This Moorish fort which sits atop a hill overlooking Granada has a rich history which dates back to a time when the place was ruled by Arab lords. The Alhambra translates to ‘the red one’ and refers to the color of the fort. Picture deeply intricate architecture, pools and gardens, and the Sierra Nevada off in the background – it will transport you back to another world.
Attend La Tomatina
La Tomatina is a festival that takes place every year in the town of Buñol. It is a tomato throwing frenzy that begins with someone climbing a soapy pole, and trying to reach the piece of ham which sits on top – that marks the start of the festivities! Throw in some singing, dancing, and water hoses for good measure, and you have the perfect recipe for a good time. Just don’t forget to bring a pair of googles.
Walk El Camino
El Camino may be considered a pilgrimage, but in recent years it has also gained popularity among people who aren’t particularly religious. Known in English as ‘The Way of St. James’, the route takes you across northern Spain from the border with France, to Santiago de Compostela in the western tip of the country; and the entire journey is done on foot!
They don’t just speak Spanish in Spain, and one of the major cities where to experience this is in Barcelona. Catalan is spoken in various regions across the country, the most predominant one being in Catalunya. Order your sangria in Spanish, and then watch as a local walks in and orders a meal in a different language. This is a place where it pays to be bilingual.
Party on an Island
If you are ready to escape the hustle and bustle of the major Spanish cities, a stop in the Balearics may not be such a bad idea. Located in the western Mediterranean Sea, the Balearic Islands which are comprised of Ibiza, Mallorca, and Menorca are know for their laid back hippie attitude and wild parties that go on in the wee hours of the morning. Choose your island and know that you won’t be going to bed before the sun rises!