Spain has overtaken the United States and has become the second most popular travel destination in the last year. It was able to receive about 82.2 million international tourists in the year 2017 – which is more than what they have ever gotten, and it increased from 75.3 million in 2016. Below we are going to look at some of the most popular places and also some great gems in Spain that are lesser-known.
If you have a dream of spending your time in a beachside heaven that is secluded and has pristine, silky white sand, teal water, knotted pines, Menorca is where it will all come true. You will have to travel half an hour from the airport located in the capital Mahon, you will be happy you took the time to visit this perfect hideaway. You will not have to deal with a lot of distractions, you will have the beach, whitewashed villas, and fishing boats bobbing peacefully.
This city is famous for having some of the most iconic architecture, a pulsing nightlife, excellent food. Barcelona is an amazing city that will offer a lot of excitement.
The beating heart of the city is the La Rambla with its many restaurants, shops, and entertainers. When you go to Rambla, you will be able to see the medieval Gothic Quarter, which has many beautiful churches, plazas, and narrow streets.
You cannot say you truly visited Barcelona if you did not visit the famous La Sagrada Familia Basilica. This is an amazing masterpiece that is being constructed since 1882 and it is estimated that it will be completed in 2014.
Airport: you will find the Barcelona-El Prat Airport located 8 miles from the city centre.
This is a sultry city that will prove to be a cool city to visit. It has ancient streets and Moorish structures that will provide you with something to tour for a couple of days.
The capital is known as Andalusia and it is popular for the flamenco, orange trees, and tapas bars – and this leaves a fragrance throughout the place.
You will also have a chance to visit the Alcazar Palace, Plaza de Espana, Cathedral of Saint Mary, and also the Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz, a preserved Jewish District.
Airport: There is the Seville International Airport that is located seven miles from the city centre.
This city has a lot to offer, ranging from Modernist architecture and amazing nouveau buildings to great museums with a characterful old quarter. If you are a culture vulture or history lover, you can visit the UNESCO listed Lonja de la Seda. Mercado and Valencia Cathedrals, and also the Museo de Bellas Artes.
One great pleasure you can get to enjoy in Valencia is gourmet cuisine, where you get to experience long dinners and lunches. The coastal part of the city has farmlands that are very fertile and full of fruit and vegetables and known for amazing rice dishes such as paella, but you will get more from the dining and nightlife it provides.
Airport: There is an airport known as Manises located 5 miles from the city centre.
This is a city with a lot of stunning and cultural attractions that you must get to see. You will be able to visit museums, theatres, and monuments that will all give you the chance to learn more about the remains of Roman amphitheatre, the Gibralfaro castle that is 1,000 years, the 13th century Alcazaba, and museums that have been dedicated to the most famous son of the city; Pablo Picasso.
If you want to give retail therapy a chance, consider going to the elegant shopping streets in Spain, you will be happy to visit the place because you get to see Calle Marques de Larios which will provide you with a view of amazing architecture.
Airport: Malaga Airport is located 5 miles from the city
This is a city that is full of world-beating and history cuisine. You will have a chance to be served some of the best food in Spain, so there will be a lot of temptation to spend going into the different tapas bars in the city. The city was founded in 825 by the Moors and has 500 years of Islamic architecture and influence that has left a great old town that has beautiful museums and churches. They are located in attractive plazas of different shapes and sizes, and also narrow streets.