Madrid is one of Europe’s largest cities, full of exciting experiences for tourists and locals alike. Three and a half million people live within its boundaries, while near six and half complete the metropolitan area. While its modernity is paralleled with other large cities around the world, its history, brimming with life behind its moorish walls, is not. We heard from many people who visited Madrid that it isn’t special, it’s just another big city. We didn’t expect to fall for Madrid, but the big city vibe was complimented perfectly by historic art and unbelievable food. We fell for this city and would love to help you fall for it too.
Barcelona is known worldwide for its beauty. The buildings are colorful and decorative, and the street is full of living art. People dress as statues while musicians play. Just outside the city lie beautiful beaches and mountains. Although Barcelona is part of Spain, its culture stems from its Catalonian roots. Catalonia has its own language and is working on a referendum to become its own autonomous nation.
Airbnb is a popular way to find a home away from home in almost every city worldwide. Often times, it gives you more space and amenities for half the cost of a hotel. It also offers a more personal connection than a hotel, giving users the opportunity to interact with a local host. Now that it’s made a name for itself, it’s expanding its services to experiences. An experience can be anything from making a traditional meal to a kayaking adventure. The experience is hosted by a local expert, bringing the connection even closer. We’ve used Airbnb regularly for the past few years during all of our travels, but we had our first Airbnb catered experience in Barcelona, distilling our own gin.
Barcelona is known for magnificent sights, mouth-watering food, and vibrant colors. People flock to buildings on the street like they flock to paintings in museums. Recently, Barcelona is starting to turn its spirits into an art form through unique cocktails, a young craft beer scene, and a fresh craft distillation scene. It has something for everyone found in its small cafes, modern breweries, and raging clubs.
Typical nights out in Kansas start and end relatively early, since bars close around 2 a.m. Typical nights out in Spain are the opposite and took some getting used to. We stayed in the Gran Via area, known as “Spanish Broadway.” This area is vibrant, bustling, and teeming with great bars serving up everything from two euro sangria to finely-crafted cocktails.