Spain combines medieval old towns with long stretches of stunning coastlines. Gaudi’s architecture and Catalonian culture is a stone’s throw from sunny islands and Moorish castles. Whether you’re in Majorca or experience the hidden local things to do in Seville, you’re sure to have an epic trip. Below are some of the most popular destinations to visit in Spain this year.
Gaudi and Tapas in Barcelona
Catalonia’s capital is the most popular tourist destination in Spain. Holidaymakers, long-term expats and those on a weekend break fill the historical districts. In Barcelona, you can wake up and stroll through the medieval gothic neighborhood before sunbathing on the beach. Head to the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and Casa Mila to soak up Gaudi’s masterpieces. Then in the evening, hit the restaurants to dine on Spanish tapas. Barcelona has a specific energy that resonates with visitors of all ages and interests. And if you’re particularly adventurous, Barcelona acts as the gateway to the tiny Principality of Andorra.
Madrid is the administrative and politician capital of Spain. Opulent government buildings line the broad avenues contrasting a formal atmosphere with the Spanish laid back culture. Most tourists spend their time in the cafés, eating tapas and exploring the historical districts. Check out Palacio Real and their gardens. And be sure to stock up on the latest fashion in the shopping district. Madrid offers a more elegant side to the rest of Spain.
Seville in southern Spain hosts the world’s largest Gothic Cathedral. The structure towers several times higher than its neighbors offering stunning views from the top. Exploring the labyrinth of tiny alleys in the Barrio Santa Cruz is a highlight too. The best way to explore this part of the city is by joining a local tour. You’ll get to see the hidden attractions of this attractive city. And before you leave Seville, take the chance to see an authentic Flamenco show.
Beaches, Moorish Architecture and Private Resorts in Mallorca
Mallorca (also known as Majorca, especially by Brits) has over 500 kilometers of coastline in the Balearic Islands. For this reason, millions of holidaymakers descend on the island during the summer months. Most stay along the sunny coast within minutes of the beach. Other tourists will stay in the capital Palma, and explore the Moorish influence. If you want to stay in the resorts, head to either the east or southern coasts. Most hotels cluster together, but you can find private and secluded stretches of the coastline by going further away from the busy areas. Aside from the beaches and Moorish architecture, you can cycle along the coast or go on a tour into the Serra de Tramontane Mountains.
Stunning Coasts and Fishing Villages in the Costa Brava
Costa Brava translates directly to Rugged Coast. And anyone who visits the beach along Spain’s northeast coastline will instantly understand why. Unlike Spain’s other beaches, Costa Brava provides a more authentic Spanish atmosphere away from the tourist centers. Tossa de Sar, a small Catalonian fishing village, lies just a short drive from the hotel zones. Girona, an ancient city, is a popular day trip too. Costa Brava also has a reputation for its nightlife, in particular, its number of casinos.
Soak Up the Party Atmosphere in Ibiza
Ibiza is Spain’s official party capital. Thousands of younger European holidaymakers descend on the Balearic Island each summer. If you want to spend your time partying and in the nightclubs, this is the place to be. Most of the summer crowds tend to spend their time relaxing in the resort around the pool. Then when the sun goes down, they let their hair down in the bars and clubs. Ibiza isn’t just about partying. You can rent a car and explore the rugged interior of the island. Drive along the coastal road to several hidden coves where you can sit and have the beach to yourself. Ibiza Town, the island’s main settlement, also has an attractive historical quarter.
The Best Places to Visit in Spain this Year
If you want sunshine and beaches, head to Mallorca or the Costa Brava. Or for a more cultural experience, check out Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville. And anyone who wants to let their hair down should take their holiday in Ibiza.