A holiday in Spain is a perpetual surprise to both young and old: from the historical monuments to medieval castles, from picturesque villages to vibrant cities such as Barcelona and the capital, Madrid, the country is one of impressive variety. Its landscape lives up to this description as well, with the evergreen estuaries in Galicia, the rugged mountains of the Sierra Nevada, the deserts in Almeria. Add to this the simply stunning coastline, and you're all set for a holiday like no place else.
The capital city, Madrid, is one that can hardly be described in just words of praise. The Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor with the architectural buildings and the many cafes, create an exquisite scenery. The Granada's Alhambra palaces will take your breath away with its towers, walls, gardens, and mosque. In speaking of mosques, the Great Mosque of Cordoba is one of the largest in the world. The San Lorenzo de El Escorial was the home of Spain's kings, and the Seville Cathedral and Alcazar are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Toledo's Old City is a stunning mix of medieval architecture, somewhat like an open air museum, a definite must see. The White Towns of Andalucia are extremely beautiful and portray an impressive history.
Spain's culture is marked by the flamenco dances, the pilgrims of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, the sipping of a sangria on a splendid beach, but there is much more to a holiday in Spain. Barcelona's Sagrada Familia is one of the most visited sites in the country, a walk on the La Rambla boulevard is also pure enjoyment. Visit the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia, with museums, arts venues, and an aquarium. In matters of museums, the Prado and the Paseo del Artes in Madrid are amazing, as well as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The country hosts numerous festivals and events, from the San Fermín festival, with the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona to the beach parties on islands such as Ibiza. Fun is an understatement when on holiday in Spain.
Spain is the third largest country in Europe in matters of land area. As mountains in Spain, we can mention the Pyrenees and the Sierra Nevada looming over the cities of Granada and Malaga. The Spanish countryside is crossed by many rivers, it being also dotted by vineyards and orchards. The two largest river valleys are those of the Duoro and Ebro rivers. Over 3000 miles of coastline can define a holiday in Spain, and many islands such as the Canary and the Balearic Islands.
Seek rejuvenation and indulgence in amazing spa treatments with a holiday villa for a wellness holiday in Spain; detox your body, or go on a yoga holiday here. The Abama Golf and Spa resort in Tenerife is set among stunning oceanic surroundings, the Sha Wellness Clinic offers even programs tailored to its customers, the Aguas de Ibiza is a definition of chic and stylish fun and relaxation. The health retreat of Shanti Som in Andalucia with beautiful Oriental gardens offers a simply majestic experience.
Spain is most definitely a year round destination. In summer, the beaches on the islands, on the Costa del Sol and Costa Brava, and others, offer great opportunities for water sports and sunbathing, while hiking in the Pyrenees, visiting cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Seville is also a great option. In winter, the many celebrations paint the country in various colors of joy, from the Carnival in February to the celebrations in the Balearic Islands. Experiencing the winter sports in the mountains from a holiday apartment in Spain is never to be refused either. Las Fallas is a great event that takes place in spring, then add to this the amazing landscapes of rejuvenated nature and Seville's bullfighting and flamenco and you're on a spring holiday in Spain. The Bienal de Flamenco is the biggest flamenco festival in Spain, taking place in October, as well as many other celebrations in fall.
As we mentioned, Spain is famed for its bullfighting, especially in cities such as Madrid and Seville. Hiking and mountain sports in the Sierra Nevada and the Pyrenees is amazing, explore the Aragón’s Parque Nacional de Ordesa, perfect for day-hikes. For great trekking in central Spain, head for the Sierra de Gredos, go rafting in the Noguera Pallaresa in the eastern Pyrenees, or canyioning in the Parque Natural Sierra de Guara. Check out the Sol y Nieve resort in the Sierra Nevada for winter sports, as well as other resorts in the Pyrenees. Water sports are much preferred when on a holiday in Spain, and the best place for windsurfing and kite surfing is undoubtedly the Tarifa on the Costa de la Luz. Spain is an ideal choice, no matter the season!
Madrid and Barcelona are without a doubt a perfect base for a summer holiday in Spain, but there is also a large number of attractions ranging from museums, to outdoor activities, beaches and mountains to choose from. Santander for example is a beautiful coastal town with great beaches and cultural attractions. Vigo, in Galicia is found in a top wine region, also close to the Peneda-Geres National Park in Portugal. Andalucia boasts famous landmarks, festivals and medieval towns, Andorra is a paradise for outdoor activities, La Manga is a fabulous beach resort in southern Spain. The Canary Islands kind of “top the cake” of a most ideal summer holiday in Spain.
A family holiday in Spain is a great adventure. Besides the sunny Mediterranean and resorts such as Marbella, or ones on Costa Brava and Costa del Sol, there are also historic cities such as Seville and Madrid or modern Barcelona, that are a lot of fun. In Barcelona visit the Parc Guell, designed by Gaudi; the Poble Espanyol, a “village within a city”, the Tibidabo amusement park, or the Toy Museum of Catalonia. In Madrid, the Retiro Park will delight all family members, the Zoo and the Aquarium alike, and the Safari Park at Aldea del Fresno offers the chance to see some rare animals. Valencia is also a great destination for a family holiday in Spain, as well as many other cities and regions.
An incredible source of great flavors, Spain offers some of the most delicious cuisine in the world, we would say. Start your day with some Jamon and Chorizo, maybe even some Empanada Gallega, a savory pie stuffed with sauteed goodness. A lunch of Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic shrimps), or Fabada Asturiana (a stew with beans and sausage), and some Gazpacho (the famous Andalusian cold soup) perfectly completes your sightseeing “efforts”, then a dinner of Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician Octopus), or some famous Paella, a Rabo de Toro (an Andalusian tail stew), with maybe some Pimientos de Padron on the side (a tapas dish of small fried green peppers with sea salt) just make your day.
A holiday with pet in Spain is a lot of fun, you can take a walk on the beach together or hike in the mountains, enjoy a city walk or a nice relaxing time on a terrace. There are a number of 1787 dog friendly cities in Spain, as well as great beaches you can explore together: Playa de la Sal en Casares in Malaga, Playa Can, Gandía in Valencia, Playa de Con Negro, O Grove in Galicia, Playa de Berría, Santoña in Cantabria and others.
Playful sunlight, Mediterranean beaches, flamenco dancers and tapas, historical and cultural marvels, and cities of an incredible character, define your own holiday in Spain this year!
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