Jun 24, 5 years ago

Best of Spain

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Visit a museum

Spain’s rich history and culture will impress seasoned travelers and non-museum-goers alike. Highlights include Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, the one of a kind Mosque/Cathedral of Córdoba (above), and the museums in Madrid are unparalleled.

Get Outdoors in the Sierra Nevada

Towering behind Granada, these snowy mountains are stunningly beautiful and have a phenomenal concentration of plant species. Potential activities include hiking, climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and skiing and snowboarding in winter.

La Sagrada Família

Gaudí s unfinished Gothic Cathedral, Sagrada Família in Barcelona is unlike any other church in the world. Gaudí became involved in 1883 worked on until his death in 1926, at which time the project was less than one quarter complete. Work resumed in the late 1970s and is scheduled to be completed in 2026, the anniversary of Gaudí’s death. The sheer scale of the project, towering spires, and intricate facades make this a required stop while you are in Barcelona.

CC Image courtesy of Wolfgang Staudt on Flickr

Spend Holy Week in Seville

Time your trip and you’ll have the treat to experience Feria de Abril, an enormous festival featuring flamenco dancing, traditional music, and all of the religious festivities of Semana Santa, or Easter Week.

Tour Wine Country

Visit La Rioja, where some of the best red wines have been produced since Roman times. The Mediterranean climate is a pleasant contrast to the north and this region is a gorgeous place to spend a few days tasting, eating, and relaxing.

Eat!

Try gazpacho, the cold tomato soup popular during the summer in the southern Andalusia region. Don’t miss the tortilla de patatas, an omelet made with potatoes, onions, and eggs. Eaten day and night, it’s commonly found at tapas bars across Spain. Finally, every seafood lover needs to have paella, a masterpiece of saffron flavored rice with a variety of seafood and meat including shrimp, calamari, clams, muscles, sausage, and chicken. Buen provecho!

Lead Photo: CC Image courtesy of Bert Kaufmann on Flickr

ryan

Ryan is a writer, photographer, and teacher living and volunteering throughout Latin America.

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