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Six Mainland Spain Must-sees

From its stunning landscapes to breathtaking mountains, Spain has something for everyone! Whether you're a history hunter, soaking up the culture or seeking that sensational Spanish sunshine… here's six must-sees for your next visit to mainland Spain.

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A tree-lined pedestrian walkway in Barcelona, Mainland Spain

City sightseeing in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most popular cities in Spain thanks to its architecture, food, culture and gorgeous hot weather. A fully-fledged tourist treasure, the big-name city is a honeypot of holiday highlights and a place everyone needs to visit. A stay in Costa Dorada and Costa Brava puts you comfortably within day trip distance, so there's no excuse!

Whilst in Barcelona visiting the iconic street of La Ramblas is a must. The sweet aromas filling the air mix with vibrant colours around every corner, making it a magnet for tourists and an unforgettable experience. Wander through the exotic streets and admire the colourful market stalls and fresh cuisine. Witness the surreal works of Antoni Gaudi in real life, from the UNESCO-listed Casa Milá to his ultimate masterpiece – La Sagrada Familia. Or simply shop 'til you drop at some of the biggest malls in Europe, showcasing high-end designers and the finest Spanish brands.

Barcelona is famously home to some of the biggest festivals. Enjoy fireworks, parades and theatrics teeming with colour, while music and culture fans are spoilt for choice. There's almost always a festival going on in Barcelona, so your trip is likely to fall on one of the fantastic fiestas!

Sandstone structures and towers in the historic Old Town in Valencia

Take a trip to Valencia

The stunning streets of Valencia showcase some of the amazing architecture that Spain has to offer. Whilst strolling down the cobbled streets and charming walkways, you'll come across an abundance of urban art. The highest concentration is found in El Carmen in Valencia's Old Town and is sure to impress! Beyond the street art, a whole host of amazing eateries and architecture awaits. Considered by many as Valencia's beating heart, it's popular among both locals and tourists due to its beautiful Spanish squares and grand palaces

The city is almost always sunny, with 300 days of sunshine a year. Staying in Costa Blanca puts you firmly on the map to make the trip to Valencia, as well as enjoying the breathtaking beaches and Spanish social scene. These stunning shores makes for a great day out if you just want to relax, so roll out your towel and work on those tan lines.

A man enjoying kite-surfing in the sea in Spain

Beautiful Beaches

Whilst in Spain you must visit some of the breathtaking beaches that it has to offer. You'll be in awe once you witness the turquoise waters glimmering in the sunlight and golden sands that stretch out for miles. For those looking to relax and take a break visiting these beaches is ideal. Laze on your sunlounger and listen to the sound of the waves softly lapping at the shore, or take a stroll along one of the beautiful bays or secret coves. An ideal place to go when you need a day off from your action-packed itinerary to unwind.

If you're feeling a little more adventurous, get your adrenaline pumping with wet and wild watersports like jet skiing or kayaking. Hire a boat and take a trip out to sea for a more secluded way to spend the day. Snorkelling is a great way to see even more of Spain's beauty whilst swimming with some of the aquatic wildlife.

The wild, brooding mountains of Sierra Nevada National Park

Sierra Nevada National Park

If you are staying in Andalucia you could take the day trip to Sierra Nevada National Park. The park is the perfect place for anyone with a love for hiking. As you scale the mountainous foothills from Granada you'll be able to see the spectacular scenery that it has to offer. Bucket list views will take your breath away as you look out at the incredible panoramas. The river valley glimmers in the sunlight with golden rays bouncing off of the surface. Surrounded by some of Granada's best wildlife and stunning scenery, once at the top you'll be able to see the peaks of the dramatic mountain range and the spectacular canyons. If you go on a clear day you may even be able to see Morocco!

The famous bridge that stretches over a rugged ravine in Ronda

Ronda Road Trip

Ronda is the perfect place to go if you want to experience Spain's pueblos blancos first-hand. Surrounded by verdant valleys and rugged rock faces, it's one of the region's most dramatic landscapes. Flowers drape the walls and fill the air with sweet aromas, while cobblestone streets add charm and character. If you time your visit well, you may be able to catch a magnificent sunset! The rich, vibrant colours fill the sky creating a magical picture. Golden light reflects off the still river below, glistening in the evening sky… it's safe to say, you'll want your camera for this one. If you wander along to the whitewashed buildings you'll see them change colour as the sun slowly descends.

Quintessential architecture and whitewashed buildings in Marbella's Old Town

Marbella

Marbella's Old Town is an unmissable experience. Stone paved streets and colourful doors make it a great place to visit. Accessorised with an Arabian design, it looks as though you're in a movie. Marbella is also known for its fun packed festivals. If you are there during the first week of June make sure you don't miss out on the Feria de San Bernabe festival. During the day you'll be able to have fun at the street parades and dance shows, then at sunset the party moves to the fairground.

Marbella boasts 30 km of beaches, so if you are looking for a day spent on the sand it's the perfect place to go. You can chill on the beach or try your hand at watersports. From slow-paced stand up paddle boarding to the family favourite, a banana ride, there's something for everyone.

With so many activities on offer, Mainland Spain is the perfect holiday destination! Full of culture, beautiful architecture, tasty cuisine and stunning views… make sure you don't miss out and take a look at our villas in Spain!

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