Spain is one of the most interesting countries on earth. It is a country with a rich history, a vibrant culture, beautiful weather, and incredible beaches— considering all of this, it’s no surprise that the country is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
One of the wonders of Spain is that, even if you have visited before, there’s always
something new to see should you return.
There’s something for every kind of traveller in this incredible country, and endeavouring to explore all the sights on offer is a worthy quest.
The only potential downside is that there are so many wonderful things to do, see, and experience in Spain, how can you possibly decide which to do next?
Well, perhaps the following list will help— 8 things that every committed traveller should do and see in Spain, at least once.
If you’re looking for inspiration for your next Spanish trip, this might be just what you need to assist with your decision-making…
Visit the Costa Del Sol
The Costa Del Sol is an area of Spain that’s incredibly popular with tourists, and in particular the British.
As a result, the whole area has a home-away-from-home feel, but with vastly superior weather when compared to the usual weak fare offered by the UK!
Some people seek to avoid the Costa Del Sol for fear of how busy it can be. If this is a concern for you, then you might want to avoid the peak months of June, July, and August, and it’s also advisable to avoid visiting during the UK school holidays.
If you can visit outside of these times, you will find the area incredibly peaceful.
One of the most popular destinations on the Costa Del Sol is Marbella, a charming city that manages to blend the old world with the new.
The area is so popular with tourists that many find themselves wanting to look for apartments for sale in Marbella in an effort to create a genuine hope away from home, and you never know, you might be the same!
There’s no doubt that Marbella — like the rest of the region — is worth visiting time and time again, especially if you’re a fan of lively nightlife and truly incredible seafood cuisine.
The Old City of Toledo
Toledo truly is one of the most beautiful parts of Spain, and the Old City is the jewel in its crown.
Fans of architecture can immerse themselves in a festival of incredible buildings; the impressive Alcazar fortification and the Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo are both
considered to be particular highlights.
The cathedral is considered to be one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in Spain, and it’s a sight that can only be truly appreciated in person.
The Alhambra and Grenada
The Alhambra is an ancient palace that was once the home of two of Spain’s most famous monarchs; Ferdinand of Aragon and his wife, Isabella of Castille.
If you’re a fan of beautiful architecture and history, then a visit to the Alhambra is an absolute must. As well as exploring the Alhambra itself, it’s well worth spending a little time in Grenada as a whole.
The city is incredibly charming and historic, and there’s enough to see and do to keep you entertained for days on end.
For a particular highlight, head to the science museum, which is full of incredible interactive exhibits and an Observation Tower that offers wonderful
views over the city below.
Seville in Spring
Seville is a beautiful city to visit at any point during the year, but in spring it truly comes alive.
The scent of oranges in the air makes for a truly wonderful experience, and the orange blossom makes the picturesque city look even more beautiful.
What’s more, Seville’s Easter celebrations are renowned worldwide, and if possible, you’re definitely going to want to
experience this for yourself.
There’s an excellent blog post here that should help you get the most from this incredible celebration.
Mount Teide, Tenerife
Now for something entirely different… why not take a trip up an active volcano?
The idea sounds rather alarming, but it’s actually a truly thrilling activity— and don’t worry, it’s perfectly safe. The volcano in question in Mount Teide, which is found on the Canary Island of Tenerife.
It’s definitely worth leaving the mainland to explore the incredible countryside, and the displays of the volcano’s might that local tour guides are more than happy to display.
Mount Teide is the third highest volcano in the world, and you can take a cable car to the top so as to enjoy the incredible view of the surrounding landscape.
La Rambla, Barcelona
La Rambla is the most famous street in Barcelona; in fact, it may well be the most famous street in all of Spain.
Taking a stroll down La Rambla and browsing the stores as you go or stopping for a coffee along the way is a simple delight, and one that is a crucial component of a well-travelled experience of Spain.
The Balearic Islands
The Balearic archipelago consists of a number of islands, but visiting at least one of the four main islands is a particular delight that no fan of Spain will want to miss.
- Mallorca: Highlights of Mallorca include the chance to visit the incredible 13th century Bellver Castle, or take a tour of the fascinating Cuevas del Drach cave system. Also worth a visit is is the lighthouse on the island, which you can see in the image above.
- Ibiza: While Ibiza is famous for its nightclubs and nightlife, the island is also known for its delightful seafood restaurants and the beauty of the Cala d’Hort nature reserve.
- Menorca: Menorca is one of the smaller of the large Balearic islands, but it still offers a range of options to tourists. Almost all visitors will particularly enjoy exploring El Toro; a fantastic mountain with numerous nearby hiking trails and a historic monastery to explore.
- Formentera: The smallest of the Balearic islands, but one of the most unspoiled. A particular joy can be found by visiting the Ses Salines National Park; the salt flats and bird sanctuary make for a truly wonderful experience.
- The other islands that make up the Balearics are less visited, so if you want to experience an authentic trip to this region, you’re best to choose from one of the options above.
One thing is for sure: whichever of the Balearic islands you choose to visit, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a slice of Spain that is unlike anything else you have ever experienced before.
The Guggenheim in Bilbao is known for its truly astonishing shape, which makes it in and of itself something of a tourist attraction.
As well as the building, you can also enjoy a stunning range of artwork. The majority of the art is modern in style, which proves a pleasant contrast to the more classical art found in museums in the rest of Spain.
As well as a visit to the museum, you will also enjoy exploring Bilbao itself. This port city is incredibly charming, and it’s packed with truly spectacular architecture. The Gothic cathedral is particularly noteworthy, and it’s well worth a trip to see it in person.
Spain is a country with a rich, varied past and a bright, inquisitive future. If you choose to travel to any of the areas above, then you are guaranteed to see the absolute best of Spain.