Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Its culture, cuisine and nature are the biggest attractions here. Check out this list of ten picks that you should consider visiting when in Spain this year.
10. Go to Cudillero – a Traditional Fishing Village
A small but picturesque village on the northern coast of Spain is said to have been established by the Vikings themselves! However, its true origins are unknown. But for centuries it has been a fishing village and to this day this is one of the main economic branches after tourism. The ancient narrow streets offer various routes, that provide abundance of great views to the Atlantic Ocean.
Why to go there?
There are numerous viewpoints on the hill, that allow to approach entire Cudillero at once and admire its historic old town.
9. Visit the Alcázar of Seville
Built in the 13th century by the Moors the building originally served as a fort. Now it is the oldest royal palace in use in Europe. The monument is protected by UNESCO as it represents the historic twists and turns, as it has preserved and reflects the evidence of various eras including the Arabic period, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and the 19th century.
The complex is a little universe on its own: not only it enables a time travel through the ages, but also an exploration of various unique spaces like Spring Theater, Royal Gardens, Towers, the Cathedral that previously was a mosque and now the biggest Gothic building due to its five naves.
Why go there? A truly unique architectural wonder, the most famous attraction in Seville, providing an insight into the history of Spain.
When to go there? All year round. Alcázar is closed only on the 1st and 6th of January, Good Friday and the 25th of December.
How to get there? It is found on Plaza del Triunfo. Get there by bus, metro or taxi – it is easy to get around in Seville.
8. Discover Córdoba
Located in the southern part of the country, the town has a rich historic heritage. Although people had settled in the region more than 40 000 years ago, the city itself was established in 169 BC by the Romans and started its journey through time, experiencing turbulent centuries. In the 8th century, Córdoba experienced an invasion by the Islamic Emirate, whose influence is present to this day. Moreover – the historic old town is protected by UNESCO.
Indeed there are some breathtaking architectural wonders. The Roman bridge, Mosque-cathedral of Córdoba, known for its patterned interior, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos and its lush gardens or medieval Santa Marina church are just a few of numerous attractions. In summer the web of ancient cobblestone streets gets filled with colorful and fragrant flowers, that make a tour around the city even more exciting!
Why go there? To admire the historic architecture and learn more about Spanish history. Córdoba has preserved a lot of authentic buildings and the whole atmosphere, as well as local people, is very hospitable.
When to go there? All year round. May is the peak season for the tourists since the weather is pleasant and the city hosts three festivals at the time, that feature music, food, flowers and fun public competitions.
How to get there? By train from numerous cities in Spain, including Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Málaga and Zaragoza. The nearest airport is in Málaga.
7. Relax in Calonge
Situated on the coastline of the Costa Brava, the town is a popular seaside resort with a Medieval old town on the top of the hill. The most remarkable architectural pieces are the Medieval castle, Sant Martí Church and a web of narrow streets, that feature numerous little shops and cafes. The coast features nice sandy beaches perfect for bathing, but there are also hidden coves, that can be explored by the more adventurous visitors.
Why go there? Coastal winds create bigger waves, that attract surfers to the town. The hiking trails on the cliffs provide amazing walking opportunities and viewpoints to admire the sunsets.
6. Visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
Built in 1997, the museum is hailed as one of the most important examples of contemporary architecture. It was designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. The building itself, apart from the exhibitions, attracts tourists to the once decrepit area of the city. The expressionistic design was and still is quite challenging.
Why go there? The most important cultural center in Bilbao, one of the most famous buildings in the world.
5. Have a Party in Majorca
One of the most popular Spanish islands attracts thousands of tourists. Known for the pristine beaches and active nightlife, Majorca attracts tourists from the 19th century. Through the decades famous artists like Frédéric Chopin, Agatha Christie, George Sand and Joan Miró have visited and worked here.
Why go there? Great holiday destination, various activities, rich nature, and culture. Very busy nightlife will please those, who are looking to party.
4. Hike El Caminito del Rey
Considered to be the most dangerous hiking trail in the world, El Caminito del Rey is frightening even to look at. Its name in Spanich means “the King’s little pathway“. The site however, attracts many adventurers, that are determined to climb the rocks or go hiking the path. Even the mountain bikers come to the location.
Why to go there?
Although the access to the path was closed in 2000, it did not stop climbers from hiking the trail. Therefore, the city’s government is negotiating the restoration of it.
3. Explore Ronda
The historic city is founded on the high mountains, 750 m above sea level. It attracts and fascinates visitors from all around the world. The river of Guadalevín runs through the city and divides it into two parts. The water during centuries has carved a 100 m deep canyon El Tajo. One of the most exciting attractions is the rock paintings of Cueva de la Pileta – the Neolithic Age art. Many architecture from Neoclassical style has been preserved in Ronda.
Why to go there?
Discover this staggering town, posited in even more wonderful surroundings.
2. Have a Vacation in Menorca
The tiny island in the Mediterranean Sea is often called a Balearic Jewel: it has 120 amazing beaches! It is certainly one of the most exciting spots from the Balearic Islands group. Besides swimming in the crystal clear water, canoeing and kayaking are other popular activities.
Why to go there?
Numerous beaches and warm clear water, various activities provide one of the best holidays!
1. Discover Architecture in Barcelona
Antoni Gaudi – the genius architect – has shaped the town’s cityscape. It is the main reason why Barcelona is so famous among the tourists. The glorious church of Sagrada Família, surreal Casa Batlló, exciting Park Güell and other works have made a huge impact on how we understand architecture today.
Why to go there?
Apart from other historic treasures, friendly people and exciting life the city has to offer, Gaudi’s monumental buildings are the main reason. These creations are like the works of art and promise an unforgettable experience.