5 Reasons I keep booking holidays in Spain

The reasons I keep booking holidays in Spain are simple and more than enough: the sun, fun, food, fashion and culture. Spain is different, Y tanto!...
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For some time people are nagging me why I keep booking holidays in Spain when there are so many more places I haven’t explored in the world. And they are right, but once a year something draws me towards Spain. Is it it’s charm, the language, the people, sun, food or just the Latin blood I have running through my veins? It might be one or all of them so I made a list with my top five reason I keep going back:


1. The Sun

Cliché or not I live in Manchester so have some sympathy. I grew up in Mangalia, a small town in Romania by the seaside where summers involved beach parties and 35C on a chilly day. Thus, since moving to Manchester, I am mentally and physically missing the sun’s healing powers. And let’s be honest, who wouldn’t like to be here this weekend?


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On the beach in Barcelona

2. The fun

I love the fun days and nights in Spain. Madrid, Barcelona and Salamanca are my favourites so far but next week I am going on a sun and food marathon through Malaga-Seville-Granada to get my energy levels back up for the rest of the year. I have the Latin blood going through my veins so you can imagine I love the atmosphere in a Spanish pub, café or club enjoying some tapas, tequila and a bit of salsa. There’s nothing quite like it.

3. The food

Ohh the food. As stated before, I am tapas maniac and I will devour tapas anytime of the day. While in Spain next week I decided to do a sequel to my small and innocent beginning of a world of tapas post last year (which I never quite got round to doing properly). So I will endeavour to try the best and cheap – while obviously authentic, tapas restaurants in Malaga, Seville and Granada.

I took the monarch airways test for it as well and as it turns out I am an expert. How well do you know your tapas? You can check with this pretty cool test

Monarch’s Tapas Challenge

4. The fashion

I am a shoe maniac as some of you may know. I will buy a pair of shoes even if it means sacrificing food for a week. I know what many of you will say I am superficial, there are more important things in life than shoes, that’s a waste of money, blah blah blah. Fact of the matter is we all have our addictions: mine is shoes. Could be worse I guess. And I LOVE SHOES! They are my therapy and shoe shopping gives me a sense of calm. Fact.

Now, shoes and clothes in Spain are so much cheaper (and better) than in the UK. You have brands that you will not find in Britain, or you can only find them in London* so whenever I get a chance to be in Spain I tend to do a bit of shopping. I actually stated why Barcelona is a shopaholic’s heaven in a post. Don’t take my word for it, try it.

Ps.: not the same lines and style and much pricier.


5. The culture

Spain is different (y tanto!!) That’s what any Spaniard will tell you when you ask why they love Spain. They don’t compare it to anything they just know it’s different. I was curious to get answers from some natives so I popped the question to some of my Spanish friends (and they are many). The question was asked in Spanish so I translated their answers.

Here are some of the reasons Spanish love their country:

“The weather, the festivals, the beaches, the food…these are the main reasons” (Vera Wells)

“Above all the joy of the Spanish people” (Helena Fernandez)

“Most people come to Spain as tourists and only drink and party. There is so much more to Spain than just visiting La Sagrada Familia. There are unforgettable experiences to be had like El Camino de Santiago, the beaches, the Cerveserias (beer pubs) and the cheap but delicious and authentic tapas; Andalucia is the birthplace of Flamenco and anyone can become a traveller (not a tourist) if they go with the right mind set, focusing on exploring what Spain is all about.” (Jesus Diaz Jodar)

Now it’s your turn? Why do you love Spain and is it for the right reasons? Let me know in the comments




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Rodica M Lazar
I have a great job, great friends, travel the world and enjoy my lifestyle (and still have time to organise local networking events). I believe it's all worthwhile and you can do it too. If you want to see how I juggle a career and still explore the world, follow my adventures on The UK Travel Room
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6 Comments on this post.
  • Chefs Run Wild
    6 March 2014 at 11:04 am

    Spain is definitely my favourite country in Europe! Love it there! I think Seville is my favourite city though. Next time I am hitting up Basque!

    • UKtravelroom
      6 March 2014 at 11:24 am

      I know what you mean, Spain is absolutely amazing. It’s just another world. Most people don’t see it for real they just go to Ibiza and that’s that. Bad tourists!!!

      I am starting today my #worldoftapas challenge in Malaga and then going to Seville and Granada. I heard lots of good things about Seville so I am super excited. You have to let me know how Basque is though so I can add it to my must see list.

      • Maria
        16 March 2014 at 4:24 pm

        What a great article! You must try Basque Country too and Galicia!! It’s such a beautiful place, the food is amazing and the people are incredibly friendly and nice!

        And you should check out The Flavour Club, they bring the best of all those tiny suppliers from Spain that you can’t find here in a fab box, with wine, so you can do your tapas tour from home too!! They’re pitching for an award so if you can give them a vote they might grow and bring more things!!


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  • Oscar
    12 February 2015 at 12:37 pm

    It’s really funny read how foreigners talk about your country. It’s true that you never realise what you have until leaving Spain. Sun, beaches, ‘tapas’… wherever you go you could enjoy this country. But, next time, try Valencia, it’s different 😉

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