The Kingdom of Spain draws tourists from different parts of the world for the many beautiful charms it possesses. A diverse country that treasures the second largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world, and has the most number of World Heritage Cities, Spain has something to offer to anybody. An exotic European country that has warm people, animated nightlife, a laidback lifestyle, an assortment of world renowned festivals, and a scrumptious cuisine, there is only fun and wonderful experiences to be had for anyone who decides to pay this European country a visit or a pleasant extended vacation.
Visit the beautiful Alhambra
Considered one of the most spectacular sights in Europe, anyone who pays Spain a visit must include the magnificent Alhambra in their travel itinerary. A cluster of luxuriously adorned palaces and beautiful gardens, this World Heritage Site is a favorite amongst travelers. Perched on the hill just above Granada, this collection of age-old treasures is a worthwhile place to visit. Marvel at the beautiful palaces reminiscent of the ancient Spanish Islamic period, the stunning garden paradise, and the detailed stucco work adorning the ancient walls. Take beautiful photos of the magnificent courtyard and its equally lovely centerpiece, the fountain flowing through the mouths of 12 lions made of marbles, as well as of the astonishing patios. Another noteworthy attraction is the ancient bath originally built in the 1520s for Carlos I. Make sure to drop by the Museo de la Alhambra to view a great collection of paintings and sculptures, as well as amazing Alhambra artifacts, including a door from the Sala de Dos Hermanas, another interesting part of the Alhambra attraction.
Art museums: Spanish art in its finest
Spain played a very vital role in the European and Western art, and most of their masterpieces are heavily influenced by Italian and French artists. What better way to see these works of art than by visiting a number of the local museums! Start the tour with a visit to what is considered the largest art museum in Madrid, Museo del Prado. It houses a number of renowned works by famous artists such as El Greco, Francisco Goya, and Diego Velasquez. A stone’s throw away is the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, most known for housing Picasso’s Guernica as well as a number of art works from Salvador Dali and other famous painters. In Barcelona you will find a magnificent collection of contemporary art and architecture, including the Picasso Museum and the architectural masterpieces by Antoni Gaudi. Meanwhile, you will find the Salvador Dali Museum, designed by no less than Dali himself in the town of Figuires. In the Basque Country north of Spain, on the other hand, you will find the impressive Guggenheim Museum.
An unforgettable Spanish outdoor adventure
Indeed, there is simply something for everyone who decides to visit Spain, including those who simply love frolicking under the sun and spending innumerable hours outdoors. For unforgettable outdoor adventures in Spain, join the tour of the Vias Verdes and experience traversing the Green Way paths starting from the Pyrenees and leading to the Mediterranean. Sample delicious Catalan and Mediterranean food and bask in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea while on this tour. There are also a number of thrilling outdoor adventures one can sign up for while in Spain, starting with climbing in Siaruna or Los Mallos, hiking in Galicia, canyoning, downhill skiing at the ski resorts, and scuba diving on the Costa Brava or the Canary Islands. While at it, one might also try any of the whitewater sports in Campo or Aragon.
Go on a Spanish gastronomic adventure
It might be an overused cliché but one does not really experience Spain in all its glory until one has sampled what the local cuisine has to offer. A gastronomic tour of the country is not only an activity any hungry stomach might enjoy, but is one that any seasoned or newbie traveler will appreciate, too. To whet the appetite, start with the Spanish appetizers, locally known as tapas. Most local bars offer this delicacy, commonly accompanied with a glass of a local drink.
Spain is also well known for its paella; every guest should try it when they find the dish on any restaurant menu. Many recommend paella Valenciana, the original and authentic paella made of meat, instead of going for the seafood version of the dish. Other noteworthy Spanish meat dishes to try are Presa Iberica and Secreto Iberico. For a quick fix, try one the many bocadillo varieties and pair it with a hearty gazpacho. For drinks, do not leave Spain without taking a sip or two of their famous wines, as well as taking a cup or two of their local coffee, which can be found anywhere in the country.