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Just about everyone and their dog (literally) is off on holiday this summer and it’s giving me seriously wanderlust, as someone with anxiety I do find it hard to travel around. Which gives me some serious FOMO, as I see a constant stream of beautiful places I want to visit and have a list as long as my arm of destinations I want to visit in the (near) future. I want to step out of my comfort zone and make the leap of a visit to one of the destinations on my list, I love doing the research into places and finding out what there is to visit, and planning what I would want to do whilst there, as I am a hugely organised person and love to make lists and finding the best places to stay. I recently was looking into Spain, I feel like it can be an underrated destination to visit and is worth looking into for sure. I’ve fallen in love with some beautiful places to stay such as these divine mansions in Spain, perfect if you are going away with a group of people or if you’re looking for pure luxury. If you’re looking for a more intimate affair or a family holiday Spain has you covered. With many villas, hotels, and hostels for you to take your pick from.
When researching Spain and with the help of my friend Ariana who has travelled a lot and was happy to share her recommendations with me, I was able to compile a list of amazing things you NEED to do when in Spain and where to stay. Obviously Spain is a big place and dependant of where you want to visit, will depend on what you can do from this list, hopefully, it inspires you to visit these places as much as it did for me whilst writing this post.
In a town near Valencia on the last Wednesday in August, a huge festival is held called La Tomatina, which is the ‘worlds biggest food fight’ and as you’ve probably guessed, it’s a food fight of… tomatoes. Nobody is completely sure how the tradition started but was thought to have started back in 1944. As it only happens once a year, it is a perfect reason to visit nearby Valencia. As well as this, Valencia has some other great offerings, including Oceanogràfic which is a huge aquarium, with dolphins, sharks, and even penguins. It also has a Butterfly house and a Crocodilary. The perfect place to visit for any age group.
Was the destination of my family holidays as a child, but as you can probably guess I don’t actually remember much, all I can picture is what I can see in photos of 5-year-old me. I would love to go back as an adult and explore. Known for having many beaches and being a popular holiday resort for us Brits, but it also has many beautiful places to explore including the Cuevas Del Drach, roughly translated as the Dragon Caves which is the most popular cave in Mallorca and I am not surprised as to why filled with pure beauty. You can get a boat trip through the caves which takes around an hour and from the pictures looks like a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Barcelona is a popular tourist destination but within there are many hidden gems worth visiting. When I was doing research into Barcelona I found some dreamy places including Park Guell, which is full of history and known for Mosaic-covered buildings, steps & sculptures in the verdant park with Gaudi museum & panoramic views. There are also guided tours to make your experience extra special as you learn on the go.
Also during my research, I found out about Tibidabo Amusement Park is one of the worlds oldest and still functioning theme parks. The attractions in the park look out of this world, the carousel looks like a ‘proper’ old school one and it makes me happy that places like this still exist, I love the sheer amount of colour within the park and it looks like a really exciting day out. Barcelona is known for having the best food and months of the endless sun which to me sounds like a dream destination for me.
The capital city of Spain, Madrid. Known for its alluring art scene and football team (of course). The Madrid Art Triangle is a must-see for anyone who wants to what is on offer in the big museums such as Arte Reina Sofia and Museo Del Prado. It is also known for those more intimate galleries. Another thing that not many people know about Madrid is it is full of parks with Casa De Campo which is 5x the size of Central Park in New York! Which within has a funfair, small boats, the Madrid Zoo and plenty of places to take a stroll around and take in the beauty which surrounds. Sounds like a dream for someone who isn’t a fan of beach holidays!
There you have it, four amazing destinations to visit in Spain. When researching for this post I couldn’t quite believe the number of places there are to visit in Spain and a few of them I hadn’t even heard of. I am now off to add a few more destinations to my wanderlust list and check out the best deals that Kayak and Expedia have to offer me because this girl is in need of some serious sun!
Where is your favourite place to visit in the whole world? Let me know in the comments!