It’s safe to say at the moment that Spain is the most favoured holiday destination for UK and USA tourists, due to its mild climate, striking and diverse sceneries and overall celebration culture, which is alive throughout the country at all times. Aside from the now classicised coastal leisure, Spain offers an exciting range of activities to engage in while on holiday, from cultural discovery to adrenaline-raising entertainment.
An incursion into Spain’s past and a better acquaintance with its geography is far from boring, as there are endless attractions to visit, in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia or Sevilla, from museums and art galleries to monuments, castles, palaces, memorials and religious edifices, such as churches and cathedrals.
Refined cultural events are always at hand, such as symphonic concerts, opera and theatre performances in some of Spain’s most prestigious venues. Spanish art galleries and museums are deemed to preserve some of the most valuable art pieces in Europe, as Spain abounds in conventional and contemporary creations alike.
Music is also a fundamental part of the local lifestyle and is worth exploring in greater detail, combined with traditional dancing, which can be seen in sophisticated stage events or more liberally, as a part of joyful street festivities.
Equally enticing to tourists is a direct experience of Spain’s emblematic sports such as bullfigjting and football, as well as taking part in some of the many “fiestas” and “ferias” so often held in every corner of Spain, which are bound to be impressive by the very magnitude and, quite often, by the oddity of their nature.
Aside from these activities, family holidays can include visits to child-oriented attractions and entertainment centres, such as theme parks, which are commended worldwide for their creative settings and facilities they provide. Water parks in particular are favoured, Spain being home to some of the very best in the world.
The young generation is usually drawn to pulsating events such as music festivals, carnivals and other events involving carefree partying and intercultural interaction; there are numerous suitable locations on the mainland as well as the islands. Aside from football and bullfighting, other sports have grown in prominence, such as skiing and skateboarding, facilitated by Spain’s many mountainous regions.
Young tourists also venture in water sports or gladly practice other energising outdoor activities. Concerts are very frequent and usually held in impressive sports arenas, with a constant flow of foreign participation.
Discovering those features which are unique to Spain remains the most desirable way of spending time in this culturally diverse country, which is evermore surprising if visitors detach themselves from clichés and personally explore the colourful, enthralling local flavour of each area.
Many will head for the coasts or islands, for the metropolitan bustle of the largest cities or for small areas attracting curious tourists seeking to witness bizarre traditions, which abound, perhaps in a more ostensible way compared to other countries in this part of the world.
The Spanish have got a reputation for the ideal mixture between scrupulously preserving and celebrating tradition and still being so welcoming, tolerant of others and eager to share their culture.