I’m sitting here wrapped in a warm blanket, wondering what I should post next. I’ve accumulated a lot of material over the past months and there is a long list of great places which are waiting for their chance to be shown on my blog. What is hopefully the last bout of winter weather steers my thoughts to warm places, and this time itâ€™s not AndalucĂa which springs to mind, but the somewhat warmer Extremadura â€“ one of the hotter destinations I’ve been to in Spain.Â
Lately, I’ve come across numerous offers of cheap flights to Madrid and they’re especially low from autumn through to spring. It’d be a shame not to make the most of this, right? You can catch a flight to Madrid from many airports in Europe for less than â‚¬50. Of course, don’t get me wrong â€“ you can spend all the money you have once you’re in Madrid â€“ but it’s not at all necessary. I also think that a short trip to Madrid can turn out to be less expensive than say visiting Barcelona or other, super-popular European cities. I’m convinced that a pleasant weekend that doesn’t break your household budget is within reach and so I’ve prepared a few tips to you started.
After two years of regular trips to Spain, I have noticed a strange change in my behavior – I have started to stop and talk to people. Its gotten to the stage, that as soon as I see someone with a guidebook or map at the airport or on the plane, I go up and speak to them. I then come to the realization, that a 3-hour flight is just not enough time to describe all of the places in Spain that are worth visiting, but which the average European knows little, or nothing about.
It’s time for the blog to live up to its name and come back to the area around Madrid, as most of the recent blog entries have been dominated by my travels around Spain. Today, another suggestion for a short trip close to Madrid.
When we mentioned that we are going to Nerja to our Spanish friends, they asked “what for?”, with expressions of bewilderment on their faces. It was March, long before the start of the season, and Nerja struck them as being nothing more than place to relax on the beach. So we decided to find out for ourselves.
A half an hour drive away to the north of Madrid is where aÂ differentÂ world begins.
Today I’m taking you to another picturesque town in Andalusia. Itâ€™s a well-known place, popular among tourists visiting the Costa del Sol and wanting to see something other than the Spanish coast.
Finally, we have direct flights from my home town of Poznan to Madrid and what’s more, they are cheap, which is what prompted me to write this post. You can fall in love with Madrid all year round, but here are a few reasons why visiting in December is a good idea (of course, some of them apply all year round).
â€ś- Look there, Sancho Panza, my friend, and see those thirty or so wild giants, with whom I intend to do battle and kill each and all of them, so with their stolen booty we can begin to enrich ourselves. This is nobel, righteous warfare, for it is wonderfully useful to God to have such an evil race wiped from the face of the earth.
– What giants?- asked Sancho Panza.
-The ones you can see over there – answered his master – with the huge arms, some of which are very nearly two leagues long.
– Now look, your grace – said Sancho – what you see over there aren’t giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone.
– Obviously – replied Don Quixote – you don’t know much about adventures.â€ťÂ
Miguel de Cervantes
Spain, quite literally, surprises you at every turn with new touristic gems to visit. Wherever we go, we find new treasures, often in the form of quaint, small towns.