Nowadays more and more people are looking for the best value possible when choosing where to go on vacation. For its cost savings and ease of travel Spain has long been at the tops of many people’s lists. As the largest country in Southern Europe Spain has a lot going on. From dreamy beaches, amazing food, stunning architecture and boasting an impressive mix of villas in Spain, there is something for everyone.
If you are looking for one place to go to relax, have fun and enjoy the finer things of life for a great deal, Spain is the place to go for you. Many of the locals can understand a bit of English. The combination Spanglish can be an entertaining way to meet and interact with the friendly locals. The weather is pleasant and the food is phenomenal. You really can’t go wrong with choosing Spain as your vacation destination.
In case you need any more convincing, here are five reasons why Spain is a great value destination.
The Food and Wine
Spain has long had a strong reputation for its culinary delights and holds two interesting claims. One is Spain has the oldest restaurant in the world. Open since 1725, Casa Botin is the world’s oldest and continuously running restaurant. The famous painter Goya used to be a waiter here. If you do get a chance to go definitely try the pig roast. Another restaurant of note is El Cellar de Can Roca. In 2013 this establishment won the prestigious award of best restaurant in the world. If you can’t get a seat there, there are other endless restaurants for dining. Sometimes half the fun is simply wandering down small lanes and exploring for a new place to eat.
The other thing to do while you are there is to try as much wine as you possibly can. Spaniards love their wine. They drink it before bed, with lunch, with dinner and plenty of times in between. In Spain you can get great wine at a great price. This is the place to dabble, have fun and try new things you never have before. Any time of the day is a good time to have wine in Spain.
The Mediterranean Coast
You probably have seen the scene plenty of times: sunny skies, teal blue water and white sandy beaches with happy people. That is what life is like along the coasts of Spain. With hundreds of miles of beaches this is a beach lover’s paradise. You can either jump into a mix of other happy people or go off and find your own cozy cove. With an average of at least 300 days of sunshine a year, you are a likely to get your fill of Vitamin D.
Among all these beaches Spain also has upwards of 577 beaches that have been awarded Blue Flag status. Not only does this guarantee that the water quality is high and is monitored, but many of those beaches are also accessible for people with disabilities. This puts Spain towards the top ranking countries for having accessible beaches.
The Choices of Accommodation
With no lack of unique and interesting places to stay, Spain will wow you with choices in where to stay. Plenty a carefree traveler has found the secret to a dreamy escape is to book your own private villa. Options range from being right on the beach or tucked up away into the hillside surrounded by ancient groves of trees. Travelers can still enjoy all the creature comforts of home while having a bit extra luxury to remind you that you are in fact on holiday. For those traveling as a group or as a family, the split cost of renting your own place can be surprisingly affordable.
Some of the world’s most famous and beloved artists are from Spain. Salvador Dali fans come from far and wide to tour his house. There is something so remarkable about being able to get an inside look into how an artist lived. You can also venture to Malaga which is the birth place of Pablo Picasso. Here there is a museum with some 300 pieces of his work. Rated as one of the best in the whole world, the Frank Genry Gallery is a must see. The entire Guggenheim Bilbo is an engaging museum to experience. Here the viewer is encouraged to enjoy the art from both the inside as well as the aesthetics of how the building itself is like a work of art. Even just wandering the streets can inspire the artistic senses.
Holding its own, Spain marvels visitors with its rich and varied architecture. Many people are surprised to learn that there are pyramids in the center of Madrid. The Egyptians did not live there, however in 1968 they gifted the city the Temple of Debod. Roman ruins and architecture lay scattered throughout the country. The Roman Theater in Merida is still used for performances to this day. Perhaps one of the most impressive feats of architectural engineering is to marvel at all the beautiful cathedrals. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is a place of international pilgrimage. Dating back over one thousand years in some cases, there is also a good number of Mosques. In 1984 The Mezquita in Cordoba has been listed as a World Heritage Site and is unique in all of Europe.
As you narrow down your search for the perfect vacation destination keep Spain at the top of that list. You surely won’t be disappointed.