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Top 11 Must-Visit Destinations in Spain

We know what you’re thinking: yet another compilation of must-see sights and attractions. Think of it as our little reminder of the vast array of destinations in Spain: It’s a helpful rundown… and it gives you a chance to escape your routine for a while as you daydream about your next stay under the Iberian sunshine. Whether you’re travelling with the family or your special someone, Spain is the IDEAL destination for a cultural, relaxing, sporting or culinary getaway. Because yes, the Iberian Peninsula has it all: the beach, culture, gastronomy, a gentle way of life… and more. So read on to find out the 11 destinations that have made it on to our list of top spots in Spain!

Barcelona, Catalonia

The iconic Catalan city needs no introduction. Tourists rave about Barcelona for its unique atmosphere, easy-going lifestyle, and famous attractions such as the Sagrada Família, the Parc Güell and the “Barri Gòtic” or Gothic Quarter, so the city is an excellent choice for both newcomers to Spain and repeat visitors. 

Pals, Costa Brava

Let’s stay in Catalonia with our next destination: Pals, a charming medieval village and a perfectly pretty, family-friendly seaside resort. Here, you can relax by the water’s edge, discover the gems of Catalonia, marvel at the beauty of the coastline, venture inland to explore on foot or by bike, and savour the culinary specialties. 

Valencia, Valencian Community

Head along the Mediterranean coast towards the Valencian Community where you’ll find the bright and bustling city of Valencia, the region’s capital. Its highlights include the City of Arts and Sciences, a huge futuristic complex listed by UNESCO, the enchanting historic centre, and natural parks that beckon for a walk. Best of all, the city sits on the edge of the Mediterranean, perfect for a refreshing dose of sea air. One last recommendation: be sure to tuck into a paella, the iconic Spanish dish from the city!

Alicante, Costa Blanca

Situated on the Costa Blanca, Alicante is a pretty provincial town that is neither too big, nor too small, and overflowing with charm. With its sandy beach in the heart of the city, its castle and its characteristic narrow streets lined with tapas bars and restaurants, it’s hard to resist the allure of this seaside resort!

Benidorm, Valencian Community

A close neighbour of Alicante, Benidorm is the other Costa Blancan city worth exploring, or even revisiting. Festive and buzzing with life, the city looks something like an American megalopolis with its (200!) skyscrapers! During the day, it’s a wonderful place to chill out on its beautiful beaches, while in the evening… it’s party time! 

Puçol, Valencian Community

Just 30 minutes from Valencia, Puçol offers a relaxing setting looking out to sea where you can, of course, chill out and unwind. Alternatively, set off on a hike in one of the nearby natural parks, visit the Puig monastery, the castle and Roman theatre of Sagunto as well as the Molí de Vent windmill. As you can see, your Spanish holiday in Puçol will be a perfect blend of nature and history! 

Madrid, Community of Madrid

How could we talk about Spanish destinations without mentioning Madrid, the capital? Whether on a long stay or a weekend escapade, the city is ideal for a family break or a romantic getaway, and there are plenty of reasons why: it combines culture, heritage, nightlife, gastronomy and notable Spanish landmarks such as the Royal Palace, the Prado Museum and the Retiro Park. 

The Canary Islands

Cast away in the Atlantic off the coast of Morocco, the Canary Islands are a dream destination for anyone seeking idyllic beaches, natural parks ideal for hiking, such as the Caldera de Taburiente, and spectacular volcanic landscapes like Cumbre Vieja and Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain. The year-round mild climate is definitely a plus and is naturally one of the factors (in addition to those mentioned above and plenty of others!) that entices tourists to this destination.

The Balearic Islands

Mention the Balearic Islands and our thoughts first turn to Ibiza, renowned for its jet-setter reputation. However, the archipelago counts three other islands – Majorca, Menorca and Formentera – which are also worth a visit. Each has its own vibe: party-going in Ibiza, cultural in Mallorca, laid-back in Menorca and sporty in Formentera. Prepare to fall under the spell of these specks of Spanish beauty adrift in the Mediterranean. 

Seville, Andalusia

If you were wondering which Spanish destination to pick, look no further than Andalusia and Seville, a gem of a city that captures the hearts of tourists from all horizons. With its Alcázar royal palace and gardens, a breathtakingly beautiful historical treasure, its old town and vibrant flamenco culture, this gorgeous Andalusian city is arguably one of the most stunning spots in Spain – take a trip with your family or significant other to see for yourself.

Granada, Andalusia

Magnificent Granada, also located in Andalusia, is yet another must-see destination in Spain, first and foremost for its sublime Alhambra, a UNESCO-listed monument. This majestic palace and fortress complex, along with its gardens, offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the splendour of Muslim Spain. Don’t miss a visit to the cathedral and be sure to see a flamenco show in a tablao, a flamenco bar! 

Travel tips for a carefree stay in Spain

For a worry-free and enjoyable experience, here are some tips to keep in mind before heading off on holiday in Spain: 
-    The siesta is a real institution in Spain. As a result, the shops are closed between 2 pm and 5 pm… but they usually close much later in the evening. 
-    Meals are late in Spain. Lunch is eaten at around 2 pm and dinner at around 10-11 pm.
-    In the restaurants, bread and water are added to the bill! 
-    Spain and France are in the same time zone, except for the Canary Islands which are one hour behind the mainland. When coming from the UK, Spain is one hour ahead of your local time (apart from the Canaries, which are the same time zone as you!).

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Accommodation to cater for all tastes

Now that you know where to go on your next Spanish getaway, it’s time to choose your accommodation. Apart from the friendly atmosphere, entertainment for all ages and water parks with swimming pools and waterslides, what is great about Sandaya campsites is the choice of accommodation: 
-    Mobile homes for those who long for home-from-home comfort, even on holiday 
-    Lodge tents for the traditional camping spirit with an added touch of comfort 
-    Camping pitches to set up camp amidst the natural surroundings
-    Quirky accommodation options, such as tree huts, safari tents, teepees and gypsy caravans for a fun and unique experience 

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