280 Things to do in Spain

You'll never run out of things to do in Spain. Whether you're seeking sun-soaked beaches on the Spanish Costas, cathedral tours in Palma, or water-filled fun at Benidorm's Aqualandia. There is something for all ages, from botanical gardens and theme parks to designer shopping and architectural wonders of the world.

Places to visit

There is an extraordinary array of places to visit in Spain, including La Rioja vineyards, Botanical Gardens Maspalomas, and historic old towns accompanied by inspiring history. You can also uncover a wealth of gorgeous landscapes, like the stunning scenery of Timanfaya National Park.

Whitewashed Old Towns

If culture is your thing, then Ibiza Old Town should be at the top of your list of things to do in Spain. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites and architectural wonders that capture years of rich history.

Or you could soak up the atmosphere of a traditional Majorcan seaside village in scenic Porto Cristo.

Breathtaking beaches

You'll be spoilt for choice with where to go in Spain. Sample the Costas' powdery golden sands edged with sparkling warm waters, perfect for swimming and snorkelling. You'll also find plenty of secluded coves, lively hotspots and family-friendly beaches. S'illot is a short stroll from Sa Coma and is ideal for those seeking a tranquil shoreline with picture-postcard scenery. While Cala S'Almonia in Majorca offers spectacular clifftop scenery and lush pine forest backdrops.

Family-friendly attractions

There are so many fantastic family-friendly things to do in Spain. You could visit the waterparks dotted around the country. Salou's PortAventura provides rides and slides, thrills and spills for the whole family. Aqualandia in Benidorm is home to Europe's highest water chute, while younger visitors will enjoy the swashbuckling shows at Majorca's Pirates Adventures. Sioux City is a must for cowboy fans.

For a more serene holiday, explore the natural beauty of Spain by hiking in the stunning Masca Valley.

What to see

Immerse yourself in a wealth of iconic attractions in Spain, from royal palaces and grand fortresses to Gothic cathedrals and jaw-dropping architecture. The Alhambra in Granada is one of Spain's most popular sites, a magnificent Moorish fortress with marble fountains and exquisite mosaics.

Wild landscapes

Visit Tenerife to explore the highest point in Spain, where visitors can take a cable car to the top of Mount Teide volcano. If you're up for the challenge, you could hike the Roques de Garcia or enjoy a more leisurely stroll around the spectacular space-like scenery of Minas de San Jose. There's also an observatory on site, with a long-range telescope and starlight guides to take you on a discovery of the night sky.

If you're holidaying in Menorca, be sure not to miss the spectacular wildlife in the wetlands. Made up of lakes, streams, freshwater marshes and seasonal ponds, it’s no wonder the island is a Biosphere Reserve. You’ll see some incredible habitats along the way, with over 60 different species of birds and native Mediterranean plants. 

Uncover the historic architecture

Play king or queen for the day as you marvel at the 18th century stone architecture at the Royal Palace of Madrid, the largest palace in Western Europe. Another fascinating historical sight is the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. It marks the end of the stunning Camino de Santiago pilgrimage and is said to hold the remains of Saint James.

And no trip to Spain is complete without marvelling at Gaudi's spectacular architecture at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. This beautiful basilica remains unfinished despite construction commencing in 1882. Culture fans will also enjoy a trip to the fascinating City of Arts and Science in Valencia.

Things to do

Best hotels in Spain