Albarracin: A beautiful and historic little village, located in the region of Aragon. As you are driving up to Albarracin, you can start seeing the castle walls that protected the city in the past. There are lot's of Artisan small batch cheeses that are made here, and there are little souvenir stores everywhere selling the local cheeses, as well hand-knitted clothing and hats. There are plenty of top-notch restaurants offering superb Spanish classics, like roasted lamb and roasted pork shoulder, rubbed with garlic and olive oil. The village offers great architecture and beautiful cobblestone streets to walk through. For lodging, we recommend you stay at "La Casa del Tio Americano". Big comfortable rooms, amazing service, free internet access, and free breakfast is included.
Avila: This city is located in the region of Castilla y Leon, The old part of the city (which is the best tourist part of Avila) is protected by the beautiful castle walls "Las Murallas". This city is known for their cured meats, stop in at any bar or restaurant, and order Chorizo frito and a cold Mahou beer, it will leave you in a wonderland. There is a beautiful cathedral in the city, and you can walk on top of the castle walls (for a small fee) that surround the city for amazing views. There are benches everywhere to relax, and the city is very clean. For lodging, we recommend you stay at "Hostal Residencia Alcantara". Clean comfortable rooms, great service, quiet location, and located inside "Las Murallas".
Barcelona: This is the biggest city in Spain, from the minute you arrive to Barcelona, you are impressed by the architecture, the art, and the overall freedom this city gives you. There are different neighborhoods in Barcelona, our favorites are Barri Gotic, Born-Ribera, and La Rambla. "Barri Gotic" is Catalan for "Gothic Neighborhood", and it feels just like that, there are many shops, amazing restaurants, beautiful narrow streets to walk through, and an amazing cathedral. Born-Ribera is a bit more hip, with the best tavernas (Restaurants) in the city. There are art galleries, beautiful marble fountains, and great clothing shops. La Rambla is the famous street that is lined with trees on both sides and vendors in-between, everything from souvenirs to birds are sold here, as well as the famous "La Boqueria", one the worlds greatest and oldest food markets. For lodging, we recommend you stay at "Park Hotel". Clean comfortable rooms, big bathrooms, free breakfast, and located within walking distance of all (3) neighborhoods we talked about, no taxi needed here! For rooms with a view, request to get a room facing the "Estació de França".
Madrid: Located in the center of country, Madrid is the capitol of Spain. This Royal city has palaces and many fountains made of sculptured marble, including lions and knights. Visit the beautiful Plaza Mayor, where you will possible eat the best fried calamari's of your life. This city offers non-stop entertainment such as: Street entertainers, great shopping, cozy coffee shops, and going to the theatre to watch an opera. When you want to escape the city noise, just visit "El Retiro", a huge park in the middle of the city with a beautiful lake, where you can rent a paddle boat, walk for miles under huge trees, see amazing architecture, or just sit under a parasol and sip on a Mahou with some almonds. For lodging, we recommend you stay at "Hotel Moderno". Clean comfortable rooms, superb service, internet access for a small fee, and centrally located in the beautiful neighborhood of "Puerta del Sol". From here you can walk to the "Plaza Mayor", "The Royal Palace of Madrid", "The Royal Gardens", "Catedral de la Almudena", and the "Teatro Real", as well as some of the cities best restaurants.
Morella: This medieval village is located in the region of "Comunitat Valenciana". As you are driving into Morella, you can see the village sitting on top of a mountain with a huge castle above of it. Parking is really easy, and you can walk the entire town without needing a taxi. There are many great restaurants and coffee shops, as well as souvenir shops selling local arts and crafts. Once you are done dining, you have to walk up the streets to get to the castle, on your way there, you will come across the amazing cathedral, definitely worth going inside. Once you reach the castle, there are great views of the village and valley below. For lodging, we recommend you stay at "Hotel Rey Don Jaime". Clean organized rooms, great service, restaurant inside the hotel, and located in the heart of the city, from here you can walk the entire village.
San Sebastian: This seaside town is located in northern Spain, about 15 miles from the French border. Beautiful architecture, amazing beaches, and superb food are what attract many visitors here year-round. "La playa de la Concha", is the world famous beach that offers over 500,000 square feet of sand, and is usually always crowded. The tiny "Isla de Santa Clara" is located about half-mile from the beach, and is accessible by boats that run to the island every half-hour during the summer months (around 2 Euros). There are also many plazas with marble fountains, great shopping, and medieval architecture throughout the city. The great and famous restaurant of Arzak is located here! and definitely worth going to for an out-of-this world dinning experience. For lodging, we recommend you stay at "Pensión Alemana". Updated rooms, great service, internet access, and located near "La Playa de la Concha", plus its very reasonably priced for San Sebastian.
Segovia: Located in Castilla y Leon, this city is a must see for any first time visitor to Spain. Between the Alcazar castle and the Roman Aqueduct, your eyes will not believe what they see. This city is known for their roasted meats, so make sure you eat the roasted baby pig, which is so moist, it can famously be cut with a plate. There are plenty of narrow streets to walk through as well as an amazing cathedral, great shopping, and a huge plaza where you can sit and relax with an espresso. For lodging, we recommend you stay at "Hotel Los Linajes". Big comfortable rooms, superb service, restaurant inside the hotel, and located in a quiet part of the city. From this hotel, you can walk to the castle, cathedral, aqueduct, and the best restaurants in the city.
Teruel: Located in the region of Aragon, this city is best known for their jamon Serrano, as it makes some of the best in the country. If you park in the bottom part of city, by the train station, there is a walk way with some 500 stairs that lead to beautiful marble fountains, and takes you into the city. There is a great cathedral, one of the most beautiful in Spain, an amazing plaza (that has striped lights on the floor for night time), with restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping, plus many cobblestone streets to get lost in. For lodging, we recommend you stay at "Sercotel Torico Plaza". Comfortable updated rooms, great service, restaurant inside the hotel, and located in the heart of the city. From this hotel, you can walk to through the historic part of the city.
Toledo: This medieval town has more history than most in the world, at one time, Jews, Christians, and Moors all lived here, in peace, while in other parts of Spain and the world they where at war. Toledo is a special town, and offers many little narrow cobblestone streets to walk through, lot's of shopping, and great restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in every corner. There is a castle wall that surrounds the city, built to protect the city in the medieval times. Art has a huge presence here, and there are many art galleries through out the city. Don't miss the "El Greco Museum", an amazing experience for any tourist. The cathedral located in the center of town, is probably one of the finest in Spain, a must see. For lodging, we recommend you stay at "Hostal Sol". Comfortable updated rooms, superb service, internet access in-room, and priced extremely well for Toledo. From this hotel, you can walk through most of the city, including the "Catedral de Santa María de Toledo".
Valencia: Located 220 miles south of Barcelona, Valencia is the fastest growing city in Spain. This Mediterranean city offers many tourist events, from the ATP men's tennis tournament in November, to Formula 1 racing in June. One of the main attractions is "La Ciudad de las Ciencias" designed by local architect Santiago Calatrava, it offers the largest oceanographic aquarium in Europe, science museum, performing arts center, and a covered plaza, where the ATP tennis event is held. In March is when "Las Fallas" happen, which are hundred thousand dollar sculptors made of wood and plaster, that are available for viewing and then burned. There are many great restaurants offering the famous "Paella", popular trendy clothing shops, and the beautiful "Plaza de la Virgen". For great tapas at a fair price, visit the restaurant "Turis", located near the train station "Estació del Nord". A beautiful city with an electric vibe. For lodging, we recommend you stay at "Hotel Venecia". Comfortable rooms, superb service, amazing location, and a truly great price for the location.