Enjoy a Weekend Getaway in Spain
¡Bienvenidos a España! When in Spain, there are a few places to visit. If you want to enjoy the nice cold air, visit the capital, Madrid. Sometimes the smaller cities are the way to go – Toledo is only a short train ride from Madrid, and you can spend all day exploring history. For warmer weather, head down south to Malaga on Spain’s Costa del Sol. Whether you are in Madrid, Toledo, or Malaga, or want to visit all three for the weekend, you’ll have a blast.
Visiting the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid is an experience. It has everything from old Egyptian clothing items to various skulls and rocks. It shows you the progression of humankind. The museum can be toured online, but it is worth it to see in person. I walked from the hotel I was staying in, the DoubleTree by Hilton Madrid – Prado. It is in a convenient location close to the subway and bus station. Walking is common in Madrid, and I felt safe walking from one place to another. It is a great way of seeing the city as a local.
For a delicious meal, opt for sushi and ceviche at Sushita. The ceviche is served on top of a teapot, making it look like it is hot. Of course, it isn’t, it is just for presentation, but it is stunning. Having the cooks in front of you is part of the experience. Make sure to sit close enough to see the whole action!
Make sure to visit Toledo for a day. The city itself has an antique feel to it — most of the buildings and streets are made of stone. Learn about the history with a group or discover by yourself on a tour through Viator. I chose to do the tour by myself, so I could go at my own pace and test my navigation skills. While walking through Toledo, I was astonished by the many stories of the churches and their history. Within the city, there were several hills, but otherwise, it’s easy to walk.
If you get tired from the walk, stop for some coffee, or there are restaurants on every corner. I took a rest at Lo Nuestro Taperia & Restaurante and ordered a dish with deer and gravy. Try it with the Domus IPA, a Spanish IPA.
You can’t leave Spain without trying their traditional dish, paella. It usually contains rice, different types of meats, and vegetables. The shrimp and mussels in the paella I had also at Lo Nuestro Taperia & Restaurante were delicious.
Next, head south to Malaga. Stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Resort & Spa Reserva del Higueron, — the view is unbeatable. There are local restaurants nearby that you can walk to, or you can take a shuttle from the hotel. They also have a shuttle that operates on a schedule to take you to and from the beach. With warm weather, the yellow-sand beaches make the day refreshing.
While in Malaga, stop by Restaurante gran Hong Kong for the duck marinated in orange sauce. It is fresh, delicious, and like nothing I have tasted before. As a dessert, they served me a tequila shot. I didn’t realize it wasn’t going to be food, but I wasn’t going to say no!
From the restaurant, continue down the road. The more you walk, the more you will find. The Mariposario de Benalmádena is a small butterfly garden nearby. It is nice to see how free they fly all around. I didn’t take many pictures, but it is a sight worth seeing.
Spain is full of adventure, sightseeing, beautiful beaches, and fascinating foods to try. There is a mixture of Asian and Spanish cuisine all over Spain. You can never go wrong with any restaurant – the flavors are ones to remember.