2 Nights in Seville
We took a short flight across Spain from Bilbao to Seville. Going from the rainy, chilly green landscape of the north to arid, sunny landscape of the south was nice, but it was little too touristy for my taste and in just two days, we didn’t have time to discover its hidden charms. Nevertheless, we had a fine time in the city.
2 Nights in Granada
We took a bus to Granada expecting more of the same, but we were pleasantly surprised by the authentic feel of the city. Granada is famous for being the last city in Spain to offer free tapas with a drink, so our time there was centered around drinking and eating free tapas. Needless to say, we had a good time.
1 Night in Alicante
I found a 5 euro flight to France out of Alicante, so we spent a luxurious 12 hours in this small coastal city. I say luxurious because I had a voucher for a free night at a Marriott, so we got a welcome reprieve from Airbnbs for a night.
3 Nights in Aix-en-Provence
We started the the not-Spain portion of our trip in Aix-en-Provence, a small city near the Mediterranean coast of France. I was super excited to eat French food because everything is delicious in France, but when we arrived, we were caught off guard by how expensive everything was. Since we’re travelling long term, we can’t afford to spend like we’re on vacation all the time, so we mainly ate street food but it was still good. The city itself was nice, although we weren’t able to get to know it that well.
3 Nights in Nice
We bused down the coast to Nice, the largest city in the French Riviera. Everything there is pretty. The buildings, the sea, the mountains, and the people. We had a Nice time.
1 Night in Marseilles
I found a 10 euro flight to the next country on our itinerary out of Marseilles. After I bought the tickets, I read that Marseilles has a reputation for being… rough around the edges, so we decided to only spend one night there. It wasn’t bad at all and in fact, we had a decent time. In all fairness, all we did was go to a bakery and watch Netflix, so it’s hard to go wrong there.