Nestled along the Mediterranean coast lays the beautiful country of Spain. Known for its pleasant climate, easy going people and amazing culinary reputation plenty of happy people decide to go here for their vacation. Vacation rentals in Spain are wonderful. There is an average of 300 days of sun a year and did we mention the food?
This Iberian nation has long been a top choice as European destinations. Spain is the largest country in southern Europe. As such there is a nice mix of history, culture, relaxation and everything in between for its visitors. Almost any time of year is great time to visit as the temperatures stay relatively pleasant all year long.
If you are looking for a relaxing place with tons of interesting things all around you, here are five reasons to go to Spain:
Spain is home to an impressive array of architecture. There is a deep Roman influence as the ruins can be seen scattered here and there throughout the country. The Roman Theater in Merida is still used for performances to this day if you want to go to an operating ancient Roman ruin. Cathedrals also dot the country with their beauty. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is a place of international pilgrimage. An impressive array of Mosques can also be seen. The Mezquita in Cordoba is unique to all of Europe and has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 1984. Many visitors are also surprised to learn and see Egyptian Temples in the center of Madrid. It isn’t because the Egyptians used to live in Spain, but rather that they gifted the city the Temple of Debod in 1968. Essentially almost anywhere you are in Spain, simply wandering around the streets will give the viewer some looks at amazing architecture.
THE FOOD AND WINE
There is a strong reputation in Spain for having amazing food and wine. People travel from all around the world for the culinary delights. Here everyone can enjoy fine wine at a decent price. The Spaniards love their wine. They drink wine with lunch, with dinner and before bed. If you are not sure if you are a wine person, Spain is the place to try it out. If you already know you are a wine person, then some say Spain is like heaven on earth. There are tons of great restaurants all throughout Spain. Sometimes half the fun is to simply wander down small alley ways and discover places that seem appealing to you. Two restaurants to take note of in case you are near them are:
Casa Botin: This is the world’s oldest continuous running restaurant. It has been in operation since 1725. The painter Goya even used to work here as a waiter. If you do get a chance to go, definitely try the pig roast.
El Cellar de Can Roca: This restaurant won world-wide fame when in 2013 it was awarded best restaurant in the world. If you are able, try to get a table at the place for at least one of your meals. You won’t forget it.
THE AMAZING ACCOMMODATION
Spain has no shortage of amazing places to stay. Many savvy travelers are veering away from traditional hotel bookings and instead opting to rent a private place themselves. There is something so dreamy about being able to tell your friends you’re off for a holiday to Spain and you will be staying in your own private villa. The pleasant climate makes Spain a great destination almost any time of the year. From beach front meccas to places tucked up into ancient groves of trees there are some plush places to stay at. Include some friends or opt for a family get away to split the costs and make the whole experience even more affordable.
THE PARADISE THAT IS THE MEDITERRANEAN COAST
Sun worshippers love Spain and the Mediterranean. With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year the odds of getting some Vitamin D are in your favor. Spain has hundreds of miles of sandy beaches. If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the crowds with lots of conveniences around you can find a spot. If you enjoy time alone and would be prefer to find a quieter spot you can do that too. Spain has so many cozy coves and hidden gems. Of these beaches, approximately 577 have been awarded Blue Flag status. What this means is that not only is the water quality guaranteed to maintain a high standard, but many of those beaches are also accessible to people with disabilities. This puts Spain in the top of world rankings for having accessible beaches.
Home to some of the world’s most well-known and beloved artists, Spain is an art lovers dream. Visitors are able to tour the homes of master minds like Salvador Dali and get an inside look into the inner workings of his space. You can day trip to Malaga which is the birth place of Pablo Picasso. Here there is a museum with some 300 pieces of his work. If you at all have the time, the Guggenheim Bilbao is an excellent museum. This dynamic and vibrant museum encourages the viewer to enjoy the art from both the inside and out. The Frank Gehry gallery is considered to be one of the best in the world.
As you are looking for your next ideal vacation destination keep Spain at the top of that list. It has so much to offer.