Spain

Spain Travel Guide

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.

Originally designed and built by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the 1929 International Exposition, the Pabellon Mies van der Rohe is known as one of the first examples of 20th century architecture and is arguably one of the most influential buildings of the last century.

Locals call this church La Manquita, or "the One-Armed Lady," because only one of the façade's soaring bell towers was ever completed.

Six giant sculptural sunshades soar 90 feet above the plaza and resemble, depending on whom you ask, a cluster of giant mushrooms, roiling clouds, or gargantuan waffle chips.

This collection of fantastic, if occasionally brutally themed, religious art, including pieces by Peter Paul Rubens, is in an appropriately creaky and forbidding 16th-century working convent smack in the heart of Madrid’s central district.

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An impressive menu of rejuvenating treatments is offered at this full-service sanctuary (an outpost of an upscale Spanish spa chain).

A colorful fishermen's quarter, the laid-back Barceloneta is lined with seafood restaurants and lovely beaches.

The Romanesque towers and 11th-century monastery at Loarre Castle are just 22 miles from town. The fortress juts out from a rocky precipice, giving visitors spectacular views of the Pyrenees.

Postmodern bar in the corner of a small casino that pours wonderfully acidic Viña Soledad 2005, a white from Bodegas Franco-Españolas ($1.95); the wine is the ideal complement to embuchados with caramelized onion ($4.30).