With comfortable weather, nap-inducing beaches and a culture steeped in history and tradition, it’s no wonder people from all over the world travel to Spain for holidays. Whether you’re looking for world renowned sites, a palate inspiring dish or just a beautiful place to relax, this Mediterranean country has it all. For those thinking about visiting this beautiful country, here are some of the best sights and eats it has to offer.
Best places to visit
This list could go on for days, but two popular areas in Spain that stick out are the Costa del Sol and the Costa Brava and there are plenty of flights to Spain that will take you there. Literally translating as ‘Coast of the Sun’, Costa del Sol consists of the communities that dot along the coastline of the Province of Malaga, in the south of Spain. Here you’ll find a variety of landscapes, from seaside cliffs, bays and, of course, the golden sand of the beaches.
Costa Brava, a 160 kilometre stretch of coast along the north east corner of Spain, is more of a mix between high rising tourist resorts and sleepy village towns. You have small fishing ports like Cadaqués, where Salvador Dali resided for many years, and the beautiful town of Blanes, where you can spend days getting lost in the mesmerising botanical gardens.
The variety of dishes in Spain is mind blowing, with each region having its own speciality and different take on the same dish. There are a number of foods that most Spaniards prepare, with two that are a must try if you are visiting. The first is paella, one of the most popular dishes in the whole of Spain. Yellow rice is combined with onions, peas, tomatoes, shellfish, clams, squid and other regional specific ingredients, which are cooked over an open fire with olive oil (like everything else) and salt. The result is a delectable, stomach-filling treat.
A visit to Spain in the summer wouldn’t be complete without a bowl of gazpacho. Originating in Andalusia, in the south of Spain, this cold tomato soup, with its onions, garlic, and bell peppers, is a refreshing treat when the temperatures soar.
In Spain you have fantastic cuisine, dainty towns and picturesque ports. What are you waiting for? That gazpacho isn’t going to slurp itself.