Best Things To Do in Spain 2018 - an Itinerary from North to South (+ detailed Map)Looking for the BEST things to do in Spain? Spain is a big country, and due to its unique history it has so many magical things to see and places to visit.

We know Spain inside out. And certainly, One Week is not enough here.

This is the list of the coolest, most beautiful to visit and BEST things to do in Spain. We take you from the North-East coast of Costa Brava all the way around the Spanish peninsula part.

You can use this list to inspire your Spain trip in the coolest way possible.

It does not matter if you are a luxury traveler, solo-traveler, a couple or family. This list has some activities and things to see for all types of travelers.

We also visited non touristic places in Spain. Some of them are easy to get to. You will feel like a true treasure-hunter once you visit these little gems by your own.

Okay, enough hablado, let’s get this fiesta started.

(We are currently traveling through Spain and updating this list as we go.)

Last update: 02.01.2019

List of Best Things to do in Spain

At the end of this article I created a map with all the best things to do and to see in Spain. It can help you to plan your Spain itinerary.

1. Cadaques (Dali Experience)

2. Figueres

3. Sky diving in Costa Brava

4. Girona

After we explored the Costa Brava, let’s head back into the country. Here we visit Girona.

It is known for its small, medieval village.

It was also a setting for famous Games of Thrones.

5. Architecture and Culture in Barcelona

Barcelona Best Things to do in Spain

6. Waikiki Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches in Spain. It requires a bit of hiking and climbing -it is 100% worth it.

Find our guide how to get to Waikiki Beach here.

Waikiki Beach, a paradise near Barcelona

7. Portaventura

The biggest Theme Park in Spain, and pure fun! It only opens from Spring to Autumn, so this is no option for the winter time.

The theme park has as well a water park and a special area for kids. Therefore, this is a great thing to do in Spain for families too.

Good to know: I recommend to get the VIP ticket. This way you can skip any line and all lines you want.

It is more expensive, but really worth it. You will end up in waiting lines for more than 1:30 hours. When counting this up, you waited a long time in one day.

Therefore, I will always get the VIP ticket for Portaventura.

Get your ticket for Portaventura

Portaventura - the coolest Theme Park in Spain

8. Siurana

Tucked in the mountains, away from the Mediterranean Sea you will find tiny Siurana.

It is a gorgeous small village, surrounded by mountains for climbing and a few lakes. Come here for a day in nature and soak in Catalan culture.

I especially recommend to come here during the week, not on weekends, if possible.

On weekends the local people love to travel here as well.

Siruana up in the mountains

9. Delta de L’ebro

Bird watching, kite surfing and wandering. And of course: bike tours!

Delta de l’ebro is a big national park and peninsula. It is the place to watch beautiful birds, including pink Flamingos.


When the weather is playing its part you can do kite surfing here. Here you have perfect conditions. The water is shallow, usually warm – just the wind has to be there. It’s not everyday possible, but a lot of times.

There are a few guest houses dotted around the area. The most beautiful area is around Poble Nou. Here you find as well a few restaurants.

Delta de l'ebro - a beautiful place to visit in Spain

10. Peñíscola

I had no idea, but this place called Peñíscola is actually the movie set for Game of Thrones’ Meereen.

I have seen it from far away and said right away it looks like Game of Thrones.

And I was right, yay!

This beautiful tiny village on a tiny peninsula itself with the little castle on the top is really picturesque. You can walk around in 30 minutes and you will have seen it all.

The castle only opens certain hours, so make sure check the entrance time.

Peniscola aka. Meereen of Game of Thrones Peniscola Peniscola aka. Meereen of Game of Thrones

11. Authentic Paella in Valencia

Valencia is the home of the Paella and the third biggest city in the country.

Yes, this is the birthplace of the most famous dish in Spain. Sure, you can also eat magnificent paellas in Madrid, Córdoba, Sevilla, Barcelona.

Read: The best paella in Barcelona – 9 handpicked restaurants

But of course, it’s something different to try it directly in Valencia.

The most typical Paella is actually with rabbit meat. There are also vegetarian options, a fish paella, black rice paella and only meat paella without rabbit. There is also a mix paella of fish and meat.

You see, there is a paella for everyone.

Except maybe Vegans…

I have never come across a vegan paella. If you have any tip here, I appreciate it. Just drop me a comment below this article.

Besides food, Valencia has a stunning architecture and monuments to visit in the historic center.

Also interesting: The City of Arts and Science and Oceanografic.

This is another very interesting thing to do for families when visiting Spain.

Things to do in Valencia, Spain

The Best Paella in Barcelona: 9 Handpicked Restaurants in review and on a map

12. Xativa

You already know the Chinese wall, right?!

How about I tell you there is a tiny version of Alhambra (the one in Granada) that looks a tiny bit like the chinese wall?

The castle in Xativa is such a place.

The entry is only around 2.40€ and you have an amazing view over the area.

Xativa - a piece of Chinese Wall and tiny Alhambra of Granada

13. Bocairent

Listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, Bocairent is a serious gem.

Read: The 41 most beautiful villages in Spain

Bocairent is located on a hill and it’s quite challenging to walk around since it always goes up or down. From the outside and inside, it is beautiful!

The highlight of sightseeing in Bocairent are two things:

  • The caves
  • the torro stadium

The caves are actual caves that are more than a thousand years old. From the outside you see only carved windows. You can enter (buy a ticket there). It is quite challenging to climb through the caves, you have to athletic and quite thin.

But no worries if you cannot do it. You can enter the entrance at least and the last part to get a feeling. It is worth it, really!

The views from Caves de Moros in Bocairent - one of the best things to do in Spain

Then we head over to the stadium.

The bull stadium is nowadays only used for cinema and other events, there is no animal-cruelty anymore taking place here.

The stadium fits around 4.000 people – same amount as the whole village of Bocairent.

The stadium lets you travel back in time, a real nostalgic feeling. Personally I do not support any bull fights, this area is glorious to visit!

Plaza Bous in Bocairent - Best things to do in Spain

A few more impressions from Bocairent

The famous chapel in Bocarient - beautiful places to visit in Spain Bocairent - best places to visit in Spain Bocairent, a beautiful village in Spain

14. Castalla

15. Alicante

16. Pink Lake in Torrevieja

Map of all BEST Things to do in Spain

We put all those awesome places to visit in Spain on a map.

How to get around Spain?

Getting around Spain is fairly easy.

There are two main ways: You can either take the train along the scenic coastline or you rent a car.

1. Taking the train: You can book your tickets as you go.

There are a few offers you can always get with the official Renfe train ahead of time.

2. Renting a car: I recommend taking the land road, instead of the highway with tolls.

You avoid the tolls and you are almost as fast as taking the highway. The land road goes almost parallel to the paid highway.

Guides to Spain

I hope this guide and itinerary helps you to plan your perfect trip.

Here are more useful guides to traveling around Peninsula.

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This post is in a process, a live-written article.

We are updating this article as we go. Currently we are on a road trip through Spain.

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