Spain: It’s one of the most popular tourist spots in the world.
With thousands of people flocking here every year to relax with their favourite magazines on one of the country’s many sunny beaches, or to enjoy the country’s many popular tourist sights, including the Alhambra and the Plaza Mayor, you might be tempted to join them.
On the other hand, you could go your own way in Spain, and do something non-touristy instead.
#1: Choose alternative accommodation
Oh sure, a stay in a luxury hotel is very nice, but if you want to avoid the tourists and reclaim a little more privacy for yourself, you might want to stay elsewhere. You could rent a cave in Granada Andalucia, for example, which despite your initial reservations, have been fully restored to include sleeping and living areas. Some even have their own swimming pools. Or how about a stay in a tree cabin in the picturesque Basque Country of Northern Spain? Nature lovers definitely should. Or if you are looking for something more conventional, these beautiful Marbella apartments are a good alternative to hotels. The choice is yours.
#2: Visit Spain’s niche museums
Spain has some wonderful museums, including the world-famous art museum Museo Del Prado in Madrid, but there are some special-interest museums that should form part of your itinerary too, especially if you want to avoid the masses. You might want to visit the Museum of Erotic Sculpture, for example, assuming you aren’t visiting Spain with your parents. If you have a strong stomach, you might also consider The Torture Museum, which focusses on events surrounding the Spanish Inquisition. For these ‘delights’ and more, check out this list of unusual museums in Spain for something a little different!
#3: Visit Spain’s smaller cities
There is much to do in those touristy parts of Spain, including Barcelona and Seville, but you could always head elsewhere when you’re exploring the country. You might visit Segovia, for example, a relaxing destination that is famous for its architecture and fairy tale castles. Or how about Malaga? With some wonderful beaches, an exciting street art scene, and shopping experiences both modern and quaint, this is the perfect place to get away from the crowds. Check out these and other ’boutique destinations’ here.
#4: Live like a local
When tourists are not sunning themselves on the beaches, they are rushing from one sightseeing spot to the next. And that’s fine, but why not live like a local instead of copying the masses, and do something non-touristy with your time.
You might relax on the benches of one of Spain’s best Plazas, watching the world go by while you wile away your time in the sun.
When it’s time to eat – which in Spain, is five times a day – you might want to purchase something from one of the local markets instead of doing the touristy thing and heading to a tapas bar.
And considering that many Spanish people enjoy taking a siesta (a nap) during the afternoon, rather than rush around frantically like a tourist, you might still head to the beach, but somewhere local friendly and a little off the beaten track away from the crowds.
Follow the tourists or don’t; it’s up to you! But we hope we have given you a few suggestions here that will help you make the most of your time in this beautiful country.
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