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.
Best for: Snow leopards, Tibetan argali sheep, Ibex, Urial (a wild mountain goat), Blue sheep, chukhar, snow cocks, golden eagles
Many of the bold and chunky geometric pieces in gold and silver are inspired by the work of Spanish sculptors like Eduardo Chillida. You'll also find more fluidly contemporary designs that look as though they are molten.
Design aficionados will appreciate the two-storied Vinçon. It carries furniture and decorative objects for every room—except the bedroom; that's around the corner at spin-off shop Tinçon.
Located off the typical tourist route in Salamanca, the little-known Museo Lázaro Galdiano displays more than 12,000 works of art formerly owned by the eponymous Spanish collector José Lázaro Galdiano.
Helena Rohner’s aesthetically organic jewelry has caught the eye of companies from Paul Smith (which commissioned a special collection) to Copenhagen’s Georg Jensen (for which Rohner created a stainless-steel tea set).
A global farmers market.
Take a culinary tour of Barcelona, which offers cooking programs and custom itineraries, with excursions to the nearby Penedès wine region.
Located on the Ramblas, Casas Internacional is one of Barcelona’s most popular vendors of designer footwear. The store’s inventory is mostly Italian and includes styles for both men and women.
Located on a traffic-heavy street that’s a main thoroughfare through central Madrid, this Cortefiel location sells women’s and men's apparel, including classically tailored suits.
Situated near the Olympic Port, Bogatell beach provides a more laid-back environment than nearby Barceloneta beach, which is typically packed with tourists. Known as one of the city’s safest beaches, Bogatell tends to attract families and older visitors.
The word naftalina translates to naphthalene, the active ingredient in mothballs. The name seems almost unfitting of this store in the Grácia neighborhood. The trendy retailer stands out from the surrounding shops with its selection of handmade, designer women’s clothing.
The arena where young Picasso accompanied his father to bullfights.
Claim an outdoor table in the folksy Sarrià district’s stalwart bar and try the city’s definitive patatas bravas.