From Barcelona to Marbella, Spain’s unique culture, flavors and landscape make it one of the most exciting European nations to explore. But if you only have a few days in one of the nation’s awe-inspiring cities, can you really do it justice?
With wonderful Spain hotels, exceptional cuisine and a few well-chosen sights, you can make the most of your time in this sunny nation bordered by bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar, France, Andorra, the Bay of Biscay, the Atlantic Ocean and Portugal.
Some must-see spots in a few of the country’s top tourist destinations include:
o Beaches. For those who simply want to experience Spain’s legendary beaches, don’t miss Sant Sebastià and Barceloneta beaches. At a combined length of nearly two miles, these sunny destinations are the largest, oldest and most popular beaches in Barcelona.
o Parks. With 68 distinctive parks throughout the city, guests at Spain hotels can find the perfect place to enjoy a picnic and check the pulse of the city. Some of the largest and most popular spots to wile away the hours are Montjuïc, Ciutadella Park (which houses the Parliament building, a zoo & several museums), Labyrinth Park, and Antoni Gaudí ‘s Park Güell.
o Museums. From The National Museum of Art of Catalonia’s famous collection of Romanesque art to the world-renowned Picasso Museum, Barcelona is filled with intimate galleries and expansive museums where you can indulge your passion.
o Architecture. Barcelona’s streets are dotted with works – both large and small – by world-famous architects, including Antoni Gaudi and Mies van der Rohe, so take a walk near your Spain hotel and drink in the view.
o Beaches. With well over 300 days of sunshine a year, Estepona is a beach-goer’s paradise. Be sure to check out Beach Matas Verdes (at Marriott’s Playa Andaluza), Playa del Cristo and La Rada Beach.
o Entertainment. Known for its nightlife, Estepona is teeming with restaurants, bars and nightclubs along both Calle Real and the main road facing the ocean. (Ask your Spain hotel’s concierge for recommendations, as the hottest spots in town change regularly.)
o Sightseeing. Spend an afternoon meandering the city’s charming streets. Along the way, keep a lookout for these landmarks: the Torre del Reloj (clock tower), Iglesia de los Remedios (los Remedios church) and Plaza de las Flores (Plaza of Flowers).
o Architecture. In this oceanside town, the sea may well be king, but the architecture closely follows. With a 16th Century Town Hall, the 11th Century Denia Castle, and two 18th Century churches (Ascuncion Church at Plaza de la Constitutión and San Antonio Church (Plaza del Convento), it’s a breathtaking city to walk.
o Markets. Because the ocean plays a key role Denia, be sure to visit the city’s primary fish market (La Longa) – held daily in the port. It’s a wonderful place to see locals and check out the wares that could be on tonight’s menus throughout town.
o Outdoors. Spend some time at Mount Montgó Natural Park, where you can take walking paths that lead you through lush landscapes to stunning, open vistas – or simply spend the day relaxing on one of the area’s white sand beaches.
o Beaches. This sun-drenched island is a mecca for beach-goers, so ask your Spain hotel’s concierge which local beach is the best for people watching, snorkeling or simply basking in the sun and spend an afternoon enjoying the view.
o Attractions. From the fascinating history of Bellver Castle to the Gothic cathedral La Seu, and the breathtaking caves known as Coves del Drac, Majorca is filled with incredible places sights.
o Food. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in Majorca’s legendary olives and almonds – as well as a local specialty called ensaïmada, which is a sweet pastry unique to the island.
o Beaches. Playa de la Bajadilla and Playa de Fontanilla are two of the city’s most glamorous beaches. They are the ultimate places for sunbathing, water sports and people watching.
o Sightseeing. Don’t miss the city’s oldest church (Iglesia de la Encarnación), a walk through the Old City Centre, the Arabian wall or the Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo.
o Puerto Banus Marina. Catch a glimpse of lifestyles of the rich and famous at this stunning marina known for housing the boats of many of the world’s wealthiest people, including the King of Saudi Arabia.
For more ideas to make your stay complete, talk with your Spain hotel’s concierge. Not only do they live in the city you’re visiting, but they specialize in making sure your trip is, as the Spanish say, “perfecto!”