Among the countries of our planet, there are many that have established themselves at the top of people’s bucket lists. For a multitude of reasons, these countries stand out among the rest, featuring things to see and do that are unique to their culture. Drawing millions of visitors a year, these countries behold certain things that people just simply can’t resist. One of those countries is Spain.
Spain is one of Europe’s largest countries, beholding wonders that are sure to make it one of the most visited countries year round. Holding the second most widely spoken language in the world, and one of the largest populations of European countries, Spain is also home to some of the most visited world sites on the planet.
Here, you will find a list of 16 things you can only see and do in Spain, things that genuinely set this country apart from others. From delicious cuisine to soaring heights, this is why you should visit Spain and enjoy some of the most intriguing experiences of a lifetime.
1. Eat At The World’s Best Restaurant
In Girona, you will have the chance to dine at what is known as the world’s best restaurant. Already topping the world’s list twice now, El Celler de Can Roca is a world-class eatery that encapsulates Spanish culture and cuisine. It features seven courses, along with a prestigious walk-in wine cellar that’s home to reputable, quality choices.
2. Walk On The World’s Scariest Pathway
In the northwest of Malaga, you will come across a tiny village known as El Chorro, which is home to what is said to the “world’s scariest pathway”. Skilled climbers visit the one-meter-wide Caminito Del Rey (King’s Little Pathway) which stands 100 meters above the Gaitanes Gorge. Known to be scenic from above, it’s also quite dangerous, as along your path you will encounter holes and missing sections, with nothing to hang on to.
3. Experience Eating Tapas
Tapas are a series of appetizers and snacks in Spanish cuisine. Explore the depths of tapas bars all over Spain, munching on countless different things from place to place, ultimately discovering your favorites. Some of the more popular items include tortillas, patatas bravas, chorizo, and a plethora of seafood choices. This is a fun finger-food style meal to share with friends and family and has become a popular trend worldwide.
4. Ride A Hot Air Balloon In Catalonia
Experience a hot air balloon ride in one of the most scenic countries in the world. You can even see a series of dormant volcanoes in La Garrotxa, just a short distance from Barcelona. Soar way above and witness the wonders of Spain below you. Although trips don’t come cheap, it’s well worth the money, as you will get a feeling and view that is beyond any price tag.
5. Experience La Tomatina
Every year, people gather in the Valencian town of Bunol, to partake in a festival that Spaniards hold proudly. Participants involve themselves in a massive tomato fight, chucking tomatoes at one another for an hour, leaving the town square covered in tomato debris. Surrounded by laughter and a bath of red, this is a must-do experience when traveling to Spain. Almost 145,000 kilos of tomatoes get thrown annually, in a festival that has gone strong since 1945, on every last Wednesday of August.
6. The Gaudi Trail Of Barcelona
Barcelona is home to the illustrious works of Antoni Gaudi, who was an architect in the 1800s, leaving behind some of the country’s most renowned pieces of architecture, namely La Sagrada Familia. You can follow the Gaudi Trail in Barcelona to experience some of his most brilliant work, from La Pedrera to Parc Guell. Here, you will find some of the most distinct and majestic architecture that has given Barcelona its international reputation.
7. Experience the Mecca of Soccer, at Camp Nou Stadium
Every year, millions of fans make the ‘pilgrimage’ to the world’s biggest soccer stadium in the world, Camp Nou. Located in Barcelona, it is home to one of the world’s most successful football clubs, Barcelona FC. The stadium houses a capacity of up to 100,000 cheering and singing soccer fans, who come to watch the game at its most elite level. Fans can also get a taste of what it’s like to be a professional athlete, with an opportunity to go on a stadium tour and step on the very field that some of the biggest legends in world football have graced.
8. Witness The Famous Bull Fight In Pamplona
Hosted annually in Pamplona, thousands of daredevils gather for a chance to witness the iconic tradition. With a rich history and fine line between art and brutality, the event is not favored by all. However, it has become a staple in the culture, and something that many travelers worldwide have come to experience.
9. Experience Parc Guell
One of the most visited works from the genius of Antoni Gaudi, the park is seemingly a vision of a surreal dream, with colors and shapes beyond our imaginations. It is a wonderful manifestation of the artist, with his works encompassing the area and captivating all who cross it. Wander away with your imagination, as one of Spain’s most prestigious architects leaves behind a depiction of his wondrous mind and creativity.
10. Ride The Only International Zipline
Little known to most, Spain holds an opportunity to ride on the world’s one and only cross-border zipline. Limite Zero gives people the chance to slide down from the Andalusian Village of Sanlucar de Guadiana, all the way to Alcoutim in just about one minute. This takes you all the way to Portugal, as well as forward in time, considering the time difference between the two countries.
11. See The Holy Grail Itself
Although it’s yet to be confirmed, historians and Christian theologians believe that the authentic Holy Grail can be found in the Valencia Cathedral. Additionally, it’s believed that the actual cup that Jesus used in the Last Supper has been kept in the Basilica of San Isidoro in Leon, Spain.
12. Experience The World’s Biggest Nightclub
Spain is home to what has been regarded as the party island and capital of the world, Ibiza. To no surprise, the island that never sleeps holds the world’s biggest nightclub as well, known as Privilege. The Guinness Book of World Records dubbed it as the largest place to party on Earth. The club has a capacity of 10,000 people and is widely known for its acrobatic shows, burlesque parties, explosive atmosphere, and some of the world’s top DJs.
13. Visit The Whistling Island
In one of the small mountainous islands of the Canaries, you will find The Whistling Island. Here, the people communicate in a 4,000-word language of whistles. The people of this island use whistles to communicate across the island’s high peaks and deep valleys. Pitch variations are used to represent vowels, and 3,000 school children still learn it to this day.
14. Go Skydiving In Seville
Spain is a top skydiving destination on the planet. Found in Seville, home to the best climate for the sport in Europe, Empuriabrava is the go-to spot for first-time skydivers looking to feel the thrill of the fall. Below, you will see one of the world’s largest marinas and scenic views, paired with the crisp air of Spain.
15. Hike The Picos De Europa
In Spain, you get the chance to climb the impressive 20 km long mountain range of Picos De Europa. The origin of its name comes from the fact that this was the first sight of Europe that people would see in their ships upon arriving from the Americas. Challenge yourself to reach the highest point known as Torre de Cerredo, reaching 8,690 feet! The range is home to some of the deepest caves in the world also, so this journey leaves a lot of room for adventure.
16. Go To The ‘End of the World’ At Cape Finisterre
On the west coast of Galicia, Spain, you will find what is known to be the ‘end of the world’. The word ‘Finisterre’ derives from an original Latin word that means “end of the earth”, and is known to be the westernmost point of the Iberian peninsula. This is home to some wonderful beaches if you’re looking to relax, and some of the more scenic views you could hope for.