With 9.6 million Brits visiting Spain in July last year alone, the super sunny country’s popularity as a holiday destination doesn’t seem to be going anywhere just yet! I’ve only visited Spain once before, when I went to Valencia a few years ago, and I would absolutely love to go back and explore more of what the country has to offer.
Holidays in Spain are normally associated with the sun, the sea and the many beautiful beaches around the country. However, there’s a lot more to experience than just beach holidays (not that there’s anything wrong with lounging around in the sun, sipping on a cocktail while soaking up some Vit D!) Spain is also a great destination for those who are looking to experience some art, culture and history on their holiday. For this reason, I’ve compiled a list of some of the places I would absolutely love to visit in Spain.
Of course, you can’t visit Spain without visiting Barcelona – the capital city of Spain’s Cantelonia region. Barcelona also happens to be one of the best cities in Spain to visit if you want to experience a bit of everything – culture, art and the beach! I would love to visit Barcelona’s Basilica of the Sagrada Familia – a building that is synonymous with Barcelona and one that looks spectacular in all the photos (and I’m sure it looks even better in real life!). The Casa Batllo is another landmark on my Barcelona to-do list, with its interesting and colourful design (#perfectinstagramspot). When it comes to beaches, Barcelona has many gorgeous beaches to choose from, including Barceloneta Beach (crowded but with plenty to see!), Nova Icaria Beach (amazing watersports!) and Bogatell Beach (for those who prefer a quieter option!).
Another must-visit city in Spain is of course – the capital, Madrid! Incidentally, I once had a penfriend from who lived quite close to Madrid, so it’s always been a place I’ve wanted to visit. Although there are no beaches in Madrid, it’s the perfect place to visit if you’re a culture-lover. From the Spanish national art museum, the Prado National Museum, with its iconic building to the majestic Royal Palace of Madrid where you can admire a wealth of art and the breathtaking views from the courtyard, a trip to this city is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories. On sunny days (ie. pretty much most days!), a family picnic and wander through Retiro Park is a great place where you can relax and enjoy the weather. Madrid is perfect for a quick city break or a week-long family holiday.
Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, after Madrid and Barcelona and although I had already visited Valencia a few years ago, I would love to go back and explore more of what the city has to offer. The iconic City of Arts and Sciences is top of my to-do list and a must-do for anyone visiting the city. Amongst the museum and entertainment landmarks here, animal lovers must be sure to visit the Oceanografic – Europe’s biggest aquarium. Families will also love the Hemisferic – a digital 3D cinema, with a huge 900 metre concave screen and the Principe Filipe Science Museum, whilst music lovers will love the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía Opera house.
Have you visited Spain? What are your must-see spots?