Once you feel comfortable enough to visit Europe again, Spain is a great country to explore. It’s a place with huge cultural diversity and distinct geographical regions. Let’s take a look at the top 5 places to visit in Spain, starting from the north and working our way down south.
Bilbao is easy to get to if you’re in France and Paris is a great city from which to start your trip. The culture in Bilbao mixes Spanish with Basque. You’ll notice that the languages have nothing in common and many of the signs are written on both. The cuisine is a mix as well, with certain dishes that are very much Basque, others that are very Spanish, and still others that are a blend of the two. Aside from the cuisine and culture, Bilbao is absolutely stunning with its hills, bridges, and architecture. It’s okay if you’re not adventurous, just go for a walk to take in all the sights. But don’t miss the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao both for its art and for the building itself, a creation renown Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry.
Like Bilbao, Barcelona is a Spanish city that contains a mix of culturals. There are the Spanish and then there are the Catalonians. While you’ve probably heard of some conflicts in the news, Barcelona is a city full of architecture and cuisine that is a mix of both cultures. There’s no end to beaches, restaurants, and nightlife in Barcelona. Many Americans have visited and decided that they never want to come back again.
Madrid is located in the middle of Spain, so there are no beaches to explore. Aside from the countless museums and monuments, make sure you try the cuisine. Huevos rotos, fried eggs with olive oil and salt, makes an excellent breakfast. And callos a la madrilena is a local dish that’s eaten in the wintertime. It’s a stew-like dish made with blood sausage, tripe, and chorizo. Yum!
If you’ve made it to Granada, you’ve probably had your fill of museums, palaces, and monuments. So take a break and go on a wine tour through the many vineyards in the area. Alternatively, if you want to explore old buildings, there are plenty to see in Granada. There are old bathhouses, monasteries, markets, and chapels to see. You might want to spend a day or two just exploring old architecture!
If you’ve made it to Seville, congratulations on your Spain tour! Do a dance to celebrate – specifically, a flamenco dance. You can take a lesson on a number of travel websites. Or if you just want to let the professionals take care of the dancing, go see a show! Maybe afterward, you’ll be inspired to take that lesson.