Spain is one of the really greatest countries on the European continent to travel to, as the statistics shows: Spain is second most visited country in Europe, behind only France. More than 70 million people come to Spain annually, and the reasons are quite self-explanatory: a mix of the wonderful nature – hundred-kilometer long sandy beaches, sunshine, gorgeous mountains – and the unique Spanish culture will not leave any tourist unaffected. What Camino de Santiago is worth of alone! So if you are preparing to go on your Spain travel, this page will help you to get to know more about the country’s out-and-outer journey opportunities.
Preparing for a Spain travel: notable cities to visit
Madrid. Indeed, what other city did you expect to see on this place? Naturally, Madrid must be the first. So if it happens to you to visit Madrid during your Spain travel, you should not miss visiting the famous Playa Mayor, Plaza de la Cibeles, and Palacio Real. Also, you should definitely stroll across such parks like Parque del Oeste and Parque del Buen Retiro. Other activities may include visiting a soccer game of Real Madrid at its majestic Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, bargaining at the flea market called El Rastro, or having a picnic at the place called Casa de Campo. If you question what museums to visit, your must-visit list should include the Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional de Reina Sofia, and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. After all, don’t forget to drink both Spanish beer and wine as well as to visit a flamenco show.
–Football plays an important role in the Spanish culture and tourism
Barcelona. Known as a capital of Catalonia, Barcelona attracts millions and millions visitors every year. First of all, the magnificent style of this city is known thanks to the architecture of Antoni Gaudí, and the Sagrada Familia (Giant Basilica) is considered to be his magnum opus. This building is controversial even among the natives of Barcelona, but you will definitely be affected by it. The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, La Pedreda (another masterpiece of Gaudí), and Placa Reail are other must-see attractions in Barcelona. You should also stroll across the Park Güell (and even here, Antoni Gaudí had his finger in the pie) and the famous city’s boulevard Las Ramblas. Notable museums include the Barcelona FC Museum, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, and National Museum of Art of Catalunya MNAC.
Bilbao. Bilbao, the capital of Basque people, is indeed something extraordinary in Europe, the same way as the entire Basque country. The first thing you should definitely do in Bilbao is exploring its Old Town, known also as Casco Viejo, and five bridges connect it to the New Town (or Ensache). Basically, Casco Viejo consists of seven streets (typically called Siete Calles): Barrencalle Barena, Barrencalle, Carnicería Vieja, Belosticalle, Tendería, Artecalle, and Somera. In the Old Town, you will also find such an attraction like Catedral de Santiago, which was built back in the 19th century and has a really impressive appearance. Palacio Euskalduna, which serves as a conference and music center and which can be found at Avenida de Abandoibarra, 4, is a bright example of the modern Spanish architecture. Other must-visit sights include Basilica de Begoña and Mercado de la Ribera. But beyond all that, Bilbao can deservedly be called the city of museums, whereas most prominent museums are: Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao, Archaeology Museum, Euskal Museoa Bilbao (or Museo Vasco), Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, and Guggenheim Museum.
Appearance of Bilbao’s Old Town
Santiago de Compostela. This city appears to be the capital of Galicia, even though Vigo is recognized as the province’s largest city. Known best for the pilgrimage route called “Camino de Santiago,” this city features one of the most-visited cathedrals in Spain – Catedral de Santiago de Compostela, which magnificently overhangs the city center. Also, you will definitely be affected by the grand square called Praza do Obradoiro, historical building Hostal dos Reis Católicos, cathedral Puerta Santa, palace Pazo de Xelmírez, university Colexio de Fonseca, and another education institution Colexio de San Xerome. Regarding the museums recommended for visiting, they include Museo do Pobo Galego, Museo de Arte Sacra, Museo das Peregrinacións e de Santiago, and Museo da Catedral.
Seville. Seville is, indeed, a capital of the south of Spain as well as the province’s of Andalucia. If you opt to go to the country’s south during your Spain travel, you should definitely see such Seville’s attractions like the fortress Alcázar, gallery Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes, and Seville de Ópera. If you are hungry, you may get a snack at Redhouse Art & Food. Casa de la Memoria is a perfect place for viewing flamenco in Seville, while Museo de Bellas Artes and Parque de María Luisa will be a great addition to your journey.
Exterior of the gorgeous cathedral in Santiago de Compostela
Valencia. Another outstanding Spanish city, located on the southeastern coast. So upon a Spain travel visit, you should definitely visit Valencia’s Catedral, the historical building La Lonja, Mercado Central, and Bioparc. Indeed, there are many more outstanding museums than, for example, in Seville: Museo de Patriarca, Museo Nacional de Cerámica, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencas, and Museo de Bellas Artes.
Indeed, it is hard to describe all attractive places in Spain, including the cities at Costa Blanca (Benidorm, Alicante, etc.), Galician Vigo, Gran Canaria, Málaga, Zaragoza, Murcia, Las Palmas, and lots of others.
Popular tours in Spain
If you are a kind of a person who wants to go on a Spain travel without bothering yourself much with organizing it, you may opt to purchase some of the given tours. One of the most popular tours is indeed The Best of Spain, which is a bus tour that include 6 destinations within the country during a period of 9 days. Best of Spain Adventure Tour offers you a travel by car throughout the south of Spain and to Madrid.
The Spanish Wonder Summer Tour is dedicated to people who are not afraid of really active and rich rest, whereas it includes 10 destinations: Madrid, a number of destinations at Costa Blanca and in the south. Explore the Camino Way Tour is designed for those tourists who want to experience the renowned road of Santiago. Trails of Andalucia Tour is another hiking tour, but this time it runs through the city’s south up to Seville. Spanish Spree Tour spans for 14 days, include 9 destinations across the entire country, and is suitable for those people who value the cultural aspect of their journeys a lot.
If you want to get started with your Spain travel, some of these sources might stand in good stead: