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Recap: Sights in Spain
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After spending a few weeks looking for the best flight deals in and out of Europe for the week after Christmas, Spain emerged as the clear winner of where we should go. This late in the game (early December), there were few options left for using miles to get in and out of Europe on the approximate dates we wanted. It was a plus if we didn't have to fly in economy, so we chose Spain. I'd never been before and it was a big hole in my personal map of Europe, so I was excited to check it out.
Barcelona is the most common Spanish city to visit in my opinion, so I was ok with doing something a little different. Chris had been to Barcelona and thought it was much too "touristy" so we chose to do Madrid instead. He had really enjoyed Valencia, so we were thinking about going there as well, but a friend of mine spoke so highly about Seville that we decided to spend a few days there rather than in Valencia.
We ended up flying in to Madrid and spending the night near the Atocha train station since our flight got in so late that night. The next morning, we got up very bright and early for our train ride to Seville, where we spent the next two and a half days before taking the train back to Madrid for another day and a half. This might sound like a very small amount of time to spend in each place, but we tend to enjoy packing things in and actually felt like we had enough time in each location even though the trip was pretty short.
Seville was, without a doubt, my favorite between the two cities. It was such a cute city with some amazing architecture and I very much enjoyed wandering the streets of the old town. I became obsessed with the incredible Spanish tiles everywhere and the orange trees were almost as ubiquitous. We loved the Plaza de España which was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It instantly reminded me of the entrance to the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas with the canal circling the plaza where you could take cheesy little boat rides, but it was still incredibly charming. The tile work throughout the plaza was amazing and the whole thing was very grand.
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