If you are lucky enough to get to take a trip to Spain, you may be overwhelmed with all the attractions and things to do in the area. If your time in Spain is limited, it is essential to have an idea of the best things to do in Spain so that you can make the most of your trip. Planning ahead of time will allow you to have an idea of the amount of time and money you will need to do all the things you want to do during your visit. It also helps to know some of the most popular attractions.

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Tips for Planning Your Trip To Spain

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When it comes time to plan a trip to Spain, there are several things you should keep in mind. Anytime you visit a new country; you need to research it and make sure you understand the laws and culture. You should also be aware of the location of your country’s embassy so you can quickly and easily get to it in the event of an emergency.  

Make sure you understand some common Spanish words and phrases, and the currency conversion. These tips can help make your trip less stressful and more enjoyable.

Top 15 Things To Do in Spain

If you are having a hard time deciding on the best things to do in Spain, don’t worry. Take the time to research your interests and find things that relate to them. If you are unsure where to start, consider trying one of these top 15 attractions.

They are spread out all over Spain so no matter which area you plan to visit or stay, you should find one of them nearby. Visit them all or visit a few. You may even find someone else to do on your way from one of the popular attractions to the next.

Eat Tapas

You can’t miss the chance to eat tapas in Spain. These small bites of food are served at many restaurants and bistros and eating them can give you a better appreciation of the Spanish culture. They are typically affordable, and you can choose to eat one at eat restaurant you come to or sit down and one and make a meal out of several of these small dishes. They may be served hot or cold, and they are great to snack on if you don’t want to stop exploring long enough to have a full course meal.

See A Flamenco Show

Flamenco dancing is one of Spain’s most famous pastimes. Many people consider it an art form. Those beautiful dresses, exciting music, and fun dance moves are what Spain is all about. You can find Flamenco shows around almost every corner, and none of them will disappoint you.

You may even get invited to stand up and give the dance a try yourself. Some shows require tickets, but you may be lucky enough to see some Flamenco dancers performing on the street or in front of local restaurants and bars. This is just one of the many things to do in Spain.

Visit  Some Antoní Gaudí' Buildings

Antoni Gaudi was a famous Spanish architect, and he is responsible for building some of the most beautiful building in Barcelona, Spain.  You can visit the individual buildings to get an idea of his amazing design skills or stop by the Gaudí Exhibition Center, which is right by the Barcelona Cathedral, and see numerous examples of his work. There is also the Gaudí House Museum, which also offers documents, photos, and information about the architect and his work.

Watch A Bullfight

While many people are against bullfighting and Spain has been criticized a lot for allowing them to continue, they are an essential part of Spain’s history and culture. Many festivals and events are focused on bullfighting and even running with the bulls.  Many bullfighting events are not brutal and are more about the show and history of the sport. If you choose to participate or even watch an event with live animals, make sure you know the risks.

Visit Alhambra Palace

The Alhambra Palace is a beautiful place, and it’s at the top of the must-see list for most tourists who are visiting Spain. The palace is located in Granada, and thousands of people visit it each week. Even though there are always large crowds, the castle has a magical feeling to it. There are three different sections of the palace and tickets are required to visit.

There are tours available, or you can walk around the grounds on your own.  The site is large, and it can take several hours to get through it. Snacks and drinks are available, and there are seating areas if you need to take a break from all the walking.  Tickets can sell out so if you plan on visiting Alhambra Palace, get your tickets early. If you choose to buy them at the gate, get there early.

Art Museums

Spain is full of art museums, and you may have a hard time choosing just one to visit.  They all offer different types of artwork and feature different artists or styles. Museo Nacional del Prado is a popular choice and features of 8,500 painting. Most of the artworks featured here were made by Old Masters.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid is another famous museum. It features the private collection of the Baron Hans Heinrich von Thyssen. Carmen Cervera has also lent her collection of art to the museum. There are beautiful gardens around this museum as well as a cafeteria where you can enjoy lunch or dinner.

Study Spanish

If you have ever wanted to learn Spanish, Spain is the place to do it. What better souvenir to bring home from you your trip to Spain than a new language? Not only can you pick up on the language pretty quick just by listening to the locals speak it, but you can actually take classes there.

Whether you are there for a couple of weeks or a couple of months, some courses can teach you everything from the basics to more advanced Spanish skills. Check online for classes, dates, prices, and times.

Eat Paella

They say you can’t understand a culture until you eat their food. Paella is a traditional rice dish in Spain, and you can find it being served at almost any restaurant there. Not only do the Spanish love to eat paella, but they also prefer to eat it on Thursdays.  

Of course, you can eat it whichever day of the week you prefer. Paella can be made with a variety of different ingredients, but it typically contains fish. Some other dishes can be served with beef, chicken, pork, or vegetarian options.    

Siam Park

Not everything you do in Spain has to be connected to art, music, education, or culture. Having some laidback fun is okay. Siam Park is a waterpark in Tenerife. It’s one of the best water parks in Europe.

It features enormous water slides, beautiful scenery, and decorations, and everything has a Siamese theme.  The park has restaurants, lockers, shops, and of course some fantastic rides. It can be crowded on hot days, and you may encounter long lines.  It’s an excellent way to cool off and have some fun.

Visit The Gothic District

The Gothic District is in Barcelona and is the heart of the city. It is full of old buildings that have a gothic design. Walking the streets is a magical experience and gives you an idea of what it was like to live in Barcelona centuries ago when these beautiful buildings were built.

There are cathedrals, restaurants, bistros, shops, and museums spread throughout the gothic district.  Sample the fresh seafood, enjoy a stiff drink at a bar, or stroll through the neighborhood and absorb everything the area has to offer.

Marineland Mallorca

If you are traveling with children or are an animal lover, spend a day at Marineland Mallorca.  The marine zoo offers entertainment, education, animals encounters and more. The bottlenose dolphin and sea lion exhibits are very popular because they allow people to see these amazing animals up close and interact with them.

The underwater tunnel exhibit will bring you closer to a more ferocious animal, sharks. There are also numerous fish and other aquatic life that can be seen in the tunnel. Aside from sea life, the park has exhibits featuring large snakes like the Anaconda. There is even a mini-park for young guests. It includes a small wading pool and a pirate ship.

Camel Riding

When you visit Spain, you want to have fun and do things you might not get to do other places. So why not ride a camel? If you're going to explore the dunes of Maspalomas in Spain, there is no better way to do so than on camelback.

Take a 40 minute right through the rolling hills and rocky cliffs of the dunes. A guide will lead the way, and you can even ride double. The right is short and comfortable. Remember to take photos during your ride so you can show your friends your camel adventure.  

Oceanografic Valencia

The Oceanografic Valencia is the biggest aquarium in Europe. It’s located in a lovely building and has many exhibits, activities, and shows for people of all ages.  The aquarium is all about conservation, and the displays are designed to teach guests about the animals in the surrounding oceans, and how they can help protect them. There is an underwater tunnel, 4D theater, and the Submarine restaurant, which allows you to eat right next to beautiful fish and other marine animals.

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is a church and monument that was devoted to the Holy family. It was built in 1882 and designed by Francisco de Paula del Villar and Antoni Gaudi. The church was built from donations and is beautiful on the inside and outside.

It’s a crowded attraction and tickets are required to enter. These tickets sell out fast, so it’s a good idea to buy them a few days ahead of time. Tours are available if you want to know more about the cathedral.

Central Market

The Central Market is a market in the center of Valencia. While it is a tourist destination, it’s not overrun by them, and many locals still frequent the market. There are vendors lined up inside and outside selling fresh produce, street food, clothing, trinkets, and even a bar.

There is a lot to see and do there, and even if you aren’t looking for anything in particular, you may enjoy people watching and just strolling through the market and seeing everything that is available. The architecture is also something worth noticing and is one of the things that draws many people to the Central Market.

Visitor’s Guide

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Spain is a beautiful place to visit. It has a rich history and a unique culture. The food and architecture are both amazing, and there are plenty of tourist attractions for people who enjoy a little fun and excitement. If you are planning a trip to Spain, take your time and think about all the ways you can make the most out of your trip. Plan your budget and your time wisely.

Put in the effort to look up dates, times, and prices before your trip. If you plan on doing something that requires tickets, order them ahead of time too. Familiarize yourself with the areas you will be visiting, so you are less likely to get lost and don’t wander into areas that are not safe. If you do everything right, your trip to Spain will be memorable and even life-changing.

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