11 Beautiful Things to Do in Spain

By Abi King | Spain

Apr 02

Pausing to admire the view en route to the olive harvest in Pegalajar Andalucia Spain

Enter your favourite photos of Spain for the chance to win a Canon PowerShot G7 X camera

I’m never quite sure whether it’s appropriate to write love letters to a country. But that’s what I’m going to do today with Spain.

Spain, you see, was my ugly duckling turned swan. My fresh-out-of-the-lake Mr Darcy after a mish-mash of pride and prejudice.

My Rudolph to my normal-nosed reindeer…er, wait…well,  I think you get the idea.

Travel to Spain

I’ve written before about how so many people in the UK have the wrong idea about Spain. And I was one of those people.

Sun, sea, er, sangria and skyrise. Barely a mention of culture, cooking and ever so many incredibly cool things to do.

But then I went there. And lived there. And travelled there. And that’s what I continue to do.

Even as recently as last year, Spain surprised me. Galicia with its barnacle claws, Castilla La Mancha with its boardwalks and rich birdlife.

So, when I heard about a project underway to celebrate all the beautiful things there are to do in Spain, I was hooked.

Abigail King in Barcelona at the Casa Mila

Win a Camera by Sharing Photos of Spain

From now until 30th April, there’s a chance to win a Canon PowerShot G7 X camera by uploading your photos of Spain to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and using the hashtag #SpaininMYheart.

Each photo counts as a separate entry, so the more you enter, the more likely you are to win. Check out all the fine and fancy terms and conditions at the end of this post.

There’s also a Twitter chat taking place on Thursday 6th April at 3:30 GMT with plenty of Spain travel experts pitching in, so if you’ve questions you’ve always wanted to ask or just like-minded people you’ve wanted to meet then do tune in to that.

In the meantime, let me get the ball rolling and the inspiration flowing with this list of 10 beautiful things to do in Spain.

Beautiful Things To Do in Spain

Madrid Spain - Beautiful Shots

Take a Walk Through Madrid At Night

In the “literary quarter” in Madrid, poetry spills across the streets in flattened golden letters. Bodegas serve cerveza, complete with bitter green olives, and nuns still keep their silence behind the red brick walls of nunneries that are centuries old.

Madrid is no run of the mill capital, that’s for sure. But my favourite time comes when the fierce sun disappears from the sky and the city lights blaze bright instead.

Beautiful things to do in Spain - visit the Alhambra

Shelter from the Heat in the Arches of the Alhambra in Granada

The world has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But few are as beautiful as the Alhambra, set amidst the snowy mountains of the Sierra Nevada yet in the full blaze of the sun. Even the story behind the grandeur is enough to raise an eyebrow or two.

Churros in Galicia Spain

Churros in Galicia. Not a tourist in sight.

Crunch on Fresh Churros with Nay A Tourist in Sight

Spain is home to plenty of dishes that have travelled the world. Paella, for example. Gazpacho anyone? But nothing beats an authentic churros y chocolate, made all the better when crunched on a cold spring day.

Transcantabrico train and the Picos Europa

Reliving an old tradition in Spain

Search for Traditional Cheese in Asturias

Away from the cities, cars zip through the rugged Picos de Europa, while hikers stride past in Gore-Tex and bloggers update their Facebook accounts like there’s no tomorrow.

Yet Enrique Remi Fernandes, a 56 year old shepherd, strives to maintain a dying tradition.

Seville Spain - Metropol Mushrooms-3

Walk Beneath the Mushrooms in Seville

Andalucia brims with timeless “Spanish” classics, from flamenco to harvesting olives to bullfights and the former Inquisition in Triana. But the modern can be found, too, as with this rippling futuristic sight in the heart of Europe’s hottest city: Seville.

Pimientos de Padron in San Sebastian via @insidetravellab

Try Tasty Tapas and Pintxos in San Sebastian

Tapas may be tasty the length and breadth of the country but it’s in San Sebastian that the concept comes in to its own. Except in the Basque Country, it’s not called tapas: it’s pintxos. 

Love Spain photos- Menorca

Sip Gin and Bounce on the Waves in Menorca

Make the most of of the wild cliffs and great blue skies in Menorca by sipping its signature drink: the surprising story of gin in Menorca.

Love Spain photos - Cervantes

Follow Don Quixote and Cervantes in Castilla La Mancha

Back in the time when men wore tights and puffy-ruffled adornments around their neck, the world of literature exploded.

In England, Shakespeare’s plays strutted across the Globe. In Spain, Miguel Cervantes published the world’s first novel.

Love Spain photos- Festival Gracia

Party at the Papier Mache Festival in Barcelona

It’s not every day that a quiet walk through hot narrow streets leaves you tumbling into your own Alice in Wonderland world. But that’s what happens at the annual papier mache festival that is the Festival de Gracia. 

Love Spain Oscar Niemyer

Feel Dizzy Beneath Oscar Niemeyer in Aviles

Standing beneath the swirls of the Oscar Niemeyer Centre in Avilés, the world seems to fall away. And that’s just the beginning of this intriguing modern complex.

Picking olives in Andalucia - the olive harvest

SpaininMYheart Competition Details

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera: Terms & Conditions 

The promoter of this competition is the Spanish Tourist Office whose registered office is at 64 North Row – 6th Floor London, W1K 7DE. Users will need to post their images of Spain and use the hashtag #SpaininMYheart to enter the competition. Entrants must be 18 or over and be based in the UK to be eligible to win. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. Closing date for entry is 23:59, 30 April 2017. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted. The winner will be chosen by a panel appointed by the Spanish Tourist Office. The winner will be informed via DM on Social Media by the Spanish Tourist Office by Friday 19th May 2017. If a winner does not accept the prize within 14 days of being notified of winning, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and Spanish Tourist Office shall be entitled to select another winner. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent . No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

Disclosure – I love Spain well and have visited many times. However, this post was brought to you as a result of the #SpaininMYHeart campaign, created and managed by iAmbassador in partnership with the Spanish Tourist Board. As ever, as always, I kept the right to write what I like. Otherwise, what is the point?

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