Here are the sports and adventures we recommend in this destination.
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The Iberian Peninsula offers many opportunities for outdoor sports, thanks to the presence of sea, mountains, countryside, rivers, …
Among the sports activities we recommend:
Here are some of the unique and exciting experiences you could live in this destination:
In addition to the sports and adventures mentioned above, Spain offers wonderful locations that are absolutely worth visiting, including:
The landscape, the flora and the fauna of this country are just one of the reasons to visit it.
The numerous parks and the sea make Spain one of the favourite destinations for nature lovers.
Here are the main areas worth visiting Spain:
Parque Nacional de Timanfaya in Lanzarote: it’s an area over 50 square kilometers entirely made of petrified volcanic lava.
The Geopark of Las Loras: you will see spectacular landscapes such as the gorges of the Ebro river and those of the Rudrón or Las Tuerces river, the French Cave and the Valcabado Belvedere, waterfalls, such as Orbaneja del Castillo or Covalagua. Pre-Roman settlements, Neolithic dolmens and sites dating back to the Iron Age are scattered throughout the territory. The area is ideal for sports such as climbing, ca-nyoning, mountain biking.
The flisch cliffs of the Basque coast: several kilometers of cliffs that have been formed by the erosion of water and earth movements in over 50 million years. This is backgrounds of numerous Games of Thrones scenes as well.
Bardenas Reales Nature Reserve, Navarre: a paradise for trekking lovers but also for Game of Thrones enthusiasts because it offers unique settings, with its limestone formations, steep hills, sand and clay canals surrounded by a landscape that looks like the steppa.
Ordesa and Mount Perdido National Park: in the Pyrenees mountain range, it’s full of canyons, peaks, valleys and waterfalls.
The Bardenas Reales desert, a Unesco world biosphere reserve, is one of the few deserts in Europe. It presents a landscape of rocks with strange shapes modelled by wind erosion. This is where the scenes from the sixth season of Game of Thrones were filmed.
The El Torcal nature reserve in Antequera is a museum of natural sculptures created by millennia of erosion.
Sierra Nevada: recommended for snow, ski and snowboard enthusiasts. In addition, excursions with sleds or snowshoes are organized. In summer it’s ideal for trekking, mountain biking, horseback riding and canyoning.
What you could eat and drink in this country
Food and wine are always in the heart of the Spanish people, at any time of the day: after a breakfast, mostly light, they have a snack at noon, the main meal at 2 pm, followed by a “siesta” (the nap); then a snack at 6 pm and finally the dinner not before 9 pm. If someone feels a bit hungry, here you have tapas, rich appetizers that accompany the drinks.
On the coasts there is excellent fish, especially in Galicia, and mostly octopus, calamari, cuttlefish, prawns, not to mention anchovies from the Cantabrian Sea. Even the meat of “free range” cattle and pigs is very good quality.
The local dishes are many, we’ll mention only a few, such as the Valencian paella, rice with many varieties of fish or meat with the addition of vegetables, also try the chorizo, the typical spicy sausage, and the queso manchego, the best known Spanish cheese, above all mountain ham (jamon serrano) or pigs fed on acorns (jamon bellota). Excellent vegetables. And excellent wines, white, red, rosé. In Galicia and Asturias you can drink cider, traditionally served “cascade” from a meter above the glass. Among the desserts don’t forget the churros, of fried dough, to accompany an excellent hot chocolate as a snack.
Other dishes not to be missed are the pulpo a la gallega (Galician-style octopus) made with octopus and potatoes and seasoned with paprika.
The climate is mainly Mediterranean, drier in the south east and less in the north, more influenced by the sea.
Spain is an attractive destination all year round. On average, the best climate is in spring and autumn, but the sea can be enjoyed more in summer. In winter, in addition to the ski slopes in the mountains, you are more comfortable visiting the art cities.
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If you have to meet a spanish, try to arrive at least half an hour late, as excessive punctuality is considered rude; don’t be in a hurry to leave, because it would be just as rude. If you stop someone to ask for information, first of all greet (buenos dias, buenas tardes) and be patient, because the answer will be taken far away and with various digressions.
A culinary tip: have lunch or dinner in the covered markets, you will discover a lot of delicious specialities!