Planning a trip to Spain? Then you’ll want to know more about these 25 fun Spain experiences as you map out your Spain bucket list. Whether you’re looking to fill a few spare hours or plan your whole trip, scroll down to consider these amazing things to do in Spain. You won’t want to miss them!
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CONTENTS: In this article, you will learn about 25 Spain experiences that will add some fun to your itinerary, including the following things to do in Spain:
- Take A Hike in Andalusia
- See the White Villages of Andalusia
- Visit the Alhambra
- Drink A Pour of Cider in Asturias
- Crawl the Tapas Bars on Carrer Blai in Barcelona
- Cheer a Football Game at Camp Nou in Barcelona
- Admire Gaudí’s Unique Works at Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, Barcelona
- Discover Delicious Vegetarian Food in Barcelona
- Enjoy Coffee & Dessert at the Harry Potter Themed Coffee Shop in Barcelona
- Sample Sherry on a Bodegas Tour in in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz)
- Enjoy Spanish Music at Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, Castellon
- Watch Flamenco Dancing in Granada
- Walk the Maspalomas Sand Dunes, Gran Canaria
- Hike Mulhacen in the Iberian Peninsula
- Explore the Royal Palace of Madrid
- Appreciate Amazing Murals in Madrid
- Walk the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca
- Walk the Camino de Santiago
- Marvel at the Steep Cliffs in Rondo
- Have Lunch in Plaza de España in Seville
- Celebrate Féria de Sevilla in Seville
- Take in the Drag Scene and LBBTQ+ Nightlife in Sitges
- Celebrate Las Fallas Festival in Valencia
- Cook Paella in Valencia
- Throw Tomatoes During La Tomatina
1. Take A Hike in Andalusia
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Southern Spain has impressive mountain ranges and incredible scenery. Andalusia is perfect for those who love hiking and the great outdoors.
What makes this area special is that it is located very close to the coast so you can combine a beach vacation with some incredible hiking.
Head to the Axarquia, an area east of Malaga for some of the best hiking trails in the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama natural park.
An easy-to-manage trail suitable for beginners goes from the village of Frigiliana to the tiny town Acebuchal. Acebuchal only has a handful of inhabitants and is a great place for a delicious traditional lunch. The village lay abandoned for more than 50 years and was rebuilt in the early 2000s. Today it is a popular place for tourists who love the rich history of Acebuchal and the quiet atmosphere.
The hike is around 9 miles (14 kms) long in total and takes just over 3 hours.
Most of it is on a decently even road but make sure to avoid doing it in summer when temperatures are high. If you don’t want to hike the entire way you can get a taxi to drive you to Acebuchal and only hike the way back.
You’ll love the beautiful mountain landscape and the traditional feel of this area of Spain.
You could also try this amazing Caminito del Rey Guided Tour and explore some of the region’s most beautiful areas with a friendly and knowledgeable guide.
2. See the White Villages of Andalucia
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A visit to the white villages of Andalucia are a must when you find yourself in the South of Spain. There are so many of them, one more beautiful than the other, that it will be hard to choose which ones to see.
One of the most accessible white villages by public transport from Malaga, is Mijas Pueblo. The beautiful village has been built on the side of the mountain and has wonderful views over the entire coast.
Another fantastic village is Setenil de las Bodegas. While most of the white villages were built on top of hills, Setenil de las Bodegas is inside a canyon, with houses inside the hill caves. You can spend the night in one of the cave-houses, as many have been repurposed as B&Bs.
Near Setenil de las Bodegas you will find Olvera, with its hilltop castle offering 360 degrees panoramic views over the Cordilleras Beticas mountains.
If you choose to go to Costa Tropical, you must visit Frigiliana on the way, a beautiful white village with narrow streets decorated with ceramic mosaics. From the highest points in the village, you can enjoy views of the Mediterranean Sea.
If you plan on visiting the white villages of Andalucia starting from Cadiz, you should know that there is an official route which includes stops in:
- Arcos de la Frontera
- Zahara de la Sierra
The best way to visit the white villages of Andalucia is by car, so renting a vehicle is essential.
Otherwise, you could book a private day trip from Cadiz to the ever-astonishing, white villages of Andalucia.
3. Visit the Alhambra
One of the most remarkable landmarks in Spain is the Alhambra in Granada.
Located in Spain’s southern region of Andalusia, the impressive palace sits on the hillside overlooking the beautiful city of Granada. It has attracted millions of visitors and is one of Spain’s most popular sites.
You’ll definitely want to look into taking in some Alhambra experiences.
The Alhambra dates back to 889, modestly originating as a small fortress before it was expanded upon and converted into a royal palace.
Like many other impressive buildings in the region, the fortress is a unique blend of Moorish Islamic and Renaissance Christian architecture. The beautiful gardens, impressive structures and intricate mosaics make this a must-do activity on your next trip to Spain!
As it is the main attraction in Granada, and one of the most popular throughout the country, it is advisable to book well in advance. Tickets cost 14€ per adult and can be booked online. Be sure to make note of your time slot as one of the areas, the Nasrid Palaces, has restrictions on entry and you can only visit at your designated time.
Due to its large and impressive nature, a visit to the Alhambra can take a few hours and we would recommend you take a half-day to fully appreciate the palace.
While the Alhambra is visible from most of the city due to its location on top of the hill, the best viewpoint to appreciate the Alhambra from a distance is the Mirador San Nicolás. This famous lookout offers outstanding views of the Alhambra and Granada and is particularly breathtaking at sunset.
4. Drink A Pour of Cider in Asturias
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Despite its dramatic coastline and forested mountains, Asturias is one of the least visited regions Spain.
Most people are passing through, either walking the Camino de Santiago or on a road trip across Northern Spain. If you do find yourself there, even if it’s just for a few hours, be sure to try their local speciality: apple cider or sidra.
The cider comes in large bottles and is cloudy, slightly bitter and has a distinctive smell. It’s also everywhere in the region.
And drinking cider in Asturias is something of a ritual in itself. Watching a local pouring the cider is an experience. The pourer holds the bottle high above their heads, with the glass hovering around their knees – the point, course, to create as much distance between the two as possible – and the cider pours in a long stream from one to the other.
This apparently aerates the cider and produces froth. Then the cider is traditionally drunk quickly (or shared) and the last inch, which is usually containing sediment, is thrown to the ground before the glass is filled again.
If you want to experience this tradition for yourself, head to any bar in Gijon or Oviedo to watch the locals do it.
And don’t worry if you spill some as you learn to pour. Between the pouring and the throwing the last bit away, plenty of cider ends up on the floor.
5. Crawl the Tapas Bars on Carrer Blai in Barcelona
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When it comes to food, Barcelona speaks volumes. If you are looking for one of the best food experiences in Spain, or Barcelona local experiences, look no further than Carrer Blai. The Tapas Street of Barcelona features a range of tapas restaurants and bars.
Carrer Blai is the place where the locals eat. You will taste delicious tapas and pintxos at affordable prices. Pintxos are little snacks offered in a piece of bread and picked with a skewer, while tapa is a delicious appetizer, a legendary tradition of the Spanish cuisine, taken with a toothpick.
What are tapas examples? Tapas may include:
- Iberian ham
- Mouth-watering patatas bravas
- Padrón green peppers
- Tasty meat croquette
- Delicious fish
- Mixed olives and cheese
- Crispy chicken.
Tapas in Career Blai are offered in a self-service bar, making it easy to pick as many as you wish.
There are many tapas bars in Career Blai, we have visited and can recommend La Tasqueta de Blai and Blai 9.
Tapas originates from the word ‘tapar,‘ which means cover. Tapas were familiar originally as a piece of flatbread with meat, placed on top of a drink.
While many restaurants in Barcelona may overcharge you for a meal, in Career Blai you will eat well for less. A tapas meal with a drink will cost you a minimum of €10.
You could also sample a variety of different local cuisines during this amazing, Tastes and Traditions Food Tour of the city.
Either way, Tapas definitely needs to be high on your bucketlist experiences!
6. Cheer a Football Game at Camp Nou in Barcelona
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In Barcelona, a special experience would be watching a football/soccer game at Camp Nou.
This is the biggest soccer venue in the world with seats for 99,354 visitors. At this stadium, big games were played, like:
- The 1982 FIFA World Cup
- 1992 Olympic games
- UEFA Champions League Finals
- and many others
It is home to Futbol Club Barcelona. Part of the team is Lionel Messi, by many revered as “God of Football.”
You can get a ticket from 30 € for less important games to almost 5,000 € for El Classico games against Real Madrid on VIP seats.
You’ll want to buy a ticket upfront. With a ticket in your pocket, you can reach the stadium by Metro lines or Tram T1, T2, T3, and many buses. The magic will start on the grass under strong stadium lights. On extra moves from Messi you will hear 100,000 spectators chanting ‘Messi, Messi, …’ and it will make you shiver even if you are not a fan of the game.
That might just be one of the best experiences in Barcelona!
After the game is finished in half-an-hour, the crowd will empty the venue without any problems.
You can visit it also during the day. In the shop, there are jerseys with player numbers and other memorabilia. There is also a museum in this venue. With 1.2 million visitors is the second most visited museum in the city.
So when in Barcelona, don’t leave this place out. Because even if a game isn’t being held here, you could always do a guided 3-hour tour of the complex with a complimentary tapas tasting, too!
7. Admire Gaudí’s Iconic Works at Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, Barcelona
Visiting Barcelona is one of the best experiences in Spain. There is so much to see and do within this city that represents the uniqueness of Catalan culture and modernist architecture.
It is home to the work of the illustrious Antoni Gaudí who created many of Barcelona’s iconic buildings. Among the attractions by this world-renowned architect is the majestic Sagrada Familia and the colorful sight of Park Güell.
When you think of Barcelona, Sagrada Familia is probably the first landmark that comes to mind. It is a beautiful Basilica found in the city center, and one of Gaudí’s greatest (and most controversial) works.
The church’s facade is full of intricate details that will surely take your breath away. It has been under construction for over 100 years and is not expected to be completed for another 5 to 10 years.
As Sagrada Familia is one of Europe’s widely visited attractions, expect long waiting times to enter. Sometimes these lines can even reach around the block. Hence, it is advisable to buy your tickets beforehand since entry time schedules are strictly enforced, and this will ensure you don’t have to wait long. The cost of regular admission is 20 €.
Park Güell, on the other hand, is also another famous attraction in Barcelona created by Gaudí. It’s a beautiful sight to behold with all its varying shapes, colors, and styles.
The park is surrounded by lush florals and offers the most stunning view of the entire city. As with Sagrada Familia, expect long waiting times to enter, especially during the peak hours of sunset. It is recommended to buy your tickets for the park beforehand. The cost of regular admission is 10 €.
8. Discover Delicious Vegetarian Food in Barcelona
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Barcelona is a dream city for foodies as well as for the culture and history buffs. Spain is rich with culinary experiences. So food tour is a great way to immerse in the culture, history and stories of the city while walking, talking, and eating.
Most would think that Spanish and Catalan food is meat and fish based. Few realize that there is much to experience as a vegan or vegetarian. With the growing number of vegans around the world, Barcelona too caters to vegans, not just in modern cuisines but also with traditional Catalan cuisine of Barcelona.
During a vegetarian food tour you will get a great introduction to vegetarian & vegan foods in Barcelona and where to find the best choices.
- You will learn about the mighty pintxo and nibblers like olives, cheese and nuts.
- You’ll discover the delicious tapas like empanadas, potato braves, tomato breads, pebrots de pedrón and so many more.
- You’ll have the best churros and gelato of Barcelona, while you’ll learn about the Barcelona’s food snobbery, breads and local coffee.
Later be sure to enjoy a vegan paella which is famous the world over but a must have in Barcelona.
During the food tour you will walk through some of the most famous alleys in the old quarters and eat at the locals gems which would be nearly impossible to find on your own. On the walk you’ll stop at some famous shops like candle makers and grocers that have stood the test of time and are prized destinations for the locals.
You’ll learn how proud Barcelona’s residents are of their local family run stores and how they cherish the locally made, high quality goods despite the higher costs.
You’ll find that you’ll learn a lot more about life on a food tour than just the amazing food. It’s a big part of the best Barcelona experiences.
(If you prefer a non-vegetarian option in Barcelona, you could try this Spanish cooking class and Boqueria Market tour.)
9. Enjoy Coffee & Dessert at the Harry Potter Themed Coffee Shop in Barcelona
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If you love sweets, a good coffee and a bit of magic, then you have the perfect place to get all of it right in Barcelona. The place is called Pudding Diagonal Café and it’s located in none other than Barcelona’s diagonal avenue. Quite convenient, huh?
You can feel the magic from the moment you step in front of it.
I guess you already figured it out from the name, but it is Harry Potter themed and it makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a magical world.
It has so many details. As soon as you enter this coffee shop you will see all kinds of decorations, from books, brooms, cages with owls to a big Hogwarts mural.
Coffee and desserts are so delicious you will want to try them all. (We had cheesecake, lemon pie and carrot cake and wanted more!)
Your mind is already made up to the idea of visiting, right?
There’s more you should know about the Pudding Diagonal Café!
If you’re like Harry and Ron and enjoy a good board game, then this is your place to spend a few hours. You’ll find a large variety of board games to choose from so you can have a lot of fun while eating and living the full Harry Potter magic.
10. Sample Sherry on a Bodegas Tour in in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz)
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No trip to southern Spain would be complete without going on a Sherry bodegas tour in Jerez de la Frontera.
Jerez is the heart of Sherry production in the province of Cádiz, and is one of three cities that make up the famous Sherry Triangle.
The wine itself dates back to the 13th century, when the Moors ruled over the region, and it’s considered one of the oldest wines still being made.
The Sherry Triangle is the only area in the world that can produce Sherry due to its climate, and Jerez has some of the world’s most renowned wine brands sitting in its very centre.
One of the best tours you can take is with Tío Pepe, who offer a variety of different bodegas tours to suit your needs.
Here you’ll learn about the production process, the history behind the company, and of course get to sample some of their most popular wines at the end. Their Uncle Pepe tour takes just under 2 hours to complete, and at a cost of only €16 (including the wine) you really can’t go wrong, especially if you’re visiting Spain on a budget.
They offer specific tours in English so make sure you double check that before booking.
Jerez de la Frontera is the perfect city to visit if you want to immerse yourself in Spanish culture but want to get away from the busier tourist-filled cities.
And if you can afford a bit of a splurge, you might try this fantastic Jerez and Cadiz Wine Tasting and Horse Show Day Tour, too.
11. Enjoy Spanish Music at Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, Castellon
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Among the unique things to do in Spain is the “Festival Internacional de Benicàssim.”
It’s the annual music festival which takes place near the Spanish city of Castellon. If you’re into live music, beaches, and exploring Spanish culture then this long weekend in the middle of July is the way to experience it.
Benicassim is a relatively unknown Spanish seaside town. Throughout most of the year it’s somewhat quiet, but when the festival comes to town, it comes alive.
The festival is attended by music lovers from around the world but its Spanish roots are ingrained deep. While many of the performers are international superstars, one of the 4 festival days is solely dedicated to Spanish musicians. It’s a brilliant way for you to experience live Spanish music.
The first festival took place in 1995 and each year since it has grown and grown in popularity. However, it’s not just about the music. That is the main focus of the festival, but there are also events dedicated to Spanish arts, fashion, films and culture too.
You may assume the festival is only suitable for young adults. Actually, it’s fantastic for every age range and every person. In fact, in 2018 the Spanish prime minister himself attended to watch The Killers in concert.
The best way to experience any festival is, of course, by camping. However, at FIB, it is not highly recommended. The ground is rocky, dry and the heat is intense.
To experience FIB in the best way, your best option is to book an Airbnb or stay in a hotel.
Thankfully, ticket prices to FIB are some of the lowest cost festival tickets out there meaning you have a lot more pocket space to splurge on better accommodations.
12. Watch Flamenco Dancing in Granada
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Flamenco dancing is a tradition in Andalusia that began in the 18th century. The first performances took place in coffee shops and became popular with workers, poets, and musicians. Flamenco became so popular that the first contests were held in 1922.
Today, Flamenco is as popular as it ever was and is a ‘must-see’ for many visitors to the city. It is performed in many places, both inside and out on terraces, but it is always for relatively small audiences so that it remains intimate.
The shows feature a singer/guitarist and the folkloric dancing of the female flamenco dancer in her stylish costumes, clicking castanets in her hands or clapping. The dances are very expressive with intricate hand, arm, and body movements.
Sometimes a male dancer performs, too, and his dancing includes incredible footwork, with many movements on his heels.
The whole performance is incredibly emotional and this is sensed by the audience.
Granada has always been the home of flamenco and it is particularly associated with the Sacromonte Caves in the city where gypsies used to live. Their performances were credited with being the most spectacular.
The most authentic shows are those in the Sacromonte caves such as La Zambra de Maria La Canastera. This show has been running for over 50 years and the cave is one of the oldest flamenco cave venues in the city of Granada.
You could also check out this fantastic Flamenco Show in La Alboreá, too.
13. Walk the Maspalomas Sand Dunes, Gran Canaria
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Gran Canaria is a ball-shaped Canary island on the Atlantic Ocean, located about 93 miles (150 kms) away from the African coast. Due to this, Gran Canaria receives more than 300 days of sunshine. This is one of the prime reasons why travelers visit Gran Canaria all through the year!
A miniature continent by itself, Gran Canaria is home to some of the most striking landscape, gorgeous whitewashed coastal towns, and clean beaches.
One of the major landscape and must-visit attractions in Gran Canaria is the Maspalomas Sand Dunes. This is a protected nature reserve spread over an area of 1,000 acres in the south of Gran Canaria. In a split second, the wind-sculpted sands make you wonder if you are in the Sahara desert.
Begin your walking trail from Playa del Ingles passing through Playa de Maspalomas and ending it in Faro de Maspalomas (Lighthouse).
The beaches are distinctively divided for families, gay, and naturists. About 200 yards from the lighthouse and between Playa de Maspalomas, you’ll find La Charca. Be sure to visit this lagoon famed for watching aquatic birds like:
- Little Egret
- and a lot more!
If birdwatching is your thing, grab your binoculars and walk to La Charca’s observation deck.
The blue sky and golden sands are quite a sight to take in.
Avoid walking during the day times and when its scorching hot. The best time to walk on the dunes is during the sunset when the sands are golden, waves are shimmering, and the silhouettes of lighthouse are enticing!
You could also take a charming camel ride through the dunes of Maspalomas, too.
14. Hike Mulhacen in the Iberian Peninsula
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One of the best experiences in Spain is without a doubt to hike the highest mountain peak in the Iberian Peninsula, Mulhacen (3479 masl). You’ll find it in Sierra Nevada National Park in Southern Spain.
While it is a high peak surrounded by many of Spain’s 3,000-meter peaks, you can still manage a Mulhacen hike without much preparation in just one day.
In the summer months, there is a park bus going from the village of Capileira to Mirador de Trevelez. This is the highest point where the bus can go and much higher than private vehicles are allowed. The bus will pick you up 6 hours after drop off which gives you plenty of time to make the hike to the top and include plenty of stops on the way.
With only an elevation of 780 meters, this is a fairly easy hiking route, though you might notice the altitude closer to the top.
It still requires a basic physical condition to complete. But if you are a fan of adventure experiences, Mulhacen can be tackled from the west ridge — a truly unforgiving rocky slope.
However, if you hike from Capileira in two days, you can stay at either the guarded refuge Refugio de Poqueira at 2500 masl or at the unguarded refuge Refugio Caldera at around 3,000 masl.
If you opt for a trek from Hoya de la Mora combining Mulhacen with other top peaks like Pico de Veleta (3,398 masl), there are more options of unguarded refuges on the way.
Another option is to hike from Trevelez past Siete Lagunas.
For wild camping in Sierra Nevada National Park, you need permission from the park authorities, and it is only allowed as part of a through-hike.
15. Explore the Royal Palace of Madrid
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A great experience in Spain is visiting the Royal Palace of Madrid.
It is only used for state ceremonies by the royal family, but it is officially the residence of the royal family of Spain.
It is located in the middle of the city of Madrid, so you can easily go here when you are traveling to Madrid. You definitely should see it during your trip. The royal family of Spain has played a large role in the history of the country, and here you can learn more about it.
It is also a great place in Madrid to visit when it’s winter.
One amazing fact about the building is that it is the largest royal palace in Europe that is in use, with more than 3,000 rooms! The palace is wonderful to see from the outside, because of its architecture.
Furthermore, outside of the palace, you can see the Changing of the Guard during which the people guarding the palace are switched with other people. This is a ritual that happens two times per week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
You can also go inside the palace for a tour of the building, where you’ll see a selection of the most beautiful rooms. The admission fee is €13 per person, with some free days throughout the year.
16. Appreciate Amazing Murals in Madrid
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Even if you only have 24 hours in Madrid, art lovers can discover that there are many things to do in Madrid from visiting the world-famous Prado Museum to find the best street art murals in the city.
On a local city tour with Javier Garcia, from Cool Tour Spain, you can discover hidden gems and some amazing murals in Madrid. They offer several art and architecture tours in Madrid, Spain.
Urvanity is an urban art festival in Madrid that celebrated its fourth year in February 2020 and is one of the best art experiences. Contemporary art galleries from all over Europe and other Latin American countries join forces during this art week in Madrid. Thanks to different sponsors, facades located all around the city center are painted.
One of the best murals in Madrid is by British artist D*, one of his typical pop-art type painting with the couple embracing.
Oscar San Miguel Erice, also known as Okudart, is Spain’s most famous street art artist. His artworks decorate walls in capital cities across the 5 continents. Metro de Madrid commissioned him to create a tribute to Paco de Lucia, the world’s most important contemporary guitar player. The multicolored & patterned face of Paco de Lucia now decorates the hallway of a metro station in the Mirasierra district.
17. Walk the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca
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If you want a truly unique way to experience the Balearic Island of Menorca, look no further than the Cami de Cavalls.
This 115 mile (185 km) track circumnavigates the island, taking in some of the island’s most spectacular sights on the way.
The Cami de Cavalls was once the main thoroughfare on the island, and was created to help defend the island in the event of an enemy attack.
It has retained its rugged and charming appeal, and is surprisingly quiet to walk. This makes it an attractive alternative to the coastal walks on the island.
The track takes in incredible scenery and weaves past some of Menorca’s most beautiful beaches, alongside natural parks and reserves where you’ll spot several species of birds, and through ancient forests. It is varied and interesting at every turn.
Of course, not everyone is going to be able to tackle the entire trail in one visit, but it’s easy to choose a leg or two to complete during your island getaway.
The track is divided into 20 ‘stages’ and is well signposted, making it a breeze to navigate.
And unlike the coastal trails that sometimes veer too close to the edge of a cliff, these tracks are family-friendly too.
18. Walk the Camino de Santiago
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Out of many incredible experiences in Spain, walking the Camino de Santiago is one of the most unique and rewarding.
The old pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, a city in Galicia, Northern Spain has been used by people for centuries. Since the discovery of the tomb of Apostle St. James in 814 AD and the construction of the cathedral, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world made their way on foot, horse, or bicycle to Santiago.
Nowadays there are over 240,000 pilgrims that complete the Camino every year.
The Camino de Santiago is not the only pilgrimage route in the world, but it’s definitely the one with the best infrastructure for pilgrims.
- The routes are well-marked
- You’ll find a wide network of public and private albergues (budget hostels for pilgrims)
- There are plenty of restaurants and cafes along the way.
Anybody can walk the Camino regardless of their religion, age, gender, and fitness level; there are no limits.
Many people do not know that the Camino has many different routes, so you can choose the one that suits you the best. That might be a walk along the coast, a route over the mountains, or a historical route that will take you past many historical heritage sites and monuments.
The Camino Frances that starts on the border with France is the most popular route.
You can walk the Camino any way you like: the whole route in one go, a part of it like with this pilgrim for a day tour where you walk the final 7 kilometers of the trek, or divide the walk into several parts and walk it over a couple of years. There are no rules to complete it all at once!
19. Marvel at the Steep Cliffs in Ronda
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Ronda is a remarkable place in Andalusia. Located in the inland of beautiful Spain and about a 60-mile (100-km) drive from Málaga, it’s a must-visit on any Spain itinerary.
What makes Ronda so special is the El Tajo Gorge, separating one half of the village from the other. Pretty whitewashed houses are perched (seemingly) precarious on bone jarringly steep stone cliffs, a spectacular sight.
Be sure to cross the Puente Nuevo, the imposing stone bridge spanning the El Tajo Gorge a couple of times. This bridge was built in 1751 and it took 42 years to finish. Considering it’s over 400 feet (120 meters) tall and created without any modern building equipment, that’s quite an astonishing feat!
The Puente Nuevo connects the Old Town to the New Town – new being a relative term here, as this part of town dates back to the 15th century. There is a lookout on the bridge, looking down will induce a case of vertigo even in the most adventurous.
Down in the ravine, you can see the river Guadalevín, which slowly carved its way through the rocks to create this magnificent gorge.
Besides the cliffs, Ronda has:
- Lovely plazas
- Old Arabic baths (Baños Arabes)
- Interesting museums such as the Casa Palacio Museo Lara
- Beautiful historic buildings (don’t miss the Palacio de Mondragon)
- Cute narrow streets
For visiting families with young kids, you might want to ditch the stroller and bring a baby carrier instead as the cobblestoned streets of the old city center aren’t what you call stroller friendly.
If you are making a Spain road trip and looking for a campsite to spend the night, Camping el Sur is a great option. A well-managed campsite with lovely spots, clean facilities, and a swimming pool.
Or you could also do a guided day tour of Ronda from nearby Granada, too.
20. Have Lunch in Plaza de España in Seville
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One of the best travel experiences in Seville is visiting Plaza de España, the most famous and beautiful plaza in the city, if not all of Spain!
Located on the edge of Maria Luisa Park, Plaza de España is almost 100 years old and an essential stop on your Seville itinerary. Built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition world fair, it was designed to demonstrate Spain’s architectural and industrial accomplishments to the world.
Around the outside of the impressive semi-circular plaza are 48 small alcoves with benches. Each of these is representative of a province in Spain and is decorated with intricate mosaic tile work, or azulejos. These blue and yellow tiles contrast spectacularly again the red brick building surrounding the plaza.
At the centre of the plaza is the Vicente Traver water fountain and around the perimeter is a canal with four ornate bridges crossing it. In the summer it is possible to take a boat ride along the canal, giving to Plaza de España’s nickname “mini-Venice.”
Visiting Plaza de España is free and it is typically open 24/7. It is the perfect place to sit with some lunch and relax, to take some stunning photos or just to marvel at its sheer grandeur. It is worth visiting early in the morning if you wish to avoid the crowds and midday heat.
And for an even more enlightening experience, try a 2.5 hour walking tour of all of Seville’s major attractions.
21. Celebrate Féria de Sevilla in Seville
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One of the absolute best experiences you can have in Spain when it comes to cultural immersion is to attend a local Fiesta. Every city, town, and village in Andalucia has a local fair, usually spanning over a week, where you can expect:
- Sevillana (traditional music)
- Local drinks
- Flamenco dresses
- and a whole lot of fun.
The biggest and most famous of these is the one finding place in Seville, two weeks after Easter – Feria de Abril. This is one of the great cultural experiences in Spain!
It is not only known for being the biggest, but also the most traditional and should definitely be added to your Seville itinerary if you happen to be there at the right time.
The Feria Ground is divided in two. One part is a massive fairground, and the other is made up of streets lined with temporary party houses/tents called casetas, which are mostly owned by families and companies. The casetas only let in family, friends, and employees who have bought a ticket.
Food and drinks are served in abundance inside the casetas so it is definitely an advantage to know someone who has one or has tickets to enter one.
Luckily, there are a few that are public too, where everyone can enter. These are usually the biggest ones and they are just as much fun to hang out in. It’s a Seville experience not to miss!
At the fiesta, you have to try the Rebujito, which is the traditional Feria drink in Seville.
The entrance gate is illuminated every year as an opening ceremony for the Feria de Abril and the whole city is watching to see the gate which is made new every single year.
22. Take in the Drag Scene and LBBTQ+ Nightlife in Sitges
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Spain is full of intriguing cultural experiences, and one of the most vibrant and fun cultures in the country is that of the LGBTQ+ community. While the culturally Catholic nation may not seem like a gay travel hot spot, Spain is extremely progressive popular for LGBTQ+ travel.
From April to October gay travelers flock to the city, book a Sitges Airbnb, and make their way to the beaches and nightlife. The seaside city is a colorful hamlet of gay culture in Spain with an active LGBTQ+ nightlife and drag scene.
Whatever your sexual and gender identity may be, you can be a part of the action in Sitges at any of the popular queer bars and drag shows.
Going to see the dinner cabaret show at Queenz Restaurant is one of the most entertaining ways to experience the drag scene of Sitges. The dinner portion of the evening begins at 8:30 pm and includes a three-course dinner and a glass of cava – a Spanish sparkling wine.
At the conclusion of the dinner service, guests are treated to an epic drag show. The performance portion of the evening is about 50 minutes long. You can expect to leave the dinner show around midnights with a full stomach and belly laughs to match.
The music, the theatrics, the costumes, and the spirit of drag make an evening cabaret show the perfect way to experience LGBTQ+ culture in Sitges, one of Spain’s best queer communities.
23. Celebrate Las Fallas Festival in Valencia
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Welcoming the Spring and celebrating Saint Joseph’s day, Las Fallas is an incredible bonfire festival in Valencia (though it’s also celebrated in other cities and towns in the Valencian Community region).
With all the events that take place during the five days of the festival (March 15th-19th), you’ll surely feel excited like a kid in a candy store. Those include:
- Parades with traditional costumes
- Illuminated street cars
- Firework shows
- and the crowning glory – Giant, extremely detailed, and colorful papier-mâché sculpture displays
Each neighborhood in Valencia builds a display according to the annual theme, giving awards to the best creations. On the last day of the festival, apart from the winning display, all of the sculptures get burned. You can see the ones that have survived throughout the years in the Fallas Museum, which can be visited all year round.
Las Fallas is completely free to attend, but if you want to make the most of your time there, here are some helpful tips:
- Book your accommodation in advance
- Plan your itinerary according to the festival’s events
- Explore the different neighborhoods
- Be ready for the crowds and noise
- Bring comfortable shoes
- Spend some extra time in Valencia to see it more relaxedly.
24. Cook Paella in Valencia
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For foodies, a quintessential Spanish experience is enjoying paella, the rice dish with the unique golden-hue that only comes from a saffron infusion. All food lovers must try this signature Spanish dish in the city of its birth, Valencia.
Sure, you can head to any restaurants in the city, but where’s the fun in that?
Instead, for 75€, you can take a cooking class with Escuela de arroces y paella Valenciana (The School of Valencian Rice Dishes and Paella) and learn to make a traditional paella from a local chef (you could also try this authentic Paella cooking class as well).
Any foodie would be happy to retire to Spain. Food and cooking in Latin countries are not just about eating; It’s a full-on cultural experience. Family and friends mingle in the kitchen, sharing glasses of wine and conversation during the paella’s complex two-hour cooking process.
Taking a paella cooking class helps you understand the dish’s cultural origins. And the next time you order paella in a restaurant, you can appreciate the effort and skill that went into the preparation.
The class starts with buying the ingredients from the Mercado Central in the Barrio del Carmen. Like a local Abuela (Grandma), you will shop for different ingredients from different vendors, getting the seafood from a fishmonger, the vegetables from a farmer’s stand, and the spices from a specialty vendor. Now you have the best of the best and the freshest of the fresh.
Back at school, you will prepare the paella with careful guidance from the instructor because your paella’s success is all about mastering the techniques and tools.
Afterward, you will eat your masterpiece straight from the pan in typical Valencian fashion. And just like in a Spanish home, drinks, coffee, and an aperitif are part of this awesome experience.
25. Throw Tomatoes During La Tomatina!
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If you’re looking for immersive experiences, they don’t get more interactive than La Tomatina.
La Tomatina is a festival which occurs once a year in the Valencian town of Bunol. And this festival consists of… tomato throwing.
Yep, on the last Wednesday in August, the entire town runs red as participants throw tomatoes at each other – just for fun.
You have to buy a ticket in order to participate and there are some very strict rules. For instance:
- You must squash the tomatoes first in order not to hurt anyone
- It’s forbidden to throw anything other than tomatoes
If you’d like to get involved, you first need to grab one of the tickets online. Usually around only 20,000 are available, in order to avoid overwhelming the town.
There are starter guns to signal the start and end of the fight, which lasts around an hour.
Afterwards, firetrucks come out and hose down all the streets, and people if they wish!
Don’t wear anything nice. Your clothes will be covered in tomato juice and pulp and could be torn or ruined.
Also, leave your phones and cameras at home. They will get destroyed.
If you’re motorhoming in Spain, there are several campsites nearby, and also some hotels/BnBs but many get booked up early so book in advance.
Final Thoughts on Best Spain Experiences
Now you have an epic list of Spain experiences that offers something for everyone–and you’ve learned many things to know about Spain, too.
From the outdoorsman, to the foodie, to the history-lover, to the music fan, and beyond–you’ll easily find a fun experience in Spain with your name on it.
The real problem won’t be what to do in Spain…it will more likely be how to fit them all in.
Which of these amazing experiences in Spain tops your list? If you’ve been to Spain, which of these experiences did you enjoy? Let us know in the comments below.
Photo Credits: Tapas bar in Barcelona – Life Of Pix (Pexels); Pouring Cider – Hispalois, CC BY-SA 4.0 (Wikimedia Commons); La Tomatina – Deposit Photos; Ham & Mushroom Pintxos – Iñigo Ibisate (Pixabay) all other photos submitted by author.
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