In Granada, you'll be visiting the Alhambra no matter what. This palace and fortress of the Moorish kings is not to be missed. When you want to admire it from afar, the popular Mirador de San Nicolás is just opposite, in the hilly Albaicín neighbourhood. The lookout point is in a large square, with as many visitors filling it up to enjoy the view as buskers and vendors. If you prefer more tranquil environs, head back down (or stop on your way up) to the Mirador de Los Carvajales in Placeta Carvajales. Or have a drink or bite to eat at El Huerto de Juan Ranas, where sunset affords you a stellar vista of the Alhambra turning from its daytime red to its nighttime silhouette ablaze in lights. The spot may be pricey, but you're paying for that view!
With 50 provinces, 17 autonomous regions, and at least 5 languages, Spain is more diverse than you might think—that's why our list of best things to do in Spain is so varied (and wild, and fun). The north is green with Celtic-like weather, the south and east are where you'll find long stretches of sandy and rocky coastline, and don't forget all the Pyrenees have to offer. If you plan it right, you can ski and surf in the same day. From Galicia to Catalonia, the Basque Country to Andalusia, the Canaries to the Balearics, you'll meet people who love a party, with local festivals nearly every day of the year. Eating and drinking play a big part in Spanish life, and each region is proud of its own culinary specialities and local drinks concoctions. Though many dishes are based on traditional peasant food, the country boasts high innovation in gastronomy. Spain is full of essential architectural and natural wonders to visit, has an eye on fashion, is home to fantastic hotels and moves to the beat of some of the best music festivals in the world. You might start out in Valencia, Madrid or Barcelona, but make sure to take the time to discover that Spain is so much more.
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