Vacation to Spain: Spain is a brilliant array of beaches, sun-scorched land, and a captivating mixture of modern life with a deep history and culture. Here are a few things to be sure you have the best experience that you can while visiting the great country of Spain.
Antonio Gaudi has made his mark all over the city of Barcelona with his visionary creations, such as La Sagrada Familia the unfinished cathedral, with many other works scattered around the city. You can also visit the indoor food market, La Boqueria, the Picasso Museum, and join in the citywide summer solstice celebration, Fiesta De San Juan, which caps off in an all-night beach party.
Tour the three essential art museums in Madrid: The Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza to see the works of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Velazquez, Goya, and El Greco, among many others from as early as the 14th century.
The first tip for visiting the city of Seville is to avoid going in the month of August—the heat is sweltering. Be sure to visit the grand cathedral with the Giralda tower, Alcazar castle, and the Plaza de España.
Alhambra is a Moorish fortress located in Granada, Andalusia. It has been said that if you take the most beautiful gardens that you know, add a beautiful and historic fortress, then multiply that by ten, you have Alhambra. It is definitely worth the time to see the Nasrid Palaces, the 9th century citadel, and the wondrous gardens.
See a Flamenco Show or traditional Spanish Fiesta, with the best shows in Sevelle (the home of flamenco) or Madrid at the Casa Patas. The nightlife in Madrid and Seville is also legendary, with dancing and parties going all through the night. The most well-known fiestas are Valencia’s Las Fallas (a party for five days and nights in March), the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Holy Week in Seville, or the famous tomato fight, La Tomatina, in Bunol.
The Dali Theatre and Museum in Salvador Dali’s home town of Figueres, in Catalonia is the best Dali museum in Spain. From the giant eggs on top of the building, to the Mae West room, the ceiling of the Palace of the Wind, and a spectacular art collection, it is an incredible experience from start to finish.
While bullfights are controversial with animal rights activists and are not as popular as they once were, bullfighting is still a big part of Spanish culture. Bullfighting is originally from Ronda, but Seville is its spiritual home, while Madrid has the most supporters and activity today.
Toledo is only an hour away from Madrid and is one of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit the magnificent San Servando castle, the oldest synagogue in Europe—Alcazar—and over 100 monuments scattered into the city’s historic center. The streets can be a maze, and the best way to see the city center is to ditch the guidebook wander wherever your feet take you!
One thing is for sure: once your vacation in Spain is over, the only thing you’ll want is to go back!
Candice Harding enjoys writing about the great products and technology she finds online. When she’s away from the computer, she loves riding her bike and exploring the outdoors, and used What to do in Madrid for every trip. Hope you love reading her article “8 Great Things to See on Your Vacation to Spain”.