Our last week in Spain involved covering a lot of ground along with a bit of a whistle stop tour of Madrid and Barcelona. The 400km or so between Granada and Madrid was a bit of an education… the middle of Spain is not a flat desert it’s full of olive trees and quite hilly!
On the road again...
After figuring out Madrid’s metro we headed into town to check out the nightlife. In the end we stumbled upon a sherry bar. Turns out we still don’t like dry sherry that much but the surroundings were pretty cool.
Our favourite bar, they even allow photos!
The day after with slightly fuzzy heads, we went on a free walking tour, hosted by a very English bloke called Will, who was full of interesting stories and good food recommendations so that set up our mission for the afternoon; try a Bocadillo Calamares, get hold of some of the local spirit, Madrono, and of course churros con chocolate! Luckily we’d done a lot of walking…
Trev getting into the statue poses
Yes it's a squid sandwich!
Charlie Dimmock eat your heart out on this water feature!
This one is for Kelly 🙂
It lashed rain on what was supposed to be our last day in Madrid so we ditched our sight seeing plans and decided to stock up on a few last bits of winter gear and hit the road to Barcelona instead.
It turns out it’s a bit of a haul, about 600km, so the rain worked out for the best in the end, meaning we had less ground to cover the following two days.
En route, we stopped at a little town called Calatayud which had a lot of old buildings with dodgy foundations, forgot to take pics! And Lleida, a city that has suffered from being on the wrong side of the war of succession and the civil war apparently but has a very scenic river side and an impressive fort and cathedral overlooking the old town.
Does anyone know what makes nests like this??!
We always seemed to have the sun in our rear view mirror and rain up ahead over those few days but eventually we made it to Barcelona and the clouds cleared. We parked up on Montjuic near the Olympic stadium and headed off on an epic walk around the city.
Even skater dudes love Gaudi
Trev found a new camera setting....
The following day we strolled around Montjuic before our slot to get inside the Sagrada Familia. Tips: there’s a discount for under 30’s after 4pm and theres a big exhibition about Gaudi’s design process, models etc underneath that they don’t really advertise. Trev was impressed!
Still under construction since 1883
So, besides a quick surf at Masnou, it was time to say ‘adios’ to Spain and hit the road back to France to stock up on Christmas wine and saucisson!