Spain

Things to do in Spain

Whether stopping for a quick city break or spending the summer’s months exploring the whole country, there are so many things to do in Spain.

The capital city Madrid offers tourists world class shopping, a plethora of art galleries and museums and a championship football team for soccer, but for many travellers Barcelona stands out as the must-see cultural epicenter. From Gaudí's fantastical buildings to the Museu Picasso De Barcelona there is so much to see and to do for culture junkies. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is also worth a visit.

There are many more things to do in Spain outside the big cities. With 44 historic wonders, Spain has the 3rd most UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world. The Roman aqueduct at Segovia and Alhambra in Granada are just two that are worth visiting. Other natural wonders include the views of Ronda, Somiedo National Park and Las Medulas.

Wondering what to do in Spain for the adventure seeker? Snow or shine Spain offers world class skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains, hiking in the Pyrenees, surfing in San Sebastian and mountain climbing and abseiling in the Parque Natural Sierra de Guara and the Parque Nacional de Ordesa. The beaches of the warm Mediterranean beaches of the Costa Del Sol are ideal for water sports.

From bull-running in Pamplona to the processions of Semana Santa, Spain still celebrates a number of traditional festivals throughout the year. A harlequin of colors and celebration, joining in the festivities is something every traveler should try to do.

With so much to choose from you will never be stuck for what to do next in Spain.

Nibble on plump pistachios and Marcona almonds roasted at the 1850’s shop.

To avoid a big bill at dinner—or stave off hunger until your 10 p.m.

After you've settled on your favorite variety of Andalusia's sherries (manzanilla, amontillado, oloroso), you can pick up bottles to take home at the wine bar's adjoining shop, which also sells brandy and flavored vinegars.

Red awnings branded with a large “CH” mark the entrance to this Eixample district shop, which sells fashions from eponymous designer Carolina Herrera.

Displayed in architect Jaime López de Asiaín's award-winning building on the Complutense University of Madrid campus, the Museo del Traje collection includes garments and clothing from the 16th century on.

This emblematic bar madrileño has old rock ’n’ roll posters on the walls. It’s been around forever.

The six million specimens at the National Museum of Natural Sciences range from dinosaurs to Mediterranean flora. Founded by Carlos III in 1771, the original collections were displayed in the Royal Cabinet of Natural History.

Contemporary art dealer Natalia Foguet has been showing the work of emerging international artists for over a decade.

Urbanized after 1860, L'Eixample (the Expansion) is now the city's main shopping district and the world's top repository of Art Nouveau architecture.

The only Madrid outpost of the Royal Spanish Mint, this shop sells limited-edition commemorative coins, as well as stamps, engravings, and reproductions of artworks by famous Spanish painters like Diego de Silva y Velázquez. All purchases come with identity certification.

Picnic around the saltwater swimming pool overlooking the Mediterranean.