If you’d like to try something a bit different than your average beach holiday this year, you don’t have to go far to find a spot for your next adventure. Just a short flight from the UK, Spain is popular with holiday-goers as it is home to a warm climate, unique wildlife and stunning architecture.
Here are some of the adventures you could experience in each of the different areas of Spain:
Hiking in the North
Spain is an excellent choice for those looking for a walking holiday and if you’re heading to the north of Spain, we’d recommend the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. This spiritual hike is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will open your eyes to authentic Spain, it’s unique history and the warmth of its locals.
With modern pilgrims able to do the walk in more manageable stages, you can pick a route that suits your level of difficulty, or by the sights you’d like to see. One of the most popular routes begins on the French border at St Jean Pied de Port and runs 800km across Northern Spain.
Spotting Wild Animals in the South
Taking a visit to Andalucia can open up a world of gorgeous landscapes and protected national parks, with the chance to spot wild animals like deer, the Iberian lynx, mongoose, the red fox and the Iberian wolf.
Lovers of nature should head to Sierra Nevada National Park, all of which is open to public. You can also book a guided tour at Doñana National Park, one of the most important wetland reserves and sites for migrating birds in Europe.
Sightseeing in the East
Barcelona is a popular tourist spot and it’s easy to see why. With some of Spain’s best architecture, delicious food and gorgeous beaches, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant capital.
Visit the iconic La Sagrada Familia, or head to the charming Gothic quarter for trendy bars, restaurants and boutique shops down the antique streets of the old city. For spectacular views over the city, you can climb Mount Tibidabo – the quaint tram takes you halfway up the mountain and it even has an amusement park right at the top.
Exploring in the West
Galicia in the north west is rich with history and culture, which is a huge part of its tourist appeal. Its many historic towns and villages, including Noia, Muros, Ribeira and Porto do Son, can give you a sense of authentic Spain. There’s also a number of picturesque beaches surrounded by green pines that are idyllic on a hot summers day.
Also, seafood lovers certainly won’t be disappointed as its shellfish is regarded as the best in Spain and reasonably affordable, too! If you’re an adventurous foodie, make sure you sample the delicacies like pulpo a la gallega (boiled octopus), chipirones (baby squid), navajas (razor clams) and percebes (goose barnacles).
If you’re looking for your next adventure holiday, you’ll be spoilt for choice of exciting things to do and sights to see when you choose Spain.