Spain

"Where would I travel based on my MBTI personality?"

In this blog series ‘MBTI Travel’ discover different cities around the globe that suits your personality and travel style (and possibly gets into your bucket list). Let’s start the journey!

Disclaimer: The article is written based on the personality traits according to Myers Briggs Personality Test.

By Jessica Tiera Sylvian

Hola! Cómo estás?

Greetings from España – home of two world class football teams and the winner of 2010 FIFA World Cup. Spain is a rich and diverse country. From cities, beaches, to mountains, Spain covers all travel elements that you can think of – perfect for explorers who are keen to roam around the country.

ENFP (Campaigner) – Ibiza, Spain

Why Ibiza? 

Campaigners are free spirited travellers. Exploring new places where you can blend in with locals and tourists excites your travel plan. Known as the third largest of the Balearic Islands (archipelago of islands in Spain), Ibiza has what it takes for you to mingle around and unleash your free travel spirit.

Where to go in Ibiza?
  • Las Dalias

Hippy market by day, relaxing night market by night. Las Dalias has remain its title as the original weekend market for more than 60 years and become a favourite for locals and tourists. Here you can find various goods being sold from clothing and accessories to handmade crafts and antiques. 

Although the market is currently closed due to the current COVID-19 situation, worry not because it is scheduled to open in late February/early March.

(tips: travel during summer between July to September to experience the night market life!)

  • Dalt Vila

Did you know that Dalt Vila was officially declared as UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999? Ibiza’s famous fortified ‘old town’ walks you back to the 16th century with its classic Renaissance architecture where the history of Ibiza lies within. Dalt Vila, translates to ‘upper town’, was first called Ibiza’s port home by the Phoenicians and has become Ibiza’s lookout point with stunning view over the city, the sea, and mountains. 

  • Formentera

As much as you enjoy exploring the flourish of new sights, make time for yourself to sit back and enjoy the relaxing vibe of Formentera, the smallest of Balearic islands located just 9 km away from Ibiza. Surrounded with white sand beaches and crystalline water, this little island has captured many hearts for its incredible peacefulness. 

Taking coastal walk around the island is recommended. Go for a hike to the old lighthouse and see breathtaking views from the top. And while you’re in the island, never miss a chance to explore what’s under the sea. Formentera’s clear water is perfect for snorkeling or diving. Try diving in Es Freus Marine Reserve for an amazing and unique sea bottom formation. Or if you prefer not to go deep in the sea, snorkeling in Es Calo des Mort is an option you can take and be amazed with the kaleidoscope of marine life. 

What to eat in Ibiza? 
  • Ensalada payesa 

This ‘peasant salad’ of Ibiza and Formentera includes combination of red and green peppers (or we call it capsicums), tomatoes, onion, boiled potatoes, boiled eggs, olives, and top with crostes (bread crusts) and bacalo (dried cod in oil) – the basic ingredient that traces back to the Phoenician. It is a must try if you want to taste the flavours of Ibiza.

  • Paellas de Marisco

Paella itself is a traditional Spanish rice dish combined with various vegetables and protein. What makes paella unique is its ‘secret ingredient’ called saffron that gives the rice its yellow color and unique flavor. Each region in Spain has its own version of paella. Using fresh seafood ingredients from the Mediterranean sea, this seafood paella is a must have when visiting Ibiza. 

How’s the weather in Ibiza?

If you enjoy Sydney’s weather you will definitely enjoy Ibiza’s weather. Mild climate throughout the year ensures you have the best time to explore Ibiza all year long. 

Summer temperature can range from 25-35 degrees with little to no rain, perfect for beachgoers to be in their element. 

Winter in Ibiza ranges from 15-25 degrees during daytime. Although there’s a higher chance of rainfall during this season, locals’ rule of thumb says it only rains three days at a time and you can expect to see the clear blue sky on other days.

ENTP (Debater) – Madrid, Spain

Why Madrid?

Debaters are similar to Campaigners when it comes to traveling. To make the most of your travel, Debaters seek advice from locals on where to go and what to do. If you feel a need to change your travel plan, worry not cause Spain’s capital city has a lot to offer from historic sites to artistic venues.

Where to go in Madrid? 
  • Plaza Mayor

Madrid’s main square that holds the history of the city. Used to be known as “Plaza del Arrabal”, this rectangular-shaped landmark has been a silent witness of historic events. Today, the plaza holds various events from weekly stamp and coin collecting market to annual Christmas market. 

While you visit the plaza, be sure to check on the oldest restaurant in the world. Restaurante Botin is located next to Plaza Mayor at Arco de Cuchilleros Street. Opened in 1725, it is recorded as the oldest restaurant in the world by the Guinness World Records.

  • El Retiro Park

Want to enjoy Madrid’s city vibe in a relaxing way? Why not try visiting El Retiro Park. Covering over 125 hectares with more than 15.000 trees, the city’s green lungs is a perfect spot for casual picnics and afternoon strolls. 

Fancy for a more local experience? The park offers boat rental where you can rent a boat and row around a large artificial lake and enjoy the scenic park view. Definitely a once in a lifetime experience that you don’t want to miss while in Madrid.

  • Downtown Madrid 

Got some spare time in your hand? Explore Madrid’s atmospheric streets and hunt for unique azulejos – painted tiles displaying street names and featuring stories behind it. Explore every corner of the city and find your favourites!

Source: Brian Schæfer Dreyer
What to eat in Madrid?
  • Bocadillo de Calamares 

One of the city’s famed food. Consists of fresh bread roll with deep fried calamari rings, this bar snack staple has become a top hit among locals and tourists.  Be sure to grab one when you visit Plaza Mayor!

(tips: find small local bars to taste the authenticity of this famous calamari sandwich!)

  • Patatas Bravas 

If you’re a fan of fries, try this classic Spanish version of fries. Unlike your usual fries, this cube cut potatoes are served with hot, spicy tomato sauce and topped with tasty alioli garlic sauce. 

How’s the weather in Madrid? 

Unlike Ibiza’s mild weather, the temperature in Madrid ranges from 0 to 35 degrees across the year. Typical summer days will last around 3 months from mid June to late September with an average temperature of 29 degrees, making it the best season to visit Madrid. 

Although it is unlikely to drop below 0 degrees during winter days, possible snowfall can occur along with rainfall. Make sure to pack your raincoats and umbrellas if you are visiting Madrid during this season. 

Keen to explore more of Spain? UNSW has partner up with universities across Spain for exchange opportunities.

Spain exchange partner universities: ESADE Ramon Llull University, IE University, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Universidad de Navarra, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, University of Barcelona, University of Leon, University of Pompeu Fabra, University of Zaragoza, University Polytechnic of Valencia.

Europe has a lot to offer and Spain is just a part of it. Check out our interviews with Europe exchange returnees for more interesting experiences around the region.

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