You might think you know Spain – well, think again. Sure there’s sun, sangria and siestas in strong supply. Fiestas and flamencos feature heavily, and 5,000 miles of collective coastline makes finding a beach a breeze… but this dynamic destination has a lot more to offer than golden sands and glowing tans.
From the majestic mainland to idyllic islands, nature lovers, culture vultures and history hunters are free to unpack Spain’s hidden treasures. Wild beauty? UNESCO World Heritage Sites? Amazing architecture? Throw a little beach bliss in for good measure and you’ll be ticking all your bucket list boxes before you know it.
Spark your wanderlust with a look at the beautiful Balearics, part one of our ultimate 35 things to do in Spain…
Road trip the Tramuntana Mountains, Mallorca
Let the good times roll as you jump in a hire car and navigate the towering Tramuntana Mountains. A UNESCO approved adventure playground, feel the wind in your hair as you drive along the winding coastal roads and stumble upon picture-perfect valleys and postcard worthy villages.
Walk the Camí de Cavalls, Menorca
Step out on a self-guided tour of Menorca on the ancient Camí de Cavalls path that covers a whopping 185km along the coastline. Of course, if that sounds a little out of your comfort zone, you can cherry pick the parts that most appeal to you!
Take a boat to the Island of Es Vedrà, Ibiza
Set sail to the island of Es Vedrà! Sitting pretty off of Ibiza’s south west shores, it’s said to be the third most magnetic rock on the planet. No wonder so many travellers feel drawn to the rugged limestone rock… or maybe it’s the second-to-none sunsets that has holidaymakers swooning?
Admire the architecture in Palma, Mallorca
Teeming with elegant archways, medieval masterpieces, pretty plazas and charming churches, the Pièce de résistance of Palma’s architectural archive has got to go to La Seu. A visit to Mallorca’s capital would be incomplete without glimpsing the spectacular sandstone cathedral.
Dance the night away at San Antonio, Ibiza
If your holidays are all about cutting loose and happy hours, then San Antonio is the spot for you! An eclectic mix of music, lively atmosphere, super clubs and buzzing bars make this southern facing town a party-goers paradise. The sunsets aren’t bad either.
Take a tour of Mahon Port, Menorca
Welcome to the world’s second biggest natural harbour! Centrepiece of the city, this extensive waterway has a length of almost six kilometres and width of 1,200 metres. Hop aboard a boat to get up close and personal with the picturesque port – the beauty is best admired from the sea.
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dalt Vila, Ibiza
When you see ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ you know you’re in for a good time. Ibiza’s Dalt Vila is a classic case in point, and one of the island’s top attractions. Wander the fortified Old Town, climb the ramparts, stroll the cobbled streets and enjoy jaw-dropping views over the sparkling turquoise waters below.
Take a dip at Cap de Formentor, Mallorca
Beach days are at their best when the only set of footprints in the sand are your own. Playa de Formentor reserves its shores for a select few who take the trip to Mallorca’s northern tip, so lie back and make the most of the breathtaking natural beauty from the comfort of your towel.