10 adventures for a sabbatical 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.

  1. Santiago de Compostela

    The Way of Saint 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. See more

  2. Isleta del Moro island. Cabo de Gata, 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. See more

  3. Bonfires of San Juan.

    Ayuntamiento de Alicante

    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 the big cities like the Fallas and the Tomatina in Buñol in Valencia, the April Fair in Seville and the San Fermín bull-running festival in Pamplona, but also other more local but just as entertaining festivities such as the  Viking Pilgrimage in Catoira (Galicia) and the Wine Battle in Haro (La Rioja). See more

  4. Trans-Cantabrian train


    Spain by train

    If you like this mode of transport, an excellent idea would be to use any of the interrail passes for Spain –it's a great way of travelling round 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 a high-speed train (AVE). To start your sightseeing experience you can climb on board one of the Galician sightseeing trains or the Al-Andalus train which tours Andalusia. See more

  5. Archena spa

    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 original beauty treatments like chocotherapy and wine therapy. You'll find a multitude of ideas both on the coast and in the mountains. See more

  6. Hat stand in a shop window


    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. There are may ideas at Madrid and Barcelona, and even at if you're after something very exclusive, although you can have fun shopping wherever you go. You can also pick up bargains in the sales (in summer and winter) and discover fascinating open air markets like the Rastro (Madrid), and the typical Christmas markets. See more

  7. Tapas

    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 inexpensive tapas through to the fresh fried fish of Cadiz, and not forgetting Valencian paella and the pintxos from the Basque Country. For more demanding palates we suggest the gourmet markets or restaurants serving haute cuisine –Spain has over 150 Michelin-starred establishments. You can also discover discover Spain through its Wine Routes. See more

  8. House of Film. Villablanca, Almería.

    Patronato Provincial de Turismo de 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 Vicky Cristina Barcelona, by Woody Allen. 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? See more

  9. "Himenea". Almagro Classical Theatre Festival

    Marta Vildanes

    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 outdoors as they tend to be held in summer. The classics never go out of fashion in the Mérida festivals (Extremadura) and the 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. Look for more festivals on our calendar, filtering by the place that interests you, and you will find a whole range of options. See more

  10. Concert by Skrillex Club. Sónar 2015

    Ariel Martini

    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 jazz in the international festivals of San Sebastián and San Javier. You'll find flamenco in the Cante de Las Minas in La Unión (Murcia) and folklore in La Mar de Músicas in Cartagena. And for dancing there's nothing like the Benicassim International Festival (FIB) and the Sónar (Barcelona). Options on offer outside the summer season include Womad in Fuerteventura and Cáceres, the International Jazz Festival in Barcelona, and Primavera Sound. See more

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