14 Reason Why Spanish Must be Your Next Main Holiday Destination

Looking for a tourist destination abroad that you will visit when the holidays arrive? You must enter Spanish in the first order. As one of the countries in Europe, and included in the Schengen area, there are many reasons to decide on a vacation to Spain. Want to know what are the reasons that will make you decide to vacation in Spain, see below!

Cheap Travel Destinations in Europe

If you type “cheap European travel destinations” on a Google search page, a number of regions in Spain are always on every list.

In the Andalusian region, for example, in cities like Seville, Granada, and Cordoba, the hotel prices and the food offered here are affordable, even for a budget traveler. Even in Malaga, where you can enjoy all things Picasso and other high-quality art, you can have fun in this northern side of Spain at pocket-friendly prices.

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Spain has Many Cities with Interesting Characters

Call it Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Málaga. There are still many cities that can be an excuse for a vacation to Spain because the natural wealth, culture, architecture, and character that each city has is extraordinary.

In Andalusia, for example, where you will find many unique and interesting villages. There is The White Villages, the village with the roof of each house painted white, with colorful flowers on the balcony and the impressive natural surroundings make this area very beautiful and fun to visit. While on the northern side of Spain, such as the Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, and Basque regions, you will find villages that are synonymous with fishing activities, given their location close to the sea. Eating seafood is a must here because of its impressive taste, such as pulpo a Feira or spicy squid in Galicia, fabada in Asturias and pintxos, or traditional Basque alcoholic drinks.

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If you want to visit a city that is memorable from the Middle Ages, you can venture from the Basques to Extremadura, whose buildings have a monumental architecture that is synonymous with Medieval culture. How about in Madrid? From the mountains on the north side, which has many small towns of incredible natural beauty, to some of the impressive architecture on the south side of Madrid that is hard not to notice. While the city in the Canary Islands is identical to its traditional side. In Bethanuria, for example, you can find out about the Fuerteventura tradition. Or in La Palma, a city perfect for stargazing, which has Tazacorte and a museum dedicated to bananas, the iconic fruit of the Canary Islands.

The experience you have in every city in Spain is guaranteed to be different from each other, just like the experience of a vacation to Barcelona will not be the same when visiting Madrid. To know the sensation, you really have to vacation directly to Spain and see it for yourself!

It’s Rich Culture and Festivals to Enjoy

Talking about culture, Spain is one of the countries with extraordinary cultural wealth. The way they show it is also special, through daily activities and also various festivals.

La Tomatina, or as many know it as the Festival of the Tomato Wars, is held in Bunol, Valencia. Held on the last Wednesday in August, local residents, as well as tourists, are welcome to take part in this tomato war festival. No half-hearted, every year the tomatoes that are provided to enliven this festival reach 150 tons, you know!

There is also the Fallas Bonfire festival in San Jose, Valencia, a festival that has been a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2016. One of the most iconic festivals is the San Fermin in Pamplona. This week-long festival runs from July 6 to July 14, opening with fireworks, being chased by bulls every morning during the festival, and many other traditional events taking place to celebrate it. Like millions of foreign tourists visiting Spain, you too must attend this festival!

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At the festival, which is held in various parts of Spain, you will also find many local people performing special dances, including the flamenco, a traditional social dance originating from Andalusia, in southern Spain. Flamenco is also an art form recognized as part of UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage. There is also the fandango dance, a fast dance that is performed in pairs and shows similarities to the bolero. While sevillana is popular music and dance performed at festivals held in the south of Spain. Similar to flamenco, sevillanas are more informal in nature with dances that can be performed by people of all ages and genders.

Special Cuisine

Culinary products are one of the local treasures of each region. Spain also has a myriad of culinary choices that must be tried. Tapas for example, where each region in Spain serves it with a different taste, but still in the delicious category. Keep in mind, many bars in Spain will give you tapas for free when you order a drink. Even in some cities, especially small towns in Spain, it’s possible to be full with the free food provided by simply ordering a drink.

For those who want to try typical cuisine, you can get the best Valencian paella when you visit Valencia. In addition to enjoying the magnificent view of the Mediterranean Sea, you can also pamper your stomach and tongue with this culinary at a number of restaurants in Valencia. You can even get an extraordinary sensation of enjoying paella, like being on a boat at Albufera Natural Park or visiting Horta of Valencia.

Not only paella, but Spain is also famous for its seafood. Jamon and a large selection of fresh fruit and vegetables are guaranteed to make your trip to local markets in Spanish cities a very pleasant one.

Own the Best and Iconic Restaurant

One of the reasons for a vacation to Spain is the ease of getting the best food in a restaurant that is also classy. There are even a number of restaurants that are categorized as the best in the world in Barcelona, namely El Celler de Can Roca, the best restaurant in the world in 2013.

Not only that, but Spain is also the “home” of the oldest restaurant in the world, namely Casa Botin. Having been operating since 1725, this restaurant is famous not only for its pork guling, but also because of the famous painter Goya who once worked here as a waiter.

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Has a lot of Historical Architecture

For history and adventure enthusiasts, a vacation to Spain is a great reason to learn about many things related to world civilization, especially Europe. Here, many historical relics have survived to this day.

The Alhambra in Granada, or the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Prado Museum in Madrid to San Lorenzo de El Escorial, all of which are buildings that stand with extraordinary historical and artistic value also cannot be missed. There are many interesting stories and special historical records that became the background for the establishment of these iconic buildings.

Take the time to also visit Seville, where the city boasts many historic buildings, such as the cathedral with the famous Giralda tower, the Alcazar de Sevilla and its garden complex, and the iconic Plaza de España.

Admire Spanish Art

Spain is a country with a mix of various arts and cultures in it, ranging from a touch of Islam, European medieval culture to gypsies. That’s why there are many works of art and culture that Spain has, which makes this country very interesting to explore.

For works of art and architecture that blend Islam, Europe, and more, you can visit Cordoba and the Alhambra in Granada. Moorish and Hispanic touches are evident, combined with Islamic art, which makes the Alhambra one of the eight must-see wonders of the world.

Valencia can also be called the City of Arts and Sciences, thanks to the futuristic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, which houses art galleries, museums, planetariums, opera houses, and many others, including Oceanografico, Europe’s largest aquarium.

Watching Gaudi’s work in Barcelona is also something not to be missed, starting from the Sagrada Familia, one of the sites that have been named UNESCO as a World Historical Heritage. There are still Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Casa Vicens, Colonia Güell, Palau Güell and Park Güell, or Capricho house (in Cantabria) and Casa Botines (in León) outside Catalonia that you can visit.

While Madrid has three important art museums that must be visited, from the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Museo del Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza. You can also learn about Surrealist art at the Dali Triangle, or explore the gothic style at Burgos Cathedral. Interested?

Enjoy the “Hospitality” of the Beaches in Spain

In fact, Spain has a coastline of more than 8000 kilometers, which makes the country has thousands of beaches, from rocky to soft white sand beaches. Fun, most of the beaches in Spain are friendly for people with disabilities.

Spain also has many hidden beaches, which are spread over seven large islands and many small uninhabited islands. You can head to Balearic Island and find many hidden beaches with a backdrop of pine forests and blue seawater.

Want to visit an iconic beach? Head straight to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe on the Basque Coast, where you’ll be in one of the locations where the Game of Thrones series was shot. This place is popular and spectacular because of the dragon “walking” scene in the “palace” that is there. To get to this “palace”, you have to cross a bridge and climb 241 steps. Following the tradition, you have to ring the bell in this “palace” three times when you get there for good luck and keep away evil spirits. The most fun to visit this place is when the sun goes to the bed, it’s really epic!

One of the best ways to experience the mountains and hills, and even the natural landscapes and cities of Spain as a whole, is by hot air balloon ride. In Segovia, you can see the Alcazar dam and fortress from a hot air balloon. In Avila, there are city walls and magnificent cathedrals that are sight, with Mount Gredo as a backdrop. The architecture of the city of Toledo will also fascinate you when you see it from a height.

Have Interesting Mountains and Hills to Climb

In fact, Spain is the second country in Europe to have many mountains and hills after Switzerland. The difference is, you can’t relax on the beach, an hour after previously climbing.

Provinces in Spain, such as Asturias and Cantabria, offer an attractive combination of spectacular mountains and beautiful beaches. One of the interesting destinations to visit is Picos de Europa, hills with peaks that are shady and green because of the plants there, and a 30-minute ride down by a car, you can immediately enjoy the beach with soft white sand and blue water. So much fun!

One of the best ways to experience the mountains and hills, and even the natural landscapes and cities of Spain as a whole, is by hot air balloon ride. In Segovia, you can see the Alcazar dam and fortress from a hot air balloon. In Avila, there are city walls and magnificent cathedrals that are sight, with Mount Gredo as a backdrop. The architecture of the city of Toledo will also fascinate you when you see it from a height.

Enjoy the View of the Night Sky Freely

But it’s not just the natural landscape, mountains, and hills that will amaze you. One of the reasons why Spain should be your next vacation destination is that many regions of the country offer ideal spots for stargazing at night. Understandably, Spain is one of the countries with the lowest light pollution levels in Europe, and also has a climate that is suitable for enjoying the view of the sky at night.

Sierra Sur de Jaén and Sierra Morena, Andalusia are some of the ideal locations to enjoy views of the sky and the stars and galaxies at night. Montsec in the foothills of the Pyrenees in Lleida, Catalonia can also be another option to visit. Teide National Park in Tenerife and the town of Granadilla de Abona are also impressive spots for hunting sky views. Other locations are La Palma in the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Gredos Norte in Castile and León, Avila, and many others. All of these destinations have received recommendations from the astronomical associations in Spain, you know!

Enjoying football revelry

In recent years, Spain has become the mecca of world football. The two biggest teams in the world, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have managed to steal the show, not only with the players they have but also because of the achievements they have made.

These two teams also have the most massive fan bases in the world, and watching FC Barcelona play at the Nou Camp or Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, together with their tens of thousands of supporters, is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Spain’s Best Wine Producers

France may be famous for its wine, but Spain is also not to be underestimated. The country which has more than 2.9 hectares of vineyards is one of the third largest wine producers in the world after France and Italy.

If one of your reasons for vacationing to Spain is to enjoy world-class wines, such as La Rioja and Ribera del Duero, there are many regions to go to. Meanwhile, to enjoy Cava, sparkling wine, Catalonia is the region that must be visited because only here this type of wine is produced.

Want to get the most out of the vineyards of Spain, just take the available tours. ACEVIN, the association of cities concerned with the development of wine in Spain, offers ways to enjoy the best of wine from visiting a winery, spending the night in the middle of a vineyard, participating in tasting sessions, learning about wine-making techniques, and other unique activities, such as flying overhead fields with hot air balloons, biking and much more.

Friendly Weather

If you visit England, you may be disappointed with the unpredictable weather conditions. But not so if you decide to take a vacation to Spain, and friendly weather conditions should be the right reason for a vacation.

Being on the southern side of Europe, Spain is blessed with long summers and friendly weather. In fact, on average, more than 300 days a year, this country on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea gets a splash of sunshine. Even in winter or fall, the sun still shines comfortably in some cities and the weather is still friendly.

Spain is a Muslim-friendly Country

One of the concerns of Muslim travelers while on vacation abroad is finding halal food and difficulties in worshiping. In Spain, you won’t find that problem. There is a Halal Institute that provides halal certificates, which are in accordance with Islamic and sharia values, for hotels, restaurants, cosmetic companies, and many others.

For halal food and restaurants that serve it, there are many ways to find out, from searching for it through a search application or installing a mobile application to searching for halal restaurants on your smartphone.

You will also have no trouble finding a place to worship. At Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport, there are two mosques near the exits of terminals T2 and T4. While at the Barcelona-El Prat airport, the location for prayer is at terminal T1. Places of worship are also available at the airports of Malaga-Costa del Sol, Gran Canaria, and Tenerife Sur. The number of mosques and Islamic centers in Spain is also hundreds and spread in almost every city in this country.

 

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