One of the highlights of my trip to Spain was going to Pals.
Right after Christmas, I went on a trip to Barcelona (where I got ENGAGED!) with my also ginger better half, Matt. Something we really wanted to do on this trip was take a day or overnight trip outside the city.
We chose Pals, a tiny medieval town a three hour bus ride away. The few pictures we found online looked amazing, but there wasn’t much other information to go on.
I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint.
We arrived in Pals starving after a three hour bus ride, so we stopped at the closest restaurant. Turns out, this is probably the most bustling place in Pals in the winter.
The restaurant was packed with locals eating super-leisurely late lunches, gossiping over bottles of wine, and smoking on the patio.
Basically, the kind of glorious people-watching that any nosy traveler lives for. Oh, and the food was fantastic.
Full and happy, we wandered around the streets of Pals for a couple of hours. It’s the low season, so it was almost deserted and it felt like we had the whole town to ourselves.
To say that I felt like I was in an episode of Game of Thrones is an understatement.
Sleeping in a castle
We stayed at Ses Garites, a 16th century castle-turned-boutique-hotel that lies a few miles outside of the town. Our stay in this gorgeous and delightfully creepy place was a definite highlight of our trip.
Our room was floor-to-ceiling stone, with heavy wooden doors and windows and a fireplace. I don’t know what I expected a medieval castle-hotel to look like inside, but guys, it was a legit freaking castle.
The room was amazing. Later, it was kindaaaa scary. I laid awake in the middle of the night listening to all of the bumps and creaks that come along with a building so old.
The man who runs the hotel also lives there, and offers an incredible (and super affordable!) three course dinner every night. It was by far the best meal we ate our entire time in Spain. We sat in the corner of a dimly lit castle room, drinking amazing wine. It felt pretty darn romantic.
Having an early start the next morning was the biggest disappointment. I could have spent an entire day just exploring the grounds of the hotel.
Overall, this was one of my favorite parts of our trip, and one of the most memorable and unique travel experiences I’ve ever had. A Barcelona proposal was dreamy. But small-town Spain also had some really fun surprises in store for us.