From leisurely strolls through Guell Park in Barcelona, to cathedral tours in Palma, the list of things to do in Spain is virtually endless. Whether you’re heading for the beach, exploring botanical gardens, or visiting quaint villages, you’ll find something to keep you busy every day of your holiday.
Find your favourite beach
When it comes to beaches, you’ll be spoiled for choice. It’s easy to spend long, lazy days in the sunshine before cooling off in the sparkling seas. And whether you’re searching for a bustling, family-friendly spot or a secluded cove, there’s a place for you in Spain. If you want to get away from it all, it’s well worth seeking out some lesser-known spots off the beaten track. You’ll find idyllic S’illot a short stroll from the heart of Sa Coma; it’s a quiet stretch away from the crowds, brushing up against beautiful turquoise waters. There’s also a tiny beach at Cala S’Almonia (not far from Calla Mallorca), which is surrounded by spectacular scenery of rocky cliffs and verdant pine trees. It’s also a superb place to snorkel.
Get out and about in nature
If you’re wondering what to do in Spain beyond the beaches, you’ll discover a wealth of gorgeous landscapes ready and waiting for you to explore. The Canary Islands’ volcanic peaks have to be seen to be believed, including the scenery at Timanfaya National Park. In Tenerife, it’s well worth taking the cable car up to the peak of Mount Teide for some truly incredible views. If you’re heading over to Menorca, you can make your way through lush wetlands that are brimming with wildlife and fascinating caves.
Wondering what to do in Spain with the kids? There’s plenty to keep the little ones occupied across the country, from the sandy beaches to the fun-filled waterparks. Benidorm’s Aqualandia (it’s home to Europe’s highest water chute) is always a big hit, as are the swashbuckling shows at Pirates Adventure in Majorca. Or you could treat them to a cowboy show in Gran Canaria’s Sioux City.
Sample traditional food and drink
Whether it’s at a waterfront restaurant or a local market, you’ll have the chance to sample the flavours of Spain during your holiday. If you’re heading to Barcelona, order a chilled glass of sparkling cava or a dry fino sherry with your tasty tapas dishes (spicy Padrón peppers and luscious serrano ham are highly recommended).
Over in Valencia, you won’t want to miss out on a plate of paella in its home city; here they make it with meat and vegetables rather than prawns. In Málaga, you can find endless beachside eateries serving up fresh-as-can-be seafood, including fritura malagueña (delicately fried fish). Then there’s the fruits of the lunar-like vineyards in Lanzarote, which are an absolute must-visit for wine lovers.
Are you heading away to the sunshine soon? To give you a flavour of things to do in Spain, we’ve put together a handy guide below. Take a closer look and see what you could get up to.