As a holiday destination, Spain continues to surge forward and break its own tourism records, with over 65 million visitors to the country annually. Tourists traveling abroad to Spain, regardless of whether they are the active kind or are just looking for a quiet pastime, can rest assured they will not be disappointed. Spain has something for everyone – from younger adults that may be looking for some adventure to the elderly who may want to spend time by touring the Basque country and wandering around the castles. Everyone can also enjoy the excellent cuisine of Spain, which has often been described as one of the best in the world. Let us look at some of the activities that can be enjoyed both by tourists looking for adventure or relaxation.
People looking for a quiet holiday should consider visiting the seven wonders of Spain, beginning with the Alhambra Granada and continuing their journey to the city of arts and sciences in Valencia. They will not be able to miss the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona or the Mount Teide (the highest point in Spain, located in the center of the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands), the third-highest mountain in the world.
It would be a gross injustice to ignore the Santiago the Compostela Cathedral in Galicia, which is believed to be the resting place of the apostle St. James. Similarly, the Cathedral-Mosque of Córdoba and the Roman aqueduct of Segovia will also enthral people that are not interested in the adventurous activities of the surrounding area. People can also visit the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Prado Museum, and other attractions that can complement lovers of a quiet holiday appropriately.
Spain also has something for people that are looking for sporting activities of the adventurous kind, in the form of ballooning, cycle racing, flying, microlighting, paragliding, and skydiving. People who have adequate experience in sporting activities can begin a journey of their own without help from the locals. On the other hand, tourists visiting Spain for the first time can choose to go on a guided tour, which is extremely convenient and can give them an insight into the offerings of the country.
Spain also has some fantastic beaches in Majorca, Ibiza, Tenerife, and Gran Canaria. People deciding to visit the beaches can live in resorts and enjoy playing golf during the day or spending time shopping in some of the shops around Las Palmas. As the sun sets on Spain, people can look forward to enjoying themselves at some of the nightclubs that are ever-willing to cater to the needs of the tourists.
Visitors traveling abroad to Spain will also enjoy the wine produced in the country, with the major wine regions being the Rioja and the Ribera del Duero – popular for the production of tempranillo, which is of high quality but offered at low prices. The Jerez De La Frontera is the home of the fortified wine sherry, which is popular throughout the world.
Spanish cuisine is exquisite and is a mix of local produce along with seafood and meats. One popular creation from Valencia is the paella, which is a dish prepared with rice and has toppings of vegetables and meat in the form of rabbit, chicken, and seafood. People can also enjoy just the seafood paella or the paella mixta, which is a mixture of rice, chicken, and seafood that also includes clams.
Tourists visiting Spain must understand that the Spanish breakfast is usually quite a light meal. Unlike in the West, where it is common to serve potatoes, eggs, or bacon, Spain is different and prefers to keep it light. The general breakfast consists of toast with butter or marmalade. It is usually served with a tiny cup of steamed milk and an espresso. Fresh orange juice is also highly revered in Spain, with every restaurant or bar having an orange juicer.
Apart from the cuisine described above, people are also advised to try the tortilla Espanola, the patatas bravas, or the pollo al ajillo which are also delicacies that shouldn’t be missed. Tourists just have to wander around in search of the type of cuisine they are looking for with the assurance that they are unlikely to be disappointed.
People who decide to take a trip abroad to Spain will be left wondering why they didn’t stay longer – as there is so much to do and experience in this great country. This is a common feeling among tourists who, time and again, are compelled to return to Spain and say, “Viva Espana!”
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