Only a few hours from France, Spain is a destination that has everything to please and where boredom definitely does not belong. Between visiting its must-see sites, beach escapades, shopping and outdoor adventures, the activities are countless.
Barcelona, the city that moves, seduces, that bubbles day and night. Start your adventure by visiting the Sagrada Familia Cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi, still under construction since 1882. Besides its imposing size, its remarkably complex architectural style and its sculptured facades will not leave you indifferent. Other constructions designed by Gaudi are worth a visit, not to mention the Casa Mila in Art Deco style, which is recognised by its curved walls and Casa Batllo. Then rest at Park Güell, a garden-town inspired by Hänsel and Gretel. Its prehistoric galleries, balustrade-coloured banquet and Doric columns will transform into unpublished backdrops for your souvenir photos. In the evening, plan a stroll to the Las Ramblas area, world famous for its surrealist human statues and the mosaic of Miró. Fans of the ball will meet at Camp Nou stadium of the FC Barcelona team.
Travelling along the Don Quixote Route by car is also an unforgettable adventure for both the adventurers and the hikers. Know that Don Quixote de la Mancha is the most published work after the Bible. Your journey is full of surprises, to mention only the parade of refurbished windmills in Consuegra, the jolting of Cervantes in Argamasilla or the gorge of the Sierra Morena where Sancho weeps for his lost ass.
Travelling through the country's museums is a must for art and history enthusiasts. You will discover the remains left by the Carthaginians, the Phoenicians and the Romans who occupied Spain over several decades. National Museum of the Queen Sofia Art Center, Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum...all these sites are in Madrid. Of course, other Spanish cities also have interesting museums.
To get off the beaten track and discover other facets of local culture, why not attend the traditional Patum festival? This colourful and particularly lively event takes place in Berga, in the north of Barcelona, during the month of May. Between dance, processions, theatrical performances, rhythmic music and parades in the city centre, you will re-enter a memorable feast typical of the Middle Ages.
The experience of the Way of Santiago de Compostela will surely delight fans of hiking, horseback or cycling in the wilderness. Choose the marked route that suits you best and that you can do in stages. The peaks of the Pyrenees, the fertile valleys of the Ebro in Navarre and Aragon and the caves of Ojo Guareña in Burgos are astounding places to discover.