Feel like wandering through amazing architecture, laying on secret beaches, and cycling through quaint villages tasting wines and tapas? Book a trip to Spain! This beautiful country produced the world’s first global empire and it is still a worldwide sensation today.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency of Spain. Spanish is the prevalent language in Spain and 82% of the population call it their mother-tongue. Other languages spoken in Spain include English, Catalan, Basque and Galician. 11.7% of the population is fluent in English.
The most recommended time to visit Spain is between March and May during or autumn between September and November. At this time, the weather is mild and there are fewer crowds than in the summer.
This city will show you the best of Western Islamic culture in Spain. Nestled under the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains, the picturesque Andalusian city of Granada holds the most beautiful architectural masterpieces that merge Islamic and Christian design elements. Look for sites like the Alhambra palace complex, right next to this is the Palacio de Generalife with its immaculate gardens that bloom in summer.
It’s sunny all year-round in the capital of Andalucia! The sunny weather and beautiful gardens of Seville have lended themselves to being the location of many films including Star Wars and Game of Thrones! The historic diversity of this town is unparalleled with Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world standing just a few metres from Real Alcázar and its Islamic, Baroque and Renaissance splendour.
The Balearic islands
Looking for those famous ‘Balearic blues’ with sapphire coloured waters and crisp-white sands? Visit the outlying islands east of the Iberean Peninsula. The four largest islands in this archipelago are Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca, and Formentera. Besides the partying in Ibiza, there is so much more to see including charming inlets and small towns with traditional restaurants and cafés.
For the best culinary experiences in Spain, this Basque coastal city is the place to go. Once a whaling town, San Sebastián is now a world-famous gastronomic destination. It has the highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants per square metre in all of Europe, with 18 Michelin stars within a 25km radius! But you don’t need a Michelin-star budget to eat in San Sebastián, if you head to Parte Vieja (Old Quarter), and walk along 31 de Agosto street, you will find a plethora of affordable restaurants and bars.
The capital of Spain is full of world-class art. Art lovers will be delighted with Madrid’s Paseo del Prado (Art Walk) lined with famous museums including Museo del Prado, Reina SofÍa and Thyssen-Bornemisza. But the art is not only inside museums; Madrid’s street culture is vibrant and full of creativity, accompanied with endless wine-soaked tapas.
Watch a soccer match at Camp Nou or Santiago Bernabeu
You probably have a favourite between the two biggest soccer clubs in Spain; FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Why not pack your jersey and go watch these two go at it live in Camp Nou or Santiago Bernabeu? If you don’t get the luck of catching a match, you can still visit the stadiums for guided tours.
A wine festival in La Rioja
The region of La Rioja is famous worldover for the wine it produces. If you visit in June, you can enjoy La Batalla de Vino (Battle of Wine), a wine festival in Haro where Spanish red wine is sprayed to crowds of people waiting to battle it out with wine!
Visit the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
This sleek, angled building is one of the most notable pieces of architecture in Spain. This Frank Gehry building is only second to the modern and contemporary art inside it.
A meal at the world’s oldest restaurant
Established in 1725, El Restaurante Botín is listed by the Guinness World Record as the oldest restaurant in the world. Botín has remained relevant for almost 400 years because of the mouthwatering dishes served there, like their signature spice-infused pork dipped in white wine and roasted in a wood-burning oven. Now that you know what to order, book a table!
Party in Ibiza
celebrities and glamour aside, the blue waters and white sands of Ibiza are just the beginning. The interior has traditional Spanish villages and farmhouses where a slower life and homemade Spanish food can be enjoyed.
Wander in the Moorish arches of the Córdoba Mosque
The 10th century Mezquita de Còrdoba (the Mosque-Cathedral of Còrdoba) is a symbol of Islamic grandeur. It boasts some 850 Moorish pillars topped with striped double arches and other Gothic elements. This mosque is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Spain.
A Spanish tourist visa is not required for citizens of the UAE if they intend to stay for 90 days or less. Make sure to check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas on your journey to Spain. The countries you pass through may require a separate transit visa.
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