25 Things To Do in Spain

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Source: Rick Ligthelm

Spain is state with two archipelagos: the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands. Spain is the largest country in Southern Europe with a total land area of 505,990 kilometer squared and a population of 46,423,064 as of 2015. Spain is famous for its historically rich landmarks.

1. Visit the churches

Spain is quite famous for its ancient churches with well-preserved architecture and interesting stories behind it. The most famous churches in Spain that you must visit are La Sagrada Familia, Basílica de Santa María del Mar, Basílica de Santa María del Pi ,The Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Saint Paul of the Countryside,  Almeria Cathedral, Astorga Cathedral, Avila Cathedral, Badajoz Cathedral, Baeza Cathedral, Burgos Cathedral (Santa Maria) and  Cordoba Cathedral.

2. Visit the museums

Since Spain has been famous for its history. Visiting the museums and learning a lot of information about the place, the inhabitants and artifacts in the country would be absolutely be more than interesting. The most famous museums in Spain are  Museo Nacional del Prado (Popularly called El Prado) (Madrid), The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Madrid), The National Museum “Centro de Arte Reina Sofia”, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando (Madrid), Museo de Bellas Artes (Seville), The Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao), Museo de Bellas Artes (Bilbao) and so much more.

3. Visit the most famous landmarks

Of course, you wouldn’t forget to visit and explore the most famous landmarks in Spain especially if you’ve been to the museums you should be able to know the interesting facts and stories behind the landmarks. The best landmarks to visit are The Alhambra, Plaza de Espana, Casa Batllo , Real Alcazar (Seville), Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala (Barcelona) ,Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) (Barcelona), Siam Park (Adeje), Generalife (Granada), Volcan El Teide (Tenerife) and so much more.

4. Explore Barcelona

Barcelona is famous for its quirky art and architecture, delicious food, vibrant and fun street life and clean atmosphere. Visit and explore Barcelona as it is the location of Spain’s most famous landmarks such as Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Gothic Quarter, Casa Mia, Casa Batlo, Montjuic, Palau de la Musica Catalana and so much more.

5. Explore Madrid

Madrid is Spain’s capital city. It is famous for its elegant atmosphere with manicured parks and boulevards. It is also rich in European art and history. The things to see in Madrid are Museo Nacional Del Prado, Buen Retiro Park, Royal Palace Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Temple of Debod, Gran Via and so much more.

6. Explore Adeje

Adeje is a town and municipality in the island of Tenerife which is one of the Canary Islands. The beaches and the food in Adeje are just marvelous, you just can’t go visit the place without bringing some swimming stuff. The place is also famous for scuba diving and snorkeling. The landmarks in Adeje are Siam Park, Playa Del Duque, Playa Fanabe , El Duque,Centro Comercial Plaza del Duque  and so much more for you to discover.

7. Explore La Olivia

La Olivia is a town and municipality in the island of Fuerteventura from the province of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. La Olivia is famous for its beaches, Bars and clubs, water sports, and boat rentals. The landmarks in La Olivia are Parque Natural de Corralejo, El Cotillo Beach & Lagoons, Isla de Lobos, Aqua Water Park, Casa de Los Coroneles and Museum of Traditional Fishing. 4WD driving and other sports are also a great idea in this town.

8. Explore Seville

Seville is the capital of Andalucia region. It is famous for the flamenco dance and the bell tower. There are quite a lot of landmarks in Seville that you might want to visit and the best ones are Alcazar of Seville, Plaza de Espana, Giralda, Maria Luisa Park, Seville Cathedral, Metropol Parasol, Torre del Oro and so much more.

9. Explore Maspalomas

Maspalomas is a town in the island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. It is called the “tourist town” because almost all tourists in Spain would definitely visit the town. The landmarks to visit and explore in Maspalomas are Palmitos Park, Playa de Maspalomas,Paseo Costa Canaria, El Faro de Maspalomas, Botanical Park of Maspalomas, Aqualand, Holiday World Maspalomas and so much more for you to discover. Watersports are famous in the town as well.

10. Attend Festivals

Festivals in Spain are very meaningful and sacred. The traditions are just so interesting. You might want to attend one of them and enjoy the best days of your life in Spain, during these festivals such as La Tomatina,  Els Enfarinats, Running of the Bulls (Fiesta de San Fermin), Las Fallas, Night of San Juan, Three Kings Day,  Sitges Carnival, Saint George Festival, Wine battle of Haro and Fiesta Mejor de Gracia.

11. Watch Bullfighting

Bullfighting is a traditional event or form of sport in Spain, Portugal, some parts of Southern France and some Latin American countries. It is very popular in Spain. If you are planning to visit Spain, you might want to see one of the events. It is very interesting and you should expect to see a lot of blood.

12. Watch/Attend Flamenco

Flamenco is a traditional performance in Spain where someone would dance, another would sing and another would play an instrument. It is quite popular in Spain and you must absolutely experience watching one these performances. You can see posters of flamenco shows around the streets, make sure to book yourself earlier because these shows get fully-booked early.

13. Do some shopping

There are a lot of top international brands and designers in Spain but if you want to shop the traditional way, there is no need to go to shopping malls since almost everything you need to shop modern or not, local or international are already in the streets along with the cafe’s and restaurants. You should be able to see a lot of stall selling local crafts that are great for gifts and souvenirs as well.

14. Book a private tour

If you want a worry-free less hassle vacation in Spain, then book a private tour would be the best for you. A lot of travel agencies are very good with this service. They will be the one to organise everything for you including transportation, the activities to do, meals and tickets. Plus, you get to choose the landmarks you want to visit. All you have to do is just enjoy the trip without worrying about anything.

15. Have a taste of their local dishes

Spain is famous for its paella, spices and sausages. Of course, it would be great that as you explore Spain, you would also get to taste their specialties in the best restaurants that they have such as Restaurant Can Culleretes, Tickets Bar, Cinc Sentits, Restaurante Albar, Moo, DSTAGE, La Candela Resto, Restaurante Gastrovia 61, Los Montes de Galicia – Azcona and so much more. Also, there a lot of food for sale available along the streets as you walk around.

16. Do some island hopping

There are a lot of magnificent islands in Spain, each with a unique view. It should be a must to do an island-hopping around these beautiful piece of nature. The best islands in Spaina are Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La Palma, El Hierro, La Gomera, Majorca, Ibiza, Minorca, Formentera, Graciosa, Es Vedra, Lobos Island, ALgeranza, Carera, and Roque del Este.

17. Relax on the beaches

Since there are a lot of islands in Spain. On the above-stated islands comes with different resorts for you to choose from and all of them are unique and mesmerising. Make sure take your time away from the busy city and linger, relax and enjoy your stay at the beaches. You can also do water sports to add a little extra more fun.

18. Do some watersports

Of course, who would forget the watersports since there are lots of famous islands, beaches and resorts around Spain. Exploring Spain in an exciting way with surfing, windsurfing, jet skiing, paragliding, scuba diving, snorkelling and so much more. There should be at least two or three of these watersports available in each beach that you visit considering that it is a very famous activity in Spain.

19. Experience nightlife

You might think that Spain is boring because it is very historically rich and is full ancient architecture but it’s not. Witness the country come to life during nighttime at its bars and clubs. It is a great oppurtunity to meet new people locals or tourist, it doesn’t matter you will absolutely have the time of your life.

20. Learn their language

Spain is not an English speaking country. The native language they use is Spanish and as you visit and explore the area, you would absolutely fall in love with its culture and its language. You will find it interesting and learn the basics would really be great and it gets you to meet and make friends with the locals as well.

21. Experience skydiving or ride a hot air balloon

Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, or you jsut want to conquer your fear. Skydiving or riding a hot air balloon in Spain is surely a great, adventurous, and remarkable way of seeing and exploring Spain. Imagine looking at the beautiful skyline and landmarks up above in level with the clouds. An experience that you will surely remember.

22. Play room escape games

Room escape games is quite popular in Spain. It is a room where you need to solve mysteries and problems so that you can get out. It is great for families or even strangers. It would absolutely be fun. There are even room escape games that involvess zombies or just minor problem-solving activities that are kid friendly.

23. Attend some cooking classes

There are a lot of cooking classes around Spain. You can even see one in the streets. If you’ve tasted the Spain’s cuisine and has fallen in love with it that you just can’t stop thinking about it, then bring the food into your own home by learning how to cook it. It doesn’t cost as much and it is a unique way of discovering Spain.

24. Do some wine tasting

Of course, we wouldn’t forget the wine. Wine is absolutely famous in Spain with it’s large winery and wine cellars. There are a lot of wineries in Spain that offer free tasting and sells the best qualities of wine you’ve ever tasted and these are Rioja, RIbera del Duero, and Murcia. They offer free tours around the winery as well.

25. Make friends with the locals

Because of how you are having too much fun in Spain, you might not notice that you already have some new local friends and that is really great because they will be able to give you a deeper insight into the country and will surely make you remember the place even more. Plus, you will have another reason to come back soon.

Have a good trip and travel!

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