Spain is synonymous with sun, sea, and sand and is replete with lush country estates with vineyards, sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches, frenzied nightlife scenes and marvelous architecture. Postcards don’t do justice to the grandeur this country exhibits at every nook and corner. From sophisticated cities like Madrid and Barcelona to the- fiesta and siesta of Valencia and Seville, there’s a whole lot to do here that will keep you occupied throughout your stay.
Watching exhibitions of the thrilling Spanish tradition bullfighting, the week-long spectacle of flamenco during La Feria de Sevilla to the sheer fun of Buñol’s La Tomatina festival and the taste of tapas and wine, Spain will keep you spellbound at all times. Opt for exclusive Holiday Packages from Musafir.com. Check Schengen visa for Indians details and avail cheap international flights when you pick us as your trusted tour planner for your Spain travels. Here’s a list of some of the incredible things you can do whilst in Spain.
- Go on a Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour in Seville
If you’re traveling on a budget, “Going for tapas” is going to be an essential part of your life in Spain. They are not only a brilliant way to get acquainted with the local culture but also an inexpensive way to fill you up. The best part is that every bar you visit will serve up a different variety of Tapas along with a drink. Some of the most popular dishes include tortillas, patatas bravas and a large number of chorizo based meals.
When in Spain, your trip will be deemed incomplete without a tapas and wine tasting tour in Seville. Seville is a beautiful province in Spain and widely famed for its flamenco dancing and wine tasting tours. Situated in the south of Spain, Seville is known for some lovely tasting vino and yummy tapas snacks. You can opt for Jerez de la Frontera or Devour Seville Food Tours for your dose of the Spanish countryside while also getting a first-hand view of how local sherry is made. The best part is that you will get to watch the famous Flamenco dancing up, close and personal which is truly a phenomenal experience!
- Witness a Bullfight in the Flesh
Pamplona, with its history and folklore, is a widely fascinating city. But what makes it popular is it annual Bullfights in the month of July. Although banned in Barcelona and the Canary Islands, Bullfighting is still prevalent in some parts of the country including Seville and the capital Madrid. Animal rights activists have been up in arms regarding banning this cruel sport altogether but all things said, bullfighting is still an integral part of Spain’s history and lore. So much so that Pamplona natives love to share their tradition with visitors. Bullfighting is originally from Ronda and you can either choose to see it from a distance or partake as a volunteer in the actual run itself. Be warned though, there are many casualties every year so you will be better served watching it from a safe distance. You have to see it for yourself to decide.
- Visit the Giant Fortress of Alhambra in Granada
Situated in hills of Granada lies the giant Alhambra fortress which hosts several buildings, towers, walls, gardens, and a mosque. This Moorish pleasure palace was used by the first Nasrid king, El Ahmar and was designed to protect the city’s inhabitants from invasion by the Christians for hundreds of years. As a matter of fact, El Ahmar chose this as a prestigious location to host his court and was the artistic highlight of Spain’s Islamic period. A guided tour will give you a close look at the historic colossal chambers with grandiose ceilings, intimate royal baths, magnificent tile-lined ceilings, marble fountains, stunning arches, and serene courtyards.
- See the City of Arts & Science (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) in Valencia
Located in Valencia, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias is a futuristic construction and a cultural marvel which definitely warrants a visit. Spread over two kilometers, you’ll find a planetarium, Laserium, aquarium, IMAX cinema, interactive museums, performing arts center and an opera house and that is just touching the surface. Europe’s largest oceanographic aquarium, L’Oceanogràfic is a part of this complex and plays host to over 500 marine species and uniquely designed to resemble a water lily. There’s also the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum which is an innovative center of interactive science which will surely be a hit with the kids.
- Check out the La Tomatina Festival
If bullfighting or being chased by bulls is not your idea of fun, then La Tomatina will surely captivate your interests. Held in the small town of Bunol annually in the month of August, nearly 20,000 people descend here to pelt tomatoes at each other. The festival only begins when one brave soul shimmies up a greased wooden pole, nearly two-stories high, and reaches for the coveted leg of ham at the top. Held in the honor of the town’s patron saints, Luis Bertran and the Mare de Deu dels Desemparats, the festivities usually last an hour and is usually accompanied by massive parades, fireworks, and even large Paella cooking contests.
- Visit the Nou Camp
You don’t need to follow Barcelona FC or be a fan of football to visit this imposing stadium. Boasting of 5 star UEFA status, Camp Nou is one of the most iconic and prestigious footballing venues while also being ranked as the largest stadium in Europe. If you’re around when the footballing season is on, then do buy tickets and visit this stadium as the fervor of the crowds and the sheer grandeur of the stadium is bound to mesmerize you. Alternatively, you can even take a tour of the stadium when there’s no match in progress. Just make sure you don’t wear a Madrid (their eternal rivals) Jersey while touring the stadium or visiting the local bars. A truly unforgettable experience!