Spain continues to surprise tourists and visitors with its fabulous beaches, welcoming residents, excellent food, and shopping! The natural beauty of Spain is stunning, and the culture is rich, varied, and accepting of all nationalities and ethnicities. The Spanish festivals are colourful, vibrant, and have a delightful array of clubs, restaurants, and nightlife.
Spain is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Barcelona, Costa Del Sol, the Balearic Islands, Costa Blanca, and Tenerife are some of the best beach destinations in the country. While it is mesmerising to get lost in the beauty of Spain, it is also necessary to remain practical while planning your vacation. We advise starting in the Basque city of Bilbao and renting an apartment with Stay Líbere, seeing Basque country first, and then moving on to other parts like Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona.
Since there are more than 5000 kilometres of diverse coastline to explore, delicious food to eat, and gorgeous places to visit, we will jump into the 5 top reasons to visit Spain this year.
- Stunning Architecture:
Spain is known for its exquisite architecture. The architecture in Spain isn’t limited to only one building or monument of significance. Instead, there are multiple examples of awe-inspiring architecture across the country. Since Spain has been at the heart of trade and commerce for millennia, the architectural influence is surreal.
The most famous of all architectural marvels in Spain is La Sagrada Familia. Antoni Gaudi, a master architect and a prime figure in the Catalan Modernist Movement, is responsible for the wonders of Casa Batllo, Park Guell, La Sagrada Familia (which is still under construction), Parque Guell, Palacio Guell, Casa Vicens, and more. While Gaudi’s work is enough to put Spain on the global architectural map, some of the other historic architectural sites to visit are the Gothic-style Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See in Seville, Moorish-style Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Baroque-style Cathedral of Granada, and the Alhambra (the sprawling fortress-palace in Granada).
- Gorgeous Beaches:
Spain has its coastline stretching from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, making it a top-rated beach holiday destination. One of the most trending beach destinations on the Spanish island of Ibiza – Playa d’en Bossa beach hosts parties nearly every night. Before visiting, you should check with local restaurants and bars if they follow social distancing and Covid-19 security measures.
For families and resort holidays, there are beaches at the islands of Menorca and Mallorca and budget-friendly stays for single travellers and backpackers at Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca.
- Globally Recognised Museums:
Spain has world-renowned museums thanks to being the birthplace of artists like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. The Picasso Museum in Barcelona and the Dali Museum-Theatre in Catalonia are odes to these visionary artists. Art lovers can experience the wonders of the modernistic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Valencia Modern Art Institute.
If you shift your focus to Madrid and its Golden Triangle of Art, you can breathe in the art of the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the Reina Sofia Museum. You could try the Leather Museum in Ubrique and the Computer History Museum in Caceres for off-beat museums.
- Delicious Local Foods:
Spain introduced the world to tapas! Most Spanish restaurants and cafes serve authentic tapas. Unfortunately, people around the globe have adapted Spanish tapas to suit their local palates. Thankfully, the Spanish have stuck to their roots. Spanish bars initially gave the authentic tapas for free with drinks (as they were initially intended), but this culture died out with time. There are still some cities and restaurants in Spain that give complimentary tapas with drinks and other foods.
Spain is also an underrated wine holiday destination. After all, the Spanish gave us sangria. Spain is the third-largest wine producer in the world and is known for its full-bodied, rich wine. If you want to opt for a wine tasting, you should head to La Rioja in the north.
- Cultural Mix:
Spain has so many autonomous communities that travelling from one town to another is almost as good as visiting several countries. While the most widely spoken language is Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Extremaduran, Galician, and Aragonese languages are also spoken.
Spain has an influence of different cultures and traditions. This diversity and mix are evident with Spanish festivals like La Tomatina, running with the bulls in Pamplona, Las Fallas (Fire of Valencia), Sevilla April Fair, and carnivals in Tenerife. The Spanish people also have deeply rooted religious and historical beliefs evident in the beauty and love of the culture.