people.

My favourite night was Ushuaia, an open-air nightclub with a festival atmosphere. I’m talking smoke machines, fire canons and confetti bursting into the sky as airplanes fly low overhead to land at the nearby airport.

Highlight: First day we escaped to the gorgeous beach of Cala Salada. Only 15 minutes from San Antonia, it is a hidden bay with a sandy beach and high rocky cliffs to jump from. The water is incredibly blue and if you get there in the morning you’ll be able to find the perfect spot to relax and tan.

Accommodation: Hotel Tropical (5nights) ★★★★

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