Author Sushant Published on October 26th 2018
Spain is a perfect mix of old and new, modern and traditional. In short, I call it heaven on Earth. Maybe you have thought of Spain as a place of bullfights, cathedrals, art, vibrant country life, pristine villages and bright sunshine; it is much more than that. It is an experience of a lifetime. Of course, you will find all those things, but the country’s charm lies in its people and their unique lifestyle.
Poignantly windswept Roman ruins, cathedrals of royal power and incomparable jewels of Islamic architecture depict a country where the great civilisations have risen, fallen and left behind their indelible mark.
Let me tell you more about this breathtaking country. Spain is a country that lives in the present, and its vibrancy has made the word "fiesta" one of the most famous words in the Spanish language. Spanish people welcome everyone with open hearts, and once you are in, you would not want to leave this land. I was amazed to see the level of hospitality they provide to tourists.
Food and wine are ultimate obsessions in Spain, and with good reason. The standards of Spanish cooking are deceptively simple: endless variety, traditional recipes handed down through the grandparents, and an innate willingness to experiment and see what comes out of the heavenly kitchens. Croquettes, Tortilla Espanola, Gazpacho or salmorejo, Pisto – Spanish ratatouille, Cured meats – jamon, chorizo, salchichón, Pulpo a la gallega, bean stews – and salads- you will exhaust yourself, but this list will not end. I consider myself as lucky that I got to tantalise my taste buds with such diverse cuisine.
How Much Time Should You Spend In Spain?
My answer would be- don't even think of going back. Spend as much time as possible here. You will undoubtedly have a gala time here if you decide to extend your vacation here.
What Are Spain’s Famous Tourist Destinations?
I personally don't like to keep travel checklists; however, I don't deny the fact that Spain has a bunch of destinations that you must check out, especially if this is your first time in this breathtaking country.
Here are some things You must consider to see in Spain:
This city pulsates with life in its small Barri Gòtic alleys, the pedestrian boulevard called the Ramblas, and in the funky bohemian quarter of El Born. It features works by native artists Antoni Gaudí, Pablo Picasso, and Joan Miró.
Madrid has ample street-singing, bar-hopping, and people-watching energy to give any visitor a boost of zeal and vigour. It also has world-famous art treasures (Prado Museum collection, Picasso’s Guernica) along with an unprecedented tapas scene.
This city reveals itself in unpredictable ways. Settle down in the old centre and explore monuments of the Moorish civilisation and its conquest.
Sevilla also has its share of impressive locales, but the real magic lies in the city itself, with its tangled former Jewish Quarter, gripping flamenco shows, and rising bars.
5. Basque Country
Lead by the culinary capital San Sebastián and the iconic modern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, this region is full of countless tourist attractions scattered through the countryside.
Incredibly well-preserved and burgeoning with cultural richness, the entire city has been declared a national monument. Isn't it amazing? This stony wonderland remains the historical, artistic, and spiritual centre of Spain.
7. Andalucía’s White Hill Towns
The Route of the White Hill Towns (Ruta de Los Pueblos Blancos) and Andalucía’s charm bracelet of charming villages perched in the Sierras, gives you a raw glimpse of Spanish culture.
When Is The Best Time Of Year To Visit Spain?
Spring and fall are the best time when you will find a decent number of tourists, long days, and plenty of amazing cultural activities.
I suggest you not to travel in July and August as you will find the too many tourists. Air-conditioning is absolutely necessary. During these hot months, lunch breaks can be stretched beyond their normal hours, especially in Andalucía.
Expect shorter hours from November to March, more lunchtime breaks, and fewer activities. I must confess that I was having a hard time leaving this country where the pace of life always slows you down so that you appreciate the wonders around you. I confirmed my sightseeing plans locally; I advise you the same. Spain is worth visiting. It will take your breath away for sure.