Besides the astonishing architectural heritage and the relaxing natural beauty, what makes the portrait of Spain genuine is the bustling flea market at El Rastro in Madrid, the frenzied nightlife scene of Barrio del Carmen in Valencia, the intrinsic fear of the Pamplona Bull Running, the sheer fun of Buñol’s La Tomatina festival, the week-long joy in La Feria de Sevilla of the flamenco, the pleasure from tapas and wine, the constant fiestas and siestas, and of course, the corrida.
All of this could of course take an entire year to embrace, but if time is on your side, it’s most certainly worth it! The country is reminiscent of a virus – once you become infected with the allure, it remains in your blood forever more, persistently reminding you of the unique experiences you’ve reveled in, within that sun-kissed paradise located on the Iberian Peninsula.
But let’s get on with our list of the best things to do in Spain!
1. Granada: The Alhambra
Chosen as a prestigious location to host his court, and looking down upon the city of Granada, the first Nasrid king, el Ahmar opted for Alhambra which was further enhanced and altered consistently by successive rulers to become an amazing complex that very few are able to rival.
Colossal chambers with grandiose ceilings, lofty halls, marble fountains, intimate royal baths, and pomegranate gardens, merely serve as a foretaste of this Moorish-Hispanic treasure. A guided tour will reveal to you the spiciest of secrets and shadiest of nooks that nestle in this historic gem, that some would argue is deserved of the title – the eighth wonder of the world.