Posted by: vlibrizzi | July 23, 2009

Spain Top Threes

We’ve been driving a lot, and have, therefore, had a lot of time on our hands, so, we put together a list of our favorite “top 3s” of our time in Spain. 

The lists are very brief, but if you’d like more details about any particular place, you can refer back to the blog entry about that location. 

So without further ado….

V and C’s Review of Spain

Top Three Days

1. Granada on our anniversary (Alhambra, Moroccan tea room, sunset view of Alhambra, and dinner at a Carmen)

2. Barcelona day 1 (Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, and tapas in the Born)

3. tie: Sevilla (Barrio Santa Cruz walk, Flamenco show)

3. tie: Madrid Day 3 (Prado, dinner at Sal Gorda, terazza drinks at night)


Top Three Dinners:

1. Tapas Hopping in San Sebastian (La Cuchara and A Fuego Negro)

2. Restaurante Gandarias in San Sebastian (solomillo steak and great wine)

3. Sal Gorda in Madrid (traditional white tie service)

Honorable Mention: El Vaso De Oro tapas bar in Barcelona


Top Three Lunches:

1. La Pepica in Valencia (best paella)

2. La Perla in San Sebastian (great beach views and prix fix lunch)

3. La Bodegueta in Barcelona (terazza with great anchovie and pepper tapas)


Top Three Places to Have a Drink:

1. Moroccan tea shop in Granada (the mint tea was fabulous!)

2. Meson de la Luna in Cordoba (great outdoor seating on plush couches)

3. Parador de Toledo (fantastic views of Toledo. Best visited at sunset)


Top Three Neighborhoods:

1. El Born in Barcelona

2. Parte Viega in San Sebastian

3. Barrio Santa Cruz in Sevilla


Top Three Scenic Drives:

1. From Nerja to Granada (all along the Spanish coast)

2. From Barcelona to Cadaques to Collioure (also along the coast with a great stop in Cadaques)

3. From Arcos to Carmona (for all the sunflower fields)


Top Three Beaches: 

1. San Sebastian (Playa de la Concha)

2. Nerja (Playa Burriana)

3. Valencia


Top Three Sites to See in Spain: 

1. The Alhambra in Granada

2. The Museo del Prado in Madrid

3. La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona


Top Three Walks/Runs: 

1. Along La Concha beach in San Sebastian

2. Through the Barrio Santa Cruz in Sevilla

3. Through the Jewish Quarter in Cordoba

Top Three “This American Life” podcast episodes that we listened to on our drives:

1. “Godless America”

2. “First Day” (in particular, we couldn’t stop laughing at the “squirrel cop” segment)

3. “Getting and Spending” (in particular, we loved the interview with the Pawn Shop owner)


Top Three Places to Stay: 

1. The Parador de Carmona in Carmona (near Sevilla)

2. Apartment in the Born in Barcelona (rented through Cocoon Barcelona)

3. The Pension Bellas Artes in San Sebastian (the owners were so helpful and gave us fabulous restaurant recommendations)

Top Three Disappointments/Places we would not recommend returning to:

1. Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor in Madrid

2. Royal Palace in Madrid

3. The Town of Arcos (but maybe we’re so negative about it because it was almost 110 degrees outside that day!)

Top Three Pieces of Art that we saw in Spain:

1. Guernica by Pablo Picasson (in the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid)

2. Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez (in the Prado in Madrid)

3. The Burial of Count Orgaz by El Greco (in a church in Toledo)

Honorable Mention: All the Paintings by Sorolla of Valencia in 1909 (at a special exhibit in the Prado in Madrid)


Top Three Tapas in San Sebastian: 

1. Foie Gras with apple paste (at La Cuchara)

2. Risotto with pesto (at La Cuchara)

3. Kobe hamburgesas (at El Fuego Negro)


Top Three Tapas Outside of San Sebastian:

1. Pork montadito with corn paste (at Casa Lucas in Madrid)

2. Atun picante (at El Vaso de Oro in Barcelona)

3. Anchoas (at La Bodegueta in Barcelona)


Top Three Places to Return to: 

1. San Sebastian

2. Barcelona

3. Sevilla (when it’s not so hot)


Top Three Memories: 

1. Watching the Alhambra at sunset

2. Getting the camera back from the thief in Valencia 🙂

3. Watching the Flamenco show in Sevilla


  1. Love the list! Looking forward to seeing you.

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