I always seem to pick more out of the way places to visit when I go on holidays. I like to see the unknown and explore somewhere that I know won’t be crammed wall to wall with tourists. This has led me to beautiful places like Montenegro and Tallinn but I have also visited and loved cities such as Lisbon and Rome which are huge tourist destinations.
Thankfully, over 20 countries into my travels I have never discovered somewhere I haven’t liked. Sure, I have been less than impressed with some things along the way here and there but that is always to be expected – until I went to Spain.
I went to the town of Benicassim, roughly in the middle of Salou and Valencia for a festival this Summer. I have to give credit where it is due that the town saw an influx of over 100,000 people for this four day event which I’m sure added to their struggle – but that being said I have managed to have amazing experiences in various other town that have been able to cater to festivals when push came to shove.
I always assumed Spain had amazing tapas, wonderful people, gorgeous beaches and sunny weather… at least we got the sunny weather! Every service that we received was poor at best. Our apartment, the bus service, taxis, grocery stores, restaurants, train stations, airports.. you name it! Literally every service that we got was below par for one reason or another. Something like this has never happened me before, and I really struggled to come to terms with how a country this popular could have such poor service across the board. Aside from this, the people in general were quite rude. I have been told that they are not a fan of the festival in the town which would explain their destain – but I can’t imagine the people of Stradbally act the same when Electric Picnic rolls around in Ireland every year? Now, this stay was for six days and five nights across both Benicassim and Salou so I think my group had more than enough time to encounter at least one good experience – and it never came.
I’m heading to Spain again this weekend to Barcelona where people have assured me will be a lot different to the Spain I have just experienced. I’m not sure if we got a bad run of luck, or if this is what every seaside town in Spain is like. I have never gone somewhere and really not enjoyed it so this was a real shock to me. I love to find the good in places & enjoy the little things that make somewhere beautiful but this time I really struggled. I’m hoping Barcelona can right all the wrongs in my head and show me what an amazing country Spain really is – I’m genuinely looking forward to it proving me wrong!
Have you ever gone somewhere and not enjoyed it? And if so, why?