Are you considering visiting Spain for your next holiday and wondering what top tourist attractions Spain has to offer? Do you want to make the most of your trip and to participate in the best things to do in Spain? There are so many indoor as well as outdoor activities in Spain that it can be difficult to make a decision as to what to do, especially if you have limited time in the country.

plaza de españa seville with lots of people strolling

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Most people think of a visit to Spain mainly as a beach holiday. And rightly so, as Spain has some of the most stunning beaches you can visit, but there are so many other unique things to do in Spain. From majestic mountains to historical buildings, delicious Spanish food, ancient castles, stunning landmarks, an amazingly diverse cultural mix and exotic islands, Spain offers plenty of activities for the intrepid traveller and families as well as adrenaline junkies. 

So, what to do in Spain? This list is by far not all you can do in Spain and a lot of the more popular Spanish tourist attractions are not listed here as there are that many. But either way, here is a short list with some very unique and fun things to do in Spain.

Visit the Royal Palace in Madrid

When visiting Madrid, don’t miss out on visiting the Royal Palace which has served as the residence for numerous Spanish monarchs over the centuries. Although it’s no longer the home of the current royal family, it remains their official domicile.

The palace we see today dates back to the 18th century and contains about 3000 rooms. Not only is it western Europe’s largest royal palace, it is also one of the largest palaces in the world while also being one of the best examples of Baroque architecture on the continent. While you can see the exterior facades of the palace for free, it is highly recommended exploring its interior.

front view of the royal palace in Madrid with some tourists walking in front

Only a small number of rooms are open to the public (including the throne room), but it is enough to marvel at the architectural details and the extravagant decor. This includes an array of furniture, ceramics, silver items and paintings by iconic artists like Goya and Velazquez.

TIP: Note that the daily visits to the palace are limited and that it is probably Madrid’s most visited attraction. Book your tickets in advance in order not to miss out. These skip the line tickets are highly recommended or join a group tour here or here.

Whale and Dolphin watching in Tenerife

Whale and dolphin watching is one of the best things to do in Tenerife, Canary Islands. With an almost guaranteed (99%) chance of spotting these magnificent marine mammals all year round off the Adeje coast, Tenerife has long been known as the premier destination in southern Europe for whale watching.

2 dolphins swimming in a blue mediterranean sea

Embarking on a boat excursion from either Los Cristianos or Los Gigantes makes it incredibly convenient to find pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins almost any day of the year. And during the winter months, if you are lucky, you may even catch sight of migratory species like humpbacks or blue whales.

Various types of boats from bottom glass speed boats to spacious catamarans or monohull sailing boats offer 2 to 4-hour outings for whale and dolphin watching in Tenerife. From a no-chase whale and dolphin watching tour to a whale and dolphin tour with swimming opportunities. For those prone to seasickness, opting for a kayaking excursion provides an alternative opportunity to observe dolphins as well as to swim with turtles.

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Pintxos bar crawl in San Sebastian

Although there are many stunning monuments and famous landmarks in Spain worth visiting, some of the other equally memorable experiences in Spain revolve around the country’s rich food culture.

The Basque Country is especially famous for its gastronomy and is where eating holds a central place in the local culture.

In the picturesque coastal city of San Sebastian, going on a pintxos bar crawl, particularly in the Old Town is a gourmet experience you’ll never forget.

TIP: Either discover all the pintxos bars by yourself or go with a guide to have an unforgettable culinary experience. We highly recommend this guided food tour or this one.

Pintxos is the Basque region’s version of tapas and there’s no better place to taste pintxos than in San Sebastian, where the rest of the local cuisine is also outstanding as this is where you can find numerous Michelin-starred restaurants alongside the nearly countless tapas bars.

San Sebastian’s creative chefs have transformed the traditional pintxos while continually redefining traditional pintxos as well as introducing new and exciting recipes

San Sebastian’s combination of beaches, history and food makes it a top spot to visit in Spain where the ‘tapeo’, which is a tour of the tapas bars in the Old Town should be right at the top of your to-do list.

Siam Water park in Tenerife

Siam Park, located in Costa Adeje in the south of Tenerife is widely recognised as one of the premier water parks in the world. It was opened in 2008 with the whole park being themed around Thailand, hence its name Siam.

From waterslides to rafting, lazy rivers, children’s play areas, adrenaline pumping rides and an artificial beach, the park offers plenty thrilling aquatic adventures for all ages. A visit to Siam Park when in Tenerife is an unforgettable experience for families, general thrill-seekers and water enthusiasts alike.

TIP: As the park is quite popular, don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance either here or here.

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Visit the white villages of Andalusia

The pueblos blancos, meaning ‘white villages’ in Spanish are a collection of picturesque towns in the region of Andalusia in southern Spain. These settlements are characterised by their whitewashed walls and red roof tiles which contrast beautifully with the surrounding landscape.

Some of the more well known villages are Grazalema, Zahara de la Sierra, Casares, Frigiliana, Ronda and Setinil de las Bodegas. Júzcar was one of the other traditional white villages until it was painted blue for the filming of a Smurfs 3D movie.

These white villages offer visitors a unique glimpse into traditional Andalusian architecture, culture, and history making them popular destinations for travellers exploring the region.

Frigiliana white village view with the Mediterranean in the distance

Hiking the Picos de Europa

The Picos de Europa, meaning Peaks of Europe, is a mountain range in northern Spain covering parts of Asturias, Cantabria, Castile and León. The Picos de Europa is famous for its rugged mountain peaks, dramatic landscapes and breathtaking scenery. It’s a popular destination for outdoor lovers, hikers and nature enthusiasts.

There are numerous hiking trails suitable for all levels of experience, from gentle walks to challenging mountain treks through rugged terrain.

The best time for hiking the Picos de Europa is during the spring and summer months when the weather is mild and the trails are more accessible. However, no matter when you go, you should be prepared for sudden changes in weather conditions.

Some of the best hikes in the Picos de Europa can be found in the areas of Ruta del Cares, Poncebos to Bulnes, Covadonga Lakes and Fuente Dé.

Visit the colourful town of Villajoyosa

Villajoyosa or La Vila Joiosa is a small town in Spain’s coastal area of Costa Blanca. The city prides itself on its colourful houses lined along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, making it a trendy destination for travellers from all over.

Visiting Villajoyosa is possible on a day trip from Alicante, or from any other larger coastal city in the region.

The main attraction of Villajoyosa are the beautiful multi-coloured houses in the city centre. Among other things to also see is the Gothic Church of the Assumptions, the maze of narrow streets of the Old Town and the chocolate factories for which Villajoyosa is famous. If you are there for a day trip, be sure to bring your beach essentials so you can unwind under the palm trees on the white sandy beach.

two people walking on the beach promedade in villajoyosa next to the colourful houses

Visit Casa Batllo in Barcelona

La Casa Batlló stands as possibly the most quintessential example of famed architect Antoni Gaudí’s work. Originally constructed in 1877, this surreal edifice came under Gaudí’s creative control after its acquisition by the Batlló family, who were very wealthy textile industrialists, in 1903.

Gaudi had complete creative freedom of the design and construction and so decided to renovate the existing building even though the Batllo’s wanted a complete demolition. Today, it boasts one of the most eye-catching facades in Barcelona.

Inspired by the Mediterranean sea and the legend of Saint George, who was famed for slaying a dragon, the roof and walls have a kaleidoscope of green, blue and pink mosaic tiles that look like an ocean or dragon’s scales, showcasing Gaudí’s unmistakable flair.

TIP: Entry tickets to Casa Batlló need to be best purchased in advance to avoid disappointment as they will likely sell out very fast. Purchase your ticket via this site or here including a VIP entry.

front facade of casa batllo in Barcelona

In addition to its stunning craftsmanship and imaginative design, the building features an augmented reality interactive app that shows the original furniture, and is really lots of fun for kids and adults.

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Casa Batlló is a mesmerizing attraction throughout the year, and is beautifully illuminated during festive occasions like Sant Jordi and Christmas. It is also one of the few places in Barcelona that’s open 365 days a year, so it’s a great place to visit in Barcelona on a Sunday when everything else is closed.

Located on Passeig de Gràcia in the heart of Eixample, Barcelona, La Casa Batlló lies just a short distance from another of Gaudí’s creations, Casa Milà.

Visit Cathedral beach in Galicia

Cathedral Beach, locally known as Praia das Catedrais is a breathtaking natural wonder in Galicia. This massive beach is adorned with a maze of rock formations, arches and caves that are a must-see when traveling to northern Spain.

Because of the beach’s popularity, reservations online are required during Easter week and the summer months (July, August, September). Outside this period, access to the monument is free of charge. Reservations can be made through this official website and can only be booked up to 30 days prior to the day of visit.

Visits should be made no more than two hours before or after low tide in order to be able to safely walk through the caves without getting trapped, or worse. The schedule of the tides will be provided on the official website when choosing the date of the visit. If you can time the low tide during the golden hour you’ll get the best photographs and experience.

Free and plentiful parking is available near the beach and you can follow a boardwalk and stairs directly to the beach.

Be sure to explore both sides of the beach as the formations and caves are all unique. The main attraction is the cave at the far east end of the beach. From inside the cave you can look out through multiple arches that seem to frame each other. Bring a tripod and set up within the cave but be prepared to be patient waiting for crowds to get out of the way.

This truly is a one of a kind place to visit in Spain.

Go on a museum tour in Malaga

Malaga is home to more than 30 museums, and while Madrid is the city with the highest number of museums in Spain, Malaga still brands itself as the ‘City of Museums’.

Each of these museums offer their own unique perspective on art, history and culture and are often designed with interactive exhibits to engage and captivate visitors of all ages.

Going on a museum tour in Malaga offers a great cultural experience and is a highlight of any trip to the southern part of Spain.

door of the museo casa natal de picasso in malaga

Lots of new museums have opened in the recent years, with the most popular ones being the Museo Picasso, Carmen Thyssen Museum, Centre Pompidou and the Museum of Malaga.

Hiking to secluded beaches in Cabo de Gata Natural Park

Spain is home to stunning natural landscapes and pristine beaches, with Cala San Pedro Beach in Cabo de Gata Natural Park in Andalusia standing out as a true gem.

There are many beaches in Cabo de Gata Park worth a visit, and so is Cala San Pedro. This secluded paradise, accessible only by a 2-hour hike or by boat offers a great experience with its crystal clear waters and the dramatic backdrop of dry mountain landscapes.

long view of the coastline of cabo de gata national park in Almeria Andalusia

The hike to Cala San Pedro, starting from Playa de las Negras, is an adventure in itself requiring comfortable shoes and plenty of water for the hike. While the beach is very inviting with its natural beauty and tranquility, visitors should come prepared as there are no facilities for food or drinks, with some opting to camp on the beach.

The hike not only rewards you with stunning views, especially in the final moments, but also with memories that last a lifetime. Plan to return before sunset or consider a boat ride back to Playa de las Negras to complete your day at this unforgettable beach.

Mountain biking in Ainsa

Ainsa is a medieval village located at the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains and is a gateway to the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park.

The mountains surrounding Ainsa are home to some of the best mountain bike traills in Spain, catering to riders of all skill levels. There are so many routes that you will be spoilt for choice.

Trails range from 5km to epic 50km routes, offering everything from natural paths to thrilling descents. If you don’t fancy riding uphill there are uplift services available for a small fee.

For an unforgettable mountain biking experience, consider riding the Partara Express trail, which offers breathtaking views of El Grado Lake and passes by a ruined church before concluding in Ainsa village.

After a day of mountain biking, visitors can indulge in some of the best Spanish tapas at local restaurants, accompanied by a glass of wine to round off the perfect adventure in Ainsa.

Ainsa surrounding with the river and the mountains for mountain biking

Visiting the village of Besalu

Besalú is a beautiful medieval town located close to the city of Girona in Catalonia. Known for its well-preserved historical architecture and charming atmosphere, the town’s main attraction is the iconic 12th-century Romanesque bridge, Pont Vell (Old Bridge), which spans the Fluvià River and offers visitors a picturesque entrance to Besalú.

While a day trip is great, staying overnight allows you to fully indulge in the town’s tranquil atmosphere and to explore its attractions at a leisurely pace. Besides the old bridge, Besalú features a charming town center with narrow cobblestone streets, Romanesque churches, and historical buildings.

Visit the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao

For over 20 years, visitors have flocked to the city of Bilbao to admire the Guggenheim Museum. This masterpiece, designed by Frank Gehry pays homage to the city’s long maritime history. Seen from a distance, the Guggenheim museum resembles a ship navigating the Nervion River. 

It is worth paying the entrance fee to tour the building with an audio guide. Get your ticket here. After listening to the detailed and engaging narrative you will understand why Gehry made certain choices and why the result has attracted world-wide attention.

Additionally, you will gain insight into the history behind the works of art surrounding the building. A 40 feet tall dog covered with flowers, named ‘Puppy’ is a favorite among visitors. 

However, works such as ‘Maman’ and ‘Tall Tree’ as well as ‘The Eye’ also deserve attention. And to make things even more interesting, there are sculptures that produce real fog and fire effects.

Experience the Wild West in Tabernas Desert

The Tabernas Desert, located in the province of Almería in Andalusia is Europe’s only true desert.

Due to its unique desert landscapes and sublime settings which very closely resemble North American deserts, the area was chosen in the 1960’s as a movie location for filming using the desert as a backdrop.

Among other Italian directors, Sergio Leone chose the stunning Tabernas landscapes for filming his famous ‘Spaghetti Westerns‘, including A Fist Full of Dollars as well as The Good The Bad and The Ugly. The term ‘Spaghetti Western’ was coined because most of these films were directed by Italians.

Not only Westerns, but other famous productions have also been filmed here like Cleopatra and Lawrence of Arabia.

Some of the movie set villages have been turned into theme parks, complete with Wild West and CanCan shows, film set museums, photographic and film studios as well as riding stables.

The three filming locations in the Tabernas desert that can be visited by the public are Fort Bravo, Oasis Mini Hollywood and Western Leone.

2 cowboys on horses riding away and tourists watching the show in fort bravo spain

Go on a day trip to Espalmador Island – Formentera

The private island of Espalmador lies Just off the coast of Formentera and makes an excellent day trip from the most southern of the Balearic Islands in Spain. To reach this uninhabited paradise you can either take a ferry from the main port in Formentera or book a sailing tour to the island.

It is recommended visiting the island during low season or shoulder season as then the beaches won’t be too crowded. There isn’t that much to do on the island, which is part of its charm. Simply kick back and enjoy this little piece of paradise as one of the few remaining places in Europe where you can revel in the sun, sand, and sea without many distractions. If sunbathing and swimming aren’t your cup of tea, take a walk and admire the largely untouched vegetation and the wildlife it attracts.

Visit Gaztelugatxe near Bilbao

Gaztelugatxe is a truly magical place, unlike anything else in Spain. This rocky islet, connected to the mainland by a dramatic man-made bridge, has long been a destination for pilgrimage, particularly among local fishermen. Its name, Gaztelugatxe, translates to ‘Castle Rock’ in Basque and atop its summit sits a small church built in honor of St. John the Baptist dating back to the 10th century. While little remains of the original structure, the weight of history can still be felt here.

The steep climb to the summit may leave you breathless, but be sure not to forget the tradition of ringing the bell and making a wish. More recently, Gaztelugatxe gained fame as the setting for Dragonstone in Game of Thrones. Fans of the series will immediately recognize its iconic landscape. Despite being an hour’s drive from Bilbao, if you only have one day in the area, Gaztelugatxe is a must-see.

Visit Montserrat, a day trip from Barcelona

A visit to Montserrat is one of the more popular day trips from Barcelona. Montserrat is a mountain range famous for its unusual appearance with a multitude of various rock formations. What attracts most visitors is a visit to Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, a Benedictine monastery dating back to the 11th century and which houses an ancient wooden statue of the Virgin and Child.

montserrat mountain peaks with the abbey san benedictine

Some of the many popular things to do in Montserrat are to either ride the funicular, take the cogwheel train (or Cremallera de Montserrat) or to hike up the mountain slopes to enjoy the breathtaking, stunning views.

TIP: The best thing about a visit to Montserrat is that it is only 60 km (37 miles) away from Barcelona and so is easily reachable by car, public transport or with a guided tour for the day.

Hiking in El Torcal de Antequera in Malaga

Hiking in El Torcal de Antequera should be on everyone’s travel plans when visiting the south of Spain. Located less than 50 kilometers from Malaga, El Tocal de Antequera National Park has some very unique rock formations created by water and wind millions of years ago. Back then, this area of Spain used to be the ocean floor. As the water receded, the karst formations were sculptured by the wind and the rain into the shapes we see today. Despite its proximity to the coast, El Tocal de Antequera has its own microclimate, meaning that it’s often foggy and cold, even if just a few kilometers away the sun is shining.

The easiest way to reach El Tocal is by car as there is no public transport going up the mountain. A taxi from Antequera is also an option, but it will cost much more than hiring a car. Or book a tour.

There are two public hiking routes in El Tocal de Antequera: the green one, an easy 40 minute walk suitable for everyone, and the orange one, a 2 hour long hike going deep into the National Park.

Hiking in Tenerife

Tenerife is a hiker’s paradise that will satisfy in every possible way. Located closer to west Africa than to mainland Europe, the largest of the Canary Islands enjoys mild, stable temperatures all year-round, at the lower altitudes. While the rest of Europe may be in a deep, grey freeze, Tenerife more often than not basks in blue skies while enjoying average annual sea level temperatures of around 22°C (71.6°F).

So, if you’re looking to go on a hiking holiday in the dead of winter, this is the perfect place. Just bear in mind that if you go to the top of Mount Teide in the winter it is most likely below freezing, with snow. It could be +21°C on the beach in February, you then get in your car and drive about an hour up the volcano, where the temp is -5°C, and you are still wearing shorts and t-shirts. Been there, done that, got the….

The best places to hike in Tenerife include the Anaga Mountains, the Teno Mountains and Teide National Park. For rugged coastal scenery, ancient dragon trees, and dense laurel forests, Anaga is the place to be.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for landscapes mostly dominated by stark, barren, volcanic terrain, Teide National Park is your best bet. This park is named after Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain at 3,718 meters. To put that into perspective, the highest mountain in Austria is 3,798 meters high.

Basically, you should be fine closer to sea level, but if you think you want to do some high altitude hiking in Tenerife it is highly recommended to be prepared for some wind and cold, any time of year.

Lastly but not least, for breathtaking sunsets and quaint, isolated hamlets, the Teno Mountains are unbeatable.

Hike El Saltillo or the other Caminito del Rey

El Saltillo is often referred to as ‘the other’ or ‘the unknown’ Caminito del Rey, in reference to the more famous hike in the El Chorro gorge in Andalusia. There are certain similarities between the two hikes, yet El Saltillo offers its own unique charm. Unlike Caminito del Rey, El Saltillo features a smaller suspension bridge along the cliffside, and the hike is free of charge, without the requirement of wearing a helmet and notably less crowded with tourists.

The hike starts in the picturesque white village of Canillas de Aceituno, located in the province of Malaga, which also serves as the starting point for the trail to La Maroma, Malaga’s highest mountain.

The four-hour round trip hike is relatively flat, following a water pipe along the steep hillside, while offering beautiful views of the olive groves. Upon reaching the suspension bridge on the cliffside, you are nearing the trail’s end, which culminates by a small, refreshing waterfall. It is the perfect spot for a lunch break before retracing your steps back.

Madrid food tour

Going on a food tour in Madrid is the best way to experience the city’s highly dynamic culinary scene. Most tours will take you to at least one or two of the city’s more than 45 markets which showcase a wide range of products including poultry, fish, vegetables, meats, delicatessen items, and ready-to-go prepared dishes. Additionally, many markets feature tapas bars or restaurants perfect for lunch or dinner.

woman with red tshirt walking inside the mercado san miguel in madrid

Both the Mercado San Miguel and the Mercado San Idelfonso are popular stops on Madrid’s food tours. A visit to the bustling Mercado San Miguel, situated next to the Plaza Mayor is a must for any Madrid food tour itinerary. This market, housed in an impressive early twentieth-century iron and glass structure has become one of Madrid’s most beloved spots for gastronomic exploration, offering wines, cheeses, sausages, sweets, international dishes, and more.

Located in the Malasaña neighborhood, the San Idelfonso Market offers a different vibe. Inspired by the street food markets of cities like London and New York, it revolves around a leisure and gastronomy concept. Though it once operated as a traditional market, it now hosts 20 high-quality food stalls. Here, visitors can enjoy a meal, grab something to go or participate in gastronomic activities such as tastings, street art shows, and workshops.

Hike the Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago is a well-known pilgrimage route across Spain leading to Santiago de Compostela. It consists of several routes originating from different parts of Spain, Portugal, France, and other European countries, with some routes more popular than others. The Camino Francés for instance, stands out as the busiest, spanning 770km starting from the small French town of St. Jean Pied de Port on the Spanish border. Another favoured option is the Camino Portuguese from Porto, a shorter 260km route often chosen by those with limited time.

In Spain, there are nine well-established Camino routes, each offering unique experiences. Some, like the Camino del Norte, go along the coastline, providing stunning scenery, while others, such as the Original Way, traverses more mountainous terrain.

Routes like the Via de la Plata pass through rural landscapes and fields, while the French Way passes through various historic cities and towns.

Walking the Camino de Santiago is an inclusive experience suitable for people of all ages, all fitness levels, all nationalities, and all beliefs, with motivations varying from simple pilgrimage to cultural and social exploration.

All routes within the Camino network are clearly marked with yellow shells and arrows which are very easy to follow so GPS or maps are not necessary. You may of course carry your mobile phone anyway, for photos, and staying in contact with those who care to follow your progress. You could also use an app like Komoot to record your route. Most pilgrims will not take a heavy SLR camera, not even a tablet. Forget the laptop.


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Go wine tasting at a volcanic vineyard in Lanzarote

The majority of the vineyards in Lanzarote, Canary Islands are located in an area known as La Geria, which can be found along the LZ-30, a road that cuts right through the heart of the island, right on the edge of the lava fields. This setting provides a unique backdrop as the green vines shoot up from the magmatic soil, each vine protected from the harsh trade winds by its own small wall, known as a zoco. It’s so distinctive that if wine were grown on the moon, it might look similar to this.

Your visit to Lanzarote may also be your only opportunity to taste their fantastic wine as it is quite hard to find it anywhere else. This scarcity is mainly due to the high cost of production and the limited amount they can produce, given the constrained vineyard space. As a result, the wine produced is mostly consumed on the island.

You can visit the vineyards yourself, either by hiring a car or taking an organized tour. Among the largest vineyards on the island are La Geria and El Grifo, the latter of which is also home to a fascinating museum where you can learn about the challenges of cultivating wine amidst layers of lava on a small island almost in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.

Discover the street art in Madrid

Madrid is a vibrant city, full of life, and with so many activities and things to see you’ll want to stay a few days to explore the city. One such activity is a walking tour to discover the best street art in Madrid which adds creativity to the city’s urban landscape.

From the lively streets of Malasaña to the more multicultural neighbourhood of Lavapiés, Madrid’s street art scene reflects a wide range of styles and themes.

Woman standing in front of Madrid street art

Enjoy a performance at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona

One of the most memorable experiences when visiting Barcelona is attending a performance at the stunning architectural music concert hall of the Palau de la Música Catalana or Palace of Catalan Music. Get your ticket now!

This over the top concert hall, both visually magnificent inside and out, is a tribute to the to the popular architectural style of the region called Catalan Modernisme or Art Nouveau in Barcelona. It was designed by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, a prominent figure of the period.

The Palau de la Música is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is renowned for its ornate interiors and architectural details, making it a must-visit attraction in Barcelona, especially if performances are available during your visit.

Make sure you come early to explore all the interiors and also to have a nice meal in the beautiful restaurant on the main floor. The grand auditorium impresses at every turn, highlighted by the striking chandelier that hangs from the ceiling. If you cannot attend a performance, make sure to at least visit this UNESCO site. Get your tickets in advance in order not to miss out.

Alhambra in Granada

Visiting the Alhambra in Granada is one of the most unique experiences to enjoy when visiting Spain. The Alhambra complex consists of palaces, gardens and fortress dating from the 13th century but which are conserved to perfection.

The Alhambra of Granada is one of the most significant examples of Islamic architecture, with palaces adorned with high ceilings, bath houses, and thousands of Arabic references to the Quran decorating this magnificent fortress.

As if that were not enough, the gardens that surround it all that were added after the reconquest by the Spanish contribute to creating a magical location that transports you back in time.

This incredible site is the most visited attraction in Spain, but don’t let that intimidate you as it is well worth it. If you decide to go, make sure to book your tickets a few weeks ahead. Additionally, for an even more special visit, consider exploring the gardens at sunset. You will not regret it! And make sure to go prepared with these tips for visiting the Alhambra.

alhambra in granada with the snowy mountain peaks of the sierra neveda in the background

Go on a food tour in Barcelona

With its colourful food markets, best tapas, scrumptious pintxos and famous paella, Barcelona’s food scene is second to none and a worthwhile destination for any foodie. Embarking on a Barcelona food tour offers a tantalising introduction to the city’s culinary delights and takes you on a journey through the heart of Catalan cuisine.

Most guided food tours in Barcelona not only introduce you to the local food and gastronomy of the city but also throw in a bit of history, like this walking tour.

Relax in a traditional Hammam in Granada

Granada experienced influences from the Romans, Visigoths and Umayyads and is where traces of these cultures can be seen and felt throughout the city. Located in the heart of Granada’s historic center, the Hammam-Al-Andalus provides a tranquil oasis where visitors can relax, unwind and immerse themselves in the historic atmosphere of Moorish Spain.

A dimly lit candlelight pathway leads you through arch-framed chambers to the baths, which are the main highlight of the hammam. A series of thermal baths at different temperatures, ranging from lukewarm to hot, along with steam rooms and massage treatments provide guests with a comprehensive authentic spa experience. The entire hammam invites visitors to take a step back in time and to experience traditional Arabic bathing rituals in all their ancient glory.

Visit the quaint village of Cuenca

Cuenca is an ancient city founded by the Moors who conquered the area and who built a fortress between the gorges of the Júcar and Huécar rivers due to its strategic location. This military stronghold was eventually recaptured by the Spanish monarchs during the Reconquista.

Located in central Spain, just a 1,5-hour drive from Madrid, Cuenca is famous for its dramatic setting atop a steep cliff and its Hanging Houses or Casas Colgadas, which are the main attractions of a visit to the city.

Other impressive sights when visiting Cuenca include the Gothic Cathedral with its golden pipe organs, St. Pauls Bridge, the Plaza Mayor and the ancient walls. The old city became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

What makes Cuenca so special and worth a visit are the awe-inspiring landscapes, green meadows and distant mountains. The entire city seems frozen in time, with charming narrow streets that make it truly unique. Cuenca is truely an off-the-beaten-path destination in Spain. You will fall in love with this picturesque city, its inhabitants, and the breathtaking views.

Walking through the Windmills

One of the greatest novels in Spanish literature is without a doubt Don Quixote, written by Miguel de Cervantes and published early in the 17th century. One of the most famous parts of the book is the fight of Don Quixote against the giants, which in reality were just giant windmills.

These windmills, located in the heart of Castilla-La Mancha in Central Spain are to this day still firmly embedded in the soul of Spanish culture and history. Taking a walk through these windmills is a great way to explore the scenic beauty of these white washed mills against the backdrop of the surrounding plains.

The main locations where these windmills can be found are high up on the hills of Consuegra, Campo de Criptana, Mota del Cuervo and Alcázar de San Juan. The best way to reach these areas is either by car or with a guided tour from Madrid.

Four Windmills in Consuegra in Castilla La Mancha

Visit the Roman Ruins of Baelo Claudia

Baelo Claudia is a well preserved Roman archeological site in Bolonia in close proximity to Tarifa. The ancient city dates back to the 2nd century BC when it was built on a strategical point for trading routes. The prime resource of income at the time was fishing and the salting of tuna fish.

The ruins are still well preserved and one can walk through the remains of the old city and admire among others the stone walls, a theatre, various temples, a public square and a courthouse.

A visit to Baelo Claudia is free of charge, there is plenty of parking and the views over the wide beach of Bolonia are spectacular. Well worth a visit when in Andalusia.

Baelo Claudia Roman remains in Bolonio close to Tarifa

Go cycling in girona

Girona, situated about an hour north of Barcelona along the Costa Brava coastline has recently become a bit of a mecca for road cyclists that want to combine staying in a beautiful city with some world-class cycling.

What sets Girona apart from other cycling destinations is its breathtaking old town, a tourist attraction in its own right. The medieval quarter is a maze of cobblestone streets flanked by towering ancient buildings. Scattered throughout the old town are numerous excellent bars and restaurants, offering perfect spots to unwind after a long day on a bike.

With a substantial cycling community, Girona boasts extensive cycling amenities, including easy bike rentals and knowledgeable guides to show you the best cycling routes. Furthermore, should you encounter any mechanical issues, there’s no shortage of skilled bike mechanics to assist.

The other reason Girona is a must-visit destination is that it’s surrounded by beautiful Catalan countryside. There are rolling hills, roads that wind along the coastline and even the mountains aren’t too far away. It’s the perfect place for a road cycling trip.

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