Spain is awesome
Spain steals visitors’ heart. Once you come to this beautiful country you will instantly felt like home.
Here are 25 things you’ll love about Spain as much as you love Elephant & Castle:
1. Madrid. Grandiose architecture, fantastic art and an authentic, energetic vibe make Madrid one of travelers’ favorite capitals in Europe, and every time the plane leaves Barajas Airport, you will feel a huge sadness deep inside.
2. Barcelona! Barcelona is like no other city you’ve visited, beautiful like an old song, disturbing like a secret lover, mighty like a piece of art and impossible to say goodbye to. It gets under your skin and stays there.
3. The spirit. When traveling to Spain you keep falling in love with the people’s warm hospitality, their idea of family, and the easy-going lifestyle.
4. The traditions. Every town and city in Spain has its own festivals and traditions. You particularly will love their Reyes Magos, Sant Jordi in Catalonia, Carnivals in Tenerife and the customs surrounding Semana Santa in Seville. The fact that Spaniards are always celebrating something is fascinating!
5. The villages. Full of life and often surrounded by beautiful scenery, Spanish villages look like they’re out of a postcard.
6. The beaches. Who doesn’t love Spanish beaches? From the party-loving Playa d’en Bossa in Ibiza to Galicia’s spectacular As Catedrais, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
7. The climate. This will be probably on top of your favorite Spanish things. Mild winters, hot summers, some regions with 365 sunny days, snowfall in Madrid, eternal summer in the Canary Islands… What could you want more? Weather in Spain is just perfect!
8. Spanish fiestas. Colorful, noisy, and effervescent, the country’s fiestas are an explosion of happiness. Every single day of the year, a fiesta takes place somewhere in Spain.
9. Gaudi and his works, including the unbelievable Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, the architect’s gingerbread fairytale.
10. The language, which sounds like a romantic melody and their funny expressions. Spanish is the second talked language on Earth after Chinese. It has many regional dialects and it’s one of the most phonetic languages in the world.
11. Spanish Cuisine, because it’s so delicious and diverse. Fresh seafood, real vegetables, a lot of quality meat, and always a big portion (sorry, France). Not to mention the highly regarded Mediterranean diet, which, for most of you, it’s reason enough to relocate there.
12. Paella. The best way to eat it is probably between a glass of sangría and another glass of the same sangría.
13. Andalusia, particularly Granada with its mighty Alhambra, romantic Seville, and the frozen-in-time Pueblos Blancos, but also Marbella and its luxurious Puerto Banus. Women dancing flamenco, colorful dresses, flowers all over, and Spanish guitars.
14. Spanish nightlife. There’s just something about nightlife in Spain that makes it so addictive. Sure, Ibiza’s mega clubs are awesome, but what will really lift your mood and make you feel alive is the way elderly people mingle with teenagers in lively bars and how packed the streets at 5am.
15. Spanish art. Diego Velázquez, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Francisco de Goya, and of course Gaudi. Should we say more?
16. San Sebastian. Home to the postcard-perfect La Concha beach, handsome Belle Époque boulevards, and a constellation of Michelin-starred restaurants, this is, hands down, the most stylish city in Spain.
17. Shopping in Spain. You will love to buy high-quality leather goods and pearls from Mallorca, where you’ll always find them at affordable prices. Otherwise, You will adore La Roca Village concept and the famous Spanish high-street brands: Zara, Mango, Bershka, Desigual, Stradivarius and Elephant & Castle.
18. Flamenco, an Andalusian Gipsy sort of music, dance, and art. Undoubtedly, the most sensual and passionate tradition in Europe!
19. Spanish churches and cathedrals. Gothic, Moorish, Romanesque, Baroque, you name it. Spain’s churches and cathedrals are veritable works of art, and they are all part of the country’s Historical Heritage.
20. The islands. Ibiza and Mallorca are two of the most beautiful islands in the world. Nevertheless, Menorca and Formentera are delightfully quiet and unspoilt; the Canaries are incredibly unique, arty, and scenic; and Cíes Islands, just off Galicia, feel like a slice of the Caribbean in the northwest of Spain.21. Sangría. Sweet and delectable, just like the country where it originates.
22. Tapas. First time you entered a bar in Spain, a waitress will come to you, take the order and bring you a bowl of marinated olives or French toast with olive oil and tomato or a delicious garlic cream, which turned to be the traditional alioli.
23. The Spanish siesta. In the afternoon everything blacks out. Siesta is perhaps the most Spanish thing, after tapas and flamenco.
24. Clara, the Spanish word for beer mixed with lemon soda or lemonade. Despite being one of the world’s top wine producers, in Spain everyone drinks beer, especially drought. They have two lovely customs when drinking beer: to mix it with fresh lemon juice and to always call for una más, which means one more. Also, you’ll always hear locals calling for una caña por favor, meaning small draft beer.
25. The Spanish plazas. You’ll irremediably fall in love with the monumental Plaza de Espana in Seville, the Plaza Real in Barcelona, the charming Plaza de los Naranjos in Marbella, and, of course, the splendid Plaza Mayor in Salamanca or the historical Plaza do Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela.