Known for it’s sip-worthy wines and to-die-for tapas, Spain is one of the hottest destinations in Europe for good reason. From the gorgeous cobblestoned streets of Barcelona, to the incredible night life in Granada, and Tarifa’s awesome sampling of beaches, Spain has a little bit of everything for everyone. Wander through historical districts, try the freshest seafood, check out a Flamenco show…as one of the more affordable destinations in Europe, Spain is a backpacker’s dream.
Our Love Affair with Spain
Spain & Portugal was the second ever Free & Easy-run trip (after we made our debut with Greece). While we lived it up Mediterranean-style for a couple years, Europe was put on hold when we discovered the magic of Thailand and Southeast Asia. However, 15 YEARS LATER we’re thrilled to be once again exploring Spain with our travelers. This country very much represents the FnEZ approach to travel; your experience is about so much more than just passing through big cities and seeing the sites, but rather about slowing down to enjoy the local pace of life. With a warm, dry climate you’re never far from the sea and a gorgeous beach. The people are friendly, laid back, and truly understand living in the moment rather than hurrying through life at a hectic pace. Spain is where you’ll be able to strike the perfect balance between experiencing rich historical and artistic locales, and taking in the local vibe and atmosphere you find in every little tapas bar, street-side café and nightclub. It’s the kind of country that inspires the soul.
A Feast for the Senses
When you step foot in Spain, you will quickly realize that food and wine are an obsession in this country. And for good reason. From tiny standing room-only tapas bars discovered down dimly lit alleys, to incredible 15 course meals in Michelin-starred restaurants, Spain takes the saying “eat, drink, and be merry” to a whole new level. A little known secret? They are connoisseurs of gin & tonics! In most bars you will find a minimum of 10 different gins to choose from, and artisanal tonics are a must. And if you’ve always though anchovies were disgusting? You’ve never had them in Spain…trust us. However you choose to experience the breadth of Spanish cuisine, and on whatever budget, your taste buds will be blown away.
Where Art & History Meet
Nowhere will you find the incredible blending of art and history as you do in Spain. From soaring basilicas designed by the likes of Antoni Gaudí to world-renowned works of art by Pablo Picasso, and breathtaking modern sculptures by Juan Muñoz, around every corner is something beautiful. Ancient monuments coexist with superbly modern and daring creations in this country and the result is spectacular. Whether you are new to the world of art and architecture, or already an aficionado, take the time to explore this awe-inducing side of Spain.
Sunsets and Sangria
Explore Spain, from the epic architecture of Barcelona, to the party town of Granada, breathtaking beaches of Tarifa, and the Moorish city of Seville