As you probably know, for the past two weeks, we have been away on a little girls trip to Europe. We visited six different cities such as Porto, Lagos, Barcelona, Sevilla, Lisboa, and Madrid. Discovering new countries also means discovering new cultures, new sceneries, different food and much more! This is why we decided to show you or top 10 discoveries during these amazing two weeks in Europe. And for those of you who would love to visit Portugal and Spain in the future, we will try to include things you should absolutely try while being there. So without further ado, let’s get started and we hope you enjoy!
1. Lagos Beaches
We don’t think it is an overstatement to say that the beaches and the scenery in Lagos are one of the prettiest and most breathtaking we have seen in our life. The blue and almost green water, the red and yellow limestones rising over 20 meters, and the diverse yet unexpected vegetation totally took our breath away during this day. We went to the famous Ponta da Piedade and started by exploring the different beaches which you can only access by climbing through rocks or by passing in caves. But we think that the best part was when we decided to go explore the top of this immense limestone. We were able to have the most beautiful all around view of Lagos.
2. The Local Traditional Pasteries
In each of the two countries we visited, we had the chance to taste two very famous pastries which are Nata in Portugal and Churros in Spain. The Nata is a classic Portuguese egg tart pastry, which is so easy to find in every local Pastry Shop. For the Churros, yes we knew what they were before leaving for Spain and obviously, we already had tasted them. But we completely rediscovered them while in Madrid. We went to the oldest churros restaurant in Spain, Chocolatería San Ginés (5 Pasadizo de San Gines, Madrid, 28013, Spain) . We were served a huge plate of fresh churros with our own individual cup of chocolate dipping, which resembles a lot to a hot chocolate but a bit thicker.
Before leaving for Spain we were told that we needed to go to a Flamenco night. So, while in Sevilla, we decided it could be a great idea to find a classic Flamenco House since the dance was created in that city. We found the Casa del Flamenco, a very intimate and small theater with a small stage in the middle of it. The intensity of the dance and the performers themselves were absolutely incredible. Certainly something you need to do before leaving Spain. Definitely one of the best nights we had.
This may seem like a weird discovery, but if you already have been to Spain or Portugal you would understand. Each morning we would be waiting impatiently for our freshly pressed orange juice. This has nothing to do with the juice we have here in Quebec because they have a special machine to press the fresh oranges and serve the juice directly to us. Totally missing starting our days with a glass of it !
5. The Freshness of the Food
It was not a surprise when we saw in a restaurant local producers entering with baskets of fresh vegetables, fish and more. We are not exaggerating when we say that wherever we went the food was fresh and tasted amazing. From the eggs and bread in the morning to the fish and meat for lunch and supper time, we were never disappointed.
6.Porto Tasting in Porto
Oh boy did we have fun this day. For our full day in Porto we decided that we needed to go taste some of the local Porto (obv). We went to the Sandman cave, a well-known brand recognized for the quality of their wines and for the mysterious character, The Don, on their bottles. We visited the caves and had an insider view of how they make and conserve the different types of wines. But as you probably already guessed it our favorite part was the tasting part, because who doesn’t love a good day drinking session 😉
7.The Plaza De Espana in Sevilla
Recognized to be one of the most famous and impressive Plaza de Espana, the Plaza de Espana in Sevilla is definitely something you need to see. I think we are just going to let the pictures talk for themselves for this one !
8.Tapas and Paella
Just because it is impossible not to eat these while in Spain. But make sure that you eat them in a smaller city like Sevilla so that you are not paying an extremely high price for something not as good as typical Tapas and Paella. We typically payed around 30 – 40 Euros for Tapas for three in Sevilla. Our favorite Tapas were the Patatas Bravas, the fried fishes served complete (yup with the head and all) , the fried cheese dipped in jam (we died for that) and of course a good fish paella.
9.Museum del Prado
Our last day in Madrid was quite a gloomy and rainy one so we decided to spend the day at the Prado Museum. We heard it was the equivalent of the Louvre in Paris but in Madrid. It was indeed a beautiful museum, where we spent about 3 hours enjoying the different exhibits. Definitely worth the stop! It is also free if you are a student.
10. 100 montadidos
I am not exaggerating when I say that we were OBSESSED with this restaurant by the end of our stay in Spain. 100 Montadidos is a cute restaurant where you can choose from a huge variety of fresh and tasty little sandwiches all at 1 or 1,50 euro. Yup 1 EURO! By far one of the cheapest place we have been during our trip. We were able to eat (a lot ) for about 4-5 euros each! An easy way to stay on budget and eat some tasty food.
This is all for our top 10 discoveries blog post! We really hope you enjoyed it and that you are ready for more travel post 🙂
See you soon,