Mr ESLT and I have visited Spain on a number of occasions and we love it. From the architecture and cosmopolitan vibe of Barcelona and Madrid to the medieval history of Alicante and not forgetting the bling of Puerto Banus and Marbella. The fact that the mainland is a mere 2 hours flight from the UK, the food is amazing and the weather, even in winter, is better than at home, makes booking holidays to Spain a no-brainer for us.
Even though I, Vicky, have lost count of the number of times I’ve visited Spain, both with my parents when I was young and more recently with Mr ESLT, there are still so many places I would like to visit. Planning holidays is kind of my thing. Therefore, I have a list as long as my arm of Spanish destinations, both on the mainland and its outlying islands that I’m eager to experience. Thinking about my favourites, I have put together my Spanish holiday hit list highlighting my top 5.
Having visited the other Canary Islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote before, Fuerteventura is the next one on our list to visit. The main thing that appeals to me about Fuerteventura is the probability of winter sun. When the weather takes a turn here in the UK, is there anything better than jetting off to warmer climes? Even in December, the average temperature in Fuerteventura is 19 degrees. That sounds good to me – Christmas in the sunshine anyone? With beautiful beaches, numerous boat trips and the opportunity to partake in one of my favourite pastimes – quad biking, amongst many other things, there are more than enough activities to keep us occupied.
Located just over 60 miles from Malaga, Ronda is a beautiful and historic city. However, it is often overlooked by sun worshippers in favour of the coastal towns and cities along the southern Spanish coast. Located in the Sierra de las Nieves National Park, it has a number of key sites that must be visited. The most famous landmark in the city is the Puente Nuevo (new bridge). It was completed in 1793 and built over the El Tajo gorge. Other sites include the Arabic baths, the stunning gardens at the Mondragon Palace which is also home to the municipal museum and Arabic walls and city gates. As lovers of history and architecture, this city sits high on our Spanish wish list.
Seville has been on our list for a long time. It has always been somewhere we have been drawn to. As the capital and largest city in the Andalusia region, the city has a lot going for it. This makes it a firm favourite for people visiting Spain. It’s famous for its fabulous architecture. Especially the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Alcazar palace complex, Seville Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies. Flamenco dancing also originated in this area of Spain and is still popular to this day. Therefore, taking in a Flamenco show is a must when visiting Seville. With many reminders throughout the city of its Moorish rule, Seville is steeped in diverse history and somewhere we’d love to explore.
Spanish food is amazing, isn’t it? And that is the main reason why I would like to visit San Sebastián (Donostia). Its reputation as a foodie’s paradise precedes it. Do you know that it has more Michelin stars per capita than any other city in the world? The area is famous for its pintxos (small pieces of bread, with various toppings) and its numerous pintxos bars. However, San Sebastián is certainly not a one trick pony, it has a number of other alluring qualities. One of which is the beach of La Concha is calling my name, with its soft sand, it is the perfect place to relax or take a dip in the Bay of Biscay. Also, because San Sebastián is so close to France, if we had the time, we could even take a day trip there.
Valencia is a vibrant city where the past, as one of Spain’s oldest cities, collides with the future. This makes it a popular tourist hot spot. It’s recognised by UNESCO as a member city of the Silk Road. Therefore, the city is packed full of history just waiting to be explored. One of our favourite ways of exploring any new city is by taking a walking tour. We find having a guide lead us through a city we learn so much more than if we were left to our own devices. Valencia also is predominately known for its City of Arts and Sciences which is made up of futuristic structures. These include a planetarium, an oceanarium and an interactive museum. Spanning just under two kilometres there is a lot to see and do on the complex. It looks amazing and is somewhere I hope to visit for myself very soon.
Have you ever visited Spain? If so where has your favourite place been? And if not, which islands/cities would you love to visit?
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