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An eclectic mix of charm, picture-perfect scenery, ambience, art-nouveau architecture and the ability to give its tourists a luxury travel experience, Spain is the perfect laid back vacation spot. Filled with sophistication, heritage, culture, romance, tapas and tequila, Spain is like a melting pot for tourists and cultures from all over the world. So if you are traveler on a budget, or a beach lover or maybe a party animal or sports enthusiast, places like Barcelona, Avila, Canary and Balearic Islands, Ibiza and Madrid are designed for you.
Mother nature has blessed Spain with good weather, which means a luxury vacation lover can visit it at any time of the year without being bothered about extreme or temperamental climates. The best months to visit Spain are May, June and September and in southern Spain, April and October are great months to visit. Avoid July and August, as these months can be hot and humid.
The attractions in Spain are countless. But these places should and must be at the top of your must-see list while in Spain:
Basque Country - If you are the sort, who loves old-country charm and unspoiled countryside view, then Basque Country or Pais Vasco located in the North of Madrid with the Pyrenees Mountains and Bay of Biscay surrounding it, is perfect for a weekend getaway.
Museo Del Prado - This museum in Madrid is something every art enthusiast must visit. The oldest and best art collection in the world is here.
Pamplona - Pamplona with its cobblestone streets and Fiesta de San Fermin is where tourists flock to get their fill of charging bulls. This festival takes place between the 6th to the 14th of July every year.
Parc Guell - On a hill with a magnificent view of Barcelona is the Parc Guell filled with ceramic benches, pillars, lizards and slanting pathways.
Donana National Park - This national park is probably the only last wild national park and reserve in Europe. There are more than 150 species of bird and wildlife in this park. You may be lucky to get a glimpse of the imperial eagle or lynx while you are exploring this park.
The Guggenheim - Called ‘the greatest building of our time’ for a reason, this Frank-Gehry designed museum attracts millions of visitors every year and houses works by Picasso and Rothko.
Things to do:
Skiing - If you are near tourist destinations like Malaga or Torremolinos, then you can go skiing on the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You can combine skiing and sunbathing in Andalucia.
Local Village fiesta - Though most local village fiestas are religious, they are fun events. Processions and parties that carry on all night are what make these fiestas so unique.
Gorge on Tapas - Nothing is more authentic or Spanish than sitting in a local bar with a drink in one hand and tapas in the other.
Café lounging - Sitting in one of the typically Spanish cafes that are there in every city, town and village, you can watch the sights and sounds of all things Spanish. This is one thing that every tourist must do while in Spain.
Do the Flamenco - You do not have to be good at it; you just need to be enthusiastic and tap your feet to the Flamenco music. There is something very exhilarating about joining the locals in the seductive Flamenco dance.
Enjoy a village trail - If you want a typical tour of a Spanish village then you have to take a tour of the villages in Andalucia. The Churches, the whitewashed houses and the cobblestones streets are all typically Spanish.
Football - You cannot leave Spain without enjoying some Football. Real Madrid of Spain is now the best football team in Europe. Who knows, you may catch a glimpse of Figo, Ronaldo or even David Beckham while you are vacationing in Spain.
Golf - Golf courses at Valderrama and Costa del Sol are very popular among golf enthusiasts, and if your luxury vacation is not complete without some Golf, then tee off at any of these popular golf courses.
Staying in Spain
Spain is filled with villas, bed and breakfasts and cottages for rent. There is a wide array of luxury hotels available, too. In fact, Spain is home of some of the nicest small luxury hotels of the world. Another option is indulging in a luxury world cruise to Spain where you can enjoy a stop in Spain in a classy and different way.
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