Best Spain Travel Quotes

Introduction

I (Paul Heller) love collecting the Best Spain Travel Quotes for my Fifty Plus Nomad blog. I spend hours searching to find quotes that:

  • Reflect how I feel about a place or a travel-related issue
  • Add a new or interesting perspective to a discussion about a place or issue, even if I disagree with the author’s viewpoint.
  • Make me laugh, cry, or smile.
  • Perfectly capture a place, emotion, or issue.

I don’t include quotes about unknown places or travel experiences.

All my blog posts lead off with a quote relevant to the post’s subject. I frequently post quotes on my Facebook group: Long Term Traveling and Living Abroad Over 50.

In addition, I have added several previously unseen quotes I discovered while putting together this page.

I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

Let me know if you have any additional Best Spain Travel quotes to add to this page.

8 Best Spain Travel Quotes

“There is no night life in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not night life. That is delaying the day.”
Ernest Hemingway

“Spain, the beautiful country of wine and songs.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Any reasonable, sentient person who looks at Spain, comes to Spain, eats in Spain, drinks in Spain, they’re going to fall in love. Otherwise, there’s something deeply wrong with you. This is the dream of all the world.”
Anthony Bourdain

“I have seen dawn and sunset on moors and windy hills coming in solemn beauty like slow old tunes of Spain.”
John Edward Masefield

“In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world.”
Federico Garcia Lorca

“I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!”
George Orwell

“Spain is a beautiful country with rich architecture and a huge cultural heritage. Arguably it has it all: mountains, a stunning coastline, and urban life, plus agriculture, mining, and industry.”
Norman Foster

“…Like a good Spaniard he needed words as much as he needed money, and the words he wanted had to be the most expansive and inflated available. In Spain words form a kind of currency which must be spent freely, and to do this is not easy for an American, yet not to do it in Spain is to miss the spirit of human relationships.”
 James A. Michener, Iberia

22 Spanish City and Region Quotes

Andalucia Travel Quotes

“Ronda is the place where to go if you are planning to travel to Spain for a honeymoon or for being with a girlfriend. The whole city and its surroundings are a romantic set. Nice promenades, good wine, excellent food, nothing to do.
Ernest Hemingway

“The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it.’”
Christopher Columbus

“Perhaps there never was a monument more characteristic of an age and people than the Alhambra; a rugged fortress without, a voluptuous palace within; war frowning from its battlements; poetry breathing throughout the fairy architecture of its halls.”
Washington Irving

“There was in Spain a civilization in many respects admirable. It was eminent for industry, science, art and poetry; its annals are full of romantic interests; it was in some respects superior to the Christian system which supplanted it; in many ways, it contributed largely to the progress of the human race. Yet because of the fundamental defect that between the Christians Spaniards and his Mussulman conqueror there could be no political fusion, this brilliant civilization was doomed.”
John Fiske

“The traveler wishing to observe Islamic Spain has his choice of two cities, Granada with its Alhambra or Córdoba with its Great Mosque (in Spanish Mezquita). Of the two, the former is a considerable degree the more exciting and also the easier to absorb for its buildings, gardens and geographic settings are immediately recognizable as significant. It would take a dull man to miss the point of Granada, for its Alhambra is a museum of Islamic memories.”
James A. Michener, Iberia

Granada Travel Quotes

“Yes, the impact of your wonderful Granada is within me; sad, so sad, but a sadness so attractive that it draws me in and carries me with it like a thread through a needle. I need to take in each and every aspect of Granada.”
Juan Ramón Jimenez

“This is the dream of all the world. The dream is to live in Granada. You know, work in the morning, have a one-hour in the afternoon, at night go out and have that life. You know. Go out and see your friends and eat tapa and drink red wine and be in a beautiful place.”
Anthony Bourdain

Barcelona Travel Quotes

“I see cities as organisms, as living creatures. To me, Madrid is a man and Barcelona is a woman. And it’s a woman who’s extremely vain. One of the great Catalan poets, Joan Maragall, wrote this famous poem in which he called Barcelona the great enchantress of some kind of sorceress, and in which the city has this dark enticing presence that seduces and lures people. I think Barcelona has a lot of that.’
Carlos Ruiz Zafon

“Allow me to state here how much I love Barcelona, an admirable city, a city full of life, intense, a port open to the past and future.”
Le Corbusier

“Barcelona is a beautiful city. I love the buildings and the architecture and always enjoy being close to that. It makes sense as an art person to work in places like that, it always feels nice and creative.” 
Kim Bodnia

“Barcelona is an open and multicultural city. It’s brimming with a very special creative energy. If you pay attention, you may be easily inspired by the places and people living there.”
Rosalia

“To travel across Spain and finally to reach Barcelona is like drinking a respectable red wine and finishing up with a bottle of champagne.”
James A. Michener, Iberia

Madrid Travel Quotes

“Madrid is enjoyed most from the ground, exploring your way through its narrow streets that always lead to some intriguing park, market, tapas bar or street performer. Each night we’d leave our hotel to begin a new adventure in Madrid and nine out of 10 times, we’d walk through the Plaza Mayor.
Emilio Estevez

“Because, Madrid, in reality, is nothing special. It does not have a great river, and hardly any skyscrapers. No channels, no lakes. Neither glorious ruins, nor sea. Madrid lacks a lot of things. But it has people in the streets. The unexpected corner. The variety. The contrast. The constant animation. And its customs. It is worth getting up early – for once – to live one day of the life of Madrid.”
Miguel Mihura

‘If ever a painter wrought a miracle of illusion with brush and pigment that painter was Velazquez in his Las Meninas, at the Prado in Madrid.’”
Joaquin Sorolla

¨Here is a city built in a wilderness. Philip II chose the site for no other reason than that it was the geographic center of Spain.”
Gerald Brenan

“While the people of Madrid seem to have resigned to selling almost anything – the one thing they have never given up on so far – is time. It is the one commodity that is never sold and always shared.”
Lauren Kleefeld

“Madrid is a strange place anyway. I do not believe anyone likes it much when he first goes there. It has none of the looks that you expect of Spain. Yet when you get to know it, it is the most Spanish of all cities, the best to live in, the finest people, month in and month out the finest climate.”

It is in Madrid only that you get the essence. The essence, when it is the essence, can be in a plain glass bottle and you need no fancy labels. But when you can have the Prado at the same time as El Escorial two hours to the north and Toledo to the south, a fine road to Avila and a fine road to Segovia, which is no distance from La Granja, it makes you feel very badly, all question of immortality aside, to know that you will have to die and never see it again.”
Ernest Hemingway

Basque Country Travel Quotes

“The Basques are a ‘cosmic’ race that can be found in every continent and on every sea, giving an example of diligence, integrity and modesty.
José Vasconcelos

“Everyone who has visited the Basque country longs to return; it is a blessed land..”
Victor Hugo

“The Basques are one of those singular nation islands that are found in the world, entirely different from the peoples that surround them, and their language, in the midst of so many simple languages, is an island that can be compared to the peaks that emerge from the waters of a flooded land.”

The Basques are perhaps unique in the world, and certainly in Europe, and their origins remain unknown to us. It is astonishing to think that, at the end of the 19th century, sn prodigal in discoveries of every kind, the origin of this nation should still be a mystery.”
Lewy D’Abarizque

“If the Basques have preserved their language and their own distinctive stock, the explanation is not to be found in the geographical features of their land, but in their character.

Anyone who approaches the Basques without prejudices will find them of great interest, not as an exception among the other races in the world, but as a living museum of man’s history, where one can understand and see what remains of an ancient Europe, now disappeared from other regions, but which is still alive in this peaceful corner of the Pyrenees.
Rodney Gallup

I wish I could devise my own Best Spain Travel Quote to describe the beauty of places like Ronda in Spain better. (Photo by Tesla Delacroix - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikipedia)
I wish I could devise my own Best Spain Travel Quote to describe the beauty of places like Ronda in Spain better. (Photo by Tesla Delacroix – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikipedia)

5 Spanish Food Quotes

“Spain is a fascinating mix of people, languages, culture, and food, but if there is one thing all Spaniards share, it’s a love of food and drink.
Jose Andres

“Because the Spanish eat so crazily late – Anybody who’s been to Spain has had the experience of sitting down at 9:30 PM to find themselves the first customer in the restaurant. They tend to favour an early evening drink and a nibble to keep them going.
John Lanchester

“I was curious about the foreign foods I would come to know as chorizo, fire-roasted piquillo peppers, La Mancha saffron sealed in blue clay jars, Serrano ham, and pickled eggplant. That kitchen smelled like a cross between my maestro’s kitchen and Borgia’s. It had the clean airiness I was accustomed to, but a tang of briny olives and smoked meats flavored the air.”
Elle Newmark, The Book of Unholy Mischief

“Not to mention the endless Saturday afternoon lunches with the entire family, savoring calamares, gazpachopescaito frito, flounder sevichesolomillo al queso, a fillet in blue cheese sauce, and arroz con leche.”
Kate Jacobs, Comfort Food

“Most of her recipes came from her father, but Noor learned how to make the luscious potato cake from Nelson’s mother. The recipe her mother-in-law had whispered into Noor’s ear was the authentic one used by Nelson’s great-grandmother.

In its own unpresumptuous way, the Spanish Tortilla is an honest love omelet, and every bite must be suffused with fragrant olive oil- in this case, too much of a good thing is not a sin. Even when Noor was an amateur and the potatoes were sometimes raw, Nelson would say, “Oh my God! That was the best tortilla of my whole life!” Which of course wasn’t true, but he was acknowledging the effort of peeling and slicing immense quantities of potatoes.

What she loved most about Spanish food was its lusty simplicity, so unlike the gastronomical somersaults of French cuisine or the complexity of the Persian food she grew up with. When she was little she could eat pyramids of saffron rice and rich meat stews, but she now associated the colors and perfumes of her husband’s native cuisine with their courtship, with paddleboats and honeymoons and champagne in silver buckets, with flamenco and candlelight and little fried sardines with sea salt by the water.

Her postcards were menus, smudged and wine-stained, saved from their meals, addressed to herself and read carefully like romance manuals.”
Donia Bijan, The Last Days of Café Leila

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Paul Heller has been a lifelong avid traveler and language learner and teacher, Even as a child, he told Santa Claus that he wanted to visit all the children worldwide. At seven years old, Paul wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight, he memorized the name, capital, location, and some facts about every country worldwide. At twelve, he found a book "Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" and started developing his own itinerary for a future round-the-world trip. He remained obsessed with travel; after getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe studying language, touring, and volunteering. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. He discovered that he loved teaching languages. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who love to travel just like him. He developed 5 three-hour classes about living and traveling long-term worldwide which he taught in over 50 adult education programs throughout the US. After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world; cruising and touring some of the most remote places like the North Atlantic, Patagonia, and Oceania; and learning new languages (he knows Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian). Paul encourages everyone to learn foreign languages. He knows that it can be frustrating and slow but that anyone can learn a language if they put in the work and, most importantly, learning a language is well worth the time and effort because it opens up a whole new set of people, ideas, and cultures. He is currently spending the next chapter of his life in Mérida, México. He is excited about using this blog and his classes and workshops to inspire and equip fellow Fifty Plus Nomads with the language, cultural, and psychological skills necessary to be successful and happy long-term travelers and expats over 50.

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