Spanish holidays are popular for many reasons. Spain is often visited for its fine beaches, superb weather and splendid scenery, but travellers can discover much more in this beautiful land. Read on to learn more about the top Spanish holiday destinations.
Barcelona is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Approximately 35 million passengers pass through the gates of Barcelona International Airport every year. Many visitors to Spain’s second largest city head to beaches such as Somorrostro, Sant Sebastii, Bogatell, Nova Mar Bella and La Barceloneta, which was described as the world’s third best beach in 2005. The city is not a traditional destination for beach holidays, however, as there are far more interesting things to see and do in Barcelona.
Home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Barcelona is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Europe. The city’s rich heritage attracts millions of visitors from all over the world; people who are interested in art, culture and architecture; people who want to participate in educational tours of this great city. The eight World Heritage Sites include Park GGell, Palau GGell, Casa Mill, Casa Vicens, Faaade of the Nativity and Crypt of the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlll, Palau de la MMsica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau. Casa Batlll is one of the most spectacular buildings in the world.
Other attractions in Barcelona include La Rambla, Parc de la Ciutadella, Arc de Triomf, Arenas de Barcelona, National Palace and Barcelona Fish. So far as educational visits are concerned, Barcelona is among the most historic and culturally important cities in Spain. There are plenty of museums and galleries for visitors to explore. The success of Barcelona FC has also made the city something of a Mecca for football fans.
Home to more than three million people, the capital city of Spain also happens to be the nation’s largest by population. Every year, millions of tourists flock to Plaza de Espaaa to shop, eat and soak up the sun. Surrounded by superb architecture, Plaza de Espaaa includes many bars, restaurants, caffs and shops. The area is also home to the Miguel de Cervantes monument.
Other attractions in Madrid include the Royal Palace, Gran Via, Plaza Mayor, Retiro Park, Puerta del Sol, Plaza de Cibeles, Almudena Cathedral, Mercado de San Miguel and Atocha Station. As with Barcelona, Madrid is culturally significant and there are several exceptional museums to visit, including Reina Sofia National Museum, Prado Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
There is arguably no better place in Europe to enjoy haute cuisine than San Sebastian, which is home to several three star Michelin restaurants. As many visitors to the city make abundantly clear upon their return home, however, the Michelin restaurants do not make San Sebastian the unofficial food capital of Europe, as fine food can be found around every corner, in every side-street caff and late-night tapas bar. The Basque region is renowned for the quality of its restaurants and San Sebastian does not disappoint.
Aside from its superb selection of food and drink, San Sebastiin boasts a diverse range of attractions, including Kursaal Palace, Urgull (beach), Beach of La Concha, Adarra, Tamborrada and the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus.
Edmundo Ramirez writes about educational tours in Spain for a number of websites and blogs. Originally from Portugal, Edmundo moved to London before his seventh birthday and has lived there ever since.