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Things to do in Spain: Recreation, sights and events near your villas
On family holidays every member of a family may prefer something different, which is why Spain is such a great country to rent holiday villas with its masses of varying events and attractions. Events can range from religious festivals, gallery exhibitions, concerts and much more. Spain has an enormous cultural and natural heritage, which is evident regardless of where your self-catering holiday is based. Towns, complexes of buildings and single structures are combined into one of the richest treasures of the world’s cultural heritage. See what kind of events are running whilst at your villa rentals in Spain and get some inspiration for sights and attractions that are not to be missed!
World famous Spanish cities to visit
From the cosmopolitan and modern city of Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain, situated on the north coast, to the historical attractions in cities like Córdoba in Andalucia, which is more than 2,000 years old, there are many cities to explore whilst you enjoy a rich, varied and relaxing holiday in Spain. Consider a longer day trip or overnighting in the Spanish capital of Madrid, where a heady mixture of culture, fashion, cosmopolitan lifestyle and wonderful Spanish cuisine are a must. This balance between old and new continues throughout the country, where you can enjoy the sprawling Medieval architecture of the Moorish Arabian palace of Alahambra in Granada by day, and by night visit the buzzing bars and restaurants on the Costa del Sol.
Must-see UNESCO World Heritage Sites
With over 40 UNESCO world heritage sites, including many situated close to the coast, you can enjoy a holiday rental by the beach in Spain whilst being a stone’s throw away from some of the most magnificent history, architecture and natural beauty in the world! One of the sites you should visit during whilst you stay at a villa in Spain is the Palmera (Palm Groves) of Elche on the Costa Blanca. Alternatively if you are renting an apartment in Barcelona don’t miss the Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, which are two of the finest contributions to Barcelona's architecture by the Catalan art nouveau architect Lluís Domènechi Montaner. Finally, the historic centre of Cordoba in Andalucia is very much worth a visit.
Galleries near your holiday lettings in Spain
If you love art don’t miss the ‘Golden Trio’ in Madrid (Museum Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and National Art Centre) which feature work from some of the world’s most famous artists, including Raphael, Rembrandt and Kandinsky. Wherever you plan to stay during your next Spanish getaway, be inspired by local exhibitions at galleries, museums, and even some traditional craftwork you can find in small villages. There is also the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, which gives visitors an insight into the artistic life and development of the master of cubism. Finally, Salvador Dalí’s works can be admired in the Museum-Theatre Dalí in Figueres. A visit to this museum whilst staying at one of our charming holiday lettings in Spain is absolutely worthwhile.
Things to do for families in Spain
With Spain being such a popular choice for people of all ages, it will come as no surprise that there are plenty of amusement parks to visit during your family holiday. This ranges from large theme parks, to water parks and amusement attractions all over the country. Whilst you rent a NOVASOL holiday letting with your children, why not visit Port Aventura in Salou (Costa Dorada), Aqualandia in Benidorm (Costa Blanca), Rancho Texas Park in Puerto Del Carmen (Lanzarote) or even Jungle Parc in Santa Ponsa (Majorca)? Of course, the beaches in Spain or renting a villa with a private pool alone can provide hours of entertainment for kids whilst you are away.
Zoos and aquariums in Spain
Spain has a good number of zoos and aquariums that are great to visit for all ages! So depending on which of our family villas in Spain you have chosen to stay in you may be able to visit Bioparc in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol, which is normally great value for money, or enjoy a Dolphin show at Oceanograficin Valencia on the Costa de Valencia. Finally, if you are on a family holiday in Majorca, it’s always worth seeing the amazing sea life at Palma Aquarium in Palma! If you would prefer to see animals in the wild, don’t forget the full range of national parks and the wonderful marine life in the Spanish seas!
Best beaches in Spain
Spain offers many options if you want to spend a holiday by the sea, like the natural and rugged Costa Brava with its name meaning ‘wild coast’. This is ideal for trips to natural parks, monastery ruins or romantic coastal towns like Cadaqués. Or perhaps rent a villa further south on the Costa del Sol, where you can admire the Moorish traces of the past. The inner cities of Seville and Cordoba are true open air museums that have a lot to offer its visitors. Not least, the rentals in the Canary Islands or the Balearics form a strong attraction. Whether a finca in Majorca , Ibiza, Menorca or a villa in Tenerife - you can enjoy white sand, a range of water sports, amazing marine life and beautiful seaside scenery.
Holidays in Spain with festivals
If you enjoy festivals, Spain has plenty to offer and for every budget! In Barcelona alone there are several music festivals per year to visit on your family holidays or with friends, including Primavera Sound, Sonar, Vida Festival and Cruilla Barcelona. More traditional festivals are also celebrated all across the country and are a large part of Spanish culture. For example, if you book a villa or apartment in Tenerife around May 30th, you could witness the customary Canarian Day festivities with music, traditional dress and special feasts. Strange and exciting festivals in Spain also include tomato throwing in Buñol, jumping over babies near Burgos and, if you rent a villa in Majorca, having a day-long talcum powder fight!
Follow in the footsteps of kings
Naturally the Royal Family is a big focus of interest in Spanish society and culture as they carry out a wide range of public engagements. Therefore its members are subject to close scrutiny by the press, politicians and Spanish citizens in general. This is great for tourism as visitors can trace the footsteps of these leaders and monarchs whilst staying in our villas in Spain. Take, for example, the marriage of King Felipe to the journalist Letizia Ortiz at the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, which was very much in the public eye. Now you can visit this cathedral from your holiday lettings in Spain and learn more about a pivotal moment in the history of Spanish monarchy.
Sporting calendar and your holiday lettings
Football is incredibly popular in Spain so be sure to keep an eye on the matches available whilst you rent NOVASOL apartments, villas or even dog-friendly cottages. Check out Barcelona FC playing in the Champions League if you stay at a local apartment or watch Real Madrid from a local bar in Spain’s capital. If you enjoy car and motorcycle racing, there are plenty of events being held across Spain at tracks like Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz) and the Montmeló Circuit in Barcelona. Watch city marathons, sailing regattas or play golf, go skiing or horse-riding. Enjoy the atmosphere that big matches bring to small towns, big cities and even the quietest country retreats in Spain.
Service – Why NOVASOL?
With plenty to see and do whilst staying in your chosen holiday home in Spain’s beautiful mainland, or one of its many islands, the last thing you need to worry about is the maintenance of your villa, who to call if something goes wrong, or advice on what to see first! With 48 years’ experience and local offices in each of our destinations, NOVASOL are there on hand whenever you would like some advice or need a helping hand with your accommodation in Spain or any other destination! Simply call or order our brochure to find out more.