Things to do in Spain
Spain... Its name alone evokes the promise of sunshine and beaches, mountains and islands, tapas and bodegas, colourful houses and bustling squares. Culture, history, gastronomy, heritage, and landscapes… It's simple – Spain has everything you might expect from a perfect trip, all with a climate that is particularly conducive to rest and relaxation. Of course, we know its cities and islands that constitute the main tourist destinations, but another Spain, one that is just as fascinating and appealing, is to be found in its remoter and quieter regions, which often offer a breathtaking natural setting. In short, the entire country deserves to be explored, but let’s start with a small selection!
Must see in Spain
•Often presented as ancient rivals, Madrid and Barcelona indeed do have their differences. But they also have some points in common, such as an easy-going lifestyle and a delicious local gastronomy! If we had to compare them, we might recommend Madrid for its museums (Prado, Reina Sofía, Thyssen-Bornemisza) and a typical Spanish atmosphere (and fewer tourists), and Barcelona for its beaches and unique architecture (Sagrada família, Parc Guell, Casa Milà). The two Iberian cities are really very complementary and each one deserves to be explored for its own individual style!
•It is the largest autonomous region in the country and also perhaps the most beautiful. Within the same haven of sea and ocean, Andalusia offers vast plains and (high) mountains, reserves and natural parks (Doñana, Sierra Nevada, El Torcal, etc.) and cities with a rich past (Seville, Malaga, Cordoba, Cadix, and more). Not to mention the wonder of all wonders: the Alhambra palace in Grenada.
•Atlantic or Mediterranean? Canary or Balearic Islands? If you enjoy island holidays, Spain is a prime destination! The country’s two large archipelagos have twelve main islands with all the necessary ingredients, namely turquoise waters and fine sand beaches. Whether you are interested in partying or hiking, everyone will find what they are looking for on Ibiza, Tenerife, Mallorca or Gran Canaria.
•Among the fifteen official National Parks in Spain, there is one that should be a priority for you, namely the Picos de Europa. Located in Cantabria, in the north-west of the country, this mountain range is a true sanctuary for wildlife, where wolves, bears, royal eagles and wild cats roam free. The hikes there are unforgettable!