Spain 2004

Spain has been one of my favourite travel destinations for a long time, I love the Spanish language and I am enthralled by Spanish history, architecture, its interesting traditions and beautiful landscapes. With my friend Theresa I embarked on a two-week trip to Spain in September of 2004 that started with two days in Barcelona, Spain’s vibrant, second-largest city. This gave me a chance to admire Gaudi’s masterpieces (the Sagrada Familia cathedral, La Pedrera, Guell Park and many more. A visit to the Poble Espanyol provided me with an overview of Spanish architecture from different regions. Mount Tibidabo with its stunning cathedral and its vintage funicular was also a really worthwhile visit. Then we made it to the historic city of Tarragona, settled since Roman times, and then further down the coast to Valencia. From here we travelled further south to the Costa Blanca and the scenic towns of Peñiscola and Javea. Circling back north we stopped in the resort town of Sitges and headed inland via the medieval town of Montblanc to explore the Mountains of Montserrat.

After a quick flight we landed in Ibiza where we explored virtually every beach on the island for the next week. Naturally we walked extensively through the old parts of Eivissa (or Ibiza), the capital of the island and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. We particularly enjoyed the towns of Portinatx and Santa Eularia des Riu. In our adventurous spirit we took the ferry across to the island of Formentera where we rented motorscooters to explore the entire island. To learn more about local traditions we also enjoyed a folkloric performance in Sant Miquel.

Maremagnum Shopping Mall, September 18, 2004, 1:45 pm This is my first ever blog and I´ll have to be very brief since I only have about 11 minutes left at the Internet cafe. I am… Read more.

September 20, 2004, 1:05 pm My second blog entry. Sitting here in Calle Cos del Bou in Tarragona. We spent 2 very intense and interesting days in Barcelona. Barcelona is a great city with so… Read more.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004, 5:40 pm We just arrived in the little port town of Javea, about 75 km south of Valencia. Yesterday we drove down the coast from Barcelona, stopped in Tarragona for a… Read more.

Sitges, Cafe Tiempo Loco, September 24, 2004, 7:20 pm The beautiful church of Sitges Sitting here in the cafe, 2 minutes from the Hostal Bonaire (Euro 39 for a single room) where we are going… Read more.

September 27, 2004, 6:05 pm I am sitting here in the front entrance hall of the Ses Fontallas Plaza timeshare resort in Sant Antoni. We arrived on Saturday at about 5:30 in Ibiza and had… Read more.

September 28, 2004, 9:45 pm We just returned to the resort after a gorgeous evening and decent dinner in Santa Eularia del Riu. Today we spent the whole day driving from beach to beach, starting… Read more.

September 30, 2004, 4:15 Sitting here in an Internet Cafe in Cala Llonga on the east side of the island. We spent about 2 hours in Ibiza today, me just sightseeing, climbing up to the… Read more.

So we had spent our last day in Ibiza as part of a truly amazing 2 week vacation. The day before, after our little beach experience at Cala Llonga we went to the town of… Read more.