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A few ideas for things to do in Spain that you might not have thought of, you might not even know that you could do them

Follow Ernest Hemmingway's steps around Pamplona

Follow Hemmingway's steps

Pamplona - the bull run.

The most famous of the many bull runs in Spain  because of the visit and subsequent masterpiece written by Ernest Hemmingway, "The Sun Also Rises" 1926. This is the story of a group of American and British expatriates who travel from Paris to the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona to watch the running of the bulls and the bullfights.

The custom is for six bulls to be set free to run through the narrow cobble-stone streets of Pamplona each morning during the week of July 6-14; in front of the bulls hundreds of locals and tourists run and scream their way along the route hoping to not get injured.

San Fermín The Running of the Bulls
Pamplona, July
Pamplona-Iruña, Pamplona (Navarre)

Visit a National Park
Visit the National Parks of Spain to find worlds of mystery, wonder and delight. National Parks


Explore Renaissance Andalusia and sleep in a castle

santa catalinas castle

Parador Hotel Santa Catalina

alcazar de segovia castle

Castell de Bellver

castillo de loarre

castillo de los mendoza

palacio real de olite

Penafiel Castle

Castell Peralada

castillo de belmonte

castillo de la atalaya

Visit a unique building
- The Alhambra
Any trip to the south of Spain must include a stop in Granada and a tour of the Alhambra. Composed of three distinct groups of buildings on the Alhambra Hill, the complex is essentially a palace with extensive gardens surrounded by a fortress. This national monument is one the most mythical and romantic Spain attractions.

Ramble along Las Ramblas
Holidays in Spain is not all festivals and bullfights.
Travelers looking for a low-key Spain sightseeing option can stroll along Barcelona’s main street: The Ramblas. This leafy avenue is lined with cafes and newspaper stalls and is a favourite stroll for locals and tourists alike.

Join in a Festival- festivals in Spain
Do you want to see one of Spain’s many festivals while on holiday in Spain? Do you want to know when & where the best festivals in Spain are? Our guide to festivals in Spain gives you the facts and information you’ll want to know.
Festivals in Spain
Spain has literally dozens of festivals that are celebrated annually. Some festivals are celebrated by the whole of Spain while the majority of festivals in Spain are celebrated locally. Nearly all festivals in Spain are religious in their origins although this doesn’t stop the festivals in Spain from being fun for all who participate.

Visit a world famous museum
-The Guggenheim in Bilbao
Described as the “the greatest building of our time”, this Frank Gehry-designed postmodernist museum attracted 1.4 million viewers in it first year alone. Once inside, art lovers are treated to a host of 20th century masterworks from Picasso to Rothko.

Visit and photograph a mountain top village
Perched high on a crag in a sea of mountain peaks, the little whitewashed village of Guadalest is huddled under the ruins of an ancient castle. Once it was a strategic military outpost, but it lost its importance after earthquakes devastated the region and irreparably damaged the castle. Thanks to its stunningly beautiful  location and the picturesque charm of its old-fashioned lanes and squares, Guadalest is now the most visited and beautiful villages in Spain. Quirky museums, cafés and souvenir shops have sprung up, but although tour buses disgorge an endless stream of visitors in summer, Guadalest has hung onto its medieval tranquility and charm.

Visit Madrid
see its many beautiful sights and cultural attractions
-Visit the Prado
Madrid’s premier tourist attraction, and one of many  must-see Spain tourist attractions, the Museo del Prado houses one of the oldest and most prolific collections of art in the world.

Experience the excitement of a fiesta
- Las Fallas in Valencia
Tours to Spain wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Valencia during the Fiesta de Las Fallas. From March 12 to 19 the city of Valencia is a pyro’s dream come true. From the minute you step off the train, firecrackers are popping at your feet, as giant Papier Mache effigies or fallas are paraded through the streets, judged, and awarded prizes. At night free firework shows light up the sky, while the days are filled with bullfights and paella eating on every street corner.

 "How Andalusian horses dance"

Imagine the Royal Ballet, Convent Garden but done with horses and traditional Spanish music.
 An incredible show and one that is not to be missed.
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See Frank Gehry's amazing architecture.
Whether it is the amazing Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the huge copper fish on Barcelona beach or the new conference and convention centre near Malaga Airport, all of Frank Gehry's pieces are futuristic masterpieces.

Skiing in the Sierra Navada Mountains.
Andalucia is blessed to have these mountains so close to legendary tourist spots such as Malaga and Torremolinos. During late spring you can go skiing in the morning and do a spot of sunbathing on the beach in the afternoon. Marvelously bizarre!

Take part in a local village fiesta.
The local fiestas are mostly religious in nature, but that doesnt mean that they arn't a lot of fun. The colourful processions are worth it in themselves, and the parties usuallu go on throughout the night. You can find out more information about Spanish Fiestas here.

Experience Gaudi's Barcelona.
Of all the buildings in Barcelona that Antoni Gaudi designed, no visit is more spectacular than Parc Guell. The large park has numerous buildings and sculptures featuring Gaudi's well known broken tile style, and elegant organic curves. A great day out for all ages.

Do tapas!
It is one of the Best and most uniquely Spanish things to sit in a bar in the evening and eat tapas while you have a drink. The best and cheapest entertainment in Spain.
Sit outside in a cafe and watch the world go by!
Spain's villages, towns and cities all have numerous cafe's when you can sit outside, enjoy a coffee and simply watch the world passing by. It is made all the better by the weather which is usually fine.

Feel Surreal with Dali in Figueres.
Salvadore Dali has become one of the most loved painters in the world, and his mausoleum/museum is a surreal as the visions he created. This is one of the highlights of the north of Spain.

Stamp you heals to the Flamenco!
A must do for Andalucia and the South of Spain is to catch some of the heel tapping music known as Flamenco. Twenty five years ago it looked like Flamenco was on the decline, but has recently enjoyed a huge surge in popularity, and not just as a tourist attraction...

Go mad for Art in Spain.
I could list all the great artists represented in Spain in another top 20 list, but if you just want to see the Best make sure that you visit the Miró Foundation in Barcelona, see the disturbing images of Goya in Madrid and Picasso's Guernica at the Reina Sofia, also in Madrid. Picasso is also well represented in Malaga with the new Picasso Foundation.

One artist that deserves a seperate mention is Diego Velazquez.
Visiting the Prado Gallery in Madrid will open you eyes to Valazquez, possibly the greatest ever Spanish artist. Perhaps his Best known painting is "The Rokeby Venus" but consider that his famous "Old Woman Cooking Eggs" was painted when he was only 19, and you can be sure of the masterful talent Velazquez had.

See the spectacular views at Ronda.
After driving through the Andalucian mountains, you eventually come to Ronda, perched at the top of a huge cliff, with a magnificent bridge spanning the gorge between the old and new towns.
Ronda also has the oldest Bull ring in Spain, and roman baths.
More Moors in Cordoba.
Nothing can quite prepare you for the sight of the Grand Mosque of Cordoba (the Mezquita). The first part of the Mosque was built in 796 AD and is roughly a fifth of the entire complex, and the last parts were added to the Mosque by about 1000 AD.

Do the white village trail.
Andalucia's villages are what most people imagine when they are asked think of a Spanish village. Whitewashed houses, narrow cobbled streets and lavish Churches. The pick of the villages is Mijas, with its famous donkeys and mountainside location.

Tired of the beaches? get active in Tenerife.
Strange volcanic rock formations and spectacular scenery distinguish this park, which surrounds Mount Teide, an active volcano and the highest peak in Spain.

People watching at El Rastro.
If you are a keen shopper or an avid bargain hunter then you must take a visit to the largest open air flea market, where locals and tourists alike spend hours shopping dining or sitting back and people watching.

Test your golfing skills at Valderrama.
Famed architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed this 18-hole championship layout that stretches more than 6,356 meters at par 71. If Valderrama is a little out of your reach, then the Costa del Sol has more than enought other courses for everyone. Nicknamed the Costa del Golf, Southern Spain has both the courses and the weather to make any golfer happy.

Party all night (and all morning) in Ibiza
Increasingly, tourism in Spain has become synonymous with the island of Ibiza, and for good reason—you come to Ibiza to party. Indulge your hedonistic side as you dance the night away in some of Europe’s hippest clubs. Take the raucous Disco Bus from club to club and dance and drink from Midnight to well-past 6 am in this most frantic of Spain attractions.

Tour the Basque Country
The Basque Country or Pais Vasco, is an area north of Madrid bounded by the Pyrenees Mountains and the Bay of Biscay. This unspoiled and easily traversed landscape is among the best tours to Spain for those seeking a quiet, quaint, old world getaway.

Visit the Prado
Madrid’s premier tourist attraction, and one of a handful of must-see Spain tourist attractions, the Museo del Prado houses one of the oldest and most prolific collections of art in the world.

Relax at Parc Guell
Laid out on hill with breathtaking views of Barcelona, the Parc Guell (Guell Park) was Antoni Gaudi’s most ambitious project after the Sagrada Familia church. Though commissioned as a private housing complex, only two houses were every built on the site. What remains, can only be described as the most psychedelic of Spain attractions. Twisting ceramic benches, a vast hall of pillars, giant lizards and sloping pathways all provide an amusement park feel.

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