Tapas, sangria, and sun. The first three words that come to mind when dreaming about Spain. However, this south-western European country has something for every type of tourist on any kind of budget. Here’s a checklist of the unmissable things to do in Spain this spring or summer.
Why get wet in the muddy fields of Glasto when you can sunbathe by day and party at night in Ibiza? Ibiza is not the only part of Spain which boasts of pumping a dance music scene, Barcelona has it too and plays host to the electronic music festival, Sonar. Not a fan of a dance music? Check out Benicassim (July) in between Valencia and Barcelona or Primavera (June) in Barcelona for indie / alternative shows. Previous acts include Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem and PJ Harvey.
Music is not the only kind of festival in Spain. La Tomatina, the world’s biggest food fight is where big kids go to have one hundred metric tonnes of tomatoes thrown at them. The festival takes place in Bunol near Valencia on the last Wednesday of August. For safety, the number of participants has been limited to 20,000 people.
Beaches and Resorts
Over 68 million people holiday in Spain each year, the attraction? 25 degrees Celsius heat and relatively cheap beach resorts. The most popular areas for holiday – makers are the turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the Balearic Islands; the family friendly beaches of Andalusia; the volcanic Canary Islands, and the lively beach resorts in Catalonia made it an ideal all-inclusive destination. Pull up a lounger, press play on the tunes, and relax.
Hiking in Spain
Hikers should head to the cooler north of Spain for more climate comfortable routes. Outdoorsy travellers seeking a challenge should check out El Camino de Santiago. This trek is over 750km and has been walked by pilgrims for thousands of years. This is actually a very social hike through four of Spain’s regions so if you are aiming to take your own pilgrim, bring earphones! Can’t face over one month of walking? Why not bike it, or take one of the shorter routes.
Need for Speed
For holiday – makers who love bikes and cars, Spain is top of the pops! In May, Formula 1 Gran Premio de España took place 12 miles north east of Barcelona in a town called Montmelo at the permeant Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Bike fans should head to the south of Spain to Jerez, to check out Circuito d Jerez Spain. This 4.4 km track is used by teams for race testing.
Granada’s palace is unmissable, as you in, can’t not see it in the skyline when visiting Spain’s southern city. Granada is most known for its medieval architecture and the Alhambra won’t disappoint history lovers. Initially built by the Romans but continued by the Moors, visitors can take guided tours but must be quick, as entry tickets are limited. If visiting Granada, don’t forget to try Tinto De Verano, a diluted red wine drank by locals, and enjoy the gratis tapas.
Music, food, sports, sun and sea – what else could the perfect holiday entail?