If you appreciate amazing culture, beautiful scenery, and a rich historical setting, Spain is your perfect travel destination. It touches both the Mediterranean and Atlantic Oceans. Because of that, Spain provides an eclectic mix of fun and wonderment. There are breathtaking beaches and diverse landscapes. Various animals and flora abound. The culture and people are colorful and fun. The architecture of its buildings is astounding. With so many amazing things to do in Spain, it’s time you treat yourself to what is fast becoming the world’s most popular getaway location.

01Get a Taste of Royalty at Palacio Real (Royal Palace)

Wide angle of Royal Palace on a sunny day

Start big on your quest for awesome things to do in Spain with a visit to the Royal Palace. The Spanish royal family no longer lives there, but it is still used for ceremonial functions. There you will see a large collection of fine art and beautiful furnishings that will delight you. The Royal Armoury is one of the world’s largest and best collections. In it are displays of the full armor actually used in battle by Emperor Charles V. The Palacio Real is both full of beauty and rich in history.

02Storm the Castles

View on Peniscola from the top of Pope Luna's Castle , Valencia, Spain

There are so many castles throughout the country, finding one to visit is one of the easiest and most awesome things to do in Spain. They were built mostly to defend the country. However, these days Spain's castles act as witness to the country’s political history and cultural background. The Alhambra in Grenada is one of the most impressive. Regardless of who lived there throughout history, the intent has been to keep the Alhambra a paradise on Earth. A visit there and you will agree that goal has been met.

 

03Explore Spain’s Culturally Rich History

The Prado Museum facade

Museums are among the most interesting things to do in Spain. They offer the perfect way to explore Spain's history and cultural evolution. The Prado National Museum (Museo del Prado), Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Thyssen-Bornemisza Musem are four of the best. There you can immerse yourself in the artifacts and lore that make this such an amazing and diverse country.

04Park It!

Parque del Buen Retiro

Among the most beautiful things to do in Spain is to visit one of the many parks there. Try Parque del Retiro in Madrid. There are many gardens and lakes there, including an amazing rose garden. Visit the Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace) and be delighted at the beauty there. Enjoy the many animals who call this park home; Spain’s location is perfect for attracting a wide variety.

05Let Spain’s Architecture Astound You

Sagrada Familia

Some of the world’s best architecture can be found in Spain. The La Sagrada Familia Basilica is a perfect example. It was designed by Antoni Gaudi, a renowned Spanish architect. He used forms found in nature to create some of the most exquisite architecture ever made. Other places that showcase his amazing talent include Casa Battlo and Casa Mila. A visit to see any of his works is tops among things to do in Spain.

06Erupt with Pleasure

Do in Spain, Teide Volcano underworld111 / Getty Images

Visiting the Volcan El Teide is a definite must-see among things to do in Spain. Not only is it Spain's highest point, it is, more importantly, home to one of the world’s foremost astrological observatories. See for yourself how this gigantic volcano casts the world’s largest ocean shadow. Enjoy the various and beautiful flowers and plants that benefit from its mineral-rich soil. Come witness everything that helps this volcano lure over three million people to its slopes each year.

07Get Adventurous

Do in Spain, Adventure Parks Sergiy1975 / Getty Images

For a day of fun and adventure, put Siam Park or Port Aventura on your list of things to do in Spain. These adventure parks are perfect for the kid in you. Take a ride on one of the many wicked roller coasters. Cool down on any of a number of wild water rides. Be your youthful self here, and play, play, play!

08Shop til you Drop

 Tourists in famous La Boqueria market

Spain has a large variety of wonderful shops for you to visit. To really enjoy the Spanish culture, though, take a day at El Rastro flea market. Here you will find 3,500 vendors of a variety of ethnicities. Items sold at El Rastro, like antiques and collectibles, can’t be found in the standard shops. Additionally, they provide real insight into Spanish society. A day here is a must!

09Enjoy a Day at the Plaza

Plaza Mayor in Madrid

One of the neatest things to do on your Spanish trip is visiting the local plaza. In Spain, these are social places. By day, the open-air cafes invite you to sit a while. Enjoy Spanish food, such as paella, and tapas with your drinks. Watch the street performers entertain. At night, watch the plaza really come alive. Get your groove on at one of the clubs. Try your luck at flamenco dancing. Here you will be surrounded by Spanish society at its most fun and finest.

10Hit the Beach

Beach of San Sebastian, Spain

When you’re ready to take a break from all the action, take your pick from one of the beautiful beaches that surround Spain. There are many to choose from. Try La Concha beach in San Sebastian, Santanyi beach in Mallorca or La Costilla beach in Rota. Or, if you’re really in the mood for some fun, travel to one of Spain’s archipelagos. Parts of the Canary Islands are subtropical and some have a hot desert climate. The Balearic Islands have a more Mediterranean climate. Both are peaceful and lovely.