Touring a craft rum distillery may not be the first thing that comes to your mind as an activity you can do in Spain. However, along the coast in the province of Granada you can learn about the past sugar cane industry and the very present process of making rum.
Huelva may not be the most tourist city in Spain, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth visiting. Some of the most important historic moments took place in and around Huelva, the best beaches in Spain are along this stretch of coast and the villages are oozing in Andalusian charm.
Tossa de Mar is on the rugged Costa Brava north of Barcelona. This town, although touristy, hasn't been taken over by high rises. Toss de Mar is the only in tact medieval fortress remaining on the Cataluñian coast. Whether you come for the history, the stunning views or the turquoise Mediterranean waters you will have a hard time leaving.
Cartagena is a city full of history on the sea. This history is reflected in the streets and the cultures that passed through Cartagena.
Alcalá de Henares was a thriving city long before Madrid had an importance. It is only 25 minutes from Madrid by train. Alcalá de Henares is a city rich in history, architecture and culture.
If you come to Spain and all you get to see is Segovia, you will go home happy. Segovia has a 2000-year-old Roman aqueduct, a medieval castle, a gothic cathedral Roman churches, quaint pedestrian streets filled with artisan shops, and some of the best gastronomic delights in Spain.
Going to Toledo is like stepping into a fairyland kingdom from a far away time. Castles, a river surrounding the walled city, 3 cultures intertwined and very little evidence of modern city structure. Take your time to take in all there is to see and do.
The turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the temperate temperatures are a huge draw for almost anyone. Throw in a quaint fishing village-turned-tourist and you have a winning combination. Calpe is still small enough to keep the Spanish culture alive, but has a tourist buzz that will keep you entertained as well.
Valencia is one of my favourite cities in Spain—it has almost everything you could hope to see when you visit a new place. An elegant downtown historical centre with palaces, parks and wide treed streets, amazing cuisine, art and culture that even your kids will enjoy all wrapped in a wonderful package of a warm climate and sunshine almost all year. What's not to love?
With 8000 km of coastline, how do you decide which beach to hit? Here is an overview of the beaches of Spain so you can make the best choice for the type of beach you and your family would like to hang out on.