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A country of endless travel opportunities and experiences, Spain has amazing attractions ranging from modernist architecture to astonishing churches, this country will take your breath away every time. Varying from bright lights and beaches of Barcelona, sampling the exciting cuisine, and partying away on Ibiza; Spain is a culturally diverse country in which every city has a unique story. Known to be the finest travel destinations in the world, Spain is frequently visited by adventure seekers and families who don't get tired enjoying the best of water sports to city tours and much more. Let's go deep and comprehend the best things that travelers can try in the nation and the top 10 activities listed here have been duly chosen based on their popularity amongst visitors:
Acclaimed as ‘the King’s little pathway’, El Caminito del Rey, is a walkway straddling the side of the El Chorro gorge near Ardales in the province of Malaga. Surely it is not recommended for the faint-hearted, as you'll be needed traverse the 3-kilometre walk along a 1-meter wide path 100 meters above the gorge floor below. Primarily crafted as a route for workers at the hydroelectric power plant nearby, it now attracts thrill seekers from around the world. The path has now been reopened in 2015, after taking several precautions so that adrenaline junkies can travel the Caminito Hike more safely.
The hike to the city of Santiago de Compo stela, burial place of St. James the great, popularly known as the Camino pilgrimage is not easy as it seems. The ancient route has been traversed by pilgrims for centuries and even if you're not religious, even then you can enjoy the sense of achievement and adventure that comes from fulfilling these long-distance across Northern Spain. It doesn't matter you walk for weeks or take few days to hike along the trails, you'll find the challenge a rewarding one. You just need follow the footsteps of thousands who have gone before, and one needs to follow the white shells mark the route. If you’re a first timer, most popular way to walk the Camino is the ‘Camino Frances’ which begins at the St. Jean Pied de Port just across the border of France.
Authentic Spanish tapas have a very distinct experience to the imitations one finds at home. Tapas are the small dishes or bite-sized snacks prepared and served in bars and cafes in Spain. This is a traditional way of serving food, which means ‘cover’ or ‘lid,’ that allows you to sample numerous little dishes, perhaps alongside a glass or two of traditional sangria. Every bar and restaurant in Spain is serving tapas. Doesn't make a difference be it calamari, partitas bravas, or churros, order several plates each, and relish the experience of sharing food the Spanish way.
The people of Spain love to party, and to them dancing is an integral part of many traditional celebrations. The country’s national dance is the Flamenco, which originated in the southern parts of the country and has become an icon of Spanish life. Travel across several cities of Spain, you’ll find regular flamenco dance performance in bars and restaurants. Several places are more than willing to let a visitor try their hand at it! Plenty of the big hotels and resorts are offering lessons but more often than not it’s more fun to sit back and watch the professionals do their thing. If you’re keen enough to learn Flamenco, head towards Seville where you can enjoy the live performances and learn it yourself.
The Spanish, are internationally acclaimed to be as the party people and there's an unusual fiesta that takes place for which the world looks forward to. Residents of Bunol, Valencia celebrate the giant food fight festival involving la Tomatina (the tomato). The crowds take to the streets with tomatoes in hand and gets ready the evening before with a paella fest. If you're looking for a sedate and peaceful time in Spain, just avoid the chaotic La Tomatina. If you love throwing tomatoes and having an old set of clothes, get ready on last Wednesday in August and book an accommodation in Bunol in advance.
Located the heart of Andalusia, Ronda is amongst the most scenic town in Spain. Settled atop of a mountain in Spain’s Malaga province, Ronda is a unique town that sits remarkably overlooking a deep gorge which separates the new and old town. The medieval heart of the town has been able to retain an authentic Spanish feel. The town of Ronda is popular for the Corrida Goyesca, an annual bullfight held in the Plaza del Toros Ronda, the oldest bullring in Spain. Ronda is a gorgeous place from which to take photographs and visitors will find several viewpoints scattered around the town.
Malaga is a name given to this unique region of Spain and also a city located on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol. Visitors travelling to Malaga will find the Spain so often seen in holiday brochures and adverts. The area is famed for its sun, sea and beaches, and becomes very overcrowded in the summer. Plan to visit in the winter months of December, January and February for sunny climate and uncrowded beaches. Alongside the majestic beaches, visitors will also find the beautiful Cathedral of Malaga as well as the Picasso museum, and a vibrant mix of bars and restaurants to keep you occupied. If you love to explore the countryside and traditional white washed villages, hire a car and journey out into the countryside to relish the picturesque countryside of this region of Spain.
The Spanish capital may be overcrowded because of the hype and may not feature on top of your list of city destinations in Spain but spend some time here and you are bound to come under its charms. Travellers, who are art lovers, here love to explore the ‘golden triangle’ of art museums consisting of the Museo del Prado, the Museo Nacional Centrode Arte Reina Sofia, and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, which between them house an amazing collection of Spanish and European art, including Picasso’s Guernica.
Thinking of Spain, and you do not believe skiing is possible, but take your winter break on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees and we're sure you will find good snow conditions throughout the season, as well as far quieter slopes than the equivalent in the Alps. Checkout the resort of Bernasque in the Posets-Maladetas nature reserve for superb cross-country skiing and most popular with families and day trippers. Want to combine the enjoyment of sun and snow? Choose to ski at the Sierra Nevada ski resort just around an hour from Malaga. Not only allows you to spend the morning enjoying yourself on the beach before driving the short distance into the mountains to hit the slopes.
The exotic Spanish islands are as diverse as the mainland. Visitors adore the party atmosphere of Ibiza to the quieter and more relaxed La Gomera in the Canary Islands, this magical country boasts some of the most beautiful islands in Europe. Each island in Spain has its own unique flavor and if you’re looking for a quiet family holiday or an all-night party you’ll find an island that’s just right!
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