Spain is a treasured holiday destination for many who enjoy spending time on sandy beaches in blistering sunshine, whilst drinking pina colada and admiring the local senoritas. However, aside from the glorious seaside resorts theres a wealth of interesting spots to visit in Spain. Blessed by natural beauty and warm weather the spanish coastline towards the mediterrenean will probably always have the biggest pulling power on tourists from abroad, however even the busiest and tackiest tourist resorts typically have extraordinary experiences waiting just a short drive away.
Big City Holidays Spain
Being the capital we have to Madrid first, and indeed Madrid lives up to its status with plenty of activities and monuments for tourists to visit. Its a proper highspeed metropolis unlike most spanish cities. Madrid has all the museums, cathedrals and leisure you could wish for. However, the more popular and probably more enjoyable city holiday option is found in Barcelona. Located as a sea side town on the Mediterrenean it has beaches to die for, huge marinas with plenty of seaview restaurants stocking fresh fish dishes and paellas, but aside from the sea the catalonian capital is also a charming vibrant town with all the spoils of a metropolitan european city. Any football fan should seek out the real theather of dream, Camp Nou, and catch the unstoppable Barcelona team for a home game. The annual in-city festival Primavera shouldnt be missed by anyone liking alternative tunes, old ska bands and punk – and the stages are right in the middle of town. The list of attractions in Barcelona is litterally endless, but the main feature is actually the welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere, largely unheard of for such a big city.
The costa Blanca stretches from Torrevieja in the south to Valencia in the north. Its primarily known for its two enormous tourist resorts round Alicante and Benidorm. The Costa Blanca has plenty of significantly nicer resorts than the two big ones though, including but not limited to Moraira, Altea, Villajoijosa and Javea. Aside from the delicious sandy beaches, bar strips and nightclubs of the tourist resorts you find a natural beauty and unspoiled nature all over the Costa Blanca. Mountain walkers, cave divers, fishing fans and architechturally interested people will all find themselves plentifully catered for. On top of that unique locations such as the village of Guadalest, built into the mountain sides and maintained for hundreds of year, should be obvious destinations for those reaching beyond the beaches.
Well there is plenty. The religious wonders of the north in Compostella, the crazy nightlife of Marbella, the bulls in Sevilla, the beaches of Costa Del Sol and plenty more. You could easily follow in the footsteps of Hemingway and spend years exploring the different types of Spain that are all presenting themselves to you in a most welcoming fashion. Speaking even a bit of spanish is a big plus when travelling spain, though you can easily get by with english all around the Costa Blanca and Costa Del Sol, whereas it gets more difficult further away from the tourist resorts.