From gourmet bite-sized eats bursting with local flavor to beaches so beautiful you’ll swear they’ve been photoshopped, there are way more than 10 reasons to visit Spain. But here are some of the more compelling points that will make you want to drop everything and jump on the next flight.
10 Reasons to Visit Spain
1. The national holidays are truly legendary
From the iconic Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, known for its lively parades and high-octane street parties, to the classic La Tomatina in Buñol, more commonly known as the biggest food fight in the world attended by 20,000 people every year, Spain’s festivals are truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
2. Just like the awesome music festivals
For music festival lovers, the summer is when Spain really bursts into life with a never-ending lineup of unbelievable artists, from the Primavera Sound music festival in Barcelona that’s seen amazing headliners like Arcade Fire to Festival Internacional de Benicàssim in Castellón where the Red Hot Chili Peppers have performed.
3. The beaches will take your breath away
Whether you prefer postcard-perfect golden sands, rolling waves meant for surfing or calm waters dotted with colorful fishing boats, Spain’s coastline, both on the mainland and on the Spanish Islands, is so beautiful you’ll be telling your friends about it long after your suntan wears off.
4. It’s home to some of the best restaurants in the world
El Celler de Can Roca in Girona proudly boasts the title of “The Best Restaurant in the World”, which it was awarded twice by the highly-acclaimed culinary magazine Restaurant. Spain is also home to Sobrino de Botín, the oldest continuously-operating restaurant in the world, established in 1725.
5. It produces amazing award-winning wines
From sweet and fruity white wines made from grapes grown in the volcanic soil of the Canary Islands to strong and robust red wines produced in the famous grape-growing region of La Rioja, Spain has so many incredible wines that they’ll win over even the most discerning palate.
6. Bars give away free food
While enjoying the delectable vino, why not enjoy some free nibbles? Many bars across Spain give away small plates of tapas-like food, such as homemade potato chips, olives and bruschetta-like montaditos for free with every drinks order. It’s a great way to enjoy your travels to Spain on a budget.
7. You can see architecture from all over the world
Egyptian temples, Roman theaters and Moorish palaces are just some of the stunning international structures you can see without ever leaving Spain. And that’s not even touching upon the country’s own mesmerizing examples, like the Sagrada Familia.
8. The golf courses are simply outstanding
Spain boasts a healthy number of stunning Championship golf courses featuring soft rolling greens, tricky sand bunkers and calming water features. No matter where you choose to play, one thing’s for sure: you’ll always have a stunning backdrop, thanks to Spain’s unbeatable natural beauty.
9. You can ski in the morning and sunbathe in the afternoon
It’s true! In Spain you can spend a few hours gliding down the snowy slopes in the Sierra Nevada like a pro then drive the short distance to the Costa Tropical for some sun, sea and sand. Perfect if you can’t decide between a ski or a beach vacation.
10. The easy-going attitude isn’t a myth
Not everyone takes time off in the middle of the day for a nap under the shade of a palm tree, but in Spain things really are a lot more laid back than you’re used to at home. Long family meals that go on for hours, lazy days spent at the beach and the genuine warmth and friendliness of the locals are just some of the things that make Spanish culture so great.
No matter which country in the world you compare it to, Spain always has something totally unique to offer that you simply won’t find anywhere else. And this is quite possibly more of a reason to go than any of the other 10 reasons to visit Spain on this list.