The capital city is well known for its tapas, museums and amazing nightlife. In this city, nothing really starts until midnight. Make sure that you visit one of the world’s largest museums, the Prado as well as the Royal Palace. You will definitely want to allot some time to stroll through Plaza Mayor, the main square.
2. Enjoy Barcelona
As in Madrid, Barcelona is also well-known for its amazing historic streets, late-night eating and partying. Here you will find ample amounts of history, learn to sleep until 10:00 pm, and just like the locals do, eat dinner at midnight. It is strongly suggest that you pay the history museum a visit – it is one of Europe’s very best. One of my favourite cities in the entire world is Barcelona, and I am pretty sure that it is already on your “places I must see” list.
3. Live it Up in La Tomatina
In Buñol, held on every last Wednesday of August, this small town becomes packed with tens of thousands of people in the morning at what time they throw tons upon tons of tomatoes at each other. This was the messiest, yet the most fun hour of travelling I have ever experienced. It cost 10 EUR to purchase a ticket for this festival.
4. Join In Running With the Bulls
In Pamplona, held in July the running of the bulls attracts the brave as well as the stupid. Although I myself would never join in the actual running, the celebration which lasts more than one day is still a great place to wear a red scarf, eat great food, drink sangria and celebrate in a way which only Spain can.
5. Lounge on the Costa Del Sol
Spend some time hanging out at the beach where you can enjoy the laid-back life that Spain is famous for. In Southern Spain, the sun coast is popular for its gorgeous beaches, amazing nightlife and tons of tourism. One of the biggest places on the coast is Malaga, however, further down there are better places.
6. Go to Valencia
Valencia is a town that is pretty awesome. At first it may seem there is no reason in particular to be attracted to Valencia, as most of the people who have come for the Tomatina festival use Valencia as a home base. That being said, if you take the time to go around every little corner of Valencia, it has an amazing history, delicious seafood and paella and a great soccer team. It is a wonderful city.
7. Wander Through Seville
Seville is an amazing city filled with great palaces, churches and historic sites. This is also a place for great shopping. Something to really appreciate here is the Jewish Quarter as well the monument dedicated to various religions in Spain. This town is also a big student town.
8. Hike in the Sierra Nevada
This mountainous area is the ideal spot for hiking in the summer, skiing in the winter and exploring the quaint towns. This area is one of the most rugged yet prettiest in Spain and for outdoor activities in Spain, it is one of the best spots. There are plenty of trails that range in difficulty and length, you can also find a lot of guided tours.
9. Stop by the Great Cathedral and Mosque
When it comes to the Muslim fabric in Spain, by far one of the most exquisite examples is The Mezquita de Cordoba. Its jasper columns, giant arches, awe inspiring Byzantine mosaics and its richly gilded prayer niches take you back to a time when Cordoba was still under Muslim influence.
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