Spain is a tourist Mecca for travellers in Europe. Spain offers a diverse terrain and visually captivating views. It is a place where tradition and modernity intersects. The old museums stand side by side modern architecture. Spain is truly a feast for the eyes.
The stunning cities, pristine beaches, resorts, vineyards, festivities, mild climate and age-old monuments provide a reason for tourists to engage in a plethora of activities. A reported 50 million visitors flocked to Spain every year particularly during the harsh, winter months. They take advantage of the cheap flights offered by major airlines all over Europe and in other parts of the world.
My adventure in Spain began the moment the plane arrived. The entry point in my travel is the city of Barcelona. Barcelona Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world with 30,208,134 passengers passing through it in 2008.
Barcelona is a place of culture. It has a number of historical landmarks spread all over the city such as the Picasso Museum, bullfighting plaza, La Sagrada Familia and Antonio Gaudi Parc Guell modern architecture center.
The capital city, Madrid, is a great place for nightlife. It is a city pulsating with life. Bullfighting events, tours to art galleries particularly the Centro de Arte de Reina Sofia, Royal Palace, sample the world-famous Spanish cuisine called tapas and visit the main square.
An adventure will not be complete without engaging in different outdoor activities which Spain provides. Hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, skiing, cycling, golfing, horseback riding, mountain climbing, diving, snorkeling and touring different vineyards are some of the popular activities in the place.
Spain’s numerous mountains trails particularly the Pyrenees Mountain, the 8,600 feet high Pico de Europa and the mountains in the Grazalema national park offer visitors opportunities for hiking, mountain climbing, trekking, camping and mountain biking adventures. The national park of Grazalema offers breathtaking views of the woodland and the varied fauna species inhabiting the land such as boars, brown bears and mountain goats.
The 4000 km of coastline in Spain also offers varied water adventures for those who love the beaches. A number of beach resorts provide water skiing, diving and windsurfing activities. World competitions in windsurfing are held in the strait of Gibraltar. In Northern Spain shores, visitors prefer conquering the rapids with whitewater rafting. Fishing is another excellent water adventure in the country. This is due to the fact that marine life abounds in the country’s seawaters providing opportunities for abundant catch to the angler.
Golfing is another popular activity in Spain. With more than 250 golf courses all over the country, the avid golfer can have his choice of golf course in varying levels of difficulty. Those who love to ski would find the ski resorts a more enticing choice. The Pyrenean mountains, the Cantabarian range and the Iberian chain are some of the famous skiing spots in the place. For those who love to relax under the sun, a visit to the winery is a must. Wine tastings are provided in vineyard tours. Wines in Spain are sold cheaper than their European counterparts.
With the endless opportunities for outdoor adventures, it is of little wonder then that Spain is the second most visited country in the world. The great weather, cheap flights, bullfighting events and varied landmarks also keep visitors coming back for more.