TOP 7 things to do in Spain in 2022 (part 1)
1. Run away from the bulls during the fiesta in Pamplona
If you are over the age of 18, you can take part in the ensierro, a traditional Spanish competition in which you must run away from angry bulls released from a corral. The task is to escape from six bulls, covering a distance of 875 meters. Usually, such a race takes 2-3 minutes. The unpleasant fact is that some of the participants are seriously injured during this supposedly entertaining event, so I recommend that you participate in this performance as a spectator.
2. Go snowboarding in Andalusia
Do you believe that Spain and snow are incompatible? Hmm, ... nope! Snowboard and ski lovers should go to the Sierra Nevada ski resorts. Incredible landscapes, snow-capped mountains, bright sunshine, plenty of entertainment, and, of course, various difficulty levels of tracks. What else is there to wish? And if you become bored of the snow, put your skis back and get your swimwear because the warm beaches of the Costa del Sol are only a few hours away by car.
3. Go to a football match
Even if you are not a big football fan, not going to football in Spain is like not trying pizza in Italy. It is not for nothing that the Spaniards occupy an honourable third place in the world in terms of football match attendance. So, be sure to find yourself among tens of thousands of excited supporters who create an indescribable atmosphere of a football holiday in a roaring stadium. You'll be swept up in a wave of emotions!!
4. Pay tribute to the Spanish bullfight
Bullfighting is considered a symbol of the Spanish national character. Unfortunately, bullfighting is steadily fading from Spain's culture since it is on the edge of being outlawed, so you should act fast because it may be gone entirely in a few years. If you're lucky, you might be able to approach the matador before the fight and pat him on the shoulder, wishing him good luck. Yes, bullfighting is more than a spectacle; it is an explosion of intense emotions that matadors have learned to overcome masterfully.
5. Ride the highest and fastest roller coaster in Europe
Children can feel grown-up and bold at Port Aventura, Spain's largest amusement park, while adults can relive their childhood.
However, consider twice whether you can survive a fall from over 80 meters at a speed of 140 kilometres per hour on the Shambhala slide. If you're not sure if this is for you, take a train ride around the park - it's not too stressful, and you'll have a great time :)
6. Walk Don Quixote's path
I'm sure you're familiar with Cervantes' famous character, who traveled the world and fought windmills? I recommend that you follow in the footsteps of the smart Hidalgo and take the same route based on his inspired eccentric's book adventures. Incredible mountain routes, historic Romanesque architecture sites, enigmatic castle ruins, national park landscapes, and cosy small towns of the Castile-La Mancha autonomous province await you.
7. Taste traditional Spanish cuisine
Spain is a real foodie's paradise. Each of the nearly 50 country regions is famous for its unique gastronomic delights, which are just impossible not to taste: jamon, gazpacho, paella, puchero, changurro, and so on. All this is incredibly delicious! And I will give you one piece of personal advice: if you're looking for a snack, go to places that are popular with locals - this is usually a good sign of quality.