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Spanish Things British Travellers Miss When They Return from Holiday

While it’s true that ‘there is no place like home,’ any Brit can tell you that there are also some pretty good reasons to take a break now and again… endless drizzling rain, anyone? Spain’s a favourite getaway for a reason, and, well… sometimes it’s just hard to come home. Here’s why:

That foodSpanish scampi and meat paella. It's actually not that difficult to make when you assist the Spanish chef who has a good family recipe.

From snacking on chicharrons (pork crackling) in Andalucia to indulging in pinxtos in San Sebastien, we salivate at the mention of authentic paella, refreshing gazpacho or spicy chorizo sausage, which can be, uh, tough to find when you return to Britain. And these days, you can think outside the box and find excellent food outside the big cities—like in Benidorm, for example.

Gettin’ tipsy on only the best vino

Sipping delightful temperanillos, riojas, and sangrias is a highlight of any trip to Spain, especially because, well, it’s damn hot and you have to stay hydrated, right? And since so much is produced domestically, it’s totally heartbreaking to come back to the UK and have to buy your vino in sterling…

Relaxing in classic stylesiesta

It’s the land of siestas, which can be pretty necessary after all that cerveza and cava. Need we say more?

That cruel mistress called the sunplaya

While we theoretically have sunshine and beaches here in the UK, it can feel more like rumour than reality most days. What’s a tan again?

They sure do know how to have funla tomatina

Spain’s festivals are legendary, from the splashy fun of La Tomatina to the somber and surreal Easter commemoration of Semana Santa to the hipster music fest Primavera Sound, it feels like the Spaniards just never stop partying. Rock on.

Sunsets and more sunsets el sunseto

Nothing beats relaxing on the beach and watching the sun set into the ocean, signalling the end of yet another laid-back Spanish day.

Come on Britain, we can do better. Until then… viva Espana!

Image credits:

Paella by Kristina D.C. Hoeppner from Wellington, New Zealand (Spanish paella) [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Wine by MG Spain Export Consulting Spanish International Trade Consulting (Andalucia Sabor 07 34) [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Siesta by Hector Garcia from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (Siesta) [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Beach by Eric Guinther (en:Image:SunsetBeach.jpg) [CC-BY-SA-3.0]

La Tomatina by flydime (La Tomatina (25.08.2010) / Spain, Buñol) [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Sunset by By Ben Coombs from Chiswick, United Kingdom (cafe del mar sunset) [CC BY-SA 2.0]

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