Holidays in Spain
Spain is a beautiful and diverse country located in the southwest of Europe. It shares the Iberian Peninsula with Portugal, Gibraltar and Andorra. To the Northeast it borders with France and the tiny principality of Andorra. To the West its limits are defined by the Balearic Islands located in the center of the Mediterranean Sea. Its Southern most territories are the picturesque Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla located in the North of Africa. This is why travelling to Spain is likely to be a enriching experience since tourism in the country offers a wide variety of destinations, activities and landscapes.
Spain is a country of large geographical and cultural diversity, often a surprise for tourists who are expecting to find a country mostly known for beach tourism. Travel to Spain and you will find everything, from lush meadows, green valleys, hills and snowy mountains in the Northern regions to almost desert zones in the South. Its beaches are also famous and worth visiting, small and charming creeks in the North and wide white sand beaches on the South and Western parts of the country, without forgetting the exotic black sand beaches of the volcanic Canary Islands.
Every year millions of tourists decide to travel to Spain, the country has been one of the most important tourist destinations of the last decades becoming the third most popular travel destination in Europe.
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Spain, one of the warmest countries in Europe:
Spain has a predominantly warm Mediterranean climate, with dry summers and winters with balanced temperatures. Here you can enjoy more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. It is no surprise, then, that this is one of the warmest parts of Europe.
When talking of weather, special mention should be made of the Canary Islands. Their special location, facing the coast of Africa, gives them a benign climate with mild temperatures (22ºC year-round average on the coasts), with only small temperature differences between day and night, whatever the season.
Nevertheless, variety is the main characteristic of the climate here, due to Spain’s immense geographical diversity.
So that if you travel to the north, to the Cantabrian coast, you will find a mild climate with high rainfall. Winters are mild and in summer temperatures rarely exceed 25ºC. However, in the higher parts of the country, the climate is harsher and it is common to see snow from the beginning of winter to the end of spring. This is the case of the Pyrenees, the mountains of Sierra Nevada, the Central and Iberian ranges, and the Cantabrian Mountains, among others.
The time zone on the Spanish mainland and the Balearic Islands is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 1 hour in winter and + 2 hours in summer. On the Canary Islands, it is GMT, or GMT + 1 hour in summer, i.e. always 1 hour less than the time on the mainland and in the Balearics.
Spain changes its time between summer and winter for daylight saving. This means that the last weekend in October the clocks go back 1 hour (at 3am it is 2am) and the last weekend in March they go forward 1 hour (at 2am it is 3am).
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See the Alhambra at sunset, in Granada
The Alhambra is a beautiful complex of buildings and gardens. Its leafy tree-lined walkways provide pleasant shade and coolness, enhanced by the abundance of water that flows in its streams.
It was the largest political and aristocratic center of the Moslem West. The Palace premises comprise beautiful rectangular courtyards and numerous fountains, as well as the Nasrid buildings that served as living quarters for the monarchs and their servants. The oldest building is the Alcazaba citadel. One of the most important structures is the La Vela tower, which offers one of the loveliest views of the Alhambra. The courtyard of the Lions with its fountains is one of the most beautiful in the compound.
Climb the towers of the Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona
In 1883 the brilliant architect Gaudí agreed to take on this project, succeeding Francisco de Paula, and worked on it until his death.
Work to complete this great basilica still continues today. The first architect to undertake this project originally planned a neo-Gothic building. However Gaudí took over following his death, and while conserving the original layout he soon stamped his own personal imprint and distinctive style on the building. He finished only the chapel of San José, the crypt and the door of El Nacimiento. The facades and the entire exterior have a glorious profusion of brightly-colored decorative elements. There is a cryptogram over the La Pasión door.
Enjoy a new food experience going out for tapas
A day spent sampling tapas is an unbeatable way to experience Spanish culture and savor the charms of its bars and taverns. Tapas are an exquisite, varied and choice example of popular gastronomy which allows you to share a variety of dishes and try a wide range of different products. All the tastes of Spain in a single meal, and generally at very reasonable prices.
Forerunners of the long, multi-course menus which are at the vanguard of modern western cuisine, tapas contain a host of products, prepared in any number of styles. This culinary specialty was first enjoyed in the 17th century, and today can include delicacies such as the very finest and juiciest acorn-fed Iberian cured ham, the traditional potato omelette, or exquisite seafood, and even miniature haute cuisine specialties prepared in tiny quantities in the form of tapas.
In every town and city in Spain there are bars and taverns –sometimes even whole neighborhoods– specializing in tapas. The fare available in these privileged establishments may include chorizo sausage, black pudding, delicacies in escabeche marinade, assorted smoked foods, cheeses, fish in brine, anchovies, croquettes, fried breadcrumbs and a wide range of specialties, at times with over a hundred varieties to choose from.
Another advantage of eating tapas is that they enable you to sample a different selection of local dishes in each region of Spain. These delicious combinations of miniature culinary delights cater to all tastes and budgets.
Typical dishes and avant-garde cuisine
Tapas are also served in a wide variety of presentations. Pinchos (individual portions), banderillas (brochettes), montaditos (canapés), cazuelitas (mini-casseroles) are just a few of the different names given to the various ways of serving tapas, ranging from the most basic –simply served on a cocktail stick– through to the most sophisticated presentations in individual dishes with several garnishes and sauces to give character. This last method is the usual way of offering customers samples of the typical dishes from the different Spanish regions, and is a chance to sample such famous dishes as the Valencian paella, the bean stew known as fabada from Asturias, tripe à la madrileña, and an assortment of delicious fish prepared in a range of different ways.
Even modern cuisine has borrowed from this gastronomic trend, and offers tapas which still conserve their traditional origins, but are reinterpreted with an innovative twist. Sorbet of potato omelette, casserole with goose liver, chickpeas with langoustines, and gazpacho with lobster are just a few examples of the tapas created by great cooks which have subsequently found popularity with a wider public.
To accompany your tapas, the ideal drinks are beer, soft drinks and vermouth, white and red wines, as well as special wines such as cavas, and fino and manzanilla sherries. And in any tavern or bar in Spain, you’re always assured of the friendly advice of the waiter to recommend the best way to enjoy the flavor of each tapa to the maximum and to make the most of this gastronomic treat.
Feel like an 18th century monarch in the Royal Palace in Madrid
Madrid’s Royal Palace was built in the 18th century by order of Philip V on the site of the old Alcázar fortress, a former Moorish castle. Sachetti began the works in 1738, and the building was completed in 1764. Sabatini designed the southeast wing and the great staircase, or staircase of honor. It has a square floor plan with a large central courtyard. The Puerta del Príncipe gateway on the east side gives access to the central courtyard. The Sabatini and Campo del Moro Gardens are among the Palace’s other attractions, as well as its several different facades. There is some debate as to its artistic style; it is thought by some experts to belong more to the Baroque, and by others to the Neo-classical style. Of particular note among its numerous rooms are the Royal Guards’ Room, the Columns Room, the Hall of Mirrors and King Charles III’s room. It also contains paintings by Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, El Greco and Caravaggio.
Try all the pintxos in the old town centre of San Sebastián
You cannot leave Donostia-San Sebastián without going out for some “pinchos”. Because in this city in the north of Spain, the “pinchos” or traditional snacks are actually miniature haute cuisine delicacies. They are exquisite to look at but even more so when you taste them. The bars in the old quarter are full of appetizing snacks and people devouring them with great delight, washed down by a glass of wine or “zuritos” (beer). There is such a large variety and they are so tantalizingly presented that the ritual of walking from one end of the bar to the other, plate in hand, to choose your meal is sometimes an extremely difficult task. The local custom is to go from one bar to another, trying the specialties in each establishment. There are also gastronomic workshops where you can learn how to prepare “pinchos” under the guidance of a chef. First, you buy the ingredients at the market, then you prepare them and finally, best of all, you taste them.
Be overwhelmed by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Designed by the American architect Frank O. Gehry, this avant-garde building is a magnificent place to display masterpieces of modern and contemporary art.
Since its opening in 1997, the Guggenheim Bilbao and Puppy – a floral sculpture of a dog by Jeff Koons, located outside the museum – have become the most internationally-known symbols of Bilbao. They form part of the collection of works by great figures in the world of art: David Salle, Chillida, Jeff Koons, Louis Bourgeois and Robert Rauschenberg are just a few examples. The Guggenheim also offers a series of activities for visitors who wish to broaden their knowledge of art.
Go to a flamenco show at Corral de la Morería, Madrid
In Madrid you’ll enjoy the best live flamenco every evening. Here you’ll be able to discover first hand the atmosphere of some of the most famous “tablaos” (flamenco clubs) in the world, and you’ll understand why people have always said that if you want to succeed in this art you have to come to Madrid.
In the city center you’ll find legendary and traditional places such as El Corral de la Morería, Café de Chinitas, Casa Patas, Torres Bermejas, El Corral de la Pacheca and El Cardamomo tablao flamenco. Have a drink, try some tapas or have dinner while watching a very exciting show that overflows with authenticity, passion and feeling. In Madrid you’ll find dancing, singing and rhythm until the early hours. If you don’t want the party to end, later on you can go to flamenco-style bars where people start dancing and clapping spontaneously. During the week many of them organize concerts and live performances.
Visit all four National Parks in the Canary Islands
Imagine for a moment a unique setting of volcanic islands with subtropical forest, native animal and plant species, one of the world’s largest craters, and warm weather all year round… If this sounds good, then you’re in luck, because you can see all this with your own eyes at Spain’s four National Parks in the Canary Islands. A real natural wonder within your reach.
A visit to the Canary Islands means discovering a privileged destination, whether on the coast or in the mountains. And if you like walking in unique and beautiful landscapes then this is the place for you, because the Canary Islands are home to 546 endemic species of plants and 141 protected nature areas, four of which are National Parks. All the islands are close together and have good communications between them, so if you want you can visit them all in no time at all.
You could start your trip on the island of La Palma, the site of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. There you can walk in a huge crater almost 1,500 metres deep, or visit a spectacular pine forest. You’ll also be amazed by gorges over 1,000 metres deep, the setting for waterfalls such as La Desfondada. Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it? You can also camp in the specially adapted camping area and go on other hiking routes leading to spectacular places like the Cascada de Colores waterfall and Hoya Verde… You can visit towering peaks like the Roque de los Muchachos, or discover the rare La Palma violet. If you’d prefer to tackle the GR 131 long-distance hiking route which runs along part of its summits, you can spend the night in the Punta de los Roques, a mountain refuge that’s always open and is equipped with the basic necessities.
The La Caldera de Taburiente National Park also has a modern visitor centre equipped with an exhibition and audiovisual room with information on its flora, fauna, history and geology.
Another of the National Parks to be found in the Canary Islands is Garajonay, on the island of Gomera. There you’ll have a perfect opportunity to see its amazing laurisilva forest. It’s practically unique in the world, and is one of the last remnants of the ancient subtropical forests. Feel the pleasure of peacefully exploring this park, which has the UNESCO World Heritage designation. Enjoy the beauty of its tracks and trails, animals such as the Canary big-eared bat or the long-eared owl, and take photos of stunning landscapes from the viewpoints in the area.
Three kilometers away you’ll find the park’s visitor center, featuring a number of exhibition rooms and an Ethnographical Museum, where you can learn all about the island’s traditional culture and see the inside of a farm-worker’s house, wine cellars, historic buildings…
Fancy a few more options? On the island of Tenerife you’ll find the Teide National Park. It’s the largest in the Canary Islands and has the UNESCO World Heritage designation. This is the perfect place to discover unusual animals, but especially to see Spain’s highest peak: the Teide. Feel all the wonder of this volcano that soars 3,718 metres above sea level. Would you like to go up it? Then your wish is granted, because the park allows visitors to climb up as far as 3,550 metres. To get to the very summit you must apply for a special permit.
The possibilities of this park are enormous. Besides the wonderful landscapes to be had from a range of viewing points, you can also visit the botanical gardens and the Juan Évora Museum, named after the last inhabitant to live in this region in the time-honored traditional way.
Finally, head for the island of Lanzarote to see the Timanfaya National Park. When you get there you’ll think you’ve landed on the moon. It has a weird and wonderful landscape of volcanic terrain, along with the “malpaises” (fields of solidified lava) created by recent eruptions. Guides will often show visitors how sea water turns to steam as it comes into contact with the volcanic tubes. You can enjoy this spectacle from various viewing points and from three routes that offer a good vantage point. The Volcanoes route is an attractive walk where you can even go through a volcanic tube and see the impressive Timanfaya craters. Another interesting route is the Coastal Route, the ideal way to see cliffs where lava once flowed into the sea. Would you like to explore them? To have even more fun, this National Park offers the chance to take a camel trek across the southern slopes of a mountain.
Sport in the heart of the countryside
If you not only like looking at stunning scenery but are also a sports lover –either to relax or for thrills– then the Canary Islands National Parks are ideal. Take suitable footwear, because as well as the guided routes, the four parks are also ideal places for hiking. You’ll be able to experience total oneness with nature. For example, the Caldera de Taburiente is known for its charming footpaths leading to attractive spots within the park itself.
The volcanic landscape of the archipelago also makes it perfect for mountaineering enthusiasts. The Caldera de Taburiente and Teide National Parks have mountains with various levels of difficulty for this sport. You’ll be accompanied by volcanic chimneys and spectacular views of the Teide. Or do you prefer water sports? When the heat sets in, Caldera de Taburiente is perfect. You can swim in the Taburiente River and play in its waterfalls. Other options available in Garajonay include diving centers and boat cruises. You’ll love the wonderful marine beds of these islands.
Any time of year is good to visit these four parks, with their amazing colors and landscapes, and wonderful temperatures. Don’t forget, besides sun and sand, in the Canary Islands you’ll find idyllic spots with volcanoes and laurisilva forests as a backdrop. Come and discover one of the most unusual and beautiful places in Spain.
See Las Meninas in the Prado Museum
This gallery in Madrid has the most complete collection of Spanish painting from 11th-18th centuries, and numerous masterpieces by great universal artists such as El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Bosch, Titian, Van Dyck and Rembrandt.
The quality and variety of its collection makes the Prado one of the world’s best-endowed museums. It combines a first-class collection of Spanish painting, the most important works of the Flemish and Italian schools, and various fine examples of the German, French and English schools. It is home to numerous masterpieces of universal art such as Las Meninas by Velázquez, the two Majas by Goya, Nobleman with his hand on his chest by El Greco, the Garden of Delights by Bosch, and The Three Graces by Rubens, among other priceless pieces. Although the museum was created to house primarily works of painting and sculpture, it also contains major collections of drawings, engravings, coins and medals, as well as items of clothing and decorative art. The museum’s exhibition area was increased by more than 50% in 2007 with the extension designed by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. The new area includes four rooms for temporary exhibitions, the restored cloister of the church of Los Jerónimos, a large entrance hall, an auditorium seating 438 people, as well as various storage facilities and workshops for the restoration of artworks. Elements worth noting on the exterior include the impressive bronze doors by Cristina Iglesias and the Tuscan box gardens.
Take landscape photos in Doñana National Park
The biodiversity to be found in Doñana is due to a combination of different ecosystems. It was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1980.
The Park is characterized by its flatness. A transition can be seen from the gently sloping landscapes of the stabilized sand dunes, known as “cotos”, to the marsh, which is the most interesting area, as it is a refuge for numerous migratory birds. The fauna to be found in Doñana includes a wide variety of species, of which the most significant are the birds, but also the Iberian lynx (Lynx pardina), a carnivore indigenous to the Iberian Peninsula and which has become the park’s emblem. The park is situated in the region of Andalusia in southern Spain, between the provinces of Huelva and Seville.
See the bulls up close at the fiesta of San Fermín, in Pamplona
The running of the bulls is the main attraction in this famous celebration that turns Pamplona into one non-stop fiesta.
The city of Pamplona is world famous thanks to its San Fermín fiestas. Thousands of people come every year to experience the risk and excitement of the popular running of the bulls, immortalized by Ernest Hemingway in his novel Fiesta. For nine days, Pamplona residents and visitors alike, dressed typically in red and white, get carried away by the continuous festive spirit that invades the streets.
San Fermín starts 6 July at midday. At that moment the chupinazo is launched from the balcony of the town hall. It is a rocket that marks the official start of the fiesta, causing an outburst of joy amidst the crowd gathered in the square. The first running of the bulls is held the following day: at 8am sharp the doors of the Santo Domingo corral are opened, and hundreds of people run in front of the bulls on their route through the old town to the bullring.
This brief yet intense race is repeated every day 7-14 July. It covers 825 metres and lasts barely three minutes. The launching of rockets indicates the different parts of the race to participants: the first rocket signals the opening of the corral gates; the second means that all the bulls are out; the third, this one in the square, marks the entrance of the bulls into the ring; the fourth means they are in the bullpen and that the race is over. One of the most exciting moments happens a few minutes before the start of the running of the bulls, when runners entrust themselves to San Fermín, singing three times in front of a small statue on Cuesta de Santo Domingo Street.
Furthermore, every morning during the fiestas there is a parade of “giants and big-heads” through the center of the city, for the little ones to enjoy. The festive program also includes open-air celebrations, concerts, dance exhibitions and, of course, bullfights. They tend to be lively events, as organised groups of bullfighting fans pack the stands. San Fermín finishes 14th July at midnight, when the crowds make their way to the Town Hall Square and, with candles alight, sing “Pobre de mí”, to bid farewell to the fiesta until the following year.
Be amazed by the enormous bonfires of the Fallas festival in Valencia
Valencia welcomes in Spring with the Fallas. During the months proceeding this unique spectacle, a lot of hard work and dedication is put into preparing the monumental and ephemeral cardboard statues that will be devoured by the flames. The festival has been designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2016.
The Fallas are Valencia’s most international festival. In a competition of art, ingenuity and good taste, during the week beginning on 19 March the city fills with gigantic cardboard monuments, the ninots. The celebration’s origins go back to the parots of the carpenters: a wooden lamp that was used to light the workshops in winter and was burned in the street on the eve of San José’s Day. At first, they were given a human appearance by decorating them with old clothes, but in the mid-19th century, they started making them bigger and taller and improving their forms to convert them into decorative dolls.
Although the most important events are held during the week beginning on the 19th, Valencia starts preparing the festivities on 1 March with the mascletás, the firework displays held every day at 2 pm at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Finally, the night of 15 March arrives, when the traditional plantà of fallas takes place. Work goes on all night to install the more than 700 figures in the city’s streets and squares. Some are even begun to be set up days beforehand, as these enormous statues can reach up to 20 metres in height. On the morning of the 16th, Valencia dawns inhabited by caricatures and satirical representations which, with great sense of humor, criticize politicians, celebrities and the most significant current events.
These impressive scenes can be enjoyed during the following days until, on the night of the 19th to the 20th, the cremàtakes place. This is the moment when they are burnt amid a fascinating spectacle of light, music and fireworks All are burnt apart from one ninot which, chosen by popular vote, is saved from the flames to join the collection of the Fallas Museum. Another of the most emotional moments of the Fallas is the floral offering to the Virgin Mary, when the Falla committees parade on 17 and 18 March and in honor of the patron saint form a 14-meter-high mountain of flowers. Open-air celebrations, parades, bullfights, competitions and other entertainment events complete the program of these festivities.
From Mar 15, 2018 to Mar 19, 2018
Thrill to Easter in Seville
These celebrations are famous for their statues of the Virgin Mary with canopies: they are Baroque statues with silver and gold crowns, embroidered cloaks and velvet tunics which only reveal face and hands.
Seville has been holding its Easter week celebrations since the 16th century, and they have become universally famous. Some 50,000 people put on traditional robes to parade in the 58 organised processions, while the “costaleros” carry the pasos (religious statues) on their shoulders. There are processions in the evening and at night every day. Each brotherhood sets out from its church and has an established route, although they must all pass the so-called “official section”, which starts in Calle Campana Street and finishes passing through the Cathedral. Once each procession has left the Cathedral, it returns to its church on a different route to that followed on the way out. The saetas are very emotional moments of the processions: these are flamenco songs, recited a cappella from the balconies in honor of the statues.
The early hours of Good Friday constitute the most important time of the Seville Easter week celebrations. That night, some of the most venerated statues make their way through the streets, such as Jesús del Gran Poder, la Macarena, la Esperanza de Triana and el Cristo de los Gitanos. The streets of the city fill with people and with emotion all night and well into the following morning. We would, however, recommend patience, because the waits to admire these beautiful statues tend to be long.
You can see processions by heading for any point on their routes, except in the “official section”. Here there are seats and stands from which to admire the passing processions. If you would like to reserve a place, contact the Consejo Superior de Hermandades y Cofradías (Brotherhoods’ Association) on tel. 902 995 275, or via their website.
Easter week is one of the most spectacular and emotional fiestas here. Religious devotion, art, color and music combine in acts to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ: the processions. Members of the different Easter brotherhoods, dressed in their characteristic robes, parade through the streets carrying religious statues (pasos) to the sound of drums and music – scenes of sober beauty.
From Mar 25, 2018 to Apr 1, 2018
Place: Seville (Andalusia)
Enjoy True Spanish Cuisine
A country to taste. That’s Spain. You’ll be able to discover the exquisite and typical dishes of each area, the famous miniature canapés known as ‘pintxos’, some of the best wines in the world, and an avant-garde cuisine. We present the regional cuisine from all over the country, we tell you how to prepare particular recipes, where to find traditional markets, places to enjoy Spanish gastronomy… Why not come and see? Spanish cuisine is known all over the world, and some of its typical dishes are so popular that if you’re in Spain you can’t pass up the chance to try them. All the recipes we suggest below are so famous you’ll have no problem finding them on the menu in any restaurant. And then you can upload your photos to the Internet to make your friends envious. Remember that these are just a few examples. To see all our recipes, go to the Gastronomy section.
New Year’s Eve in Puerta del Sol, Madrid
In Spain, 31 December is a very special celebration, where the fun and partying go on well into the early hours. If you want to get the year off to a good start, then come and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Spain. You will have a great time eating the traditional “lucky grapes”… And the rest of the night too!
Would you like to know how we see in the New Year in Spain? Eating twelve grapes. Tradition has it that you have to eat them one by one, in time with the striking of the clock at midnight on 31 December. What is more, if you manage to eat all the grapes on time, you are in for a year of prosperity and good luck. Whether or not you believe in magic, come and try the experience – it is great fun.
The eating of grapes is the high point of New Year’s Eve. In fact, the striking of the clock is broadcast live on television throughout Spain. On this day, family or friends usually get together for a delicious dinner and then the twelve grapes. In many villages, towns and cities, people head to squares or other emblematic places with a clock to eat them together and share the last minutes of the “old” year. If you would like to take part, head for the local tourist office for full details.
The striking of the clock in Puerta del Sol Square
In Spain there is one place that is especially famous for this tradition: Puerta del Sol Square in Madrid. Thousands of people converge in front of the clock here to see in the New Year, and the square becomes one huge party. The atmosphere is amazing: confetti, music and streamers everywhere; people dressed up with wigs, hats and masks; and above all, everyone is up for a good time.
After eating the grapes there is a mass explosion of joy. Bottles of cava are uncorked and everyone toasts everyone else, friends, family and the people around. Laughter, jokes, congratulations… This is just the beginning though – hours and hours of fun remain. You will see that it is impossible not to be carried away by the excitement.
Tips to bear in mind
The streets fill with groups of young people, music and cars that greet the New Year with their horns. At pubs, bars and clubs there are New Year’s parties with dancing through to dawn. There are also many hotels and restaurants that organize special celebrations, including dinner, grapes, dancing and entertainment. If you decide to go for one of these, you should buy your ticket or book your table in advance.
Remember that timetables for public transport services tend to be affected. For example, on the night of 31 December, bus and metro services normally finish earlier than usual, and start later on the morning of the 1st. Furthermore, if you need a taxi at New Year it is best to order it in advance by telephone, because there is so much demand.
How long do the New Year celebrations last? Until your body gives up. To finish off the night, before you go to bed, there is nothing better to recover your strength than having the traditional hot chocolate with churros (flour fritters). They will taste delicious! On the following day, New Years Day, you can take it easy – the shops are closed and most bars and restaurants too. A stroll in the park or an afternoon cinema session are ideal. Would you like to try an original New Year’s Eve? Then come and eat grapes in Spain. You will have an unforgettable fiesta.
A nightclub in Ibiza
Endless nights, unlimited fun, internationally renowned venues, an anything-goes atmosphere which is famous all over the world… Ibiza has everything you need to guarantee you have the best holiday ever, making new friends and dancing all night long till the sun comes up.
Early hours of the evening (between about 8 pm and 11 pm) Ibiza’s nightlife is famous the world over. Besides its fashionable bars and night clubs, there is also a host of other activities that get underway once the sun goes down: street markets, outdoor terraces, cultural activities in the open-air, concerts and music performances… So important is the island’s nightlife that during the day there are creative parades and street shows in the area near the port to highlights the evening’s attractions in the various clubs. But fascinating as these are, they’re only a taste of what’s to come later.
The “Movida” in Spain, or how to party all night long Ibiza nights are unforgettable, which is why thousands of people flock to the island every year. You’ll have a great time at some of the best clubs on earth, with music from famous DJs to dance the night away. The party lasts all night long, but it still won’t seem long enough. After just one night, you’ll understand why Ibiza’s nightlife is so famous and you’ll want to experience it again. You’ll meet loads of people looking for a fun time, and you might even bump into some of the celebrities who come to Ibiza to enjoy the atmosphere of its outdoor terraces and discos.
Travel the Way of Saint James
A thrilling route through northern Spain Some people are inspired by an interest in culture, others do it out of a spiritual conviction, yet others love the chance of adventure or approach it as a personal challenge… but whatever your reason, the St James Way offers an original and different way of sightseeing in northern Spain. Come and find out why. You’ll discover a wealth of monuments, charming towns and villages, spectacular natural attractions…
Enjoy the atmosphere on the stands at a Barça – Real Madrid match
Look for your destination in Spain and see where you can enjoy the best football in Europe. We help you prepare your day of football and make the most of your visit with the best things to see in the destination town. This season Europe’s biggest club competition, the Champions League, has matches in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville. You can also enjoy the Europa League in Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebastián and Vila-real.
Discover one of Spain’s most amazing beaches: Playa de las Catedrales, in Galicia
As Catedrais (The Cathedrals), designated a Natural Monument, is one of the most famous beaches in Galicia. It is known around the world for its rocky formations carved by the wind and sea, creating curious shapes that visitors’ imaginations get to interpret. When the tide is out you can kick off your shoes and walk under huge caves and discover arches within other arches. If the tide is high, you can visit the beach from the top of the cliff, keeping the safety distance. Booking is required in July, August and September. It is also necessary in Easter Week (between March and April). Entry is free. More information on the booking website.
More information: http://visitalascatedrales.com
Follow in the footsteps of Don Quixote in La Mancha
We’re not exaggerating when we claim that Don Quixote of La Mancha is one of the most famous novels in the history of literature. This novel, which tells the adventures and (especially) misfortunes of a man who wanted to be a knight-errant through La Mancha, was written by Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, and it is said that it’s the most translated book after the Bible. That period in Spanish literature is known as the Golden Age, and 400 years on we suggest following in the footsteps of the “Knight of the Sad Countenance”, who could not distinguish fantasy from reality.
We hope you’re ready, because you’ll have to fight against windmills that are actually giants, try to win Dulcinea’s heart, and taste dishes like “duelos and quebrantos” (chorizo and lamb brains sautéed with egg). Because it’s not just a literary route – it’s a journey through some of the most magical spots in Spain. The route we’re suggesting is best done by car: it crosses 13 inland towns and lasts around seven days. But it’s up to you to create that story. You choose the main characters and the length. The main plot is taken from what is possibly the greatest book of all time.
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