Even if you aren't quite ready to take the plunge and head out on holiday, you can still plan everything, and who knows, taking more time to plan your holiday might help build up the excitement!
Camping in Spain is one of the best experiences you can have, especially right now when everyone has to be a little more careful. With your own tent or caravan, you have a lot more control over who you see and where you go. Just make sure you check your local guidelines before you travel.
If you are looking for sun, sea, sand and stunning scenery, your obvious choice is Spain! This country has become almost like a second home to holidaymakers, and we can see why. The culture is warm and friendly, and you can encounter some great foods and tourist hotspots. On top of that, Spain has an interesting history and culture that can be discovered by visiting interesting and unique places while on holiday.
Here are a few must-see places to visit in Spain.
Let's start this list with something awe-inspiring - a town built on the cliffs of a deep canyon! Just one look at this canyon is enough to take your breath away with its interesting rock formations carved out over time by the river that runs through the valley. When you look up, it only gets more impressive as you can see the town built up on either side of the sheer cliff faces and the three stunning bridges that connect the two halves of the town.
Located in the Malaga region, this is one of those attractions you have to see at least once in your life. Luckily, you can camp not too far if you take a trip to Camping El Sur in Ronda. If that campsite isn't for you, we have plenty more to choose from in the area.
Barcelona is a wonderful city in which to spend a few days. Wherever you turn, there is something new to try or intriguing architecture to marvel at. Casa Batllo is a building that, at first glance, you aren't too sure where to look or what you are even looking at! Once you start to look in more detail, you can start to see the artist's vision.
Each level of the townhouse has been designed separately to reflect three distinct themes of anatomy; bones on the lower level, the chaotic jumble of vessels and muscle in between and then a scaly roof. The outside is interesting, but the inside is just as bizarre and well worth a trip inside to view the museum dedicated to the architect behind this intriguing design.
Templo de Debod
Visiting an ancient Egyptian temple isn't the first thing that comes to mind when planning a camping holiday in Spain, but in the heart of Madrid, you can visit a brilliant example of this exact thing!
The Templo de Debod was a gift to Spain from Egypt in 1968. This ancient monument was dismantled and relocated from the Nile Valley in Egypt to Madrid, where it now stands proudly in Parque del Oeste.
Another intriguing architectural sight to see in Barcelona is La Fabrica which means 'The Factory'. When architect Ricardo Bofill first bought the buildings, they were just the remains of an old factory built from huge cement towers. He has worked ever since to transform it into a beautiful castle-like structure.
This isn't a tourist attraction; this is actually a working and living space for the architect's company. The interior is said to be equally impressive, made up of libraries, workrooms, exhibition rooms and more. Even if you can't see the interior, the exterior is still something to marvel at with its imposing gothic-like feel. The grounds have also been carefully landscaped to transform a once ugly factory into something beautiful.
Medieval Walls of Avila
Anyone interested in anything medieval will love Avila, a city surrounded by a fortified medieval wall. It's impressive because it is one of the finest examples of a medieval defence wall in Spain. The walls stretch for over a mile; there are 80 towers and nine gateways that protected the city throughout the 11th and 12th centuries.
If you are visiting, you can take a walk along half the length of the walls, and you can climb to the top of some of the turrets to get that birds-eye view of the city and the surrounding area. You can take a trip if you are staying in one of our campsites in the Madrid area of Spain and the city of Avila is a drive away from Madrid.
Let's stay with the fairytale theme for the moment and take a look at Bodegas Guell in Garraf. This restaurant looks like it would be perfectly at home in your favourite fairytale with its beautiful arches, sloping roofs and lovely courtyards. As with many things, this story of the building is less magical. It is the design of famous architect Antoni Gaudi.
Gaudi is famous for many iconic buildings, and this is one that he isn't quite so well known for, which makes it a little more special. The building's original intention was to be for multiple hunting pavilions and a winery, but it is perfectly designed for its current use as a restaurant.
So while you are on holiday in the Catalonia region, book yourself into this restaurant and dine in your very own fairytale castle.
Dali Theatre & Museum
A trip to Spain wouldn't be complete without taking in some local art, so a Dali Theatre and Museum trip is certainly a must. This gallery gives you a brilliant insight into Salvidor Dali's intriguing dreamlike artwork.
Located in Figueres in the province of Girona in the Catalonia region, this museum was designed by Dali himself and filled with the largest collection of his art available in one place. From the moment you get a glimpse of the building's exterior, you know you are in for a special experience, and it only gets more exciting when you get inside the museum. This is one museum you will never forget!
Abandoned Village of Esco
Sometimes, advances in technology and society moving forward have a drastic effect on those regions and people who get left behind. The village of Esco is one of these casualties of improvement. When a dam was built in 1959, the result was flooding much of the farmland surrounding this village, taking with it the local industry. The majority of the inhabitants left and abandoned the settlement for new lives.
Now you can wander around the decaying town with 60 buildings left empty and abandoned to be reclaimed by nature. It is an eerie yet fascinating walk, and you can see the early gothic church still standing.
If you are camping nearby in the Aragon Region, You can stop nearby to view the village but cannot drive to it because the road is blocked. You can walk a short distance but be careful to explore cautiously and respectfully.
In Southwestern Spain, you can find the Rio Tinto, which means 'Red River and as soon as you see the river running through the stunning valley, you can see why it earned itself this name! The water in the river is dyed a deep red with a burnt orange hue. This is due to the high levels of copper, silver and gold in the area and years of mining.
It is the mining itself that caused the river to take on its reddish hue. The minerals broken down due to the work seeped into the water and have left the river murky. You can view the river from a distance and visit the local exhibition that explains the mining work in the area.
Javier Puerta Museum of Anatomy
The final place on our list is the Museum of Anatomy in Madrid. This is an awesome if slightly macabre look at a specific area of history - anatomy! When you visit, you can take a look at an impressive amount of anatomical models, artificial body parts and even some mummified remains. Some of the remains and bones date back as far as the Spanish War of Independence in the early 1800s.
This is an educative attraction and, even the younger members of the family might find it engaging - as long as they have a strong stomach and a wonderful sense of curiosity!
As of 2021, there are 43 UNESCO sites in Spain, four of which are located in the Canary Islands, one in Ibiza and one in Mallorca (we've only included mainland sites). Spain joined the 8th Session in 1984 and inscribed five sites; Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Córdoba, The Alhambra and the Generalife, Granada, Burgos Cathedral, Monastery and Site of the Escorial, Madrid and Park Güell, Palau Güell and Casa Milà, Barcelona.
When you are planning your next road trip, there is one place that is the perfect contender, and that's Spain. Spain is a country that has it all. Beautiful sunshine and hot weather, culture, architecture and a fascinating history too. Even if you are looking for a little winter sun to drive away those winter blues, Spain is the place to go.
Can you point to Europe’s only desert on a map? Do you know where you can stand with your feet in the snow while looking at Africa? Guess where you can find castle-crusted crags, stranded in time, yet only an hour’s drive from bustling seaside resorts? Fancy skiing this morning, followed by a dip in the sea this afternoon?