When most people think of a Spanish Holiday, they may conjure images of all-inclusive resorts by the beach, family-friendly holidays, or Barcelona’s world famous architecture. While these are all great options, Spain can offer so much more to the intrepid traveller.
Unusual Spanish Holiday Destinations
If you’re in search of an unforgettable holiday, consider booking a cruise with the likes of Planet cruise to see everything Spain has to offer. But, to truly submerse yourself in Spain’s culture and unique experiences, make sure to stop off at one of the country’s more unusual destinations.
This tiny Spanish village is home to the Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme, or the Festival of Near Death Experiences. It may sound an altogether morbid affair but this bizarre festival is a celebration. An annual festival that takes place on 29th July, those who have had near-death experiences lay in coffins and are carried on a procession to a church, where their loved ones attend mass and offer thanks to Saint Martha. A Spanish holiday in Northern Spain in Pontevedra is certainly a less usual option and there is plenty to be discovered in this lush region of Spain.
Desierto de Tabernas
Spain offers another truly unique experience in the form of Tabernas Desert, Europe’s only desert. When you visit this arid environment, you may feel like you’ve been dropped into the Nevada Desert and you would be partly right. This desert has been used in Hollywood Westerns, like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, as well as cinematic blockbusters such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Situated in Almeria, you can visit the film sets at Fort Bravo that were used on screen.
Sanlúcar de Guadiana
This Spanish town sits along the banks of the Guadiana River, which forms the border between Spain and Portugal. As such, this is an unusual place to visit, as you have the opportunity to explore two countries from one location, with the Spanish city of Huelva as well as nearby Faro in the Algarve.
Or, if you’re the kind of traveller who enjoys an adrenaline fuelled adventure, then look no further than Sanlúcar de Guadiana’s zip wire that allows you to fly over the border.
Las Maravillas Grotto
Located in the village of Aracena, Las Maravillas Grotto is a giant cave, a natural attraction that has been open to the public for just over 100 years. Measuring more than 2000 meters, this beautifully-lit underground treasure looks like something from a fairytale, featuring dramatic rock formations and turquoise waters. What makes this experience even more surreal is resurfacing to find quaint Spanish streets and whitewashed homes.
Although many flock to enjoy a Spanish holiday in Madrid, Malaga or the Canary Islands, Spain also offers a unique experience for those in search of something more.