Traveling Spain

Spain is such a fascinating country. Going to each different region feels like you’re going to a completely different country.

I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of Spain. I’ve lived in Andalucía and Catalunya, and visited lots of the rest of the country.  Here are a few places I recommend visiting – though it’s by no means an extensive list! 

You can also check out each region from the drop-down menu.


The Magic of Tenerife in 10 Photos

Of the seven Canary Islands, Tenerife is the biggest and the most visited. They're officially part of Spain, but at a three-hour flight from Barcelona, it took me nearly as long to get there as it did to get to Oslo or Istanbul. It might not be surprising, then, that...

Pretending to be in Game of Thrones in Canet de Mar

Over the past year or so, people all over Spain have been feeling proud that their country has been chosen as one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones. They've been filming all over, from the Alcázar of Sevilla in the southwestern corner of Spain to pretty...

The Hunt for the Best Beaches in Southern Spain

One thing I've seen pop up from time to time on other Spain blogs is that it can be seriously tough to make friends with Spanish girls. I've heard lots of expats say that they feel like they'll never have a close Spanish girlfriend. I used to think that too - until...

That One Time I Went to Mermaid School

"Let's go be mermaids!" isn't exactly the sort of message I usually get from my friends. Nor is it a message that I took very seriously when I read it. But much to my surprise, it was a real message. And even more surprising, I was off to mermaid school myself a few...

Flores, Fallas, and Ferias: 3 Must-See Spring Spanish Festivals

There's no prettier season than spring in Spain. Yeah, summer is nice, but the trade-off is dealing with huge numbers of visitors. Fall is pretty too, but it's always a little bittersweet for me, because I know winter is coming. Winter…well, let's not even talk about...

Getting in Touch with your Inner Hippie in Ibiza

Ahh, Ibiza - the island of pristine white sands, crystal-clear turquoise water, and achingly beautiful sunsets. In other words, it's a clichéd travel brochure writer's dream, because all of these things are actually 100% true about the island. It's no wonder that it's...

Hola from Jessica!


I'm Jessica, a travel writer and translator from England who grew up in California and now lives in Barcelona. Come read all about my aventuras in Spain and beyond!

Get in touch at holayessica{at}

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