Spain is a diverse country, with surprising attractions at every turn, whether you consider a beach holiday, a city break, the high of the Pyrenees or the impressive culture in the capital of Madrid, the vibrant coastal city of Barcelona or any other unique sight.
Spain can easily become a vacation addiction for anyone, with a complete array of activities for both young and old, there is never a dull moment here.
If you are a culture lover, do not miss visiting the capital, Madrid, with its Royal Palace, the largest one in western Europe, beautiful squares like Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Plaza del Cibeles, or you can spend your days visiting famous art museums like The Prado, The Reina Sofia which hosts Picasso`s “Woman in Blue” painting or The Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Spain can be a real surprise for those who know it mostly as a beach holiday destination. You can find everything here from lush meadows, snowy mountains to deserts in the south east. A ski vacation in the Pyrenees can be a real treat, or you can visit one of the many natural parks such as Parque Nacional Coto de Doñana, where you can find myriad birds and wonderful wildlife, including the iberian lynx.
You can also enjoy a fantastic beach and water sports holiday at the Mediterranean in Spain, on one of the impressive Balearic Islands like Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera with their hidden coves and sweeps of white sand. Soak up the culture of cities like Palma in Majorca, where you can visit the famous Le Seu Cathedral, the Arab Baths, or the Bellver Castle. Minorca`s gentle landscapes are ideal for activities such as walking, cycling or riding and hiking, while on the island of Ibiza you can enjoy the famous, vibrant nightlife, but also elude the sound madness with the coastal walking trails, pine woods and quiet beaches. Check out our top Ibiza party hotspots in 2015.
The Canary Islands, an archipelago located off the coast of Africa and another unique choice of a beach vacation, includes the island of Tenerife, which hosts one of the world`s largest and most known carnivals, the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The Grand Canaria island is also a popular tourist destination, together with the islands of Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma and the others.
For more culture you will also want to visit one of Spain`s truly essential sights – the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, with the unfinished church being regarded as Antoni Gaudi’s greatest acomplishment. The fine gothic Burgos Cathedral is also very impressive, destined to help Barcelona to become the European City of Culture in 2016.
Spain is also a culinary heaven, with its famous tapas and the great pleasure of sherry tasting in the sherry heartland of Jerez.
The specific flamenco dances in Seville, the famous “Running of the Bulls” at Pamplona and the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela are not to be missed.
Don`t wait any longer! Pack your bags and turn your dream vacation into reality by visiting the unique country of Spain.
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We definitely agree on encouraging travel to Spain. It is a country of such diverse history and travel opportunities…we absolutely loved it! I think our favorite region had to be Andalucia – such an amazing place! Great Post!
Will have to visit Andalucia sometime – thanks for the recommendation Travis!