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1. Hit up the OG churro café in Madrid, Chocolateria San Gines.

Few things are more satisfying than dipping a freshly made churro in warm chocolate. Experience one of life’s true pleasures at Chocolateria San Gines – established in 1894 the Chocolateria is open 24/7, so you can get your churros fix any time! Be warned, there is always a line, but it’s always worth the wait – trust us *packs stretchy trousers*


2. Tour Spain’s beloved football stadiums.

From celebration to commiseration, Spain goes all out when it comes to football fever.  Take a tour of one of the famous stadiums that dot the country and feel like a Premier League superstar – without, you know, the ma-hoosive pay cheque. Bag yourself some merch, explore the hallowed-grounds and take advantage of alllll the photo ops. All together now: Championes!

3. Marvel at Barcelona’s distinctive, unconventional beauty.

Immerse yourself in the unique architectural creations of Antoni Gaudí that characterise the city. We’re talking La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and Park Güell – these eccentric buildings are absolutely unmissable when in Barca.

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4. Pick up some new moves at a Flamenco show –

The passion and skill demonstrated in a Flamenco show is like nothing else, not to mention the intoxicating atmosphere. The mesmerising music and enthralling dance moves are bound to spark something in you, although some of these moves might be best left to the professionals…just saying.

5. Drool over the culinary delights of Valencia.

No trip to Spain is complete without a (few) servings of flavourful Paella. As the birthplace of this delicious dish, Valencia is the place to be for the cream of the crop. The icing on the cake – or prawn on the paella, as it were – is that Valencia is also home to a famously vibrant nightlife, in case you needed another reason to visit. 

6. Use the Force in Seville

If you’re a Star Wars you may recognise the Plaza de España as it served as the set for part of Planet Naboo in Star Wars. Even if you don’t know your Yoda from your Scotty, the atmospheric Plaza, with its beautiful Moorish buildings, curving moat and intricate tile masterpieces – each of which representing a region in Spain – is still the place to be in Seville.

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7. Learn about Spain’s most controversial pastime.

Okay, so we wouldn’t ever recommend taking on a bull in a fight, but like it or loathe it bullfighting is an important part of Spanish culture. You can learn more about the origins of the ‘sport’ as well as the debate it sparks today. It may even have you coming back for the bull-run in Pamplona, you know, if that’s your thing…

8. Feel like royalty at one of Spain’s beautiful palaces.

Spain has its fair share of jaw-dropping palaces, and the Royal Alcázar of Seville and Granada’s Alhambra are top of our list! Spend an afternoon strolling around the manicured gardens of the Royal Alcázar or lose yourself in the magic of the Alhambra. We warn you: you might just fill up your camera roll with these ones.  

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9. Chase those Insta-worthy Spanish sunsets.

TLC was right – don’t go chasing waterfalls – chase sunsets in Spain instead! Golden Hour at Granada’s Alhambra is the stuff #travelgoals are made of – completely unmissable. Another incredible view can be enjoyed from Seville’s Metropol Parasol – the world’s largest wooden structure, which kind of looks like a futuristic-mushroom-treehouse. Who knew there could be so many different colours of sunset? You do, now…

10. Go tapas-hopping!

It’s like bar hopping, but waaay more satisfying. Think Spanish omelettes, mini paellas and chorizo plus All. The. Croquettes. Add a little Sangria and well, you’ve got the ultimate Spanish experience.

Laura Colantuono
Laura is a student from Sydney. After spending a year abroad in Europe, she is now constantly on the lookout for her next travel adventure. Between checking Instagram for travel inspo and searching the web for cheap flights, Laura’s usually reading or trying to find the next great brunch spot.