There is something about Spain that makes it a country that it’s easy to spend long amounts of time exploring. Home to some incredibly diverse landscapes, the Spanish Pyrenees are a beautiful mountain range, while Sierra Nevada, a gorgeous snow capped mountain range, rises up above the sunshine of Andalucia. Then there are the country’s incredible cliffs in the Northwest, swaddled by Mediterranean coves and white sand beaches. Throughout the country, there are historic villages featuring traditional Spanish architecture, as well as vibrant towns and cities. There is no doubt about it, Spain is somewhere that has a lot to offer every traveller.
Bearing that in mind, along with the country’s abundance of things to see and do, it’s no wonder that so many travellers choose to spend extended periods here. If you are planning on doing the same and saying hola to Spain for longer than a few weeks, then the chances are that you are keen to get as much out of your trip as possible, just like any traveller would be. The question is, of course, how can you go about making the most of your time in this incredible country? For inspiration and ideas for making the most of Spain, read on…
Don’t stay in one place
Regardless of whether you plan on staying in one place, you may want to choose a base location. If you are someone that loves being in the city, you can’t beat Barcelona and Madrid, while for any traveller with a love of rural life, Southern Spain is, without a doubt, your best bet. It’s perfectly fine to choose a base location – a home from home for while you are away – but it’s also important to ensure that you make an effort to travel around. Being able to spend an extended period of time in any country is a luxury and one that should not be taken for granted. One option is to rent an apartment, or if you plan on visiting a lot more often perhaps buying a property with the help of specialists like Competa Property, could be worth considering. Another option, if you aren’t keen to have a base location could be to hire (or buy) an RV that you can use to travel around Spain in and sleep in each night. Regardless of the accommodation that you opt to use, make an effort not to stay in one place. Otherwise, you are not making the most of your time in this incredible country.
Spain is more than the tourist hotspots
As someone that loves to travel, the chances are that you have been to Spain before. While you were there, you have most probably visited many of the country’s tourist hotspots, such as Barcelona’s famous Gaudi artwork and the Costa Del Sol’s cable car network, but are tourist hotspots all that Spain has to offer? Of course not! Spain is much more than its most famous travel hotspots – it is a country that has so much to offer any visitor. So, what can you do that’s a little more quirky and unique compared to the usual stuff that most tourists tend to do when in Spain? The key to making more of Spain is finding out about all of the best sights and attractions that are different to the norm. The trick for this is asking the locals – wherever you go, get friendly with a couple of locals and ask them where they would recommend you go. In Barcelona, they would probably suggest Labyrinth Park, Montjuic Cemetery, and Park Guell. In Argelaguer the Josep Pujiula Labyrinth would probably be recommended. In Margalef, the Margalef isolated village would be a must-see. While in Ardales, El Caminito del Ray (the King’s little pathway) would be a good place to visit and explore. The more unique things that you can find to do, the more you will be able to make of your trip.
Eat like a local
If there is one thing that Spain is famous for, it is its food. As a country, Spain is renowned for its incredible array of delicious foods. From its famous sharing tapas dishes to its seafood, Spain is a country that offers some incredible dishes. If you are going to make the most of Spain, it’s vital that you are selective about what you eat and where you eat. Avoid chain restaurants and instead opt to eat like a local. Ask local people where the best places to drink and dine are, and only eat in those. If you want to get a real taste of Spanish cuisine, eating like a local is vital. If you manage to make friends with any locals and get invited to dine at their home, don’t be afraid to say yes, as this will give you a truly authentic taste of Spanish cuisine.
A big part of spending time in any place is to explore. Whatever area of Spain you are in, whether it’s the top of Spain or the bottom, don’t be afraid to explore. As well as seeing the sights and attractions scheduled into your travel planner, it pays to go wandering off of the beaten track. It’s only when you get yourself lost in an area of this incredible country that you will really get a feel for what life in Spain is like. Obviously, it’s all well and good exploring, but make sure that wherever you head to, you know how to get back to your accommodation. Traveling is all about exploring, which is why doing lots of exploring wherever you go is so vital to making the most of your trip.
If you are planning on saying hola to Spain and spending an extended period of time here, it is vital that you know how to make the most out of your trip. After all, these kinds of experiences only come around once in a lifetime, so it is vital that you know how to make the most of them.