3 Things to Do in Spain

shutterstock_81087130.downloadIt is never been easy to write only the top three things to do in a particular country; it would be quite difficult if it is one of the Europe’s most charming and exotic nations. Spain is famed for its football clubs (Real Madrid, Barcelona FC named after its two major cities), its bullfighting (sport?), its Flamenco dance, its food and its architecture etc.

So when you’re in Spain as a tourist to get rid of daily routine, the three top things you can and must do are given below (in no particular order, however):

* See a bullfight. The jury is still out on whether bullfighting is a blood sport and should be banned or since it is a traditional (and some would say integral) part of Spain’s culture, it should be continued. Like bullfighting or not however, seeing a bullfight remains a ‘must do’ for the traveller to Spain. Bullfighting has been restricted to some cities in Spain with Barcelona having banned it effectively from 1st January 2012. However, there is still an option to watch a non-violent bullfight in Barcelona (as opposed to the usual bullfight where the bull is at the receiving end and meets a violent and cruel death).

While it is widely believed that bullfights are best seen in the villages of Andalusia and Costa Blanca in Spain, the fact is that Madrid offers options for seeing bullfighting at its sporty best. The bullfighting season in Madrid commences in late May and continues till end October during which bullfights are held every Sunday evening. However, during the Festival of San Isidro from 24th May to mid-June, bullfights are held daily in Madrid. Its most famous bullring is named Las Ventas and most of the bullfights are held here. To be on safe side it is better to book tickets in advance for the fight during the festival period.

* See the Flamenco dance. Other than the bullfighting, it is safe to say that Spain’s most glamorous feature would be the Flamenco dance. This is a traditional dance form arising out of gypsy origins and is a particularly energetic dance which includes gaily coloured costumes of the dancers, guitar music and hand-clapping as integral parts. Ideally the Flamenco dance can be best viewed at a gypsy wedding. However, since that may not be possible always, the next best option is to see it in Seville or Madrid. Since there is a large choice of venues to see Flamenco in Sevelle, one can see it in either a formal setting (known as ‘Tablaos’) or in a slightly more informal and relaxed setting in a Flamenco bar. Tickets for such shows can easily be booked online.

* It is a toss-up as to whether sampling the food or seeing the architecture should be the third ‘must do’ in Spain. So I will go with the former and suggest that when in Spain one must ‘go for tapas’. Again it is not the quantity of food that one eats but rather how one eats it. In other words tapas is not a type of food but a way of eating food. It is food to be savoured with each drink, at different bars. So, the more number of bars sampled, the more the food is eaten. The term tapas has a variety of meanings attributed to it but the most commonly accepted is that tapas is a small portion of any food served with your drink. Therefore, going for tapas would involve visiting a number of bars and sampling the small portions of food served with the drinks there.

For any queries related to airlines contact easyjet before you fly Spain. Enjoy your stay in Spain.

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