Pack your bags, grab your sunglasses, and get ready for the trip of a lifetime because Spain is waiting for you. Spain is one of the most popular European travel destinations and ranks as one of the most beautiful spots in the world. With Spanish adventures in mind, here are just a few reasons why Spain should be on your must-visit bucket list.
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Spain is home to some of the most unique, surreal buildings on the planet. Whether you’re a fan of architecture on not, you’ll love wandering the city and enjoying all the structural sights. The works of Antoni Gaudi, Spain’s famed architect, will surely stand out while you roam the city streets. Some of Gaudi’s most recognizable works include Parc Guell, El Drac de Gaudi at Finca Guell, Casa Batllo, and La Sagrada Familia, which is so massive, it can be seen from just about anywhere in Barcelona. Gaudi’s works along with Spain’s historic architecture make this destination an unforgettable dreamscape.
Spain hosts numerous festivals throughout the year. If you like tomatoes, for example, the La Tomatino Festival in the city of Bunol is a tomato-tossing must. Of course, there’s also The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush. Other festivals include the Las Hogueras de San Juan, the Valencia Fireworks Festival, and La Feria de Malaga. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Spain has a festival to match.
As far as capital cities in Europe go, Madrid remains one of the most entertaining. There’s no end to the activities in Madrid, so make sure this capital city is on your must-see list. Whether you want to visit the Museum of El Prado, which houses the world’s largest art gallery, or stroll along the Rastro flea market, Madrid has a never-ending to-do list. Don’t forget about the nightlife — most restaurants and clubs are open until four a.m.
Spain has plenty of sightseeing and tons of attractions, but you could also spend your entire trip experiencing the cuisine. Seafood of all varieties constitute the main entrée in most Spanish dishes, but Spain is also known for its delicious cured meats. From pulpo a la gallega to leche frita to paella — which consists of rice, fresh vegetables, and a variety of meats and seafood — Spain will satisfy any traveler’s appetite. Spain is also known for its tapas bars, which you can enjoy any time of the day.
The second you begin exploring the streets, you’ll quickly realize how historic Spain really is. There are relics from the Roman Empire, prehistoric monuments, and even cave paintings that date back to 8,000 B.C. The cities of Menorca and Altamira are home to some of the most historic landmarks in all of Spain. For a real treat, you can even wander through the magnificent halls of the Alhambr Palace in Granada, which dates back to 889 A.D. If you’re looking for an unforgettable travel destination, set your sights on Spain for your next vacation.