10 quirkiest travel experiences in Spain
Looking for some inspiration for a truly memorable holiday? Take your pick of these unusual, wonderful and unique travel experiences in Spain.
Looking to explore the most unusual and unique travel experiences in Spain? Use your travels to go beyond the obvious and discover some of Spain’s most deliciously weird and wonderful sights.
Aside from the beautiful beaches, lip-smacking cuisine and bottomless sangrias that Spain is renowned for, there are plenty of quirky things to do and exclusive places to see.
Check out our round up of 10 unique travel experiences in Spain…
Walk the world’s scariest pathway
If you’re searching for one of Spain’s most wonderful attractions, then El Caminito del Rey is certainly up there as one of the most exciting adventures to embark on.Often referred to as the ‘world’s scariest pathway’, the one-metre-wide Caminito del Rey runs 100 metres above the Gaitanes Gorge, where the narrow path pretty much hangs off the sheer, vertical rock faces. If you’re looking for a quick adrenaline fix, then certainly give this one a go and admire the astonishing scenery around you.
Join the squash at La Tomatina
Fancy being a part of the world’s biggest food fight? On the last Wednesday of August every year, thousands of people make their way from all corners of the world to the Valencian town of Buñol to experience ‘La Tomatina’. One of the most fun and bizarre festivals in the world, La Tomatina sees people gather in their masses to hurl 120 tonnes of tomatoes at each other in the streets.
If you’re ready to get down and dirty and brave the crowds, then this is one of those things you must experience in your lifetime. This year, La Tomatina falls on 29 August 2018, so stick on an outfit you don’t care about, pelt some tomatoes at strangers and enjoy one of Spain’s most hilarious experiences.
Discover the eerie Coffin Festival
Every year on July 29, the residents of the small Galician village of Las Nieves come together for the Coffin Festival, celebrating the locals who have had a near-death experience in the past year. Also known as ‘La Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme’, this peculiar celebration involves those who survived to tell their tale while being carried around the village in tombs, and then up the hill to the cemetery.
With a spectacle of fireworks and music adding a little light-heartedness to the affair, this is undoubtedly one of the most unusual things to do in Spain.
Chill at the Ice bar on the beach
If you’re looking for cool things to do in Spain, then head to the beach of El Somorrostro in Barcelona, where you can visit the only beach ice bar in the world - Icebarcelona. Escape the scorching city heat and step into the -5ºC (20ºF) temperatures, where you can chill out in an ice bar that overlooks the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The average visit lasts 45 minutes and includes a jacket, gloves and a cocktail, which comes served in a glass sculpted from ice, of course.
Suitable for all ages, this original experience allows you to relax, enjoy a refreshing drink and admire the elaborate ice sculptures around you.
Sleep in a gypsy cave
If you have a taste for unique experiences, then the Sacromonte district perched in the hills above Granada might be the right spot for you. The Sacromonte is famous for its gypsy caves, where tourists flock over from all around the world to learn about their unique cultures and history.
Spending the night in one of the cave homes buried in the hills is an educational and quirky travel experience that cultural enthusiasts will love.
Party in the world’s biggest nightclub
If you’re a passionate party-goer, one of the most amazing experiences in Spain is heading to the largest venue to party on Earth - Privilege. It comes as no surprise that Ibiza, the ‘island that never sleeps’, is home to the world’s biggest nightclub, with a whopping capacity of 10,000 people.
Renowned for its spectacular burlesque parties, explosive atmosphere, acrobatic shows, and incredible resident and guest DJ’s, a trip to Privilege is well worth a visit.
Eat food cooked over an active volcano
Nestled amidst the apocalyptic landscapes of Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, the chefs at El Diablo Restaurante use heat generated by an active volcano to cook their food. Here, you’ll discover the ultimate BBQ experience: the chefs searing meats and fish on a scorching hot grill powered by the geothermal heat of the volcano, whilst you revel in the breath-taking volcanic landscapes that surround you.
Visit the world’s first ‘Lost’ themed bar
Located in the Sant Marti district of Barcelona lies Bharma, an incredibly unique themed bar, inspired by the American TV series ‘Lost’. Fans of the show will, of course, be in their absolute element when visiting the bar, but it’s also a great spot for anyone to come and enjoy a drink or a bite to eat.Sip on Bharma brew beers and explore the Lost memorabilia dotted around the venue. This one-of-a-kind experience is a must in Barcelona, particularly if you’re a ‘Lost’ fanatic.
Dive in an underwater gallery
Spain is renowned for its world-famous galleries and museums, but it’s time to go beyond the obvious for a truly unique experience at the Museo Atlantico in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. Scuba dive into the huge artificial reef and admire the cement sculptures that sit on the sand beneath the waters.
As Europe’s only underwater sculpture museum, this is a gallery experience like no other, so dive in and explore the mesmerising artworks. Zip from Spain to Portugal
One of Spain’s most hidden and unique gems is the LimiteZero zip line, allowing you to travel from Spain to Portugal – and hence travel back an hour in time. This is the world’s first international zip line, spanning two countries, starting in the small village of Sanlúcar de Guadiana in Huelva and running across the Guadiana river to arrive in the Portuguese village of Alcoutim.
Travel 720 metres with speeds of around 80 kilometres an hour and explore the scenic route around you. Once you’re back on land in Portugal, simply hop on a boat back across the river to Spain.
Book your stay in the stunning Barceló Santiago in Tenerife, Canary Islands and admire the stunning cliffs and beach views this summer…