A born and raised New Yorker, I moved to Spain in 2013 for what I thought was going to be a one-year gig. Little did I know, I would meet my now husband and years later, I am still here- living and working in Madrid. When it comes to the day to day, I am most definitely a city girl- I love the energy, the hustle and bustle, and the people. Yet, when it comes to time off, I seek the exact opposite- charming small villages tucked away in the mountains, pristine beaches where the masses DON’T flock to, basically anywhere new to explore and disconnect. During my time in Spain, I have done my fair share of traveling, taking advantage of the fact that Madrid is located right smack in the middle of the country, meaning that a five-hour drive can land you at the beach, in the mountains, or in the desert.
I have kept a record (and a very long google-maps Favorites list) of my trips over the years, and the time has come for them to see the light of day. Most of these escapadas can be done different ways, and I will try to highlight different approaches so that they are suitable for all budgets.
Spain is so much more than Madrid and Barcelona- the “España profunda” safe holds some of Spain’s most defining values- family, food, and savoring the moment, surrounded by those who are near and dear to you. For those of you like me, looking for destinations that are off the beaten path, I hope this blog helps you to plan your next getaway, and discover some of Spain’s hidden gems.