Justly famous for its year-round sunshine, stone castles and sophisticated cities, perched on the south of Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, Spain often edges out other countries and becomes the ultimate holiday destination. There are countless reasons as to why it’s arguably the most attractive destination in the world, but to save on time, here’s 10:
1) YOU RARELY GET A BAD DAY IN SPAIN
Spain is the sunniest country in Europe, and its Mediterranean coastline, enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine. You rarely get a single bad day in Spain. So from the Costa Blanca to the Costa del Sol it is 300 days of clear skies, warm, golden rays, ice cream, al fresco brunches, sunbathing, street night parties, and being a free bird.
2) SECRET BEACHES
With over 5,000 miles of beautiful Mediterranean coastline, dotted with hidden, tiny unspoiled coves you can kick-back and unwind, enjoying the feeling of having an entire beach to yourself. You can lazily sunbathe under the warmth of the Spanish sun, burrow your toes into soft, golden sand, swim in warm cerulean waters, breathe in the salty smell of the sea and revel in the feeling of being far, far away from the rest of the world. Bliss.
There’s nothing like drinking sangria while chilling at a sunny beach. Additionally, an infinite variety of Spanish wines, Cava in Catalunya to sweet Moscatel from Malaga means that there are limitless ways to create this drink, and all of them, delicious!
4) LA SAGRADA FAMILIA
Spain has the best avant-garde architecture in the world; cities full of vibrancy, brightly coloured and decorated with embellishments.
5) LEARN THE LANGUAGE
Everybody knows Hola and Gracia. However Spanish is often billed as one of the world’s most romantic languages, with vowels, consonants, words and sentences fitting seamlessly together like a melody. And last year, a study found that it was also the world’s happiest language as well!
6) GASTRONOMICAL DELIGHTS
The food here varies from region to region, but regardless of where you are, prepare to stuff yourself with amazing seafood. Fresh fish. Crispy calamari. Melt in your mouth lobster. Grilled prawns. Plump juicy clams. Or just opt for a seafood paella for an explosion of utter deliciousness. Bon Appetit
7) SUPERSIZED FESTIVALS
Spain celebrates all year round, from the infamous Tomatina Festival in the small town of Buñol, where thousands of people take part in a massive tomato fight, to the fireworks festival of Las Fallas in Valencia. In fact, every city and town in Spain celebrate its own festivals and they can be truly spectacular. For example, Cordoba celebrates a festival of the patios in May with the entire town decorated with flowers, statues and beautiful tiles.
Whatever the reason, and wherever you go, you’re bound to stumble upon a colorful, joyful, and unforgettable fiesta. It’s a party every day!
8) WHEN IN SPAIN DO AS THE SPANIARDS DO
With late-rising, long lunches and afternoon naps are a long held tradition here. There’s no better place to enjoy a laid-back holiday than in Spain. Here, people make a conscious effort to take a break and enjoy some down time. You’ll find shops, local offices and even churches closed during siesta hour. And scientists have found that naps are beneficial to health so Spaniards (and visiting travellers) can continue to nap unabashedly . . . in the interests of being healthy of course.
With late-rising, long lunches and afternoon naps are a long held tradition here.
It’s no secret that Spaniards are extremely good-looking – Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Paz Vega and Javier Bardem and the list goes on. If there’s one quality to beat this, it’s the warmth and friendliness of the locals. In fact, just last year, Spain was voted the world’s most tourist-friendly country. This means that you will never be short of fascinating conversations and if you get lost or need any assistance, you can rest assured that Spaniards will go out of their way to help you out.
10) ZEST FOR LIFE
Spain pulsates with vibrancy, excitement and a viva-la-vida state of mind. Whether it’s the sizzling rat-a-tat-tat and dramatic stare downs of the flamenco, the Dr Seuss-inspired buildings that grow with gusto into the sky, youngsters fist-pumping with reckless abandon in Ibiza or eating tapas and drinking beer with relish, Spaniards put their heart and soul into everything they do. You can’t help but absorb and project this mantra yourself. It’s addictive, invigorating and irresistible.
Clearly, Spain’s charms are undeniable.You’ll find countless opportunities to fall quickly in love with Spain.
You want to experience the delights of Spain, don’t you?