It isn’t just about places to visit when it comes to a Bucket List; things to experience should be high on your agenda, too. Whatever your calling, Spain is one of those cosmopolitan countries with something for everyone. We’ve picked a few unbeatable contenders for you.
Nou Camp, Barcelona
One of the greatest stadiums in the world opens its doors to tours, so embrace your inner Messi and get ready to absorb the history of the game at the Nou Camp. Explore exclusive zones, the pitch itself and the museum. They even give you a glass of fizz to sweeten the deal.
El Celler de Can Roca, Girona
Celebrated as the world’s second-best restaurant, the three Roca brothers combine culinary talents to create innovative dishes. They’re in Girona, but you do have to make an 11-month advance reservation. Although you can’t see a menu online, make a booking for gazpachos, oysters, smoked fish, mille-feuilles and more delights.
It doesn’t matter how old you are – this six-realm park of mythical fantasy slides, flumes and pools might be your thing. You can enjoy rides like Furious Baco, Shambhala, Tomahawk, and there are less high-octane options for children. They also host evening shows, plus Ferrari Land is set to open in 2017.
Primavera Sound, Barcelona
If you’re a festival-goer, Barcelona’s Primavera Sound brings together some of the best indie sub-genres and artists, so it’s a real must-go. Don’t miss a beat, because the website’s got the details. Since 2001, crowds have seen Kendrick Lamar, the Cure, Blur, Arcade Fire and so many more perform.
Madrid is a romantic city specialising in great food, so make sure you sample some of the local delicacies. Wine cellars meet swish bars, while shabby-chic buildings pack in authentic vibes – rustic or refined, you’ll find somewhere ideal. Think Iberian ham, cured manchego, chilli-packed prawns, salty cod, and sherry to wash it down.
Grapes at New Year
Toast the New Year in classic Spanish fashion with 12 grapes for when the clock strikes. Legend has it, when you eat a grape on each chime, you’ll welcome prosperity and fortune – so if you want a good year, grab a bunch from the local grocer. Making 31st December memorable in Salamanca is easy.
Art in Málaga
Embark on a journey around the galleries and hubs of Málaga. It doesn’t get much more famous than the Picasso Museum, and you can even visit the renowned artist’s birthplace. For something altogether more modern, there’s also the Contemporary Art Centre, as well as edgy neighbourhoods displaying street art such as chameleons and faces of Charlie Chaplin.
Bucket lists are typically subjective, but if you’ve got some extra ideas, let us know below.
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper.
Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.