As far as European countries go, it doesn’t get much better than Spain. This cultural paradise situated in the middle of the Med attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, whether it’s city breakers looking for history and fine art, or young friends coming to party their troubles away for a week. That is all part of the beauty of Spain – it does have something for everyone. Another thing that makes it a popular destination is its friendly, relaxed way of life, that even tourists can get a little taste of on their vacation there. The day moves at a much slower pace in Spain – breakfast and lunch are eaten late, shops shut at around 3 pm to allow for a siesta, and then people socialize late into the warm evenings. All in all, if you’re looking for a relaxed European escape, Spain is a contender you’ll want to consider. But that’s only the beginning of your decisions. Although not a huge country (in comparison to others), Spain comes equipped with a surprising number of popular destinations, each unique in their little ways. So how do you decide which one to go for? Here’s a run-down of three of the most popular – you might choose to go to one, or you could turn up to them all!
If you’re looking for somewhere vibrant and coastal, the city of Malaga certainly ticks those boxes. It is situated on the famed ‘Costa del Sol,’ which translate as the ‘Sunshine Coast’ – so if you’re traveling in the summer season, you can be guaranteed some pretty spectacular weather. As well as its beaches, Malaga also has a beautiful town center, adorned with plenty of statues and modern art from some of the city’s best creatives. The central district is pretty localized, so take advantage of one of the many free walking tours you can do in the city, for an afternoon’s snapshot of Malaga’s history.
For many of us, a visit to Spain would not be complete without a trip to its capital: Madrid. This metropolitan city has certainly moved with the times and is famed for its luxurious fashion and art. When you arrive, you’ll need to take a cab from the Madrid airport to city, and in doing so, you will pass some of the most vibrant streets the capital has to offer. Make a mental note to visit Calle Cava Baja, one of the city’s most famous areas, for some late night Sangria and tapas.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little quieter and more understated for your trip to Spain, Jerez could be the destination for you. It is a small-ish city based in the Andalucia region of the country and is regarded mainly for one of its most famous exports: its sherry. Make sure you visit the so-called Sherry Triangle to sample some of this signature drink, and try and catch a flamenco show while you’re at it too.