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Sunsets and Sangria
Spain
Sunsets and Sangria

Begin your 10-day trip to Spain in the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region: Barcelona! Explore the city’s broad spectrum of architecture, from its medieval roots in the Gothic quarter to the modernist, almost fantastical church that is Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. From there we move to the university town of Granada. Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, this youthful city not only has an incredible nightlife, but boasts amazing examples of medieval architecture that dates back to the Moorish occupation of Spain. The beaches of Tarifa will offer prime time for tanning or surfing before we spend one final night in another beautiful Moorish city: Sevilla! From sangria, to tapas, to winding cobblestoned streets, sprawling castles and warm Mediterranean beaches, Spain has so much to offer to the traveler. And compared to the rest of Europe, it’s incredibly affordable, making it an ideal backpacker destination. Ten days will go by in a flash, as you float from amazing cultural experiences like La Boqueria market, to tucked-away tapas bars and soaring cathedrals. So brush up on your Spanish, and welcome to Spain!

 
Sunsets and Sangria
Spain
Barcelona

One of Europe’s most sought after destinations, Barcelona is the perfect place to start your trip to Spain. The home of greats like Antoni Gaudi and Pablo Picasso, Barcelona is a cultural center abounding with incredible architecture and more museums and art galleries than you can count. In this city you will get your fill of beautiful sites in no time. Not only that, but the famed La Rambla street running through the middle of the city, incredibly fresh and diverse food markets like La Boquería, and beautiful beaches are just a few of the other treats awaiting you in Barcelona. And don’t forget the killer nightlife and the tapas. Barcelona is bound to be one of your favourite new destinations!

 
Sunsets and Sangria
Spain
Granada

The university town of Granada is located in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains. Well known throughout Spain for the University of Granada, the city is youthful and has an awesome nightlife. It is also notable for the Alhambra, one of the most visited monuments in all of Spain. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Moorish citadel and palace is the most renowned building to come of the Andalusian Islamic history, and Free & Easy is happy to include a guided tour of this epic set of buildings. Again, you will be stunned by the variety of beautiful architecture found throughout the city.

 
Sunsets and Sangria
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Spain
Tarifa

A small town in the province of Cádiz, Tarifa is located on the southernmost tip of Spain (and continental Europe as a whole) right across the Straits of Gilbraltar facing Morocco. As the point where the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans meet, Tarifa boasts a unique climate and has become known as one of the world’s top destinations for wind sports. With a history that goes as far back as 710 AD, this windswept town’s winding streets and tangible North African feel make for a very distinctive Spanish experience. Drawing in all manner of surfers (windsurfers and kitesurfers included), you are guaranteed both a chill international backpacker vibe and wicked nightlife.

 
Sunsets and Sangria
Spain
Seville

Situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir, which runs through the middle of the city and is bridged by lovely stone bridges, Seville is the largest city in Andalusia and contains not one, but THREE UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many of it’s winding streets are lined with Bitter Seville orange trees that perfume the air as you stroll from one bar to another, tasting the delicious locals tapas on offer. Probably the most famous of Seville’s heritage sites is the Alcázar. Taking over 500 years to build, and a mix of Mudéjar and Renaissance styles, it was used to shoot many Game of Thrones episodes. Seville is the perfect place to end your perfect 10 days in Spain!

10 days in Spain
Sunsets and Sangria

Sunsets and Sangria

Begin your 10-day trip to Spain in the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region: Barcelona! Explore the city’s broad spectrum of architecture, from its medieval roots in the Gothic quarter to the modernist, almost fantastical church that is Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. From there we move to the university town of Granada. Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, this youthful city not only has an incredible nightlife, but boasts amazing examples of medieval architecture that dates back to the Moorish occupation of Spain. The beaches of Tarifa will offer prime time for tanning or surfing before we spend one final night in another beautiful Moorish city: Sevilla! From sangria, to tapas, to winding cobblestoned streets, sprawling castles and warm Mediterranean beaches, Spain has so much to offer to the traveler. And compared to the rest of Europe, it’s incredibly affordable, making it an ideal backpacker destination. Ten days will go by in a flash, as you float from amazing cultural experiences like La Boqueria market, to tucked-away tapas bars and soaring cathedrals. So brush up on your Spanish, and welcome to Spain!

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Sunsets and Sangria
Spain
Sunsets and Sangria

Begin your 10-day trip to Spain in the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region: Barcelona! Explore the city’s broad spectrum of architecture, from its medieval roots in the Gothic quarter to the modernist, almost fantastical church that is Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. From there we move to the university town of Granada. Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, this youthful city not only has an incredible nightlife, but boasts amazing examples of medieval architecture that dates back to the Moorish occupation of Spain. The beaches of Tarifa will offer prime time for tanning or surfing before we spend one final night in another beautiful Moorish city: Sevilla! From sangria, to tapas, to winding cobblestoned streets, sprawling castles and warm Mediterranean beaches, Spain has so much to offer to the traveler. And compared to the rest of Europe, it’s incredibly affordable, making it an ideal backpacker destination. Ten days will go by in a flash, as you float from amazing cultural experiences like La Boqueria market, to tucked-away tapas bars and soaring cathedrals. So brush up on your Spanish, and welcome to Spain!

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Itinerary for this adventure

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IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Day 1-4 Barcelona
Group arrival in Barcelona. Get ready to fall in love with this city. On the last day we'll board our flight to Granada.
Day 5-6 Granada
Arrive in Granada. We will have two nights to feast on all the delicious things! Not to mention visit the historic castle of Alhambra.
Day 7-8 Tarifa
Depart Granada in private A/C bus and head for the beach! Here we will take 2 days to slow life down and enjoy what the south of Spain is famous for - that sweet Mediterranean sun and sea.
Day 9-10 Seville
Arrive in the Moorish town of Seville for two nights of amazing food & drinks, some last minute souvenir shopping and maybe a visit to the Alcazar or Cathedral. Those group members who are heading home depart the second morning. Those connecting to the 10-day Portugal trip will be joined by their new group members for a magical third night in this beautiful town before departing for Lagos, Portugal.

To live Free and Easy is to live without busy, rigid schedules. Each destination provides some amazing activities, but we make sure that free time is there so you can take part in all of them or none of them, do as much or as little as you want. 'Take time, breathe it all in, no rush!'

More detailed information about what's included, destination information and activities are listed on this page.

Please note: The above itinerary is subject to change. A confirmed Free & Easy trip itinerary with exact routing will be provided at least 30 days prior to trip departure. 

IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

Tour the Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is perhaps Barcelona’s most recognizable monument. A large Roman Catholic Church designed by famed Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, it has been under construction since 1882. Although currently still incomplete, it is nonetheless a UNESCO World Heritage Sight. The incredible detail found in the church along with its avant-garde design combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms makes it a must-see while in Spain. Sagrada Familia’s construction has been very slow, relying on private donations and interrupted by the Spanish Civil War. It’s been 134 years in the making, but we will need to wait a little bit longer for it to be complete. The church’s anticipated completion date is 2026, marking the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s death. Free & Easy is stoked to include a guided tour of this architectural masterpiece in our trip to Spain!

Go Scuba Diving

Diving is like no other experience on Earth. Life under the water is silent and peaceful, everything is flowing and moving in a way that we land creatures are unaccustomed to. Despite all of our high tech equipment, we are extremely out of our element in the water and it is a humbling experience to watch and observe what life is like under the sea. Fish come in all shapes, sizes and colours and move together in a harmonious unison through beautiful coral and twisted sunlight. On our trips, scuba diving is a huge activity as we travel to countries that offer some of the best diving in the world. The Caribbean in Central America possesses the second largest reef in the world, the warm waters of the South Pacific in Southeast Asia are home to the largest diversity of sea-life in the world and the seas of the Mediterranean are full of rich history and beauty. There is a whole universe under the ocean and experiencing what it's like to be in it is a must at least once in your life!

Barcelona City Tour

We will have our young local guide take us around the Gothic Quarter, showing us all the fascinating buildings and explaining the history in a way that will keep you captivated and doesn't feel like history class!

Experience the Flamenco

Flamenco goes to the heart of Spanish culture. An art-form native to the Andalusian region of Spain, it dates back to the 1700s, and is now popular the world over. In fact, there are actually more Flamenco academies in Japan than in Spain! On a technical level, Flamenco includes cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance), jaleo (vocalizations), palmas (handclapping) and pitos (finger snapping). But really, going to see a Flamenco performance is an incredibly immersive experience not to be missed. The passion that is portrayed and enacted by the performers is captivating, and it truly is a unique style of art. Whether you simply want to go watch a show, or take a lesson while you’re there, Spain is THE place to experience the Flamenco.

A Taste of Tapas

You can’t visit Spain without diving into the culinary delight that are Tapas. Because dinner in Spain is usually served between 9 and 11 p.m., and sometimes even later, tapas arose as a cultural necessity…people were getting downright hangry between the end of work and the serving of dinner. Small bite-sized appetizers or snacks, tapas can range from cold dishes likes mixed olives or cheese or different types of pickled foods, to hot bites like battered squid or meatballs with different sauces. No matter what you try, this is going to be a set of snacks that you will never forget. There is a reason Spain is famous for its cuisine. They can turn the most basic of food items into one of the most delicious culinary experiences of your life. The serving of tapas is meant to encourage conversation, since people aren’t focused on eating a huge meal; some tapas bars are even designed with little to no seating, so that patrons stand mingle while consuming their tapas (with a drink in hand of course). So grab your TFFs and head to that tapas bar you noticed tucked away in a little alley. #NoRegrets

Surf an Atlantic Wave

Nothing compares to the feeling you get the first time you paddle into a wave, stand up as it breaks and ride the face of it – this is the incomparable feeling of surfing. When you get it right, you'll know, because you'll be more excited than the first time you had sex and probably more addicted to it, too! Surfing is arguably the most challenging sport in the world and requires you to learn much more than physical coordination. In order to surf a wave, you'll need patience, discipline, a lack of fear and an insatiable urge to have fun. There aren't many places in Europe that can post wicked surf scenes, but Spain and Portugal sure can! These countries have become known among surf aficionados for small towns with killer breaks. Ready, set, paddle!

Sip on Fine Wines…For Cheap!

The Mediterranean is home to some of the best-known wines in the world. The variety of climates spread across the Iberian Peninsula mean that both Spain and Portugal have very strong wine-making traditions…in fact Spain’s wine-producing dates all the way back to at least 3000 years ago! Not only that, but buying wines in these countries is CHEAP! It’s the backpacker’s paradise! Incredible wines for just a few dollars a bottle? Count us in! Whether you’re sipping on Portugal’s famed Vinho Verde, or trying a delicious bottle from the famous Rioja and Tempranillo regions of Spain, you are unlikely to have complaints. Looking to try something new? What about a fortified wine? Port and Madeira in Portugal, and Sherry in Spain are very well known and definitely worth a try. So let your inner wino out, save your dollars and start sipping!

Have Your Taste Buds Blown at La Boquería

Spain’s food markets are an essential part of life in the country. Fresh produce and seafood is abundant; it’s part of what makes Spain’s culinary scene so outstanding. Each neighborhood generally boats its own market where the commercial life of each area gathers. La Boquería in Las Ramblas is one of the most famed markets in Barcelona. Here you will find the freshest catch of the day, colourful fruits and vegetables, the most delicious cured meats (You must try the Jamon Iberico…it’s famous!), more olive oil (that you can ask to taste!) then you’ve seen in your life, and SO MUCH MORE! If you’re a foodie then La Boquiería is heaven. Even if you’re not, you’re going to want to go experience, and taste, it. Venturing into the market means discovering the essence of Barcelona.

Explore the Alhambra

One of the largest tourist attractions in Granada, and one of the most visited monuments in all of Spain, the Alhambra is not to be missed. And lucky for you, Free & Easy is happy to include a guided tour of this epic spot in your trip to this glorious country! A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Moorish citadel and palace is the most renowned building to come of the Andalusian Islamic history. The Iberian Peninsula (then known as Hispania) was conquered by the Moors of North Africa in the early 8th century, when it came to be known as Al-Andalus. The Alhambra was built by the Moors in the 9th century and overlooks all of Granada, providing some truly stunning views (and sunsets to boot). Its name can be loosely translated from Arabic as the Red Castle, due to the distinct reddish hue of its walls. Walk your way through history and some stunning architecture in Granada!

Catch a Breeze with Wind Sports

Few people realize that Southern Spain is one of the most sought after destinations in the world for wind sports. From kiteboarding to windsurfing, enthusiasts from across the globe have descended on tiny Spanish towns with beautiful white-sand beaches in recent years, turning them into ideal backpacking hubs. With an ultra-chill vibe, mellow pace of life and upbeat nighttime scene, towns like Tarifa, on the southernmost tip of the country, are quickly becoming a staple on the backpacker circuit. Why nor try something new? Lessons are available on most beaches for a variety of experience levels. So whether you’re new to windsports or a seasoned veteran, have an epic experience with some of the coolest activities around.

Drink All the Sangria

Ah, Sangria. Does anything taste better on a balmy summer day as you sit chatting with friends on your porch? Well it’s even better when you’re chilling in Spain and Portugal with your brand spankin’ new TFFs! Spain and Portugal are the Sangria Capitals of Europe! Not only has Sangria been around in these areas for close to 2,000 years, but it’s also where you will find some of the cheapest, most delicious versions of this wine cocktail that you can imagine. So what exactly is Sangria? Traditionally it consists of red wine (although some people now make it with white instead), chopped fruit like orange, lemon, peaches and/or berries, a sweetener like honey or fruit juice, and brandy. It’s then left to sit in the fridge for as little as a few minutes all the way up to a few days! Thinking of ordering a glass of it? Forget it…order a pitcher. Some nightclubs even sell it by the 2L bottle. Now that’s hardcore. Whether you’re tucked away in a tiny café off La Rambla, or sitting in a beachside bar in Lagos, this wine-based specialty is sure to quench your thirst and lead to the best of times.

Ramble Down La Rambla

Welcome to La Rambla, the most famous street in Spain. A beautiful tree-lined promenade located in central Barcelona, La Rambla forms the boundary between the Gothic Quarter to the east and El Raval to the west. Here you can find street traders and performers, kiosks selling newspapers and flowers, as well as pavement cafés and bars. Originally a waterway, the pavement itself has actually been designed to reflect its history with a rippling, water-like pattern. Stroll along and stop at everything from a celebrated Joan Miró mosaic, to famed La Boquería market, and Barcelona’s oldest theatre, the Teatre Principal. Wander down any of La Rambla’s branching side streets and you will come across tiny tapas bars, vintage stores, pubs, bakeries and anything else you can imagine. Some of your favourite nights in the city will probably happen around the hub that is La Rambla!

What's included in this adventure

Accommodation (Europe Trips)

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience
  • Rooms will be a mixture of 2-10 person rooms throughout the trip

Transportation

  • All group travel between destinations
  • If you are doing multiple trips, all travel between trips is included
  • Return international flights and airport transfers*** (No surprise extra flight surcharges)

***Land Package prices do not include your international flight, airport taxes or transfers

Leaders

  • 2 knowledgeable and fun Free & Easy leaders
  • 17 years of trip leading experience
  • No commissions or gratuities required or accepted... ever!
  • Preparations guidebook
  • Trip Experience guidebook

Meals: Spain (10 Days)

  • Breakfast included during our stay in Barcelona
  • Breakfast included during our stay in Tarifa
  • Breakfast included during our stay in Seville

Activities: Spain (10 Days)

  • "The Life of Antoni Gaudi" Barcelona Walking Tour 
  • Sagrada Familia tour including entrance
  • Explore Alhambra with guide
  • Explore the Moorish city of Seville
  • Hit the beach in Barcelona!
  • Roma Cave hike w/ San Miguel look out
  • Beach stop in Malaga
  • Epic Tarifa sunset w/ FnEZ supplied Sangria & Beers 
  • Party in a Ruin bar

Optional Activities: Spain (10 Days)

  • Nightclubbing in Barcelona
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing
  • Kite surfing
  • Group Paddle Boarding trip
  • Mountain Biking
  • Scuba diving
  • Cooking class
  • Experience Flamenco
  • Fill up on Tapas, Sangria & Wine
  • Get all the fashion at La Boqueria market
  • Check out Gaudi's Park Guell 
  • Barcelona Pub Crawl

Not Included

  • All meals and drinks (except those mentioned above)
  • Activities outside of the ones listed above (optional activities are not included)
  • Any Visa or Visa fees

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