Spain, a colorful country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, has many charming attractions that draw visitors from all over the world. Madrid, the capital city of Spain, houses the majestic Royal Castle and Prado Museum, containing works by some of the world’s greatest artists. Seville has an ancient medieval castle (the Alcazar) and a restored Roman aqueduct. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, has an intact Roman underground aqueduct and a stylish Gothic castle. The Castilla de Gibralfaro in north-west Barcelona is a great tourist spot, famous for its imposing high-class shops and restaurants.
Festivals are an important part of life in Spain, which form an integral part of its heritage and culture. In Barcelona and other cities of Spain, Carnival is a major festival, with parades, competitions and much music. The best time to visit Spain for Carnival is from late April to early June, when the weather is warm and the beaches are nice and calm. However, Carnival is Spain’s biggest national holiday, and also its heaviest on the calendar, with millions of visitors visiting throughout the year.
The best time to visit Spain for sightseeing during the summer months is from mid-summer until the end of September. This is the height of tourism in Andalusia, and there are many different places to see and things to do. The majority of Andalusian towns are small – only a few are large enough to be suitable as tourist destinations. There are plenty of small villages that you can visit, especially near the coast. You’ll find old villages with little shops and restaurants, where you can buy some local produce, and have some delicious’restaurant Spanish’ style food. Andalusia is also home to many Christians, who celebrate many different festivals throughout the summer months.
During the summer months, the best times to be in inland cities like Jaen, Alicante and Marbella. These are cities with a great selection of nightlife, with great bars and restaurants to be seen and enjoyed. If you’ve never been to a town like Jaen, which is on the Costa del Sol in the southern region of Spain, you should really go. The whole area has a relaxed atmosphere, with good transport links and lots of leisure activities. Marbella is probably the best known town of the whole of Spain, and you should make a trip out of it, even if you only make it out for the peak season.
During the peak season, you will find Marbella being very crowded. This is because almost all the people who come here for vacation get a cheap flight to Spain, and then stay in resorts. So during the peak months, the tourism is at its busiest. But you can still see plenty of beautiful Spanish beaches, enjoy your time at the beach, drink plenty of local wines and eat lots of authentic Spanish food.
Festivals in Spain are extremely varied. There are plenty of different types of festivals that you can experience in Spain, and every single city in Spain has its very own special fair. One of the most popular festivals in Spain is the Fiesta de Verano, which occurs on the first weekend in May. This is a huge festival with thousands of people turning up to watch the main celebration, which includes a week of parades, street parties and competitions. The town of Jaen also hosts a similar festival every year, called the Madrid Festival.
If you’re coming over in the winter season, or at other times of the year when the weather is not so hot, then you’ll probably be looking for something a little bit more relaxed. In the south of Spain, which is generally a bit hotter than the rest of the country, you’ll find that festivals tend to be a little bit cooler, and they tend to be less crowded. For example, the Costa del Sol in the southern part of the country hosts a number of very cool festivals throughout the month of February. During this period, you will find plenty of different types of shows, as well as competitions and other cultural events. It’s a great time to visit Spain, and as it’s in the southern region, the climate is perfect for enjoying both the summer and winter.
Other popular Spanish festivals include the Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May), which is the national holiday in Spain. Another popular festival in Spain is the Es Gaga (Espaiade) which is held from late June to early July. This is the national beach festival where hundreds of thousands of people gather on the coast of Malaga to bask in the warm Spanish sun. The best time to visit Spain if you are willing to spend a bit is during the months of January and February, which tend to be the dry months in Spain, and the crowds are smaller. If you go during the hotter months of summer, you may find that the climate here is not as nice as you remember it. Regardless of when you decide to visit Spain, there is no doubt that you will be thrilled by all of the wonderful attractions here.