If you are looking for a country steeped in history and culture, with a plethora of sights to see and things to do, you will love your time in Spain.
One of the most popular tourist destinations across the globe, Spain contains a number of villages, towns and cities, each of which with an individuality you won’t find anywhere else. The home of bullfighting, tapas, and Rafael Nadal’s left arm, the country is also packed with stunning landscapes and scenery, stretching from the coastline of San Sebastian to the lakes of the Los Alcornocales Natural Park.
With so much to see and do, it can be difficult to know where to visit during your time there. Fortunately, we’re here to help – listed below are seven things we think should definitely be added to your Spanish bucket list.
1. Cycle through Navarra’s semi-desert
If you were dropped off in Bardenas Reales, between Navarra and Aragon, you would be forgiven for thinking that you were either on Mars or in the Grand Canyon. This impressive semi-desert landscape is packed with spectacular rock formations and cliffs, and is the ideal place to visit if you’re a keen cyclist or Game of Thrones fan.
However, if you do choose to visit here, make sure to avoid the summer months as it can get VERY hot.
2. See flamingos at San Pedro Coastal Park
If you’re looking to go somewhere slightly less active yet equally adventurous, visiting the Salinas de San Pedro Coastal Park could be a great shout. Located in the municipalities of San Pedro del Pinatar and San Javier, this 856-hectare stretch of wetland is a fantastic place to see wildlife, including flamingos and many other species of birds.
A fantastic place to hike and learn all about Spanish nature, you won’t want to forget your camera and binoculars if you choose to visit here.
3. Visit Granada’s Alhambra
Moving away from some of the more adventure-based places to visit, Granada’s Alhambra is quite simply breath-taking, offering one of – if not the – best views of Spain. It’s also a great way of getting to see and appreciate Spanish culture, with the palace and fortress encapsulating the very best of the traditional way of life.
Eateries? Check. Historical significance? Double check. Stunning views? Triple check.
4. Go see Gaudi
One of the most prodigious architects to have ever lived, Antoni Gaudi’s buildings are some of the most unique feats of architecture you can find anywhere in the world. Barcelona in particular is home to some of his more famous masterpieces, including the yet-to-be-completed Sagrada Família, the Casa Milà and the Casa Batlló.
In fact, Gaudi’s work is such a staple of Spanish architecture that, back in 1900, the Spanish entrepreneur Eusebi Güell commissioned the design and development of Park Güell – a park in the Gràcia district of Barcelona dedicated to the architect’s memory.
5. Relax in Lanzarote
Lanzarote is an incredibly popular tourist destination, so finding a quiet spot is much easier said than done. However, I’ll let you in on a little secret – the multiple nooks and crannies of Papagayo Beach make it the perfect place to escape the saturation of tourists on the island.
Boasting six kilometres of inlets, coves and solitary beaches, if you’re looking for a paradisal location to kick back and relax in, heading here is a great idea.
6. Splash down at Siam Park
Spain is known for its heat, neighbours with Northern Africa, parts of the country average more than 320 sunny days each year so, what better way to cool down is there than at a water park?
Siam Park in Tenerife features a Siamese theme and is regarded as one of the most spectacular water attractions in Europe. It’s well worth a visit if you’re looking to keep children entertained, offering a number of slides, pools and attractions to use as you wish.
7. Try tapas
No visit to Spain would be complete without at least trying some tapas – after all, the country is the home of it.
Wherever you find yourself in Spain, you won’t be too far away from a tapas restaurant. However, cities like Barcelona, León, Bilbao and the coastal San Sebastien are particularly well known for their small plate offerings. We’d recommend the seafood and meat options in particular.
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