Living in Morocco, Spain is just a stone throw away, popular vacation destination from Morocco. Though Spain is just right across the Mediterranean sea we somehow omitted it from our travel itinerary for good two long years before we finally crossed the sea to experience Spain.
Spain is easily accessible from Morocco by flights and ferries, and to try a new mode of transportation we took ferry from Tangier Med to Algeciras, a port town on the coast of Spain. This sea adventure was very comfortable, different with ecstatic views of the sea and I was lucky enough to spot some dolphins. We took a bus from Algeciras to Malaga which is about 3 hours journey but the breathtaking views kept us glued to our seats looking outside the window throughout our journey.
Malaga was our pitstop so we just had one day in Malaga, the hometown of legendary painter Pablo Picasso who spent his childhood there. But the first thing on our mind was to hit the beach because we had waited long enough to be at beaches of Spain, the land of rich culture, architecture, Paella, Sangria and world finest wines. We stayed in Puerta Silken Hotel just 200 meters from the Central train station. On checkin we were given complimentary drinks coupons and were informed that the hotel provided beach towels complimentary which was pretty impressive as hotels across Spain don’t allow hotel towels to be taken to beaches.
We just dropped off our bags in the hotel, freshened up and left for Playa Malageuta, the best beach of Malaga and spent the afternoon at the beach relaxing ,enjoying the atmosphere. In the evening we returned to the hotel showered and dressed up, enjoyed some fine wine at the hotel bar and headed to the old town for an insight of the city. Walking through the cobbled streets we visited the city Cathedral and Chateau. Lastly we were at the central market which was infested with fancy designer stores, bars and restaurants. After a stroll through the bylanes of Malaga we ended our day with Sangria and Paella.
Next morning we headed to the airport after a wholesome and delicious breakfast of Spanish omelette and fresh orange juice. on completing the checkin and security formalities we were on board our flight to IBIZA. Its a short flight of an hour from Malaga to Ibiza,soon after we took off we were over head the Spanish coast and were left marveling at the spectacular aerial views of the clear blue water, white sand beaches and mountains. In no time the flight was ready to land at Ibiza, the party island,with Yacht and boats all over the blue sea. The final approach to the runway at Ibiza airport overlooks the sea, a sight not to be missed.
The island never sleeps or feels dull, every moment in Ibiza is an experience. The atmosphere in Ibiza was electric and i felt being transported to a different world. Everyone was in a joyous mood, dressed up in the best of beachwear, its certainly party lovers paradise. We checked in our hotel, dressed up and were soon figuring our way in streets of Ibiza to the most celebrated club of the island, USHUAIA IBIZA.
My husband is a die hard EDM fan so we had pre booked our passes to the live concert of HARDWELL- No 2 DJ of the world. In Ibiza the night never seems to end and we partied till late with the best crowd and music, all tired and hungry we left the club and were wondering if we would get some food at that hour of night and were almost taken aback because all restaurants were open, the streets were brimming with life as if it would be at 2 in the afternoon. Young boys and girls were all over partying and having the best times of their life. We had a late dinner /early breakfast;) of Pizza because it was almost dawn. We wen to our hotel to catch on some good nights sleep. The next morning after a super breakfast we hit the Bora Bora beach in Ibiza. The beach is clean with white sand and blue water, we rented beach beds, umbrella and spent the entire day eating, drinking soaking in the water,enjoying the sun,the tan and relaxing.
The restaurants at the beaches had pool parties with free entry, electronic music,food and beverage served right on the beach. It was the perfect summer day out at one of the happening beach of Ibiza. The bikini clad girls flaunting their summer bodies and beach wear the boys were also not behind. The evening was spent strolling across the hippie market having a look at handmade artifacts, clothes and jewelry. We enjoyed some wine and tapas in dinner and left for the airport, for our late night flight to the capital of Spain , MADRID. Its again a short one hour flight to Madrid from Ibiza, while waiting for the departure we recalled our fantastic two days spent in the most lively island of Ibiza, good byes are always hard but i was equally excited to be in the capital city too!!
Madrid is a big city, full of architecture, modern markets, designer showroom, plenty of gardens, restaurants and bars. We stayed in Petit Palace Hotel right at Puerta del Sol, the central part of the city. It was hot during the day so we though it wise to cover the city in the big bus hop on hop off tours. The big bus tour made our site seeing very comfortable with air conditioned interiors, well designed routes, great bus frequency and several points to change routes. We had a 2 day tour pass with commentary in several languages about the history of each monuments in the city. The tour was divided in 2 parts, a modern city tour comprising of the upmarket streets of Madrid, Real Madrid Soccer ground, several museums, libraries, government buildings parks and the second part covered the old town with the palace, cathedrals, markets, squares, theatre, and all ancient architecture. We covered all touristic spots of madrid in 2 days and then ended our visit at Puerta del Sol, shopping and visiting the oldest market of Madrid- Mercado San Miguel, offering some of the finest wines, Paella, Tapas, Meats and the famous Churros with hot chocolate.I tried Sangria with a twist, different from the classic version in this ,wine is mixed with Champagne, served with some fresh marinated green olives.
This was an end to our Spain trip, covering three totally different cities and finally I got a chance to experience Spanish culture and architecture., still a lot left to explore, until next time”AMIGOS ESPANIA”