10 (+5) reasons why you should travel to Spain
Are you planning to travel to Spain? Spain has something for everyone! Including an amazing history art, music, beaches, mountains, sporting activities and, of course great food and wine. Don’t hesitate… come and travel to Spain!
Ernest Hemingway once referred to Spain in a letter as “the last good country left”. Come and find out why!
1. Dollar vs. the euro
There has never been a better time to travel to Spain. The euro isn’t its strongest, which means you’ll get great value.
Spain, over its long history, has been part of the Roman, Greek and Muslim empires, and it has also been an empire itself. If history is your thing, you’ll be amazed by what you find here!
While visiting Spain you’ll realize today Spain is a democratic multicultural nation where you’ll find fascinating architecture, art, food, wine and cultural activities.
3. Art: Tradition and modernity
Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí and Goya were all born in Spain, and there are beautiful buildings and museums in which to enjoy their works.
While travelling to Spain you’ll see it is a country of contrast. In Barcelona you’ll find museums devoted to Dalí, Picasso and Miró. In Madrid don’t forget to visit El Museo del Prado. It’s a magnificent building with incredible paintings by Spanish painters as Goya, Velázquez and Picasso.
Once you’ll be travelling around Spain and going up north, in Bilbao you’ll want to see the Guggenheim Museum, an astonishing piece of architecture along the sea.
Visit the Alhambra de Granada and the Mezquita (mosque) de Córdoba to enjoy the beauty of the Muslim buildings. The Mezquita de Córdoba is the third-largest mosque in the world, after Mecca and Istanbul’s Blue Mosque.
Andalucía, in the south, is renowned for its flamenco performances. I strongly recommend that you experience one of these shows for an authentic experience in the region where flamenco was born.
4. Beautiful weather in Spain
London, Paris and Berlin are beautiful, interesting cities. I’ve visited each of them more than once, and I recommend that you do the same.
However, the weather in those cities is often less than inspiring. After all, rain is a frequent occurrence in northern Europe; snow, fog and low temperatures are of course normal in winter.
Now, think about Greece, Italy and . . . Spain. Here it’s beautiful in January, just as it is in August. For example, in 2012, Barcelona’s peak August temperature was 35ºC and the lowest in December was 10ºC. However, if you’re ever too cool on the peninsula, you can always take a two-hour flight to the Canary Islands and enjoy the nice, warm weather.
If you’re someone who likes winter sports, you don’t need to get a flight to the Alps. Just travel to Spain and head to the Sierra Nevada in Granada or the Pyrenees, and you’ll be enjoying skiing or snowboarding in very good conditions . . . with very affordable pricing
5. Outdoors atmosphere
You’ll notice it right away: Once you start walking along any street of any Spanish city, you’ll realize the large number of bars where you can get a glass of wine, a beer or a tapa.
Spaniards like going out after work and having a beer with their colleagues or catching up with their friends. Thursday, Fridays and weekends are the most popular days, but the outdoor atmosphere never stops.
Please don’t forget the chiringuitos: those little huts in front of the beach, where you can enjoy a mojito after a relaxing swim in the Mediterranean.
6. Good Spanish food and wine
Spain is justifiably renowned for its tapas, sangria, paella, pa amb tomàquet, pinxos, jamón de jabugo and more. Enjoy all these beautiful meals with a good Rioja, Penedés or Ribera del Duero wine.
Cava (similar to Champagne) is the term for sparkling wine in Spain. Remember to try the local beers according to the region you’re visiting: in Catalunya try Estrella Dam and Moritz; in Galicia try Estrella Galicia; in Madrid try Cruzcampo or Mahou; and in Andalucía try Cruzcampo.All of them are great
after a long walk on a warm summer afternoon.
7. Amazing beaches
Spain has 7880 km of shore and more than 3,000 beaches along its three coasts: the Mediterranean Sea, the Cantabric Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
There’s always a good spot for everyone, families, surfers . . . or those who just want to rest after a night out!
8. A multifaceted country
Move around in Spain. You’ll notice that Catalans are different from Madrileños and those from Andalucía. Different cultures–and consequently different meals, wines, beers, activities and languages–give the traveller a diverse range of experiences.
9. Best soccer in the world
Spaniards are crazy about soccer. To prove it, watch the news on TV. You’ll see that some channels spend 20 minutes talking about soccer.
I have been to Camp Nou (BarcelonaFC stadium) many times, and I can assure you: It’s an amazing experience even if you’re not particularly sports-minded!
10. Great festivals in Spain
Remember that if you’re very brave, you can always run with the bulls in Pamplona on July 7 – 14. If you’re like me, though, and you don’t feel like getting stressed running in front of those huge animals, just go and enjoy the wild atmosphere from a vantage point above the street.
La Tomatina, in Buñol (Valencia) is also a popular party. You’d better see what it’s all about before getting involved!!
These are perhaps the most popular festivals in Spain, but remember that, generally speaking, most villages have festivals for at least one week in summer.
Still not convinced? I’ll give you 5 more reasons why you should travel to Spain!
10 (+1). Easy to get there, easy to move from there
Communication in Spain can sometimes be a problem for non-Spanish speakers. Please be assured that I’ll make this part of your trip hassle-free. Plane, train and bus are the popular ways to move around the country, and we could include ships destined for the Canary and Balearic island groups.
Barajas (Madrid’s airport) and El Prat (Barcelona’s airport) are the country’s most important airports. They make it easy to travel to Spain from anywhere in the world.
Busy secondary airports dot the country, and they see considerable traffic.
Good connection to other European countries are also readily available. Remember that good, low-cost airlines operate in Spain.
10 (+2). Learn Spanish
According to UNESCO, approximately 400 million people speak Spanish, making it the second most spoken language after Chinese (with English in third place). Don’t you think your travel to Spain and enjoy your trip as a good opportunity to obtain your first knowledge of Spanish or perhaps to improve it?
10 (+3). Amazing nature and landscapes
Spain offers different types of landscape.
Among them, it is worth to travel to Spain and visit the northern half of the peninsula, where you will find the Picos de Europa or the Pyrenees.
In addition, go to natural landscapes formed by lakes, such as lago de Sanabria and the Lakes of Covadonga.
10 (+4). La Sagrada Familia
Do we need to talk about it? Just come and visit Barcelona and this amazing temple designed by Gaudi!
10 (+5). White towns in Andalucia, the south of Spain
Rent a car, and drive across the south of Spain. You’ll visit Seville, Córdoba and Granada, but don’t stop. Keep going. And get out of the beaten path. Visit some of those little towns villages in the south of the country. Mijas and Casares are just two examples.
In addition to large cities, the you’ll be able to visit small and medium-sized towns in the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga. There are lots of possibilities to explore the so-called “White Towns” (Pueblos blancos) being able to choose from short excursions to multi-day tours.
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