Then, there's the monuments and historic architecture. Spain has a rich and complex religious history, and Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, and Jews have all left their mark on the country by way of their temples. Perhaps the most famous of them all is La Sagrada Familia. Located in Barcelona, the towering Gothic cathedral has been under construction for over 130 years, and will not be finished for at least another decade. The Alhambra Palace in Granada was built in the 13th century by the Moors, and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There's also the Monastery of La Cartuja in Granada, and the Abbey of Montserrat, all of which offer powerful, immersive trips back in Spanish history.
But we've only just scratched the surface of Spanish art! Whether it's the Phoenician art of Cadiz and Malaga, the Roman art of Madrid and Seville, the Moorish art of Granada, or the fiercely Catalan art of Barcelona, Spain is quite literally painted with the stories of its peoples. As recently as the 20th century, Spain was at the very bleeding edge of the forefront of modern art, producing game-changing individualists like the immortal Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.
We may be burying the lede, however. Remember those sun-kissed beaches we mentioned? Spain has them in abundance! With nearly 5,000 kilometers of coastline, chances are there's a beach (and a charming beach town) to perfectly suit your particular tastes. Spain is also blessed with plenty of sun, enjoying hot summers and very mild winters. So pack your sunscreen and your beach towel, and make sure you know how to ask for sunglasses in Spanish!