Why is Spain In My Heart? What makes Spain such a great place to visit?
Spain was the location of my first sunny holiday abroad to Majorca aged 16, and the subject of many other cultural quests and travel adventures ever since. A country far removed from its coastal resort clichés, Spain boasts thousands year-old history, beautiful old town architecture, unspoilt nature, urbanite cool and endless culinary indulgence.
I still have so much more to explore, but I’ve stored up a few experiences already that makes Spain one of my favourite European destinations.
Places to Visit in Spain
Girona, Costa Brava
Barcelona is super cool but nearby Girona is a real historical time capsule of Spain.
90 minutes away from Catalonia’s brimming capital is the old city of Girona, whose deep-rooted historical charm and culture dating back more than 2,000 years. It’s also the gateway to the surrounding patchwork of countryside of Gironés.
The Island of Menorca
The western Mediterranean cluster of the Balearic Islands may be a well-visited area of Spain, but the northernmost island amongst them, Menorca, is lesser known and prides itself on tranquillity. Here you can mix scenic historical cities and calm harbours with nature reserves and protected trails, ancient megalithic sites and pristine coastline.
The Spanish coastline is undoubtedly a draw, but Spain is a haven for nature and adventure enthusiasts. While I have yet to complete the El Camino de Santiago across northern Spain, I did start with hiking part of the famed Camí de Cavalls trail.
Menorca’s entire island perimeter is connected by a continuous 185km trail-loop called the Camí de Cavalls. It’s perfect for trekking, mountain biking and even horse riding, connecting you to over 130 secluded coves and sandy bays, rocky hills and viewpoints.
Back to those azure blue and rugged Spanish coastlines, though.
San Sebastian Capital of Culture
Then there’s the Basque Country, and it’s beautiful capital of San Sebastian (the 2016 European Capital of Culture).
Here are five reasons to visit the northern Spanish city by the sea, from food to fashion and sightseeing to sport, and a cultural list of four must-see areas. It is said to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities, whose language and traditions are some of the oldest in Europe, and still thriving today.
They are as culturally significant in San Sebastian as the landmarks, monuments and the very old Basque language. Making Pintxos is an art form; eating them is a social event. And it’s criminal to call these exquisite bites layered on top of a small piece of bread and held together by a single cocktail stick tapas.
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