Spain's Directorate General of Traffic plans to introduce breathalyser tests for pedestrians, in a bid to equal responsibilities between pedestrians and drivers. If you're planning to get wasted on your trip to Spain this summer, please beware.
As a phenomenally popular backpacking destination, Spanish authorities sure do come up with some rather weird policies to keep their nation safe. We're not too sure if this proposal will indeed see the light of day, but it definitely won't dissuade tourists from visiting this beautiful, beautiful nation. Don't believe us? Here's a glimpse of what to expect when you're in Spain.
Oh, Barca! The city of Gaudí, Picasso, Miro, and Dalí―need we say more? Methinks not. Barcelona is Spain's crowning glory, with its unique architecture, which believe it or not, makes you feel like you're lost in Oz. But hey, there's no complaining about it when there is so much to see and do in this city for every kind of person. For the history enthusiast, there's the Plaza de España, the Sagrada Familia, and several other historical and architectural wonders.
Foodies will be spoiled for choice with a long list of chic restaurants, as well as budget, roadside carts (which serve the yummiest churros). Shopping addicts will enjoy a stroll down La Rambla, whereas football fans will make a beeline to see L'Estadi Camp Nou, the revered home of Futbol Club Barcelona. See, we weren't lying when we said you'd be 'spoiled for choice' here in Barcelona.
While Barcelona has the best Catalan experience on offer, the Spanish capital, Madrid is no less of a gem. Located in the center of the nation, this city has everything you'd expect from a European capital―a bit of history, some fabulous architecture, wonderful museums, amazing shopping arenas, and of course, a rocking nightlife.
Valencia offers an interesting mix of the old and new in terms of sightseeing, which is a complete delight to all our senses. So, on one hand you have the Plaza del Mercado―home to the Lonja, the Iglesia de los Santos Juanes, and the Mercado Central, which are sterling examples of Gothic civil architecture in Europe. And then you have the ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences complex, which would lead you to question whether you're indeed in the same city.
Bilbao's Museo Guggenheim is incentive enough for the artsy lot to flock to the city―and flock they certainly do. But let's say you're not into the arts―you need to visit Bilbao regardless. It's a charming city with friendly locals, an interesting, strife-filled history, and a great place to be in, overall.
Cordoba is one city which offers the best cultural mishmash in all of Spain. Tourists from all over the world come here to see the magnificent Mezquita, with its beautifully-designed arches. The city is host to major fiestas during the spring, from April to June, which is a great time to be here.
Malaga is as beautiful as a Mediterranean port can ever be, and you need to see it for yourself. The 11th-century Gibralfaro castle offers panoramic views of the city and provides terrific potential for all you Instagram addicts out there. Art enthusiasts will know Malaga as the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and that the Casa Natal de Picasso, the museum dedicated to the famed artist is a major attraction here.
Stretching north to the French border, the Costa Brava, or 'rugged coast', is by far the prettiest seaside region of Spain. The region has some top-class restaurants, spectacular views, and some of Spain's best diving sites for all those who wish to explore the Mediterranean Sea. Fans and admirers of the eccentric surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí will want to head over to Girona to visit the Teatre-Museu.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are renowned for their luxurious seafront resorts, but the charm of these islands does not end here. Tenerife is the largest and most populous of the seven Canary Islands, and is always buzzing with activity every summer. From tropical gardens and historic architectural sites, to theme parks, championship golf courses, rural hamlets, and some amazing hiking trails crossing volcanoes, you'll definitely find your calling here.