1) Get a lesson in architectural magnificence
Spanish architecture is quite possibly some of the most impressive architecture in the world. Gothic, intricate, elaborate and brave all in one, Spain has got an impressive architecture hit list. The Alcazar fortress and Gothic cathedral in Toledo are as must, as is a visit to the medieval cathedral & bell tower in Valencia. Of course no trip to Barcelona would be complete without devouring the ENTIRE work of Gaudi, but if times tight and budgets limited just ensure you visit the Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex - mind, blown.
2) Rock out at the epic BBK music festival
When you think summer, what do you see? Sun, friends, parties, good music? How about taking all of that goodness and doing it up in Spain? That's right, kids, BBK Live in Bilbao, Spain combines all of your favourite things about summer at one of the world's best music festivals. This year, head there with Contiki on our specialized itinerary, giving you a three-day pass with shuttle and accommodations - perfect to tack on to the end of a European trip! The 2013 line-up is nothing short of epic, with headliners like Depeche Mode, Kings of Leon, Green Day, Fatboy Slim and Two Door Cinema Club. Pack your sunnies and festival wear, and let's go!
3) Dance until dawn at Ibiza
If electronic music is your religion, Ibiza is your mecca. The go-to place for dance-fiends and party-goers alike, the island off the coast of Spain is also where the world's hottest DJs go to premiere their newest tracks, thus attracting millions of tourists every year. Amidst thousands of clubgoers and incredible acts like fire throwers and acrobatic dancers, you can move to the beats of DJs like Avicii, Richie Hawtin, Armin Van Buuren and David Guetta.
4) Chow down on tapas
Spain is home to some of the world's most fascinating flavours and their signature style of shared eating, known as 'tapas', will get you tasting a little bit of everything. Go local and try something new by tapping into your gastronomic adventurous side! Looking at a menu, you'll probably see aceitunas, which will please olive fans as it's a dish of several varieties marinated in oil, garlic and fresh herbs. If you're up for giving your tastebuds a kick, order some of the patatas bravas - fried potatoes served with creamy mayo and a zesty chili sauce. As for the king of tapas? It's gotta be gambas al ajillo, which translates to 'prawns in garlic'- how do you translate 'yum'?
5) Grab a board and skate your way through Barcelona
Barcelona doesn't necessarily come to mind as one of the world's skateboarding capitals, but with plenty of outdoor art and unique urban planning, the city is a street skater's dream. Probably the most popular spot to take your board is MACBA, the city's modern art museum, where you'll meet skaters from around the world performing tricks on the property's renowned smooth ground and ledges. Head to Rufus Skate Shop to get a custom board made, the ultimate souvenir to bring home and show off to friends.
Written by Lauren McPhillips