It is always nice to make some destination specific bucket list, if you are planning a holiday. Spain is one such destination that offers a combination of activities from friendly beaches to some of the biggest clubs in Europe, contrasting with the art and culture. Spain maintains its exquisite charm through a selection of jaw-dropping World Heritage Sites and activities. Here is a list of top 10 things that you must do when in Spain.
1. Bullfight (or corrida) at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza
The image of Spain is closely associated with bullfights as an art that became popular in the early 12th century and is still very much alive. Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is a magnificent bullring considered to be one of the finest in Spain and is one of the oldest and most important in the world. You will enjoy bullfighting in a unique way as six bulls and three toreros (bullfighter) perform in a single afternoon. If you’re interested in Spanish tradition, then you may book a 45-minute guided tour of the entire building where you may learn about the history and legend of bullfighting and also understand what fighting a bull in the ring is like.
2. Take an open topped panoramic bus tour
Hop on the top deck of a bus and enjoy marvellous views of Madrid's main monuments and sights. Get a good overall view of Madrid and learn about its important monuments. Once tour begins, you will be given headphones that allow you to listen to the ongoing commentary which provides information about the sights in 8 languages. From city's main attractions and different tourist routes, you also get discount vouchers for visiting museums, monuments, attractions and restaurants.
3. Try some tapas
Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers, snacks or finger food in Spanish cuisine. Tapas come in many different forms and vary from town to town. They can be anything from a chunk of tuna, cocktail onion and an olive skewered on a long toothpick to piping hot meat with sauce served in a miniature clay dish. Tapas are served day in and day out in every bar and café in Spain. They are so much a part of their culture that you should definitely not miss out on trying the Tapas when in Spain.
4. Admire the Gaudi architecture
Unique in itself, you can spend a whole day visiting Gaudi Architectural masterpiece. Antoni Gaudí's work is admired by architects all around the world as it portrays one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. The artistic flair of the architectural genius is so outstanding that you’ll wonder at how his designs ever work in practice.
5. Stroll along the Las Ramblas
Las Ramblas is the first landmark that most tourists identify with the city. This street is set out for pedestrians as the street is lined with markets. It is a vibrant and lively promenade filled with Barcelona’s action at its best. If you get tired, you may stop at a café on the Las Ramblas, where you may sit outside, enjoy some coffee, eat tapas and simply watch the world pass by.
6. Visit the city of San Sebastián
Tired of dodging the cars on streets? Then, visit San Sebastián, featuring a classy night-life, exquisite restaurants and some of the finest beaches in Europe. It is impossible to lay eyes on this stunning city and not fall in love with it. Wander through the old streets of San Sebastián and be charmed by its rustiness. With an outstanding tradition, an exotic night-life and an undying charm, this seaside town of San Sebastián is up there with some of the best glitz and glamour from the city life of Spain.
7. Running with the Bulls
Join in the celebrations at Pamplona and run with the bulls at the most famous festival in Spain. Keep the excitement intact in the most magical way when you realize you've arrived at one of the most thrilling and unusual religious celebrations in the world. The act of running with the bulls is about half a mile long through cobbled, narrow streets marked out by a tall, sturdy double-lined fence. The streets buzz constantly with music, organised concerts and many other special events with the daily morning bull run and nightly bull fight being two of the biggest highlights. If you truly want to experience this festival, then choose to take part in this challenging run.
8. The Rastro Flea Market - Madrid
Madrid's largest open air flea market attracts a lot of tourists and local visitors. It is a perfect place where one can find practically everything, from furniture to clothing along with souvenirs and a wide range of other goods. Antique shops are also lined in the surrounding streets and remain open on Sundays to take advantage of the market's lively crowds and wonderful atmosphere. If you are in the city, this is an experience not to be missed.
9. Visit Valencia
Valencia, the third largest city in Spain holds some of the most splendid contemporary architectural structures in the world. In the centre of the city, Valencia boasts a collection of tremendous contemporary buildings, most notably is the futuristic architectural masterpiece of the ‘City of Arts and Science’. However, this place will leave you gaping in wonder with the alluring design that is just a foretaste of what's hiding inside. Valencia, along with its fine budding cultural side also has an energetic nightlife.
10. La Tomatina Festival
Make your way to participate in the 'World's Biggest Food Fight' in the town of Bunol near Valencia in Spain where more than hundred tons of over ripped tomatoes are thrown on the streets. Every year, thousands of people make it to the streets with tomatoes in hand, ready to throw at each other. Make sure to squeeze the tomato before throwing so that it bursts upon impact to prevent from hurting. ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ that was inspired by this tomato throwing festival and it included the festival in one of its key scenes.
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Author : Winnie Karnik