Having travelled through most of the north and a bit of the south of Spain you get a fair idea how things work. There are so many things to love, you can see why people flock here. Things we love about Spain and don’t love are…….
- It’s cheap for food….. fruit and veg, fresh from the market, Panaderias for bread and pastries and pescaras for fish.
- Alcohol is also cheap, bottle of Sminoff Vodka about €7 and vino from 89c
- Hummus, a staple in our household, something we couldn’t find in Portugal anywhere. Personal favourite Kalamata olive hummus.
- Paella, traditional in La Palma del Condoda, the best we have ever had ever.
- Orange and lemon trees everywhere, makes some streets stunning to look at.
- The weather, it’s generally sunny and warm in winter, even though it’s a little on the chilly side right now
- Storks… magnificent birds with their huge nests built anywhere with a view-point, on top of lamp posts, power poles, any pole.
- Labour on mechanical stuff is cheap at about €30 an hour
- Autovias (highways) and roads in general, some of the best we have seen and well maintained
- The fact they say Bom dia in the south, like they do in Portugal and nearly everyone greets you with this or Ola
- Religious monuments and churches, some are truly spectacular, like Bom Jesus in the north, and the thousands of pilgrims that follow trails to get there
- The scenery, beaches and mountains both equally as breath-taking
- Dog friendly restaurants, more than you think
- The older generation, generally out walking and exercising, probably something they have done all their lives
- Cyclists, its like the tour de france every day
- Fresh seafood is a plenty
- Eating out is reasonably cheap
- Local potato chips (kiwi) and crisps (uk) addictive and so good
- Siestas…. rest on a sunday and anytime between 12-3pm daily
- The language, fairly easy to learn and most speak a little english… or spanenglish I call it
- The gas stations have attendants
- History and lots of it
- Some of the best places we have been to are little unknown villages, but a few have been cities like Seville and Cadiz and are amazing places to stay.
Things we don’t love so much
- Those caterpillars, that can kill dogs
- They way some Spanish drive, unless you have a flash car nearly all cars are dented on more than one panel
- Siestas, mostly as they close things not at specified times
- Cant take dogs on public transport unless in a carrier, mine obviously don’t fit in a handbag
That is about it generally speaking, most people would love Spain like we do. A must on the travel list if you ask me…………….