Although the weather has been pretty warm this summer, there’s something special about going away to a different country, exploring a new place and enjoying the weather too! Spain is a very popular holiday destination – and for good reason! Today I’ll be sharing the best places in Spain to visit this summer.
Whether it’s a beach holiday or a city break that you’re after, there are many ways in which you can enjoy cheap holidays to Spain this year.
Whether it’s the Spanish culture, art or beaches that you’re after – Barcelona has it all! The Sagrada Familia is of course one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions. The magnificent architecture of this Roman Catholic church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and looks spectacular in photos (hence, this would be a perfect Insta-spot!). If you’re after a bit of shopping head to Las Rambla – 1.2km of pure shopping heaven – whilst if you prefer to relax on the beach, Barcelona has plenty of gorgeous beaches to choose from, such as the Nova Icaria Beach which is great if you enjoy water sports, and Bagotell Beach if you prefer a slightly quieter alternative.
One definite must-visit place in Spain is of course its capital, Madrid. Although Madrid is situated right in the centre of Spain, and therefore has no beaches for you to enjoy, it’s the perfect place to visit if you love warm weather and exploring a different culture. Firstly, there are plenty of museums for you to enjoy such as the Prado National Museum for art-lovers, as well as the majestic Royal Palace of Madrid for history and architecture lovers (you can also snap some pretty great photos in the courtyard!). Madrid’s Parque del Retiro is also well worth a visit, whether it’s to go on a relaxing stroll through the park or enjoy a family picnic, this is one of Madrid’s largest parks and one that definitely won’t disappoint.
Spain’s third largest city, Valencia is another great holiday destination in Spain. The Mercado Central, or Central Market is popular with both locals and foreign visitors due to its fresh products and high quality produce. The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is another must-do on any trip to Valencia. Here you can find five main elements; the Hemisfèric (IMAX cinema with a huge 900 metre concave screen), the Umbracle (a fantastic vantage point), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (a centre of interactive science), the Oceanográfico (the largest aquarium in Europe with over 500 marine species – a great place for animal lovers!) and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía Opera House.