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10 adventures for a gap year #VisitSpain


Hiking, sunbathing on the beach, going out on the town, sampling the gastronomy, experiencing culture and tradition, and much more. There are numerous ways of making the most of your time while you get to know Spain. Here are some original ideas for enjoying a sabbatical year in the country.

  • Pilgrim walker opposite the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

    The Way of St James

    This is great option for your time in Spain –either as a way of sightseeing, for spiritual reasons, or because you're interested in learning more about the culture, gastronomy and landscapes of northern Spain. There's not just one Way, but many, and its duration also depends on you. But at the end you'll have the satisfaction of having reached your goal: the Cathedral of Santiago. You're also bound to make lots of friends along the route. This is definitely an extremely enriching experience.

  • Níjar landscape in Almería

    The hippy life in Almería

    If you prefer the south, the warm weather and the sea, why not spend some time in Almería (Andalusia)? All around the province you'll find wonderful beaches surrounded by a desert landscape reminiscent of the scenery in Westerns. In Cabo de Gata you'll find towns like San José, and secluded coves like San Pedro, and an extremely open, tolerant and inclusive atmosphere. Nothing could be better for getting away from the noise and the frantic pace of big cities, and refreshing both body and soul. 

  • Carnival in Cadiz

    Festivities all year round

    Another very lively idea is to set out to take part in all the festivities that take place in Spain. Not only the ones in big cities, such as Las Fallas and the Tomatina in Buñol, Valencia, the April Fair in Seville or the San Fermín festivities in Pamplona, but also local ones which are just as much fun, like the Viking Pilgrimage in Catoira (Galicia) or the Wine Battle in Haro (La Rioja). 

  •  Transcantábrico Train

    Spain by train

    If you love this mode of transport, you can take advantage of Spain’s Interrail passes: a great way to travel the country comfortably and without the need to drive. You'll be able to see major cities like Barcelona and Madrid, or visit some attractive beaches. If you want to save time, your best bet is to take high-speed trains (AVE). To start your sightseeing experience you can climb on board one of the Galician sightseeing trains, the Transcantábrico or theAl-Andalus train, which tours Andalusia.

  • La Perla Spa, in Donostia - San Sebastián (Basque Country)

    Total relaxation

    To forget about your troubles and reach a perfect state of inner calm and well-being, what could be better than a visit to a spa or spa resort? Another option is to indulge in some unusual beauty treatments, such as chocotherapy, milk baths, seaweed wraps and vinotherapy. You can find a multitude of options on the coasts and in the mountains.

  • Shopping


    Are you a fashionista? And you're planning a holiday in Spain? Well you're in luck, because you'll find endless opportunities to buy everything you ever wanted. You can find many options in both Madrid and Barcelona, even if you are seeking something very exclusive, and you can even go shopping in each place that you visit. You can also pick up bargains in the sales (in summer and winter) and discover fascinating open air markets such as el Rastro(Madrid), and the typical Christmas markets.

  • Iberian ham on bread

    Eating abundantly and well

    Who doesn't enjoy good food? Gastronomic tourism is another way of discovering Spain through its typical dishes. From the popular and economic tapas to the fried fish of Cádiz, not to mention the Valencian paella and thepintxos from the Basque Country. For more discerning palates we suggest the gourmet markets or fine dining restaurants: –Spain has over 220 Michelin-starred establishments. You can also discover Spain along its Wine Routes.

  • A film set in the province of Almería

    Play at being a film star

    Many famous film masterpieces have been shot all over Spain from north to south, in a number of very different places. One of the most cinematographic cities is Barcelona. As you stroll around this city you'll see for yourself all the charms showcased by films like Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona. What's more you can also be the star of your own Western in Almería. Many famous figures from the world of film have visited Spain and immortalised it on the big screen. Why not come and see all the settings for your favourite films?

  • Mérida Roman Theatre Festival

    Theatre festivals

    Are you a theatre lover? If the answer's yes, then you're in luck. In Spain you'll find a wide variety of festivals dedicated to this art, many of which take place open-air theatre festivalsoutdoors as they tend to be held in summer. The classics are never out of fashion in the festivals in Mérida (Extremadura) and Almagro (Castile La Mancha), for example. You can also always find a good programme of performing arts in most theatres in the main cities and towns.

  • Concert during Sónar Barcelona 2018

    Music for everyone

    Do you like dancing? Or do you prefer listening to something more relaxing? Especially in summer, numerous Spanish cities organise festivals dedicated to different types of music, as is the case of the San Sebastiánand San JavierInternational Jazz Festivals. You can find flamenco at the Cante de Las Minas de La Unión festival in Murcia and folk music at La Mar de Músicas in Cartagena. To get those feet moving there is the Benicàssim International Festival (FIB) and Sónar(Barcelona). Outside of the festival period you can also find other options, such as Womad in Fuerteventura, the Cáceres festival, and in Barcelona, the International Jazz Festival and Primavera Sound.

We also suggest sharing your experiences on social media with the hashtag #VisitSpain

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