To escape from your daily routine in Spain, you will definitely want to go out and explore its wonders. Find out how you can enjoy your leisure time there...
Spain is a land of hope and professional opportunities. But it also has much to offer in terms of leisure. In fact, the country attracts thousands of visitors every year due to its wide, natural, cultural and historical heritage. You can enjoy various parks, natural attractions, museums and monuments, and many other places of interest during your leisure time. You will definitely not get bored during your stay in the country.
History and culture
Spain has a multicultural population with a blend of traditions and modernism. You can discover these in most Spanish regions, and in some historical neighborhoods particularly. Spanish people are very warm and welcoming and quite festive throughout the year. As regards the major Spanish cities, namely Madrid, Seville, Barcelona, etc., these demonstrate the country's architectural heritage through ancient buildings, mixing Gothic, contemporary and modern tendencies, as well as monuments, churches, cathedrals and monasteries.
If you have settled in Madrid, you may explore the Prado historical museum, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, as well as various classical and contemporary art museum hosting famous artists paintworks, namely Picasso, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, Antonio Saura, etc.
Spain also has several places of interest which are classified as World Heritage sites by the UNESCO. Among these, Cordoba's historical center, the Burgos Cathedral, the Avila and St. Jacques de Compostela, Caceres and Salamanca old towns, the Toledo historical city, and many others. The Hercules Tower, Vizcaya Bridge, Ubeda and Baeza monuments, Elche palm grove and the Atapuerca archaeological site are also very popular tourist sites.
Nature lovers will not be disappointed. Spain has many natural reserves with sumptuous green landscapes, mountains, lakes, valleys and volcanoes where you can go hiking. In fact, Spain has more than 200 nature reserves consisting of rich ecosystems. Among these, twelve national parks, islands, swamps and forests containing a rich fauna and flora, including plant and animal endangered species.
Hence, you can explore the Aiguestortes National Park and Saint Maurice Lake which are found in the Pyrenees, the Donana National Park, the Odiel marshes near the mouth of the Tinto River. The Picos de Europa, stretching over the Asturias, Cantabria and Castile-Leon, will also delight you with their mountainous landscapes giving superb views of the Costa Blanca.
You can also visit the Valporquero caves in Castile-Leon, the Del Drac caves in Balearic Islands, the Boi Valley, the Anisclo Canyon, and Somport pass which is found at the French Spain border.
Spain also has many beautiful sandy beaches where you can walk, swim, or simply enjoy sunbathing when the weather is mild. These are also ideal places for sun and party lovers. Formentera Ses Illetes in Balearic Islands, Las Catedrales in Galicia and Concha in San Sebastian are the country's most famous beaches. Del Silencio in Asturias, La Barrosa in Cadiz, and Nerja in Andalusia are also very popular both with the Spanish and with tourists.
For family leisure activities, you can visit Spain's numerous amusement parks, namely Waterworld in Lloret de Mar, Aqua Brava in Roses and Aqualand in Costa Adeje which consist of a water coaster, slides, waterfalls, tubing and many other thrill rides. Major Spanish cities such as Madrid, Seville and Cordoba, also host theme parks where you can enjoy roller coasters, carousels, karts, mini golf, swimming pools as well as exotic animals.
On week-days as on weekends, you can also enjoy various Spanish restaurants, bars and pubs in most cities. You will also find theaters, cinema halls, shopping malls, food courts, etc. Some theaters regularly hold song and dance shows.
Moreover, nightlife lovers will be delighted with the number of dance clubs, bars and nightclubs which can be found in all cities, mainly in tourist regions.
Note that most Spanish cities also host their own theathers and halls.
As a culturally and historically rich country, Spain also offers various festivals and cultural events all year round. Do not miss the famous Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, the Carnival of Madrid or the Carnival of Las Fallas in Valencia.
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