Things to do in Spain
Hola amigos. Think 24-hour parties and pristine beaches, art and architecture galore and some of the best food and wine in the world. Then, throw in a variety of festivals, some stylish European fashion, loads more outdoor goodness and a friendly and relaxed population for good measure. Now you have the recipe for a good time in Spain.
There is so much to do along Spain’s vast peninsula in popular tourist areas like the resort mecca of Costa del Sol in the country’s south. Partygoers, beach yourself in the renowned party island Ibiza or marvel at cities like Barcelona and Madrid. While there’s plenty to do during the day, it’s important to save your energy for the nights. Spain comes alive late in the evening and if you want to witness some of the best dance music and moves in Europe, don’t start your engine until at least midnight and be prepared to ‘twerk’ it or whatever it is you do until well after the sun rises. To avoid looking like a tourist, leave your thongs and singlets at the hotel and opt for long pants and a little style. Spain is a stylish place and you will have no trouble finding new threads if you need some.
There are plenty of festivals in Spain, especially during summer. For example, you can inhale the masculinity at the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, battle it out at the world’s biggest food fight, La Tomatina, or attend one of the many opening season parties in Ibiza. As Europe’s second-most mountainous country, you can’t go past hitting the slopes in winter.
Food, wine and art form part of Spain’s rich culture and, like the culture, variy greatly from region to region. There are a number of food and wine tours to suit all tastes, budgets and timelines. There’s a great deal of architectural wonder to be found throughout Spain’s medieval towns and charming historic city centres. Read on for some of our favourite things to do in Spain.
Embracing the fantastical and the fairytale, Antoni Gaudí’s examples of Catalan Modernism architecture are public works of art. Take a stroll to explore the façades and interiors of his world-famous structures like La Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà, Parc Güell and La Casa Batlló in Barcelona.
For the beating heart of Barcelona, head to the famous tree-lined boulevard of La Rambla where Catalan locals and visitors come to shop, eat, gossip and generally soak up the atmosphere. Don’t miss La Boqueria for a mind-boggling array of comestibles and the accompanying street theatre.
If there’s one museum you should see on your trip to Madrid it’s this one. One of the world’s top art museums, Museo del Prado has Madrid’s best collection of classical fine art with works from Rubens, Tintoretto and Velázquez among the many highlights of this significant edifice.
If you dig awesome beats, dancing until the sun comes up and idyllic white beaches then Ibiza is for you. The birthplace of rave is often touted as the best party island in the world and not for the fainthearted.
Sun, sand and sangria anyone? With breathtaking landscapes, mouth-watering food and friendly locals, it’s easy to see why Costa del Sol is Spain’s most popular coastal tourist destination.
There’s so much history to absorb at Alhambra, a 9th-century palace and fortress compound in Granada. You can still appreciate the beauty here even if you’re not an architecture buff or a diehard fan of cult travel-inspiring novel ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coehlo.