From its picturesque pastoral scenes to the livelier scenes of Barcelona and beyond, Spain’s diverse and delightful offerings are sure to bring back tourists time and time again to explore this incredible European country. A holiday in Spain can range from remote and rugged mountain escapes to modern architectural tours and culinary adventures in the Basque country. Tourists may return to Spain hundreds of times and never visit the same place twice. With such an impressive variety of destinations, each with their own culture and character, Spain is ideal for all types of intrepid explorer.
Madrid – photo by Jose Maria Cuellar
Spanish cities are notorious the world over for their exciting nightlife and culturally rich museums, monuments, architecture and food. From Modern Madrid to Gaudi’s imaginative playground – Barcelona, Spanish cities are full of life and character. Seville is the home of flamenco while Valencia boasts a burgeoning art scene and some incredible nightlife. History and contemporary life come together in interesting and intriguing ways, weaving together centuries of influence from the Romans, to the Moors and the Conquistadors.
Sunset in Galicia Spain by Paolo Brandao
Outside of Spain, stunning cities lie some of the most gorgeous landscapes in the world. From the forested estuaries of Galicia to the arid plains of Castile, Spanish landscapes are vast and visually stunning. Some may hike the legendary Santiago de Compostela while others may set out in search of some rare birds flying high above Extremadura. The desert landscapes of Almería are well worth a backpacking trip and the Spanish Pyrenees offer some of the most spectacular short hikes and week-long treks in all of Europe. Spain boasts wild populations of both brown bears and lynx as well of thousands of miles of coastline from which to observe whales and dolphins.
Caceres in Extremadura Spain photo by Cesar Alonso Ferreras
The Agricultural offerings from Spain may not seem like the stuff of epic international attraction but the food and wine produced throughout the country are second to none. A stunning patchwork landscape made up of vineyards, olive groves, baking wheat plantations and ranches full of cattle, is just a small part of the agricultural attractions that produce the country’s most delicious dishes. For the best of Spanish wine, venture to famous Rioja and for mouth-watering tapas head to Extremadura. The world’s most delectable jamón serrano comes from Andalucía while world famous paella has its provenance in Valencia.
Paella – photo by Ulf Bodin
Bask in the sun along the Mediterranean shores, run with the bulls or revel in the majesty and mystery of the Pyrenees. Whatever the variety of holiday, Spain is sure to impress and leave visitors wanting more.