Cool and Unusual Things to Do in Spain

I love Spain, and I always gladly go back. This country is more than just the sangria and Barcelona (although both combined are a recipe for a pretty good time).

If you’ve never been there, but you are seriously thinking of visiting it this year, I will gladly help you by pointing out a few unusual things to do.

I know that the usual touristy places cannot be missed, but are you up for something not so mainstream?

Here we go my list of cool and unusual things to do in Spain. Whatever place you pick, I suggest you to book a tour; I hired Barcelona private tour and had the most laid-back holiday ever.

 

  1. The Holy Grail in Valencia – You don’t have to be religious, only curious to see what is believed to be the Holy Grail itself. For this, you will have to go to Valencia (one of the most beautiful Spanish cities). Many historians believe it to be the real deal (the chalice belonged to the Spanish queen Urraca, and is believed that was made sometime between 200BC and 100AD).
  2. The Spanish Desert – Spain is the only European country that has a desert. Desierto de Tabernas looks pretty cool, and many cult films were shot there (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly). Don’t be surprised to see movie sets (towns from the mid-west mainly). Besides that, here you can see rare desert plants and animals, and of course, seek refreshment in some of the restaurants.
  3. The Starmus Festival– If you like gazing at the stars and hang out with astronomers, scientists, and physicists, then don’t miss this festival that is held on the Canary Islands. The tickets are a bit pricey, but there is some reasonable discount if you are a student.
  4. Witch Museum (Museo de Brujas)– As intriguing as its name, this museum is located in Zugarramurdi, the town that Spanish people connect with witches and witchcraft. The legend says that there was a local girl i that was able to fly. One of the biggest witch trials were held in Zugarramurdi (over 7000 people, mostly women, were accused of witchcraft). Here you can see the documents of these trials, some creepy floating mannequins and of course lots of things related to herbs (what’s witchcraft without herbs, right).
  5. El Caminito del Rey– If you’re an adrenalin junkie, then this will give you all the thrills you’re seeking. The King’s Little Pathway was built in 1901 and is practically glued on the steep canyon walls.About two decades after this pathway was built, King Alfonso XIII crossed it (it was on the day of the opening of a new dam). But the pathway didn’t last long and started despairing.  It’s literally like being in a dangerous video game where you have to oversee your step. It’s considered the most dangerous pathway (and yes, people died here, which resulted in its closing back in the late 90s.
  6. Dine in El Diablo Restaurant– Who’d think that building a restaurant at the top of a volcanic opening will attract so many gastronomes? The food is cooked with natural, volcanic energy (you can even see the lava bubbles through the grill). The landscape will make you feel as if you aren’t on Earth anymore, so it’s worth it going all the way to Lanzarote Island just for this.

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About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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