Only a short flight from the UK, Spain is an incredibly popular destination with British holiday-goers. The number of tourists visiting the country hit a record in 2016, with the trend continuing into 2017. The warm climate and beautiful beaches are good reason enough to visit Spain, but did you know that it is filled with culturally and historically significant spots too? Here are three of the best places to visit to get a sense of Spain’s unique history:
This region in Costa Verde, on the north coast of the country, is the perfect spot to see some stunning landscapes and it’s ideal for those looking for a camping holiday to get closer to nature. Two of our favourite spots for seeing the breath-taking natural delights that Spain can offer are Picos de Europa National Park and El Naranjo de Bulnes, a limestone peak that glows orange in the evening sun. Santa Cueva de Covadonga (The Holy Cave of Covadonga) can also be found in Asturias, a small but moving spot with an altar to Virgin Mary built inside the cave.
Located in Costa Dorada, close to the capital Barcelona, Salou is a popular tourist destination thanks to its gorgeous climate, beautiful beaches and resorts. The town is also great for those who want to see some history due to its architecturally-stunning buildings and monuments. This includes the church of Santa Maria del Mar, Monument to Fishermen and Fountains of the Font lluminosa.
Salou has been vital in the evolution of Spain with important events happening there throughout history including its popularity with Mediterranean pirates during the 1300s and 1400s. Once the railway made its way there in 1865, tourism began to boom. This led Salou to become a place for both tourism and cultural significance.
We couldn’t mention history and culture in Spain without a nod to Barcelona. Home to many sites of cultural importance, this cosmopolitan capital is popular with holiday-goers who want to get the best of the culture and the sunny beaches.
Iconic sites like La Sagrada Familia are a must-see even though it has been under construction since 1866 and still only 70% completed. Renowned architect Antoni Gaudi dedicated the final years of his life to this project and his work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another of Gaudi’s sites with UNESCO status, also in Barcelona, is the beautiful Park Güell, which is open to the public.
When planning your cultural holidays to Spain, consider our three picks of destinations for some of the country’s best historical and cultural highlights.
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