Notes from my 2006 Trip to Spain

casa-mila-la-pedrera-antoni-gaudi-barcelona-spain Chimneys on rooftop of Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Milà (La Pedrera), taken in Barcelona, Spain in 2006.

This is a brain dump of the pencil and paper notes I took during my visit to Spain in November 2006.

This is a brain dump of the pencil and paper notes I took during my visit to Spain in November 2006.

Updates

  • May 11th, 2015: Added Barcelona section.
  • May 13th, 2015: Added links to Madrid and Toledo sections.
  • May 18th, 2015: Updated and added links to Granada section.
  • May 19th, 2015: Updated Figueres section and added Resources section.
  • May 20th, 2015: Added links to Sevilla section.
  • May 26th, 2015: Added links to Córdoba section.

Madrid

November 14th, 2006.

Flew from Munich to Madrid on Condor. They had a cockpit cam so was able to see crew’s eye view of the takeoff and landing.

Stayed at Hostal Puerta del Sol.

What to see & do

Prado Highlights

All day, from 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM. So much to see.

Toledo

November 18, 2006. Day trip by train from Madrid.

Thirty minutes on renfe train. Walked up the hill, through the city walls and to Plaza Zocodover.

Wandered narrow cobblestone streets.

What to see & do

Granada

November 19, 2006. Flew from Madrid to Granada with Vueling.

Stayed at Hotel Casa de los Migueletes in the Albayzín. What a treat. Moorish architecture with tile floors, white stucco walls with dark wooden trim, courtyard and wine cellar. Some rooms have a view of the Alhambra.

Eclectic mix of people. Dreadlocked nouveau-hippies, old men in caps, Roma etc.

What to see & do

Alhambra

Official website.

November 20th, 2006. All day.

Las Alpujarras

November 22, 2006. Day trip by bus from Granada.

Took bus to Capileira, then walked to Bubión and Pampaneira.

Dramatic scenery. Hills, cliffs, gorges, ravines, whitewashed buildings on hillsides, narrow streets.

Córdoba

November 23-25, 2006. Via bus from Granada.

Stayed at Hotel Mezquita, which is very close to the Mezquita (Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba).

Lots of restaurants & tabernas in courtyards for al fresco dining.

What to see & do

Sevilla

November 26-30, 2006.

Tapas, tapas, tapas! Fun & lively atmosphere.

What to see & do

Jerez de la Frontera

November 28th, 2006. Day trip from Sevilla.

What to see & do

  • Tour of House of Sandeman with Porto & Sherry (Xeres, Jerez) tasting
  • Tour of González Byass Sherry bodegas
  • Alcázar
    • Palacio Villavicencio: Camera Obscura. Offers a live, real-time, 360° view of the city. Very cool!

Cádiz

November 29th, 2006. Afternoon trip by bus from Sevilla.

According to its Wikipedia entry, Cádiz is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe.

What to see & do

  • Walk along coastal route
  • Tapas and cerveza/vino
  • Playa Victoria
  • Torre Tavira with camera obscura
  • Parc Genoves

Santiponce

November 30th, 2006. Bus from Sevilla.

What to see & do

Barcelona

December 1-7, 2006. Flew from Sevilla with Vueling Airlines.

Stayed at the Hotel California. Such a lovely place…

The official languages are Catalan and Spanish. The former sounds like a mix of Spanish and French.

What to see & do

Antoni Gaudí. A genius.

Montserrat

December 4th, 2006. Day trip from Barcelona via commuter train.

What to see & do

  • Take cable car or cremallara
  • Sant Jeroni peak
  • Walking/hiking trails
  • Amazing rock formations
  • Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey
  • Cathedral

Figueres

December 5th or 6th, 2006. Day trip from Barcelona by train.

Figueres means fig trees in Catalan.

What to see & do

Observations

People are friendly and generally pretty chill. Friendly service.

Jamón, jamón! The Spaniards love ham.

  • Lots of olive groves
  • Wind turbines
  • Churros con chocolate
  • Rioja wine
  • Tío Pepe is everywhere
  • Wine
    • Rioja
    • Priorat
    • Sherry
    • Brandy
  • Tapas

Resources

Books and websites about visiting Spain.

Books

Websites