If you're anything like me, you've a love affair with all things Spanish. From the food and culture to the weather and music, Spain has got it all.
Whether you're in San Sebastián or Cádiz, there's always something to see and do in that gorgeous country, but what if you can't make it all the way there?
Well, you could create your own little Spain right here in the heart of Dublin City — and it's easier than you think...
Start your day off right and get yourself in the mood by turning up the volume on some amazing Spanish music.
For you '90s kids, you'll no doubt still be obsessed with the likes of Enrique Iglesias, and for those of the slightly older generation, you'll remember his pops, Julio, well.
Spanish language music has already permeated the anglophone world, take Shakira for example. But if you're looking for something a little more traditional, why not listen to the deep guitar sounds of Paco de Lucía?
You could even start right now by hitting play on the video below...
With the musical magic of Paco de Lucía washing over you, it's time to get yourself a classic Spanish breakfast that will set you up for the day.
We suggest you pop down to The Port House on South William Street and fill your tum with all sorts of tasty ensaladas, cured meats and cheeses. They're open from 11am, so you'll be sure to get a good feed early.
3. Brush up on your art
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, also known as Pablo Picasso, was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright. He's considered one the most important Spanish artists ever, but you're no doubt already familiar with his work. Famous the world over, one of his paintings calls The National Gallery home.
You can view Still Life with a Mandolin in The National Gallery on Merrion Square West.
4. Take a Spanish class
Whether you're starting from scratch or want to brush up on your grammar, taking up a class is always a good idea. You'll also be able to actually understand all the Spanish music and lyrics we were talking about above...
Look into local Spanish classes here.
5. Salsa and Bachata classes
Classes are on every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the city centre, with the option to enjoy a live band once classes are over, so this is perfect for anyone who wants to get their boogie on.
The classes take place in The River Bar on Burgh Quay.
6. Enjoy some authentic tapas
This city is brimming with amazing tapas, but there are a few that spring to mind when you think of authentic Spanish cuisine.
Las Tapas De Lola has to be one of our favourite places in the city for tapas — but make sure you plan ahead with this one, it can be very difficult to walk in and get a table.
If you do manage to find a seat, we suggest you try the pulpo a la gallega (Galician style octopus with paprika and potatoes) and croquetas de jamón (Spanish ham croquettes). Dreamy.
7. Finish the day in style
Head to Market Bar and enjoy some Spanish delights in the form of some tasty Spanish red wine, classic Spanish beers like Estrella or, if you prefer something a little sweeter, some specially made sangría.