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If you've booked a holiday to Spain, you may be wondering what there is to do in the country. It's a popular destination for couples, families and travellers, offering something for everyone. It all depends on your personal situation as to what you want to get out of your holiday so, as an example, this destination guide will look at a couple holidaying in Spain for a week.
Cities to visit
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a destination in Spain. It may be worth looking at car hire in Spain so you can visit several cities during your stay. It gives you the freedom to detour and take your time as well, rather than sticking to a strict itinerary on a coach holiday. If you want outdoor activities and beautiful scenery, check out Jaca (Huesca). Its medieval towers and 11th Century Romanesque cathedral make for some amazing photo opportunities.
If you want something a bit more commercial, Madrid is well worth a visit. The capital has lots to do, as any capital city does, meaning there is something to please nearly all tastes. You'll have the opportunity to shop, visit historic sites and museums, and check out the vibrant nightlife. Whether you want a chilled evening of tapas and sangria or a hectic night in a flamenco theatre, Madrid will tick all the boxes.
For a trip back in time, head to Baeza, a town in Andalusia in the south of Spain. The Roman town has some of the best preserved Italian Renaissance architecture in Spain and is on the World Heritage Sites list. The buildings will wow you with their beauty and the narrow streets can make you feel like you've stepped into a time machine and gone back hundreds of years.
The city of Ronda has been invaded by a number of different people over the course of history, giving it a combination of different cultural elements. The city itself can be dated as far back as the Neolithic age, with prehistoric settlements found around Ronda. There are also rock paintings found in the 'Cave of the Pool' nearby. With Ronda being in the Spanish province of Malaga, it's easy to drive to the Costa del Sol if you fancy spending some time on the beach.
What to do
Most people go on holiday to relax so make sure you book in some downtime while you're away. Go for a hotel that offers an outdoor pool with sun loungers so you have the opportunity to chill out and enjoy the sunshine. Many hotels now contain health spas which are great if you fancy a facial or relaxing massage. They add that little touch of luxury to your holiday and ensure you remain completely relaxed while you're away.
If you want to go out exploring, speak to the travel agent and your representative when you arrive at the hotel. They often offer package day trips to a variety of different destinations near to the hotel. For example, you could book a trip to the local market town where you can buy fresh produce and spend the afternoon checking out the local tavernas. A lot of markets also have stalls selling home-made jewellery and pottery, which can make great souvenirs for loved ones back home.
Heading further afield
If you have a hire car, make the most of the opportunity and explore several cities. Don't book yourself into hotels if you can avoid it, and give yourself the freedom to go anywhere. Bed and breakfasts will usually be available, particularly if you go out of the peak season. It means you can just turn up, crash for the night and spend the day exploring the area. If you like it, you can spend a bit longer there, or, if it's not your cup of tea, you can move on whenever you like. The beauty of Spain is that there are so many places to explore, you can go back over and over again, visiting somewhere new every time.