10 Things To Do in Spain
Ahhh, Spain! It has so many things to offer; gorgeous beaches, rich culture, siestas! We're taking a trip down memory lane today from a 2-week holiday we took to Madrid, Toledo, Sevilla and Barcelona the first week and finished off by sailing on a catamaran around Mallorca and Minorca. Spain has so many treasures, it isn’t difficult to stumble upon a gem without even trying. Here's our top ten things to do in Spain.
1. Take the Gaudi Walking Tour in Barcelona. If you have just one day in Barcelona, this is an absolute must! The Gaudi architecture is something out of a dreamworld, the buildings are so colorful and ornate, they almost look like life-size gingerbread houses.
2. People watch on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. The hub of Barcelona, Las Ramblas is one major street of shops, street performers, restaurants and tons of people. Vendors selling everything from flowers and souvenirs to baby chicks and ducks add a unique flair to the street, as do unique characters like the Tree Woman (perhaps a Spanish take on the Bush Man from San Francisco?).
3. Visit the Prado Museum in Madrid. Conveniently located right next to the Botanical Gardens, the Prado Museum features unquestionably the best collection of Spanish art from the most discerning artists such as Franciso de Goya, El Greco, and Diego Velazquez.
4. See a flamenco show. Torres Bermejas is a great plan to have an authentic Spanish meal and they put on a spectacular flamenco show as well.
5. Explore the Botanical Gardens in Madrid. With 90,000 plants and flowers, 1500 trees and 5 greenhouses it is easy to get lost in the Botanical Gardens for hours.
6. Day trip to Toledo. While not as widely known as some of its metropolitan counterparts, Toledo is absolutely breathtaking. It’s stone paths and condensed apartments stacked right up against each other are reminiscent of Italian villas in their charm and proximity. Known for its religious tolerance, Toledo is rich in its diverse beliefs and cultures that coexist peacefully.
7. Take in a futbol game. Whether you're at Camp Nou, Barcelona FC's stadium, or just at an outdoor cafe with wide screen tvs, you'll be surrounded with an energy from enthusiastic fans, standing and cheering on their team in a way that only the Europeans can do.
8. Self-organize a sangria hop. At all hours of the day, even on weekdays, you’ll see groups of friends gathered at local bars, always with tapas and sangria present. A word on the sangria: it tastes completely different everywhere you go, and local restaurants pride themselves on 'their version'. This is a great way to literally get a taste of Spanish culture.
9. Relax in Sevilla. Sevilla is one of my favorite cities in Spain. Amongst sunny, ivy ridden walkways and colorful buildings, you can easily stumble upon a small festival and see Spanish dancers at their finest. Though it was less active than many of the cities in Spain, it is one of the best places to fully immerse yourself in the unique culture.
10. Island hop. There are several beautiful islands to visit in Spain; Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza. Each has there own unique flavor to offer, but all have
Have you visited Spain lately? What would you add to this list?