At some point in time, Spain overtook the United States as the second most popular destination to travel to. Welcoming approximately 82.2 million international travelers in 2017. These numbers are up from previous years when 75.3 million visited.
Whether you like to bask in the sunshine, 2824 hours on average a year, visit the stunning architecture, sample the culinary delights it has to offer, Spain has something for everyone.
Let’s take a look at some of the more popular destinations in Spain and we’ll even take a peek at some of the lesser known destinations.
Long famous for their iconic architecture, you’ll enjoy excellent food and a nightlife that’s unsurpassed, this is why it is a popular destination for a stag do (Junggesellenabschied Spanien) and hen party. Barcelona is a vibrant city on the seaside that is full of excitement.
La Rambla is the heart of this city. There are plenty of restaurants as well as shops and plenty of entertainment. Don’t forget to wander through and see the medieval Gothic Quarter that is overflowing with beautiful churches, grand palm-tree filled places, and narrow streets.
Your visit to Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Gaudi’s famous La Sagrada Familia Basilica. Masterpieces have long been under construction and although the construction started in 1882, it’s not anticipated that they will be complete until the year 2041.
The Barcelona-El Prat Airport is a mere 8 miles from the center of this thriving city.
This sultry city is long renowned as the “frying pan” of our visit to Spain. A cool vibe this Moorish architecture and the ancient streets make this an ideal city to explore for several days.
Andalusia, the capital, is famous for tapas bars, orange trees, and flamenco. You’ll love the scent of the orange trees that permeate the air.
Pay a visit to the Cathedral of Saint Mary and indulge your senses. You’ll enjoy a visit to the Plaza de Espana and the Alcazar palace while you’re here. Don’t forget the Jewish Quarter of famous Santa Cruz, this is a beautifully preserved Jewish District.
With much to offer, this Modernist architecture and art nouveau buildings have much to offer. From great museums and the character filled old quarter history buffs will love the culture here. Head on over to UNESCO that is listed as the silk exchange. Valencia and Mercado Cathedrals offer you a lot to explore.
You’ll enjoy gourmet cuisine and long lunches and dinners are practically a requirement here. As a Coastal city, it’s surrounded by fertile vegetable and fruit farmlands and famous for rice dishes such as paella. There’s plenty of other foods to explore as well.
Valencia’s Manises Airport is only 5 miles from the main city center.
Here you’ll find a stunning art culture. This city is rich in museums, theaters and there are many monuments to explore and discover on this visit. Don’t forget to explore the remains of the amphitheater and the 1000-year-old Gibralfaro castle. This 13th century Alcazaba and there are also many art museums that are dedicated to the most famous son if this city, Pablo Picasso.
While you’re visiting here, be sure to wander the atmospheric historic center that is pedestrianized. Stop and check out the stunning cathedrals and be sure to amble through historical botanical gardens before you head on over to the tapas bars.
If you’re in need of some retail therapy, it’s here to be had at their elegant shopping streets. You’ll find marble-lined Calle Marques de Larios that is worth visiting for the architecture.
Malaga Airport is just 5 miles from the main city center.
If you’re in search of a beachside heaven, this secluded cove is laced with many pristine silky white sandy beaches, knotted pines, clear teal colored water and you’ll love Binisafuller. While you’re a mere half hour drive from the airport in the Menorca’s capital of Mahon, you’ll be shocked to learn that this is an idyllic island hideaway. There’s nothing besides the beach and some whitewashed villas to take your stress away. You’ll appreciate wooden fishing boats that are bobbing serenely in the water.
This renowned city is brimming with historical significance and excellent cuisine. It serves the best food in the country and it’s tempting to sit and dine all day long. However, you’ll have to drag yourself away and see the Moors that have 500 years worth of Islamic architecture and plenty of influence with an old town that is full of beautiful churches as well as museums. Narrow streets and lots of attractive plazas.