Submitted by James Folsom on Tue, 08/16/2011 - 11:02
Spain is a great travel destination because there is something there for everyone. In fact there are probably several somethings for everyone. Spain is a country made up of several different regions, much like the United States. There are distinct cultures and characteristics of each region that makes them all unique. leading Spaniards to refer to their country as Los Espanas, which translates into The Spains.
So if you are a beach lover, there is a place for you. If you are into great museums and arts, theatres, etc, you have that too. If you are a nature and wildlife lover, you can find it there. If you like a place with a lot of local celebrations and quaint little shops and bars, you can find that as well. Big cities? Barcelona, Madrid, and several others will fit the bill.
Here are some spots you would surely not want to miss should you choose Spain for your vacation.
Pamplona: Famous for “The Running of the Bulls”, the city is full of history and pageantry. The famous bull dodging and thrill seeking is actually the end of an eight day festival. The bulls who run through the crowds are on the way to the Bull Ring where they will face professional bull fighters later that day. Even if you go at a different time of year, Pamplona is an interesting place to visit. There are museums and cathedrals with medieval and Roman artifacts and sculptures galore.
Barcelona: You may remember this city from the 1992 Olympic Games. In fact, you can tour the Stadium where the Games were held. Barcelona has so many interesting places to visit it would take forever to see them all. You can visit the Gothic Quarter and see the “old” Barcelona. This is where Picasso lived and worked. Or you can hit Las Ramblas and do the nightclub and bar thing. There is also Barceloneta Beach where you can enjoy the beach life, including fabulous sea food.
Madrid: Madrid is a microcosm of Spain. Madrid has many cultures all in one city. The locals refer to it as La Madrids. There is a part of the city for the history buffs. This has places like the Moorish Quarter, and the Orient Place. Then there is the 18th Century Palace and the Botanical Gardens. On the other side of town though there is a “modern Madrid” which rivals any world class city. Madrid was fixed up in recent years in preparations to bid to host the Olympics in 2012. Perhaps one day it will be chosen like Barcelona was in 1992.
The Canary Islands: The Canary Islands are made up of several distinct and unique islands. But all are a tropical paradise. Lush with vegetation thriving in fertile soil, the warm dry weather is a perfect beach holiday waiting to happen. Hundreds of thousands of tourists flock there every year. There must be a reason.
Spain truly is one of the best kept secrets for the European traveler. You literally could spend a year sight seeing and not see it all. Or you could pick one specific spot that suits you and spend the whole vacation there and then go back the following year and have an entirely new experience.