Spain is an incredibly dense country in terms of activities. In the North travelers can hike and ski in the mountains separating Spain from France, in the center they can walk beautiful rolling hills and countryside and explore the local culture, and everywhere on the border people can lounge on beautiful sandy coasts of the Mediterranean. This is why Spain has something for everyone. Whilst not the first thought of country for nature-lovers, Spain does have some of the most-popular eco-destinations and home to some of the world’s wondrous creatures.
To help give an idea of what you can look forward to in your visit to Spain, we’ve created a list of some of the top places to visit! Read on to find out more..
The first of many stops and to stay with you for years to come be sure to see, Gaudi’s phenomenal Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Be astonished by the outside, bathe in awe on the inside. Still on the Gaudi trail, there is Casa Batllo. With a roof like a dragon’s back, fish scales, balconies embellished with bones it’s an underwater wonderland captured in architecture.
Explore a Barrio in Barcelona
While in the city it is worthwhile exploring the Barrio Gotico where old artefacts under Roman ruling and through to the Spanish Civil war still remain, there are plenty of restaurants quaint little stores, bars and musicians in the area.
The Alhambra, a multi-layered historical site depicting the meeting of the Jewish, Arabic and Catholic as well as a mix of fortress and palace. A visit to Granada without a visit to the Alhambra is a big missed opportunity indeed!
For a dive into the Catalan culture and history, there is the Monteserrat Monastery, home to the famous Black Madonna then head to the winery in a 10th century castle, the Oller del Mas.
Perhaps you’d like to taste some of the Spanish fiery spirit, watch or participate in one of the flamenco shows in the Spanish Village in Tablao de Carmen.
When in Madrid
In the capital city is the Prado National Museum, often referred to as the “museum of masterpieces”, it is truly a magnificent representation of the finest artists gone by. Whilst still in Madrid, it will be worth marveling in the opulence of the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. Primarily used for state events and functions, it is a historical walk-through of Spanish history.
Goth in Toledo
If you happen to be in Toledo, you will find the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Gothic with Moorish influence, it is large and hold ornate sculptures and interiors. Take a break and relax at the tranquil courtyard, prior to completing the rest of your wanders.
If you happen to be in Seville, you cannot go past the phenomenal UNESCO listed palace, Real Alcazar. Originally built as a fort in 913 AD, it has had many restorations bringing it to today’s magnificent state.
Skiing and Wildlife
The Sierra Nevada National Park is a destination for skiing with multiple peaks over 3,000 meters high. The national park is actually a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a haven to a vast array of wildlife, including the wild boar, badgers and the Iberian Lynx.
Doñana National Park
Searching for more wildlife? In Spain’s southern coast, the Doñana National Park is an impressive bio-diverse ecosystem home to the Egyptian Mongoose, the European badger, the Spanish Red Deer and thousands of migratory birds.
Dramatic Rock Formations
Another stunning location for nature immersion is the El Torcal Natural Park is easily accessible by car. A UNESCO declared World Heritage Site, the dramatic geological rock formations are unique, plenty of chances to spot Ibex, various bird and flowering species.
The Canary Islands
Ah the Canary Islands! Situated away from mainland Spain, it boasts near-perfect temperatures all year. This little island has magnificent landscape and subtropical greenery not to mention the dreamlike colors of lava fields and lush rolling plains. The island appeals to the active yogi at heart, with chances for scuba-diving, kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing, swimming, hiking and of course relaxing.
Notable places to visit in the islands is the Parque Natural de Corralejo and Dunes, Timanfaya National Park, Camino de Ronda and Caldera de Bandama. Then take a well-deserved wind-down at sunset at the plentiful bars that scatter the beaches, wonderful.