Traveling to Spain? Interested in the best things to do in Spain and the most memorable experiences in Spain? If so, here are the most unique Spain experiences for your ultimate Spain bucket list
THE MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES IN SPAIN: 37 BEST THINGS TO DO IN SPAIN
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1. VISIT ALHAMBRA PALACE IN GRANADA
Alhambra is one of the most famous landmarks in Spain and one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world.
Alhambra palace in Granada is the most visited site in Spain. More than 2 million people visit Alhambra a year.
Alhambra is a masterpiece of Moorish architecture, even though Romans founded the Alhambra and Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella have done some Renessaince makeovers.
Alhambra in Granada is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Spain and a top must-see site in Spain. Visiting Alahambra is one of the most memorable experiences in Spain to go for.
Keep in mind, that the number of people who can visit Alhambra Palace in a day is limited. So, buying tickets for Alhambra in advance is highly recommended.
Check out Alhambra Tour with Nasrid Palaces, and read more about my first-hand tips for visiting Alhambra.
2. TOUR SAGRADA FAMILIA
Sagrada Familia Basílica, or Basilica of Holy Family, in Barcelona, is a masterpiece of Antonio Gaudi, one of the greatest architects in the world.
The cathedral is built in a unique mix of various styles: Spanish Gothic, Gothic Revival, Noucentisme, Art Nouveau, and Modernism style.
It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Spain and one of the most visited buildings in the world overall.
I’d strongly advise booking Sagrada Familia tickets online to avoid the queues.
Check out: Sagrada Familia Fast-Track Access Ticket
3. TAKE A ROAD TRIP IN ANDALUCIA
A road trip in Andalucia is a must in a lifetime.
Andalucia is one of the most beautiful and interesting destinations in the world for its history, architecture, art, sandy beaches, joyful fiestas, passionate flamenco, shocking bullfighting, and tasty tapas.
Take a road trip in Andalucia and visit the most spectacular cities like Seville, Granada, Cordoba, Cadiz, Jerez de la Frontera (the heart of Andalusia), authentic Andalusian ‘pueblos blancos’ (Iznajar, Arcos de la Frontera, Ubrique), famous Ronda and Malaga (the capital of Costa del Sol).
Road-tripping in Andalusia is one of the best Spain experiences to treat yourself to in Spain.
Read here about my recommended Andalusia road trip.
4. VISIT MEZQUITA OF CORDOBA
The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba is one of the most unique buildings in the world.
In the 8th century, Cordoba was the capital of Moorish Al Andalus when the Great Mosque of Cordoba was built on the site where the Visigothic Christian church of Saint Vincent had stood. In the 13th century after the Christian conquest of Al Andalus and recapture of the area, the Great Mosque was turned into a Christian Cathedral.
The Mezquita covers 24,000 square meters and it displays 856 columns made of fine materials like granite, marble, and jasper. It holds elements of Egyptian, Greek-Roman, Visigothic, Moorish, Spanish-Flamish, Renaissance, and Baroque styles.
Mezquita in Cordoba is one of the most impressive sites in Spain. It’s a World Heritage Site.
Visiting the Mezquita is one of the best things to do in Cordoba and one of the most special experiences in Spain.
Check out: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour
5. HIKE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
Camino de Santiago is one of the most popular hiking pilgrimage routes in the world.
The Camino de Santiago (Way of St James) covers several routes leading to the tomb of St James the Apostle in the Cathedral of Santiago in Spain.
The most popular route is Camino Frances (the French Way) from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago. The route is about 500 mi (800 km) long.
But the most beautiful routes are Camino del Norte (following the coast of northern Spain) and Camino Primitivo (the Original Way that starts in Oviedo and goes through the hills). Camino Inglese (the English Way) is the shortest route (only 118 km) which starts in Ferrol and the longest route (about 1000 km) is Via de La Plata which starts in Seville. Camino Portuguese (The Portuguese Way) starts in Lisbon and is also one of the most well-liked routes of Camino de Santiago.
Hiking Camino de Santiago is one of the most memorable experiences in Spain. I hiked 828 km of Camino del Norte in the summer of 2021.
Read about the things I carried during my Camino hike and about my recommended Camino de Santiago packing list.
UPDATE: In June 2022 I hiked 310 mi (500 km)-long Camino de la Plata from Salamanca to Santiago. And from Santiago, I continued to ‘the End of the World’ and hiked 55 mi (90 km) of the Camino de Santiago a Finisterre.
6. SEE THE FESTIVAL OF COURTYARDS IN CORDOBA
Fiesta del Patios is one of the most unique events in Spain, and probably the most beautiful event in Spain.
The colorful Festival of Courtyards is held in the historic center of Cordoba in Andalusia at the beginning of May every year.
During the event which lasts for 12 days, the courtyards (called patios) are decorated with an abundance of flowers. Typically, Cordoba patios are hidden private treasures. But, the house owners open their courtyards to the public during the festival. The flowerful patios become stages for outstanding performances of traditional songs and dances, along with flamenco guitar plays.
UNESCO declared the Fiesta of the Patios in Cordoba Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Visiting the Fiesta del Patios in Cordoba is one of the most beautiful experiences in Spain to look forward to.
The next Festival of the Courtyards in Cordoba will be held from 2nd to 14th May 2023.
7. WALK CAMINITO DEL REY
El Caminito del Rey (the Little Pathway of the King) is a spectacular path over the magnificent canyon of the Guadalhorce River.
The amazing canyon displays cliffs 700 m high, while the Caminito del Rey path hangs 100 m above the river.
Walking Caminito del Rey is one of the most unique experiences in Spain.
Caminito del Rey is easily visited from Malaga and Costa del Sol.
From Costa del Sol or Malaga: Caminito del Rey with Tapas
8. ATTEND FERIA DE JEREZ
Feria de Jerez is one of the most joyful events in Spain.
It is originally called Feria de Caballo (the Horse Fair), but since it’s held in Jerez de la Frontera, it’s popularly called Feria de Jerez (the Fair of Jerez).
Feria de Jerez has often been voted the best feria in Andalusia.
The event traces back to the medieval ages when Andalusian farmers gathered in Jerez to sell their beautiful Andalusian horses. During the fair a small village with public restaurants and bars (casetas) was made and where people celebrated the deals with flamenco songs and dance, and plenty of food and drinks (most notably, sherry from Jerez) …
Since then, Feria de Jerez is the celebration of Andalusian horses, flamenco, and Sherry wine.
Attending Feria de Jerez is one of the most authentic experiences in Spain to go for.
It is traditionally held in the González Hontoria park in Jerez. The next Horse Fair will be held in Jerez de la Frontera from the 6th to the 13th of May 2023.
9. WITNESS HOLY WEEK IN SPAIN
Witnessing Spanish Holy Week processions is one of the best things to do in Spain.
Holy Week, or Semana Santa, is celebrated the week before Easter.
Sorrowful and dignified processions of brotherhoods or fraternities are held in cities of Spain to honor the Passion of Jesus Christ. During the processions, barefooted ‘nazarenos‘ dressed in robes with distinctive hoods carry floats with scenes portraying the Passion of Jesus Christ, or the Sorrows of the Virgin Mary.
This unique tradition of Semana Santa traces back to the Middle Ages.
Semana Santa processions are held throughout Spain, but the most famous processions are in Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Malaga, Toledo, Salamanca, and Zamorra.
Next Semana Santa is from April 2-8, 2023.
Make sure to celebrate the upcoming Holy Week and Easter in Spain for lifelong memories!
Head to Seville and book 3-Hour Holy Week History and Church Tour in Seville.
10. VISIT PARK GUELL, CASA MILA AND CASA BATILO
Park Guell, Casa Mila, and Casa Batllo, along with above mentioned Sagrada Familia Basilica, are the most famous works of Antonio Gaudi, the most famous Catalan architect in history.
UNESCO declared them a World Heritage Site.
Antonio Gaudi was inspired by nature and used natural shapes in his works a lot. Some of the finest examples of his work are Park Guell, Casa Mila, and Casa Batllo.
Park Guell is an iconic park in Barcelona and the most visited park in the world. It covers 12 ha of surreal architecture (fantastic buildings, sculptures, and tile work), serene nature, and outstanding views of Barcelona.
The unconventional Casa Mila is a spectacular and one-of-a-kind residential building in the world.
Casa Batllo is another sensational building by Antonio Gaudi. The façade of Casa Batlló is made of colorful ceramic tiles but the building shockingly appears to be built from skulls and bones. That’s why it is popularly called the House of Bones. But the interior of the house is as much surprising as the exterior.
Casa Mila and Casa Batllo are some of the most intersting buildings in the world.
Check out: Park Güell Admission Ticket,
Casa Batlló Entry with Self-Audioguide Tour,
Casa Milà-La Pedrera Fast-Track Audio Tour,
Gaudi Tour: Sagrada Família, Park Güell, and Casa Batlló
11. ATTEND LA TOMATINA
La Tomatina is an iconic festival of the fight with tomatoes.
During the festival, participants fight with tomatoes in the streets of the small town of Bunol.
The town of Bunol is 40 km away from Valencia.
About 22.000 participants on average attend the festival, and about 120 tons of red tomatoes are thrown during the festival.
The festival traditionally happens on the last Wednesday of August every year. It begins with a bang at noon when trucks loaded with tomatoes as ammunition passes through the fight area and when the first tomatoes are thrown from the trucks at the festival-goers. With the first thrown tomatoes, the tomato fight among the festival participants starts.
Attending the Tomatina festival in Bunol is one of the most fun things to do in Spain.
Next Tomatina is happening on August 30, 2023.
Make sure to be in Bunol on the 30th of August for the craziest event in Spain.
12. WATCH AN AUTHENTIC FLAMENCO SHOW
Spanish flamenco is a unique artistic expression originating from Andalusia.
It’s a musical fusion of song (cante), musicianship (toque – the art of guitar playing), and dance (baile).
UNESCO inscribed flamenco on the list of Cultural and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Flamenco was born Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia. The most authentic flamenco you can see there, but if you are visiting some other places in Spain, don’t miss out to see a flamenco show.
Watching traditional flamenco is one of the most authentic experiences in Spain.
Madrid: Live Flamenco Show with Food and Drinks OptionsBarcelona: Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes
Seville: Flamenco Show with Optional Andalusian Dinner
Granada: Flamenco Show at Cuevas Los Tarantos Tickets in Sacromonte
Valencia: Flamenco Show with Dinner at La Bulería
13. VISIT ALCAZAR DE SEVILLE
The Real Alcázar Palace in the heart of Seville is the oldest royal place still in use in the world. Spanish royal family still uses some parts of the palace when in Seville.
The palace is a top example of the Mudejar style with some elements of Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance styles. Arguably the most outstanding part of the Alcazar is the Palace of Peter I made in the Mujadar style in the 14th century. But some of the most beautiful parts of the Alcazar complex are 12 distinctive gardens designed in different styles from Moorish to Renaissance and modern styles.
The complex of the Real Alcazar, the Cathedral, and the General Archives of Indies is a World Heritage Site.
Visiting royal Alcazar is one of the best things to do in Seville and one of the top experiences in Spain.
Book: Alcázar Guided Tour with Priority Entrance
14. RUN IN FRONT OF BULLS AT SAN FERMIN FESTIVAL
San Fermin is one of the most unique events in Spain.
Festival-goers run in front of a small group of bulls in the streets of Pamplona during the 9-day festival of Sanfermines.
Today it’s one of the most popular events in Spain that frequently attracts thousands of tourists each year.
The bull-running festival is held in Pamplona from the 6th to the 14th of July.
Attending Sanfermines Festival is one of the most unique things to do in Spain.
Running in front of bulls during San Fermin Festival in Pamplona is one of the most unique experiences in Spain.
15. ENJOY MALAGA, THE CAPITAL OF COSTA DEL SOL
Costa del Sol is one of the sunniest places in Europe with the most amazing sandy beaches in Europe.
Costa del Sol is a synonym for sunshine, sandy beaches, and flavorsome Spanish food. And Malaga is the Capital of Costa del Sol.
Malaga is one of the best Spain vacation spots and one of the best cities in Spain for leisure and pleasure.
Enjoying the sandy beaches of sunny Malaga is one of the best things to do in Malaga and in Spain.
16. INDULGE IN SPANISH FOOD, TAPAS
Spanish cuisine is one of the healthiest and tastiest cuisines in the world.
It is probably best known for various Spanish tapas (cold or hot Spanish appetizers or snacks). Some of the most famous Spanish foods are Jamon Iberico, paella, and gazpacho soup.
Spanish tapas, gazpacho, and paella are among the must-try authentic Mediterranean food in a lifetime!
Foodies agree, that exploring traditional Spanish cuisine and sampling traditional Spanish dishes are some of the best things to do in Spain.
17. DISCOVER BASQUE PINTXOS
Pintxos are sensational Basque appetizers.
Pintxos are an essential part of Basque cuisine.
Pintxos in the Basque country is what tapas in the rest of Spain is. But, the Basque pintos are a pure art for all the senses.
Pinchos, or pintxos, are tasty snacks that will make you fall in love with the Basque country through the stomach.
Check out: San Sebastian: Gourmet Pintxo Tour, or From Bilbao: Basque Country Gastronomy Tour
18. EXPLORE SPANISH SEAFOOD DELICACIES
If you are after some mouthwatering seafood, Spain is a destination to go to.
The city of Vigo in Galicia is the largest European fresh fish port and the biggest fishing port in the World. Vigo is popularly called the seafood capital of Spain. The Vigo estuary is home to the best seafood in Spain: the finest fresh oysters, mussels, barnacles, crabs, shrimps, octopus, cuttlefish, sea bass, and more.
Some of the must-try Spanish seafood dishes are paella de marisco (seafood paella), pulpo alla Galega (the Galician-style octopus), bacalao al pil pil (the Basque-style codfish), and Mejillones Rellenos (the Spanish-style spicy stuffed mussels).
19. TOUR THE ROYAL PALACE OF MADRID
The Royal Palace in Madrid is the most important Baroque palace in Spain.
It’s also the largest royal place in Europe. The place is spread over 135,000 m2 (1,450,000 sq ft) and it has more than 3000 rooms.
The place is the official residence of the Spanish royal family but is no longer their home.
Some of the most remarkable rooms in the Royal Palace are The Royal Armoury and the Painting Gallery.
The Royal Armoury holds a huge collection of weapons and armors used by Spanish royals since the 13th century. It is regarded as one of the best in the world.
The Painting Gallery holds masterpieces like Caravaggio’s Salome with the Head of John the Baptist and many fantastic works by Goya, Velázquez, Sorolla, and Federico Madrazo.
The Royal Palace of Madrid is a cultural landmark of Madrid and one of the most visited sites in Spain. Every year over a million people visit the palace.
Visiting Madrid Place is one of the top things to do in Spain for cultural enthusiasts.
Check out: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour
20. TRY RIOJA WINE
The Rioja wine is the most famous wine from Spain.
La Rioja is a famous wine region in north-central Spain and between the Basque Country, Navarre, and Castile-León. La Rioja region is only about an hour’s drive from Bilbao.
There are red (tinto), white (blanco), and pink (rosado) Rioja wines. Red Rioja wines are classified as some of the finest wines in the world.
Rioja wines are a blend of various grapes, like Tempranillo, Mazuelo, and Graciano for red Rioja wines and Malvasia and Macabeo for white Rioja wines.
Traditionally Rioja wines are aged in oak barrels in the cellars before bottling. Rioja wines pair well with aged cheese, chorizo, and roasted meat.
Check out: Winery Tour with Tastings and Traditional Lunch in La Rioja
21. HEAD TO SAN SEBASTIAN
San Sebastian, or Donostia in the Basque language, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Glamorous San Sebastian in the Biscay Bay is famed for the pristine white sand beaches, luxurious beachside mansions, and excellent Basque cuisine accompanied by innovative chefs.
It is a paradise for beach lovers, foodies, and architecture fans.
San Sebastian holds some of the best beaches in the world. San Sebastian’s La Concha beach is voted the most beautiful urban beach in Europe.
San Sebastian is one of the top culinary destinations in the world. It has the second-highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants per square meter in the world, following only Kyoto in Japan. The most famed Michelin-started restaurants in San Sebastian are Akelarre, Arzak, and Martín Berasategui.
Luxurious San Sebastian was a favorite holiday destination of Spanish and French aristocracy. Queen Maria Cristina set her royal summerhouse in San Sebastian during the Belle Époque era. Coco Chanel and Leon Trotsky enjoyed spending their holidays in San Sebastian too.
The nearest airports to San Sebastian are Biarritz Airport in France and Bilbao Airport in Spain.
Check out: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink in San Sebastian
22. SEE ALTAMIRA CAVES
The 1,000 m (3,300 ft) long Cave of Altamira is famous for prehistoric charcoal drawings and polychrome paintings. The paintings are estimated to be 36.000 years old.
The cave holds the most significant Ice Age paintings in Europe.
UNESCO declared the Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain a World Heritage Site.
The cave is located near the beautiful town of Santillana del Mar in Cantabria in Northern Spain.
The original cave can’t be seen entered anymore for preservation reasons. However, the Museum of Altamira holds a replica od the cave.
Check out: Santillana del Mar & Altamira Museum Tour from Santander
23. WALK MEDIAEVAL WALLS OF AVILA
The Old City of Avila in Spain is a World Heritage Site.
The impressive 2.5 km long medieval walls of Avila are built for the protection of the medieval town between the 11th and the 14th century. The walls are 12 m tall and about 4 m wide, hold 80 towers, and 9 gates and encircle an area of 31 ha.
The walls of Avila are some of the best-preserved medieval walls in Europe. Walking Avila walls with superb views of Avilla is one of the coolest things to do in Spain.
Avila is called the ‘finest medieval remnant in Spain’, and it is nicknamed the Town of Stones and Saints.
Avila is about an hour and a half from Madrid and Salamanca.
Check out: Ávila with Walls & Segovia Full-Day Tour from Madrid
24. ENJOY SUNNY TENERIFE
Famous Tenerife is a volcanic island in the Atlantic ocean.
It’s the largest and the most popular island of the Canary Islands. Stunning Tenerife is a renowned holiday destination, best known for amazing beaches (sandy and volcanic), exotic nature, amazing resorts, and vibrant nightlife.
Tenerife’s Teide National Park boasts impressive volcanoes, craters, lava flows of various shapes, and breathtaking colors. Mount Teide is an active volcano and with a height of 3178 m is the highest peak in Spain. Tenerife’s Teide National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the most visited European national park with over 4 million visitors a year.
Beautiful Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of Tenerife and the capital of the Canary Islands. The picture-perfect golden sand Playa de las Teresitas is one of the best beaches in Tenerife. Actually, Playa de las Teresitas is considered the most beautiful beach in Tenerife.
Tenerife is a fantastic year-round destination for the abundance of sunshine all year long. If you crave some sun, you can’t get wrong with Tenerife.
25. VISIT GORGEOUS SALAMANCA
Gold-shimmering Salamanca is one of the most important historical and beautiful cities in Spain.
Salamanca is a vibrant city of rich historical and cultural heritage. It is a World Heritage City in Spain.
The City of Salamanca is nicknamed La Dorada (the Golden City) for its sandstone buildings that spectacularly shine in the sunlight.
Stunning Salamanca is a must-visit place in Spain for people who enjoy history, historical sites, and wonderful medieval architecture.
READ MORE: The Ultimate Guide to Salamanca Spain
26. ADMIRE DALI THEATER MUSEUM IN FIGUERES
If you like Salvador Dali, you will enjoy his Theatre Museum in Figueres.
Nothing related to Salvador can be ordinary. Quite opposite. The same goes for the Dali Theater Museum.
Dalí’s Theatre-Museum in Figueres is a quirky museum that features bizarre eggs on the roof, a spectacular glass roof cupola, a dramatic central stage, and several unique exhibitions and showrooms.
It t is the largest surrealist building in the world. The museum holds a huge collection of Dali’s art paintings, sculptures, installations, jewels, and even the crypt of buried Dali.
Dali’s museum is a place where the visitors get shocked and amused at the same time.
Figueres is easily reachable on a day trip from Barcelona.
Visiting Dalí’s Theatre-Museum in Figueres is one of the best things to do in Spain.
Check out: Dalí Theater-Museum Guided Tour in Figueres, or
Salvador Dalí Small-Group Full-Day Tour from Barcelona
27. SEGOVIA AQUEDUCT
The aqueduct is a landmark of beautiful Segovia.
The Old Town of Segovia and the Aqueduct are World Heritage Sites in Spain.
Segovia aqueduct is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings in the world. It’s 15.3 mi (19 km) long with more than 160 arches. Believe it or not, the aqueduct is still in use.
Segovia aqueduct can easily be visited on a day trip from Madrid.
Check out: Segovia Half-Day Trip with Guided Walking Tour from Madrid
28. HAVE A RIDE IN THE GONDOLA OF VIZCAYA BRIDGE
The hanging Vizcaya bridge in Biscay Bay is the oldest transporter bridge in the world.
The bridge connects the banks of the River Nervion and the towns of Portugalete and Getxo and it’s 164 m long and 45 m tall with 4 towers. The gondola of the bridge can transport 6 cars and about 100 passengers.
For the construction of the bridge, iron technology and new steel cables were used for the first time in history. Today the bridge is a symbol of the industrial era.
UNESCO declared the bridge a Word Heritage Site. It’s a landmark of the Basque Country.
Viyicaya bridge is easily reachable from Bilbao.
Check out: Biscay Bridge and Pintxos Private Tour from Bilbao
29. ADMIRE THE CITY OF ARTS AND SCIENCE OF VALENCIA
The incredible City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia is one of the 12 Treasures of Spain.
The complex includes several buildings: the Oceanogràfic,(Europe’s biggest aquarium), Hemisfèric (a digital 3D cinema), Umbracle (a garden), Science Museum (with interactive exhibitions related to science and technology), Palau de Les Arts (the Opera House), and Ágora ( an events’ venue).
In addition, Valencia is one of the most beautiful beach cities in Spain. Valencia is a must-visit for beachgoers and architecture enthusiasts.
Check out: City of Arts & Sciences Tour with Rooftop Wine & Tapas
30. VISIT GUGGENHEIN MUSEUM IN BILBAO
Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao belongs also to the 12 Treasures of Spain.
Guggenheim Museum is a landmark of Bilbao. Bilbao is nicknamed ‘the City of Guggenheim’ after the museum.
Even more, the Guggenheim Museum of modern and contemporary art in Bilbao is regarded as a monument to modernism. Famous architect Frank O. Gehry designed the museum in such a way that free-form titanium-sheathed mass formed a unique abstract sculpture.
The museum exhibits a huge collection of Minimalism, Pop Art, Conceptual Art, and Abstract Expressionism on 3 levels and 19 galleries.
Check out: Guggenheim Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line
31. SEE RONDA
Ronda is the town with the most dramatic setting in Spain.
For the very same reason, it’s the most photographed town in Spain. This spectacular town sits on the cliff above El Tajo gorge in southern Spain.
Ronda is one of the most picturesque towns in Andalusia and one of those amazing must-see places in Spain.
Artistic souls especially love Ronda. Ernest Hemingway and Alexander Dumas were probably the best-known admirers of Ronda.
Besides that, Ronda is the place where bullfighting was born. Plaza de Toro in Ronda is the oldest bullring in Spain. The impressive Puente Nuevo bridge over the gorge and Banos Arabes, one of the best-preserved Arab Baths in Andalusia, are must-sees in Ronda.
Read more about the 10 best places to visit in southern Spain.
32. EAT IN THE OLDEST RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD – SOBRINO DE BOTIN
Sobrino de Botin in Madrid is officially the oldest restaurant in the world.
This iconic restaurant was founded in 1725. Botin’s signature dish is roasted sucking pig (cochinillo asado). The dish got famous thanks to Ernest Hemingway. The genius writer was a regular guest of the restaurant and even had his favorite table on the second floor. Ernest Hemingway mentioned Botin and roasted suckling pig in his The Sun Also Rises.
Madrid’s Sobrino de Botin is one of the top must-visit classic restaurants in the world.
33. TRY CHURROS CON CHOCOLATE
Churros con chocolate are some of the most popular Spanish desserts.
Yummy churros are long and fried Spanish doughnuts. They are typically sprinkled with sugar and sometimes even cinnamon.
Spaniards traditionally dip sweet churros in dark chocolate and enjoy them along with a cup of coffee.
Don’t forget to try Spanish churros with chocolate in Spain!
34. HAVE PAN CON TOMATE FOR BREAKFAST
When in Spain, do like Spaniards do and have pan con tomate for breakfast in Spain!
Spanish toasted bread with tomatoes and olive oil is the most iconic breakfast food in Spain!
Spanish pan con tomate is equally loved among Spaniards and among tourists! If you love toasted bread, good-quality olive oil, and freshly grated tomatoes, you will love pan con tomate too!
35. GO TO ‘THE END OF THE WORLD’
Finisterre in Spanish (or, Fisterra in the Galician dialect) is a small fishing port town on the Atlantic coast in Galicia, Spain.
Finisterre (Fisterra) was believed to be the ‘End of the World’ in Roman times.
The name Finisterre literally comes from Latin Finis Terrae which means ‘End of the Earth‘.
Finisterre was the most western point of the Roman empire and was believed to be the place where the world ended (before the discovery of the Americas).
Medieval Camino de Santiago pilgrims continued their journey from Santiago to Finisterre to see the end of the world.
Modern pilgrims continue the tradition and embark on the same journey. I did the same. Here you can read my guide to Camino de Santiago a Finisterre.
36. REFRESH YOURSELF WITH SANGRIA
What’s the most famous drink from Spain? Sangria, of course!
Sweet, bubbly, refreshing, with lots of red wine and lots of fruits … what’s not to love about Sangria?!
Sangria is one of the most popular Spanish drinks.
Refresh yourself with authentic Sangria when in Spain!
37. TOUR CIDER HOUSES IN ASTURIAS AND THE BASQUE COUNTRY
Cider is often referred to as the wine of northern Spain.
Cider, made of fermented apples, has been produced in Asturias and the Basque Country in northern Spain for centuries.
Today Asturias produces about 45 million liters of cider a year. And the Basque Country produces about 13 million liters of cider a year.
Cider is called sidra in Asturias, and sagrado in the Basque Country. Traditional cider houses are called sidrerias in Asturias and sagardotegi in the Basque Country.
The best-tasting ciders are poured straight from barrels, of course. If you want to experience some of the very best cider, head to traditional cider houses in Asturias and the Basque Country. The season of opening barrels with new cider goes from January to April.
Touring traditional sidrerias in Asturias and sagardotegi in the Basque Country is among the most authentic things to do in Spain.