My first time in the capital of Spain was during my first year as an assistante last year. Although I have since gone back and revisited just this past December during the winter holidays (which you can read about in parts 1 and 2 here), and even though I essentially went to the same places as I’d done the first time around, I thought that I would recap my adventures traveling solo from last year’s visit, as means of offering a comparison with my second visit, which was with my family.
Although I was in Barcelona for only three nights during last year’s vacances d’hiver, so much had happened in terms of what I saw, what I did, and what I ate that it merits a second post just to cover them all!
Towards the end of my first week of vacances d’hiver last year as an assistante, I headed over to warmer climates as means of escaping the Normandy cold. After a few days in the southwest of France (namely, Bordeaux, Pau, and Toulouse), I hopped over the France-Spain border to make my way to the latter country, for even more pleasant weather.
Our one night in Granada was done, and so my family and I left the city with our tour group to the next and final destination in the Andalusia region of Spain. We would be visiting Toledo, which is actually not in Andalusia, but rather in the Castilla-La Mancha, otherwise located about 45 minutes to an hour from Madrid.
Wrapping up a pleasant stay in Ronda and Marbella, our next destination in the Andalusian region of Spain was Granada, a city located at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains (not the same as those in California). Besides being a university town, it is also home to the Alhambra, which is both a citadel and a palace situated on top of the city’s hills and is considered the go-to place for visiting whilst in town.