In the beautiful Mediterranean lays the splendid country of Spain. This mecca is no stranger to welcoming all different types of visitors from all around the world. Vacation rental in Spain are top notch, the food is phenomenal and the wine flows freely. Throw in an average of 300 days of sunshine per year and what’s not to love?
This Iberian nation has long been a favorite top European destination. Spain is the largest country in southern Europe and many different influences can seen around the country. It is the only European country to share a border with the African country of Morocco. There is also a heavy influence of Moorish, Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
For many people it’s not a matter of if they will go to Spain but rather when then will go. When your time comes here are five awesome things to do in Spain.
Enjoy the Food and Wine
Spain has long had a reputation for offering fine food and wine. Here everyone can enjoy fine wine at a decent price. Wine is drunk with lunch, at dinner, before bed and basically any other time the whim calls. Spaniards love their wine so if you are not sure if you are a wine lover, Spain is the place to dabble and experiment trying whatever you may fancy. The food is also phenomenal. There are so many nice restaurants that can be found while simply wandering the streets and letting your eyes decide what looks appealing to you. Two restaurants worth taking note of in case you are near are:
Casa Botin: This is the world’s oldest continuous running restaurant. It has been in operation since 1725. The painter Goya used to be a waiter there. If you do get a chance to dine here give the pig roast a try.
El Cellar de Can Roca: In 2013 this restaurant won the prestigious award for best restaurant in the world. If you at all can get a table here, it is sure to be a dining experience to remember.
Dazzle at the Architecture
There are so many different styles and periods that have had an influence to the buildings of Spain. One thing that surprises many first time visitors to learn is that there are Egyptian temples in the center of Madrid. This is not because the Egyptian’s lived there but rather in 1968 they gifted the Temple of Debod to the city. Mosques add another culturally diverse element. The Mezquita in Cordoba is unique in all of Europe and has been a world heritage site since 1984. Roman ruins are still visible and tell the story of a different past. The Roman Theater in Merida is still used for performances to this day. Just walking around the streets of Spain can be an activity in and of itself. There is such a variety of architecture to observe.
Stay at Stunning Accommodations
With so much artistic influence and blend of old and new design Spain has no shortages of amazing places to stay. A growing trend has been travelers veering away from traditional hotel bookings. Instead they have been opting to rent out private villas for themselves. Particularly if you are traveling with a group of friends or as a family this can be an appealing option. By doing so guests still have all the creature comforts of home yet more lavish amenities to remind guests that yes indeed they are on vacation. You could opt for beach front accommodation or instead choose to go up in the hills and be tucked in around ancient groves of trees. No matter what you decide if you go for a nice place to stay it is sure to make your vacation that much more memorable.
Marvel at the Art
Some of history’s most well-known and beloved artists come from Spain. Many people go to Malaga which is the birth place of Pablo Picasso. About 300 pieces of his work are on display at a museum here. The famous master Salvador Dali is also from Spain. Guests can take a tour of his home if they wish. There is something so interesting about being able to get a behind the scenes look into how an artist lived. Ranking in the top of the world as a museum the Guggenheim Bilbao is also a must visit if you are near there. This vibrant museum entices the visitor to enjoy the art from both inside and outside. The building has been constructed in a very aesthetically appealing way. The Frank Gehry designed gallery is also top notch if you can make your way there.
Bask in the Mediterranean Coast
Having the best of it all Spain has mountains, cities, land space and the Mediterranean coast. Sun worshippers absolutely love the teal blue waters and white sandy beaches that can be found along so much of Spain. You can plop down in the middle of a crowd and the hustle and bustle of a busy beach – those rented umbrellas are nice to have. Or you can venture off further and find your own cozy cove as there are plenty of those too. Worth mentioning is that Spain has approximately 577 beaches that have been awarded blue flag status. What this means is that the water quality is guaranteed to be high at those beaches. In addition most of those beaches are accessible to people with disabilities which again makes Spain in the world’s top ranking for having accessible beaches.
As you are picking your next vacation destination make sure you keep Spain at the top of that list.