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Top Ten Things to Do in Spain

Bilbao Nervion River, Bilbao Park, Guggenheim, Basque, Spain
Countryside in Andalusia Spain

Top Ten Things to Do in Spain

story by: Jo Wedlock

If you're planning on travelling to Spain where should you go? It’s such a vast and beautiful country with many different contrasts that you could be forgiven for getting lost in where to even start!  Do you head for the main cities, or try and get off the beaten track?  Visit during summer or winter?  What should you see and do when you get there?

Cordoba and Madrid are great places to visit in May and June. Proud homeowners decorate their patios and allow visitors in to see them during the Cruces de Mayo festival in Cordoba, while Madrid has its patron saint's day, the Feria de San Isidro.

While you will be best off speaking to a House of Travel specialist to work with you in planning and pulling together all of your exciting ideas and thoughts – here is a list we’ve compiled from some of our top consultants of what they have loved doing while visiting Spain – make sure you check it out!
  • ‘El Pais Vasco’ (Basque Country) is known for its avant-garde approach to cuisine. Join one of the popular gourmet tours and visit San Sebastian’s ‘pintxos’ bars, take a Basque cooking class, taste Rioja red wines & visit the Guggenheim Museum.  Food and culture together – what a combo!
  • Enjoy the laid back culture of Andalucía, rustic food, cobblestoned streets of ancient towns, Arabic bathhouses, lively restaurants & tapas bars, folk stories & rich culture; enjoy the sites of Alhambra Palace, Granada, Mezquita and Córdoba!
  • Wander the tiny streets of Granada lined with Moroccan tea houses and indulge in a traditional Andalucian dinner or a visit to Alhambra Palace. Make sure you stop to soak in the baths at ‘Hammam’, Granada’s Arabic Bathhouse.
  • Hit the rustic tapas bars in the back streets of Seville before you wander through the old Jewish Quarter and Santa Cruz and visit the magnificent Cathedral. This is a great way to experience fantastic shopping, more food and live flamenco music and dancing.
  • Base yourself in Mahón, the capital of Menorca and explore the southern part of the island with its white-washed villages, breathtaking views and exquisite cuisine.
  • The historic Camino de Santiago is an epic journey on foot across the Iberian Peninsula following the path to the tomb of St James at Santiago de Compostela. The trek is mostly over hilly terrain so you need a good level of fitness but the views and experience are worth it!
  • See the Ermita de San Miguel, Church of Santa Marie la Blanca, Spanish National Monument Church of Santiago and the Monastery of San Zoilo – culture to the extreme!
  • See the Gothic cathedral with beautiful stained glass windows and the Basilica Isidora with frescoed ceilings in Leon.
  • Wine and tapas in Valdepeñas, sherry in Cadiz, flamenco dancing in Seville – take a fabulous tour which will lead you from the splendours of Madrid through wonderful Andalucia - land of history, culture, stunning scenery, flamenco and fiestas
  • Spain has lots going on by way of festivals- it's difficult to pick a top event to head for but if you are travelling in May , June or July, check out  the Fiesta del Agua, a giant water fight in Lanjaron near Granada, which is an obvious highlight, as is the similar (but messier) wine battle known as ‘Battalla dal Vino’
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