Travel to Spain and Discover its Charm
last Updated : April 30th, 2020
Holiday Packages to Spain | Discover the Beauty of Spain
What is unique to Spain?
There may be a hundred reasons for you to go on a holiday and a thousand places to choose from. You may even be considering a holiday to one of the European countries. But if it is for any of the reasons below, there is only one place that comes to mind!
Imagine cruising along miles and miles of picturesque landscape, beautiful lakes and preserved natural beauty peppered with tiny, beautiful houses and sprawling green lawns that always seem so well manicured; or sunny beaches with the calm, warm sea luring you to dive into its depths and explore a whole new world of sea creatures below;
How about quenching your summer thirst at the local bars with a glass of sangria offered with a variety of finger- licking tapas, and a delicious lunch of seafood or meat paellas.
Follow it up with a relaxing siesta before you set out to enjoy a long evening. Explore the night life infused with haunting folk music, nurture a glass of sherry as you watch the streets bustling with activity, take a walk down one of the lanes and come face to face with the spontaneity and passion of the flamenco!
Spain can captivate a wandering heart like no other as it romances and refreshes you to stimulate your every sense.
How To Select Your Itinerary
If you are considering a holiday in Spain, choosing the right package holiday to Spain and planning out your itinerary depending on what fascinates you the most, and how much time and money you can spend.
Spain is the fourth largest European country which leaves you a lot of ground to cover.
Although it boasts of the most widespread high speed railway network in Europe, you would still need to travel large distances. You could choose to travel city-wise or province- wise. I would recommend you consider knowledgeable agency when selecting your package holiday to Spain.
For those who want to visit the best cities in Spain, you would need to use the extensive railway system and travel to the far flung cities. Travelling by road within a province allows you to experience the colors of the Spanish countryside and landscape.
What can you do in Spain for 4 days?
If you choose to go province-wise, it would give you a closer view of Spain’s diversity in culture, art, and religion. However, you need to stay in every province for at least 4-7 days in order to feel the pulse of the place.
Spain offers a variety of interests to its tourists. On the coastal provinces, the beaches are plenty and inviting.
What are things Spain is known for?
Spain’s history, culture and lifestyle are all reflected in the architecture of its buildings, monuments, cathedrals and churches found everywhere, in the variety of folk and western classical music and their dances, the museums of art and history, the wineries that made them one of the best old world wine growing countries and so much more.
For ease of use we have broken Spain down in regions, then in each region we outline the major cities for better navigation and travel planning
If you decide to visit Spain region-wise, focus on the best regions:
- The most important tourist cities here being:
- This is main city in this region:
The other cities to visit include:
- and Girona.
- The most important tourist cities here being:
- El Escorial,
- and Salamanca.
- Valencia, Murcia and Cartagena are the main cities to visit in this region.
This is one of the richest regions in Spain.
Visits to wineries in Jerez, enjoying free tapas in Granada, visiting the Alhambra fortress, exploring the Moorish architecture found in Seville and Cordoba, are some of the things to do in Andalusia.
borders France and boasts of a culture different from the rest of Spain. Barcelona is one of the major cities in this region.
Santiago de Compostela, Fisterra and A Coruna are the tourist destinations.
Enjoy vast expanses of lush green landscape and rolling hills and absorb the history and architectural sights.
Madrid which is the capital city lies in a region that goes by the same name.
Much of the medieval charm and history lies in the streets, walls and structures of Toledo, Segovia and Avila.
They offer visits to the museum, a spectacular countryside view and some great local cuisine to go along.
the Roman ruins in Merida and the old town of Caceras are the high points here.
Castilla Y Leon
this is one of the largest Spanish regions covering parts of Madrid too. The Roman Aqueduct at Segovia, Avila’s walled city, Cathedrals in Salamanca and the Plaza Mayor, cathedrals at Leon, Burgos and Palencia are all places of interest. You would need to tailor your schedule here in order to save time.
this offers a peaceful countryside view along with Gijon offering an inviting beach.
Drink Spanish Cider called Sidra in Oviedo and indulge in the local gastronomical delights. Trek on the mountain ranges if time permits and enjoy the pleasant weather.
La Rioja And Navarra
is the best wine producing region in Spain. A guided tour takes you into the interiors of the ‘Casas’ and vineyards that have been maintained by the families for decades and have produced some of the best vintage wines.
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Lots of sunshine and sandy beaches thrown in with the best paella in Spain and some interesting architectural delights are what you would find here.
Valencia, Murcia and Cartagena are the main cities to visit in this region. The cathedral in Murcia and a 14th century fortress in Cartagena are some of the places to visit.
Top Cities To Visit In Spain
Which are the top adventure sports to do in Spain?
There may various reasons and factors you utilized in selecting a Vacation Spot in Spain and a thousand different places you can choose from. You may even be considering a holiday to another European countries all together. However today I would like to suggest ten (10) amazing places to visit in Spain,
here is my top ten must see list of Vacation spots in Spain
What should we do in Barcelona?
A 4000 year old history makes this second largest city in Spain a very important landmark on every tourist’s map.
Barcelona’s architecture and culture have been greatly influenced by the different empires that ruled here viz.the Romans, Visigoths and Moors.
The architecture of Antoni Gaudi is reflected all over Barcelona with the Sangrada Familia Church being his last and most famous unfinished masterpiece. Other places to visit are the various museums like Picasso Museum, National Art museum of Catalonia, Casa Batllo, La Pedreda, La Ramblas, etc. and a walk through Barri Gotic reveals buildings that date back to medieval times.
Things to do in Barcelona
What are the best outdoor activities in Barcelona?
With so many things to do, Barcelona is the perfect choice for a city break. Situated on the Mediterranean coast, 160 km from the Pyrenees, Catalonia’s capital is the 2nd largest city and one of the most important cultural centers in Spain. With increasing air traffic, it has become one of the favorite tourist destinations for those who want to combine entertainment with cultural activities.
Indeed, this modern and dynamic urban conglomerate satisfies the most varied tastes and the most sophisticated desires. Attractive beaches, world class museums, flamenco, many shopping opportunities, lots of things to do, a vibrant nightlife, perfectly preserved Gothic architecture, open air Art Nouveau expositions, and football are just a few reasons to visit Barcelona, the city of the famous Picasso and Ghaudi.
Have a walk in the Old Town!
A good starting point to discover this city is the complex and eclectic old town (La Ciutat Vella) and the Gothic Quarter (Barrio Gotico) – Barcelona’s medieval core. Along the winding streets of the city’s Old Quarter, you will find many of Barelona’s landmarks, among which the historic the buildings surrounding Plaça del Rei.
Built in the mid 19th century by Francesc Daniel Molina, this Italian-style market is surrounded by tall palm trees and decorated with iron lamps, while its heart is held by the Fountain of Three Graces. Having a walk along Barrio Gotico’s streets is one of the most interesting things to do in Barcelona.
Located in the close proximity of Barcelona’s historic center, Parc de la Ciutadella is the perfect spot for a fun family day. While the adults will appreciate the sightseeing opportunities this 19th century garden offers, there are plenty of things to do for the little ones as well.
Get up in the morning and join the Gothic Quarter Walking Tour leaving from the Turisme de Barcelona Information office every morning at 9:30. A professional English speaking guide will offer you plenty of insight information about Barcelona’s landmarks, the area’s past, the best dining and shopping spots in the neighborhood as well as about the less known, yet very interesting things to do in the city.
Take a sample of the whole country in Pueblo Espanol!
What’s cool in Barcelona?
If you want to have a sample of all the Spanish regions, go to Pueblo Espanol (Spanish Village). Built in 1929 on the occasion of the International Exposition in Barcelona, this is one of the most important landmarks in Barcelona as it contains all the Spanish architectural styles represented through 117 buildings, streets and squares.
It is indeed a guide to the whole Spain. Immersing yourself in this cultural experience is another must among the many things to do in Barcelona.
Shop in La Boqueria!
Why is Barcelona a popular tourist destination?
In the city center you can also find some of the most famous landmarks in Barcelona such as El Liceu opera, the spectacular food market La Boqueria and a lot of pedestrian squares such as Placa Real with its colonnades and palm springs. Even if you don’t need to buy food, La Boqueria is a compulsory stop during your Barcelona city break.
For spectacular views of the city and of the coastline there are two hills: Montjuic, near the port, and Tibidabo, more than 500 meters high where there is also a small amusement park. Anywhere you turn, the landscape is breathtaking. Soaking up the city’s atmosphere and admiring the varied sights it offers is one of the best free things to do in Barcelona.
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Indulge yourself with the grandiose Art Nouveau spirit in Eixample!
Architecture lovers, but also those who are less interested in this field will be fascinated by Barcelona’s Art Nouveau landmarks they can admire in Eixample district, located in the North of the city.
There you can admire the famous Antoni Ghaudi’s creation results as well as those of other modernist architects such as Lluis Domenech i Montaner and Josep Puig i and Cadafalch.
Take the opportunity to discover one of the craziest architectural projects while strolling the Catalan mosaic adorned alleys during a Park Guell Walking Tour.
What are the top attractions to visit in Barcelona?
When speaking about things to do in Barcelona, the Art Nouveau architectural monument is not to be missed. Gaudi’s life project, the Sagrada Familia is Barcelona’s most famous and the most visited landmark. Located in the Eixample district, this magnificent cathedral with its amazing towers and indescribable ornaments overlooks the city. If George Orwell called it the ugliest building he had ever seen, most visitors are impressed by the eclectic architectural style and by the abundance of decorative elements.
After more than a century of work the Sagrada Familiais still unfinished. Despite the perpetual construction works, about three million visitors flock here each year – an enthusiasm at the height of Gaudi’s genius.
Don’t forget that Gaudi’s monstrous and still unfinished cathedral is the most crowded landmark in Barcelona. Buy your Sagrada Familia Tickets in advance and you can skip the line and go straight to the tour.
Walk down the street that never sleeps!
What is Barcelona famous for?
The street that the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca wanted infinite – La Rambla – starts in Plaza Catalunya, cuts the old town and ends at Columbus monument – the most imposing monument at Port Vell, where you can also visit the largest aquarium in the Mediterranean basin.
A collection of five streets (Rambla Canaletes, Estudis, Sant Josep, Caputxins and Santa Monica), Las Ramblas host a colorful bazaar where bargain hunters can buy everything from canaries, rabbits, exotic fish and flowers to books, jewelry, clothing and cigarettes, and where tourists in search of eccentricities can enjoy the local artists’ performances, order a pencil portrait or have a fortune teller forecast their future.
Visit the home of the champions!
Inhabited by people of multiple origins and nationalities, Barcelona is a vibrant urban center full of surprises, a cosmopolitan city whose residents contribute to the holiday atmosphere. Famous for its music and for the variety of cultural events, Barcelona is also popular city break choice with football fans. Camp Nou Stadium is a magnet not only for FC Barcelona’s fans, but also worldwide.
Book your FC Barcelona Football Stadium Tour before you get to Barcelona so that you don’t waste precious time waiting in the line to buy tickets.
What are the most popular things to do in Barcelona with kids?
After so many cultural experiences, it’s time for some entertainment. Catalonia’s capital is not only about historical landmarks and architecture. There are so many fun things to do in Barcelona that you simply don’t know what to choose. Located an hour from Barcelona, Aventura amusement park is one of the most spectacular theme parks in the world.
Spread over 100 hectares, it will let you discover here the mysteries of Imperial China, you will win the respect of the Wild West, you will explore the Polynesian jungle, you will discover the Aztec civilization and experience moments of Mediterranean civilizations. With numerous amusement rides and attractions of the most diverse, such a trip will be unforgettable, especially for kids.
Day Trips from Barcelona
What are the best day trips from Barcelona?
Barcelona is a fascinating city with a vibrant cultural life and dotted with interesting architectural gems. However, once you finished sightseeing the parts of the city you are interested in, there are many day trips you can take from Barcelona if you want to explore the nearby towns, the scenic Pyrenees Mountains, the charming medieval villages or the panoramic Costa Brava.
Girona Day Trip from Barcelona
Situated about 100 km away from Barcelona, the city of Girona makes an interesting discovery. With an official history going back to the year 76 BC, city of Girona has a wealth of historical landmarks, dating from different periods. You will find here two well preserved sets of city walls, one dating from the 9th century (the Carolingian period, when Girona knew its time of glory), and another one built in medieval times (14th – 15th centuries). The old Jewish district with its 15th century synagogue is one of the best preserved in Europe, and the Mikwe (Jewish ritual purification baths) are the third largest in Europe.
In the upper part of the city, you will notice the Cathedral built between the 12th and 16th centuries. The cloister and the Tower of Charlemagne are the oldest elements, dating from the Romanesque period. The nave of the cathedral is widest in the world. Marking the junction between the Old Quarter or Barri Velli, La Rambla of Llibertat still retains some porches and palaces from medieval times.
Another interesting landmark is Parque La Dehesa – a French-style garden famous for its unusually high banana trees (some reach 60 meters in height).
Girona is also home to six museums: the Historical Museum of Girona, the Museum of Jewish History, the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia, Girona Art Museum, the Treasury Museum of the Cathedral, and the Museum of Cinema.
Montserrat Day Trip from Barcelona
A symbol of the city and of Catalonia in general, Montserrat Mountain is one of the most interesting places you can visit on a day trip from Barcelona. This natural park is home to one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in Spain – the Royal Basilica of the Virgin of Montserrat (the patroness of Catalonia) as well as to the Benedictine monastery Santa Maria de Montserrat, founded in 1025.
Nearby you will also find the Montserrat Museum with its rich art collections. Nature lovers can take several itineraries, visiting the park, and the monuments in the area, discovering some sacred spots of retreat and meditation like Sant Joan and Sant Onofre.
Sitges Day Trip from Barcelona
A charming coastal town renowned for its rich cultural heritage, Sitges is one of the most interesting places you can discover on a day trip from Barcelona. Attracted by the town’s history, but the scenery as well as by the good weather all year round, many artists chose Sitges as their main residence in the late 19th century.
The town still preserves it bohemian atmosphere while providing a wide range of attractions for tourists. 17 beaches and 3 marinas (Port Ginesta, Garraf and Aiguadolç) stretch along its coastline.
The city’s nightlife is also an important attraction. The main avenue (Street Close Maig, also known as Calle del Pecado) is famous for the large number of restaurants, bars and nightclubs it is home to.
There are also three museums you can visit in Sitges: Cau Ferrat Museum (housed by Santiago Rusiñol’s former home and studio), Maricel Museum, and the Romantic Museum (the Llopis family’s 19th century residence). The latter also displays an interesting collection of antique dolls.
Figueres Day Trip from Barcelona
Located 136 km away from Barcelona, Figueres is one of the most important cities on Costa Brava. With a history going back to Visigothic times, Figueres is home to interesting historical landmarks such as Castle of Sant Ferran, La Rambla, Plaza’s Hall, the modernist houses designed by the architect Josep Azemar i Pont or Joguet de Catalunya Museum. However, the main reason for which tourists visit Figueres is Dalí Theatre-Museum. The artist’s birthplace, Figueres houses a surreal museum that allows visitors to penetrate Dali’s world in his own way.
Three Countries in One Day from Barcelona
What can you see in Barcelona in 1 days?
Does touring three countries in one single day seem like an utopia? Well, it might look that way, but it certainly is not. Leaving Barcelona early in the morning, you will be having a typically French croissant breakfast in the fortified town of Mont-Louis.
Next, you will be touring the Pyrenees and get to Andorra la Vella, where you will benefit from a duty free shopping experience. Your adventure will not be complete without an active hike and Andorra is the perfect place for it.
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Wine Tasting Day Trips from Barcelona
The Spanish wine is worldwide famous for its taste and quality. Be the host of one of the Spanish traditional wineries and taste their products! You can combine this experience with a historical exploration of Barcelona’s neighboring areas. In the 10th century castle Oller del Mas you will feel like descending in the past while sipping a glass of wine and enjoying the peaceful countryside scenery.
You want to play golf? There is such an option as well. You want to visit 2 wineries in one day? You can do that too, and you will also visit the ancient Monastery of Scala Dei.
Pyrenees & Medieval Villages Day Trip from Barcelona
This is a tour worth trying while in Barcelona. You will combine great mountain scenery with history exploration. With history traces going back thousands of years, Catalonia is a fascinating region you will fully appreciate only after exploring it inch by inch. Pick one of the tours and start this great adventure!
Barcelona City Passes
What is included in the Barcelona pass?
A great destination for all sorts of holidays, offering lots of fun things to do and plenty of opportunities for day trips, Barcelona can be rather expensive if you want to see and do everything (or almost everything). However, with Barcelona city passes you will save a lot of money and time.
Does Barcelona City Pass include Sagrada Familia?
Available for 2, 3, 4 or 5 consecutive days, Barcelona card provides you with a series of gratuities and discounts that will cut your holiday’s costs substantially.
– free entrance to 15 must-see landmarks in Barcelona;
– discounts of up to 40% to other 50 landmarks;
– important discounts in many shops and restaurants;
– unlimited use of the city’s public transport;
– free airport transport by railway.
Barcelona Museums Passes
How much is the Barcelona pass?
If you are planning to visit Barcelona’s museums (and we strongly advise you to do it), the best way to cut costs is to purchase a museum pass. Three such cards are available.
With a validity of 10 days after being used the first time,Barcelona Museum Pass and Articket provide you with free entrance to 7 important landmarks: National Art Museum of Catalonia, Picasso Museum, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, La Pedrera, Joan Miro and Antoni Tapies Foundations.
Arqueo Barcelona includes entrance to 5 museums: Barbier-Mueller Museum, the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona, the Maritime Museum of Barcelona, the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia and Barcelona History Museum.
Although not included in the city passes, there are several other interesting museums in Barcelona and for some of them you can purchase tickets online: FC Barcelona Museum, Museum of Ideas and Inventions, and Museum of Modernist Art of Catalonia.
Barcelona Nightlife Passes
What is the ideal duration for a Spain holiday?
Barcelona’s nightlife is pretty active, and it would be a shame not to taste it at least a little bit. However, if you don’t want to spend a fortune, it’s advisable you purchase a discount VIP Nightlife Card, or even better that you book a VIP party tour of Barcelona’s hottest bars and clubs.
You will have fun and feel like a VIP while actually traveling on a budget. Spot the best places and come back on you own!
Fun Things to Do in Barcelona
What should I not miss in Barcelona?
One of the most popular holiday destinations in the whole world, Barcelona offers a wide range of things to do: architectural walking tours, museum visits, and plenty of opportunities for day trips. If you want to get off the beaten path and have some fun, here are some of the fun things to do in Barcelona:
Take a cooking class
Everyone knows that tapas and paella are an important part of the Spanish gastronomical culture. The first ones have their history connected with different royal figures of the Spanish history. One thing all legends explaining the tapas’ origins have in common is the idea that these small culinary delights go very well with a glass of wine. What is paella’s origin?
It seems this worldwide famous dish’s history goes back to medieval times when it was prepared by men (until women were coming back from church) as a typical Sunday lunch. But, which are the best tapas and paella recipes?
What are their secret ingredients?
You can find the answers to all these questions with a cooking class in Barcelona.
Attend a flamenco show
A typically Andalusian genre of music and dance, flamenco is one of the best forms of entertainment you can find in Barcelona. The tickets to the most popular flamenco halls in Catalonia’s capital (Tablao Cordobes and Tablao de Carmen) are often sold out. Therefore, it is best you book your seats in advance. Alternatively, you can combine your flamenco experience with another traditional Spanish show – a bullfight. Don’t worry, there will be no blood!
Drive through the city in an electric car
Is there a more entertaining way of exploring Barcelona than behind the wheel of an electric car? Depending on the aspect of the city you are interested in, you will find the tour you need. If you want total flexibility, simply rend the car.
You will set the GPS yourself and pick the next destination on the spot.
Ride a balloon
Do you feel like entering one of Jules Verne’s novels during your holiday in Barcelona? If so, take a balloon ride and rise above the city. You will see Sagrada Familia’s profile rising towards the sky, and you will enjoy great views over the Pyrenees Mountains and the Catalonian countryside.
The tour will be accompanied by a professional instructor. So, you don’t have to worry about your safety, or about the necessary skills to land the balloon.
Meet Barcelona’s ghosts and gangsters
Barcelona is a fascinating city and each of its districts carries its own history and legends. Take a night walking tour of the city and have an unforgettable experience. Your guide will tell you everything about Barcelona’s friendly ghosts, and, who knows, maybe you will be lucky to meet some of them.
Alternatively, you can turn the city into an enormous playground and enter an interactive game across the whole town. You will have to anticipate the gangsters’ move and to chase them through Barcelona.
Join the party
Barcelona’s night life is another great reason to visit the city. Whether you want to crawl the bars and night clubs or you are up for a sailing party, Barcelona is the perfect destination to do just that. Check out the partying passes and tours below and you will have fun in style without having to spend a fortune.
The only thing that matters is to have fun and to make the most of your Barcelona holiday.
Myths, Legends and Folklore Of Barcelona
The second largest city in Spain, Barcelona is famous for its golden beaches and luscious landscapes. It is the ultimate tourist destination. But that is not all there is to this magnificent city; it is also a land submerged in hidden myths, legends and folklore. The capital of the Catalonian community, Barcelona is part of Catalan’s great mythological history, and has many enchanting stories to tell.
Here are three tales, full of intrigue and mystery.
The tales of two Legends
The founding of the great city of Barcelona is a subject of much debate. It traces back to two celebrated legends, either of whom could carry the title as Barcelona’s founder. The first of these two figures is the mythological Hercules, also known as the Greek demigod Harcles.
As legend has it, Hercules was the son of the famous Zeus and the mortal Alceme.
A figure celebrated for his superb strength and indescribable courage, Hercules was the god of adventure. Defeating many trials and time after time saving his people, Hercules was a hero like no other.
Folklore states that it was this demigod that founded Barcelona, four centuries before Rome. Later on the second figure Hamilcar Barca built Barcelona in the 3rd century BC, but it was Hercules who boasts the title as the city’s founder, at least in spirit.
The second legend puts the entire credit for the founding and building of Rome in the hands of Carthaginian war captain, Hamilcar Barca. The father of Hannibal (the famous and great military commander), Hamilcar Barca was both a family man who was leader of the Barcid family as well as a general and a statesman. A man of abilities, legend states that it was he who founded Barcelona and then proceeded to build it. Barca named the settlement ‘Barcino’ after his success, claiming the full glory for the making of this great city.
The story of Aloja
Aloja, in Catalan mythology, were women whom lived in areas of fresh, clear water. Also called Dona d’aigua, Goja or Paitida, these supernatural beings had the ability to transform themselves into water blackbirds. With glittering gold or radiant red hair and sweet emerald or dark blue eyes, these women were creatures of immense, angelic beauty.
Legend has it there were very aware of their beauty and took great pride in their appearance. These small and innocent creatures were the symbol of fertility and celebrated the importance of water.
The ancient myth states that Aloja were nocturnal animals, meaning their extreme beauty could only be seen in the dark of the night. Although they were not said to be immortal, they were able to live for thousands of years still keeping the beautiful appearance of their youth. Carrying magic wands, these women could cast nasty spells such as making the water boil if visitors trespassed, but were generally of good nature.
Men who fall hard for an Aloja however, should be warned that in marrying one of these women they will have to consent to all their demands! A partnership between a man and an Aloja is generally believed to turn out poorly for the human.
The myth of Patge Gregori
Translated to ‘Page Gregory’ in English, this figure was one of the three Christian kings who attended the birth of Jesus Christ. The most powerful of them all, tradition states that Patge Gregori is responsible for bringing children gifts on the day of the Epiphany. A holiday which is usually around the 6th of January, the Epiphany is a Christian celebration which rejoices in the revelation of God as a human being in Jesus Christ.
The myth tells the tale of how Patge Gregori reports back to the kings telling them to bring children gifts depending on how they’ve behaved. With his big eyes and ability to hear like no other being, Patge Gregori is rumoured to be extremely gifted at discovering the truth. So children should be good otherwise a lump of coal, in replacement of a gift, may be heading their way!
These three tales are only some of Barcelona’s great, intriguing mythology. From the founding of Barcelona to the bringing of gifts on the Epiphany, these legends are full of magical enchantment.
How can I have fun in Spain?
Spain’s largest and most important city reflects what any European city has to offer- It has something for everyone. For the art and history lover there are famous museums like the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, El Prado and the Reina Sofía.
The women would love to shop at the Sunday morning market, El Rastro. For soccer fans, a visit to Santiago Bernabeu, the home of the Real Madrid soccer club is a must.
The nightlife here may surprise the regular tourist because people including the older folks walk around the streets way past midnight. This of course may be the benefits of a well taken siesta!
How to Enjoy Madrid on Less Than €50 Daily
Are you visiting Madrid on a very tight budget? In this article I’ll show you how you can comfortably eat, drink and sleep in the Spanish capital on a budget of no more than €50 a day.
Madrid is the capital of Spain. It is Spain’s largest city, with a population of approximately 3 millions. Madrid is best known for its great cultural and artistic heritage, a good example of which is the El Prado museum. Madrid also boasts some of the liveliest nightlife in the world. It is no surprise that the city attracts plenty of tourists.
Madrid is located a little north east from the geographical center of the Iberian Peninsula, in the middle of the Spanish central Castillian plateau. Nearly all of the most famous tourist areas are located in the historical center of Madrid, Middle south of the city:
• Puerta del Sol in the middle,
• Plaza Mayor a bit to the south,
• Palacio Real to the west, and
• Plaza de Colón to the north-east.
If you have visited Madrid before, you may have experienced quite expensive prices on food, drinks and accommodation. As a major touristic hotspot in Europe there is no surprise that a few days in Madrid can become very expensive.
But, if you have a tight budget and want to visit the Spanish capital, there is smart ways to navigate. Below I’ve listed a few tips on value for money activities in Madrid.
If you want to, or plan to party on the cheap.
Take the metro and get off at Metro Moncloa and follow the crowds up to an unsuspecting interior patio. Now take in the view: hundreds of party people drinking in the patio and running in and out of the dozens of bars that run together and are completely interchangeable.
Drink specials abound, music blares, and early in the morning vomit adorns the floors, but here your five euro will take you far. Full of locals so get to talking and make friends with Spanish students.
A very cheap and enjoyable place to fill your stomach is El Tigre (Calle Infantas 30).
This is by far one of the best places in the city to get some bang for your buck. Small beers, otherwise known as cañas, are served with heaping plates of snacks, or tapas, such as fried potatoes with spicy sauce, Spanish omelet, and pinchos (small slices of bread topped with cheese, ham and everything in between). Space is a hot commodity at this bar, so push your way to inside and eat and drink yourself into oblivion for just a few euros. Nearest metro is Banco de España.
If you need a cheap place to sleep for the night.
The Cat’s Hostel is an inexpensive alternative. Cat’s is located in the city centre and offers everything you ever wanted in a hostel, and more. It’s got a chill-out zone, a cave bar which hosts DJ’s, a big screen, and the cheapest beer in town. Beds are from 17 euro.
It’s located in Calle Cañizares 6. Nearest metro is Anton Martín.
With these tips in mind I hope you can enjoy a budget vacation in Madrid. By following the advice above you should be able to eat, sleep and drink comfortably in Madrid on a daily budget of no more than €50.
The birthplace of Spanish paella, the famous Tomatina Tomato fights and a walk through the old town offers much for the time bound traveler.
Despite being the third largest city, Valencia is happy with the few sights it offers; the locals prefer to engage the traveler in their delectable variety of paellas instead.
was the last city to fall during the Crusades. The Fortress at Alhambra built during the Moorish rule contains vast expanses of the most beautiful gardens in and around the fortress.
The tapas here are known to come free and therefore they obviously taste better! If you are a tea drinker, indulge yourself at the Moroccan tea houses.
Day Trips from Granada are available if this is where your hotel is based.
Buy a Sevilla Pass if you are planning to explore the city on your own.
Price: from 42.44 $
Whether you are interested in art, you want to explore the religious landmarks or you are dying to taste some delicious tapas and the high quality Spanish wine, pick one of the Sevilla City Tours available and a professional guide will lead your way.
The pueblos blancos, the other Andalusian cities, the British territory of Gibraltar, all can be discovered with the available Day Trips from Sevilla.
Riding an Andalusian horse
Cadiz province boasts the best beaches in Andalucía and visiting Cadiz city (the capital of the province) itself it’s possible to mix a bit of city sightseeing with the beach.
From Cadiz you can reach Jerez de la Frontera, famed for its sherry production and home to the Spanish riding school.
Book in for a sherry tour at one of the bodegas. Tio Pepe is quite a traditional one.
Later, see the Andalucían horses do a dressage display in seemingly a palace for a stables.
Next stop on this road trip route is Vejer de la Frontera. Vejer is an impressive example of a pueblo blanco (typically Andalusian walled white town), with interesting churches to visit and more than one breath-taking view to ponder upon.
There are many smaller villages and towns around Cadiz which are lovely to either stay a night in or just to have lunch, such as Arcos de la Frontera and Sanlucar de Barrameda.
Andalucía offers most sports for the outdoor type of traveller but here are three locations where a visitor no matter what their skill is can try something new.
After collecting your car in Malaga head first to Granada province and the Sierra Nevada mountain range, here in the winter skiing is readily available. If visiting in the summer, there are quad biking tours, hiking to see the flora and fauna and great mountain biking.
From the Sierra Nevada’s travel South West to El Torcal, just north of Malaga near Antequera – this area offers incredible climbing and walking. Then from these inland locations head West to Tarifa, which sits on the coast where the Atlantic sea meets the Mediterranean.
Famed for the wind, (sometimes a little too windy to sunbathe) Tarifa uses it to its advantage as it’s thanks to these winds that it’s a kite surfing and wind surfer’s paradise.
The Andalusia Beach and Trekking Tour is the best way to combine an active holiday with beach relaxation and cultural discovery.
Price: from 767.02 $
is the traditional home to Spanish bullfights and the famous flamenco. The weather is hot here but it matches with the excitement of what Seville has to offer.
The flamenco tablaos are where you would find the most authentic music and dance. Experience your spirit rise to the tempo of the music and feel your body move to the rhythm of the dance itself.
The triangle or so it’s named by most guide books includes Granada, Seville and Cordoba. These three cities are some of the most famous in Spain and it’s easy to see why.
They hold three of the most visited attractions in Spain: the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Cathedral in Seville (the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world) and the Mezquita in Cordoba.
The route is a fairly leisurely one, but it can be quite stressful getting around the cities themselves and finding hotels. However, with a good satellite navigation system, everything should be sorted out.
If staying in the most ancient part of Granada, the Albayzin or in Santa Cruz in Seville and decided to hire a car for this trip, it might be easier to park as close to these areas as possible and first find the hotel on foot. The roads can be very narrow and almost impossible to navigate.
is a city exuding elegance and style. It offers some excellent beaches, and an old town with a classical look. There are a few churches and museums one can visit while passing through.
– the highest point of interest here is the Guggenheim Museum of modern art. A walk around the old town with its churches and cathedral, Plaza Nueva and sampling the tapas bars are some of the things to do.
What is the best time to visit Spain?
the best time to visit is between May- July when the city comes alive with the festivals of Cruces de Mayo, Patio and Cordoba Festival.
The Cordoba Guitar Festival in July invites musicians from all over with their six-stringed instruments. Other things to do are: visit the Mezquita (largest mosque in Spain built during Moorish rule), the orange and apple groves, the botanical gardens and pamper yourself in the Arabic baths.
During Cordoba Walking Tour you can discover the interesting mix of Roman, Arabic and Spanish cultures entirely visible on the streets of this fascinating city.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Price: from 45.01 $
Depending on the aspects you are interested in; several Granada City Tours are available.
Take the double decker bus if you want to sample the landscapes of this beautiful city. You can hop on and off any time you want to stop and visit one of the landmarks.
La Alhambra certainly deserves a few hours. Book the Granada City Hop on Hop off Tour now and you can take the bus from one of its numerous stops throughout the city.
Price: from 23.15 $
Santiago De Compostela
the cathedral of St James is the biggest attraction here. There are some museums and other religious buildings the city offers to its visitors. The local cuisine and homemade chocolates are worth trying out.
is the last Spanish town to reach before crossing over to Portugal. It is primarily a student town and offers refuge to the many visitors who have fallen in love with Spain, and feel the need to stay on and learn Spanish at the universities here.
The weather is perfect with cold winters and pleasant summers, the night life is vibrant and September is the best time to visit.
Spain in every sense and for every reason is a holiday worth taking. Give yourself enough time to explore and you would find the people are more than willing to lend a ear and make you feel at home.
Learning a few phrases in Spanish would help you kick start a conversation with them and help you discover the charm and beauty of the country and its people.
Things To Do In Spain
Three Road Trips to Discover Andalucía
There are few options when deciding to do a road trip in Southern Spain. In fact there are a multitude of options and that’s exactly why most people choose this type of holiday. From city stop overs to mountainous hideaways the open road awaits.
Malaga is the most competitive in Southern Spain, so it’s the best place to start your road trip. Malaga city centre is often overlooked as people are keen to head out into the rest of Andalucía.
Malaga has an interesting and attractive historic centre which is well worth an afternoon discovering. So before heading out on one of these routes perhaps indulge Malaga, with its Picasso Museum, Bullring, Roman Ruins and very Spanish restaurant and bars.
Trio of Cities – Historical Delights
Head West for Cadiz
10 Spanish Festivals That Tourists Will Love
What can you only get in Spain?
Spain is known throughout the world for its fiestas, or festivals, which year after year fill the calendar with tradition and entertainment. Some of this Mediterranean country’s festivals are well known by tourists, such as the San Fermin bull runs or the religious festivities of Semana Santa (Easter).
However, there are many more festivals that visitors to Spain are guaranteed to enjoy
Here are 10 of the best festivals which happen across Spain every year.
The San Fermin festival has been celebrated since the Middle Ages. San Fermin takes place for two weeks between the 6th and the 14th of July in the northern city of Pamplona. This event has been a major tourist attraction since the 17th century, and became even more popular after international author Ernest Hemingway wrote about it.
In addition to bull runs and bullfights, San Fermin consists of religious processions, traditional sports and dancing, and fireworks.
La Merce is Barcelona’s patron saint. On 24th September, the streets of this iconic city are filled with giant doll parades, traditional dancing, and the extraordinary casteller competitions, where teams build structures that resemble towers by climbing on top of each other.
The festival’s program also includes concerts, sports competitions, charity runs, art exhibitions, and food tastings.
Easter is particularly significant in Andalusia, a region in the south of Spain. During one week, dozens of local brotherhoods parade the streets of Sevilla, Granada, and other Andalusian capitals, in a very realistic reproduction of the Passion.
Semana Santa also presents a good opportunity to see local women dressed with the traditional mantilla, an elegant black lace veil that is a symbol of mourning.
Fallas are celebrated in Valencia during four days in the middle of March. Fallas bring together the neighbors of every street, which associate to fund and build their own giant dolls, which often are satirical representations of politicians and other public figures.
At the end of the festival, the dolls are set alight and a fireworks display follows. Live music, floral offerings, and intricate traditional dresses complete the scene.
Feria de Abril
Two weeks after Semana Santa, Sevilla dresses up again for the Feria. Originally, the Feria de Abril was a gathering of livestock traders and farmers, but today the Feria is an explosion of light, color flamenco music, and other traditional elements of Andalusian life, like bullfights.
The Feria is one of the best places to sample local delicacies, as food and drink feature strongly in this festival.
Moros y Cristianos
This festival is held along Spain’s Mediterranean coast and is a reminder of the Arab influence that took hold of Spain during the Middle Ages. The town of Alcoy, near Alicante, is one of the best places to enjoy this festival, during which participants dress up as either “Moors” or “Christians” and parade the streets in spectacularly decorated carriages.
San Juan is the celebration of the start of the summer solstice. The ancient tradition of lighting up fires to help the sun get stronger and to purify one’s soul has remained alive for centuries.
Today, every Spanish province celebrates San Juan adding its own cultural touches, so this festival is ideal to learn more about the mythology and traditions of the various Spanish regions. Special food and drinks are prepared in anticipation of this festival.
Battle of Wine in Haro
Rioja wines enjoy international prestige, and there is no better place to learn more about Rioja wine-making than the town of Haro. Every 29th of June, this northern town turns into a battleground, where participants drench each other with red wine. Approximately 40,000 litres of wine are used in the “battles”. Once the festival is over, you have a fantastic opportunity to tour the many wineries in the area.
Regardless of its location, the Carnival is associated with heavy partying and extravagance. The most colourful Carnavales in Spain take place in the Canary Islands (especially in Tenerife and Las Palmas) , Cadiz, Alicante, and Murcia. The parades are the main attraction of this festival, but make sure not to miss the traditional singing contests and the curious “burial of the sardine” ceremony, which symbolizes the end of Carnaval.
Spectacular Beaches and Superb Food: A Recipe for a Perfect Holiday
What is the most beautiful part of Spain?
The Balearic Islands, a sun-kissed archipelago of islands and islets east of the Spanish mainland, are dominated by four stunning sisters—
A very beautiful island, right in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and off the coast of Spain. The night life, the electronic music and the sights of this island are incomparable and renowned world over. This island is one of the fifty western Balearic archipelagos called Pine islands, some of them completely untouched and uninhabited. Warmth and sunlight transforms this island into a vibrant flowering paradise that is simply gorgeous to witness.
Clear star-filled skies, stunning blue seas, and the secret coves of this island are just breath-taking and well worth a look.
Must Do’s on this Island:
• The island offers a 360-degree vista of more than twenty different beaches. Many of these calm beaches are perfect for families, who just want to relax and take pleasure in the scenic splendour.
• The weather is pleasant throughout the year, with the temperatures varying from mildly chilly in winter to extremely hot in summer. Therefore, pack your beach wear and shorts, and enjoy the summer parties of this island where it is said that the parties never stop.
• There are many activities in this place that will keep you occupied at any time of the year. Their open air operas held in Dalt Vila and fireworks add colour and spark to your holiday. This island is popular for its jazz festival, where anyone could just melt in the smooth harmonious over tones of saxophone and other instruments.
• Being completely surrounded by water comes with plenty of other perks. Boating is extremely popular here and tourists can simply lie back on a yacht in the middle of the sea for some quiet and leisure time. You could also hold private parties on chartered boats.
• It is a haven for water sports and diving, water skiing; while parasailing and banana rides are accessible at every corner of the island. In addition to these activities, cycling, hiking, mountain biking and golf are some of the other popular activities here.
• The island celebrates its carnival with pomp and grandeur. The parades are colourful and provide a stupendous extravaganza of fun and festivities.
• The Ibiza jewellery is an art in itself, as many parts of the ancient Roman collaboration is still seen in the traditions of this island.
• There are numerous caves, castles and markets, with the choice of self-drive island tours that are tantalising, and where one can truly experience and appreciate the beauty of this island as a perfect holiday destination.
• Of course, do not forget to try their diverse healing detox spas that are truly relaxing and work wonders on your body and mind.
Eclectic and Delicious Food
Ibiza Trips are spicy, varied and tasteful just like their food. Every flavour of Mediterranean cuisine is available on this island, whether it is a simple lunch or a romantic candle light dinner that is being planned.
The essence of Spain is captured in every mouthful of their traditional Ibiza recipes cooked with rabbits, fish, lamb or chicken. There are plenty of offers for those interested in Ibiza Holidays.
The ideal mix of hotels, entertainment, food and their personal brand of hospitality makes for an exclusive holiday on this panoramic and fairly unexplored island.
Spanish Island Getaway: Touring Around Palma de Mallorca
The Balearic Islands in southwestern Europe soak up the sun of the Mediterranean. The largest island, Mallorca, appreciates good land and air access from mainland Spain and other locations around Europe. However, Mallorca has been off certain radars, mostly those who think the island’s capital Palma de Mallorca to just be party place. Those assumptions are proved wrong the minute you arrive by boat or plane to Palma de Mallorca and take a tour around the old town.
The Gothic Gem Catedral de Mallorca:
It’s hard to avoid Palma’s Cathedral as it lords over the old town area and looks out to sea. Locally called la Seo, Catedral de Mallorca is one of the most magnificent Gothic Cathedrals in Europe. Step inside and you will find an interior taking you through the very history of Mallorcan art. Antoni Gaudí designed and worked on the two altarpieces. His work The Canopy is certainly a must see while in the cathedral, along with the latest art addition, Miquel Barceló’s work in the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament. Palma’s Cathedral also boasts 61 stained glass windows.
Including the interior of Palma’s Cathedral, you will find touches of modernism all around the city. The architectural trend emerged in Catalonia and quickly spread to Mallorca. Architects like Antoni Gaudi, Lluís Doménech and Joan Rubio brought their expertise and eye for modernism to Palma. Local architects would pick up the pieces and add individuality to Palma’s modernism. You will notice buildings, hotels and stately buildings with the modernism aesthetic while wandering around Palma.
Another element to Palma’s appearance comes down quiet streets and around unsuspecting corners. Travelers will find houses characterized by the Palma patio. The open space in the middle of a building only adds to the city’s charm and personality. Several examples can be seen around town, including the Palacio Ca Sa Galesa. Some examples in Palma’s old town date back to the 14th century, while others stretch into the 20th century.
A Break in Plaza de Cort:
Plaza de Cort has long been the spirit of the city of Palma. Standing in the middle of all of the action is a one hundred year old olive tree. Aside from the greenery, the City Hall towers over the square. Its exterior looks more castle-like, hailing from the 17th century. In fact, the space was originally the seat of Jurados, the executive branch of the Kingdom of Mallorca. Within the city hall, there is an art gallery on site. However, the main object of Plaza de Cort is merely grabbing a drink or strolling through on a cool summer evening, when Palma’s charms seem their hardest to leave.
Soak up the sun on the beach:
Even if you did come to Palma for the sun and perhaps the scene, you are never far away from the beach in the old town. The city bears the tagline, “One City. Five Beaches.” Sands extend along both sides of the bay, lapping up crystal clear waters. Some of the easiest beaches to reach with good facilities include Platja de Palma, Cala Major and Can Pere Antoni.
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