Summer is here and all the travel plans made last year are finally coming to fruition. If like many, you are heading to the Iberian Peninsula there is much to explore in wonderful Spain. From foodies to the avid outdoorsman, Spain offers an abundance of activities to fit into your ideal vacation.
Traveling To Spain Soon? Here’s A Must To Visit While There
Located on a peninsula, Spain’s geography means sunny beaches, mountains to hike, cities with classic architecture, and a long history with a unique culture. Madrid and Barcelona give a modern vibe, while Granada shows a Moorish influence throughout. Exploring the Basque Country in the north is a contradiction to life in the southern areas of Spain.
With the various opportunities, and the fact that Spain is not an expensive destination to visit, get ready for a memorable vacation in one of the best spots in Europe.
Before you go, have an itinerary ready. Savanah Collins from Interhome says that anyone traveling to Spain needs to spend some time touring some of the breathtaking castles located there. Discover the unique history showcased in estates such as the Castle of Coca, the Alcazaba of Málaga, or the Castillo de Peñíscola
Once you’ve explored Spain’s history, be sure to visit some of the top twelve destinations and attractions.
Top Destinations and Attractions
● Thirty UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Throughout Spain cathedrals, castles, and don’t forget the Paleolithic cave art of Cantabria, Asturias, Basque in northern Spain. In Castile and Leon in Segovia is a Roman Aqueduct built in the 1st century is worthy of your time.
● Take Buggy Tours
The buggies are easy to drive and a fun way to explore the area, and in Tenerife, you can see a full 360° of the coast of Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and La Caleta to the Volcano Teide.
● Water Parks
Ready to beat the heat? Head over to one of the water parks and enjoy plenty of water slides, wave pools, jacuzzis, and many other attractions. Theme parks boast of 40,000 square meters of water, or more, and spend the day laughing and relaxing in the sun.
●Zoos and Aquariums
Spain has fifteen separate zoos and aquariums showcasing the varied wildlife, above and below the water, throughout the country.
Spain brags some of the best trails for hiking in Europe. Some follow old railroad lines, others are carved into rock and cross streams and through mountain passes. Some of the top-rated include Ruta del Cares, Penalara, and Vias Verdes.
Barcelona and Madrid, two of the most modern destinations, provide plenty of nightlife for those seeking more than day trips. From guided pub crawls to a plethora of night clubs, there are many ways to enjoy the night in Spain.
●Explore the Islands of Spain
Spain’s Islands include the Balearics in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. July and August are peak season, so beware they may be expensive and crowded.
● The Iconic Running of the Bulls
In July in Pamplona is the legendary Running of the Bulls – running an 875-meter course in front of twelve animals. Part of a summer festival dating to the late 16th century, with plenty of sangria, good food, and a celebratory atmosphere.
●Visit the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
In Bilbao, Basque Country is a museum of modern and contemporary art known throughout the world. Designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, it boasts one of the most unique undulating styles in the world.
●Foodies are Welcome
If you are a connoisseur of dining, Spain needs to be on your list. San Sebastian and Basque Country present simple to the three-star Micheline restaurants. Galicia in the northwest claims some of the more eclectic plates for the adventurous palettes and award-winning seafood dishes. Barcelona and Madrid will tempt the most modern and particular taste buds. And finally, Valencia, the birthplace of paella, is a definite must-visit for every foodie.
If wine tasting is more your speed, know that Spain’s wine industry is booming with quality, diversity, and value. As one of the third largest producers of wine in the world, there is plenty to discover.
The list above is not comprehensive, and spending a few hours finding the activities to suit your family is worth the extraordinary memories from the journey through Spain.
It would take a lifetime of exploration to get to know Spain and everything it contains within its borders. Don’t let that deter you. Adventure awaits, in whatever form suits you best.