January 14, 2019
Tourists who’ve chosen to travel to Spain during their vacations will not be disappointed with the widest range of adventures this country can offer. But the three main things that come to your mind when you hear Spain are probably flamenco, bull-fighting and bull-running. All of them could be called dances, be it a dance to the music or to your panting heart’s rhythm, the languishing and fascinating movements will stick into your memory forever…
Bull-fighting is a tradition that is more than 1200 years old. Originally a kind of entertainment for the aristocracy, bull-fighting threaded its way through history first amusing common people and later becoming an elite sport favored by the president and observed by over a million of onlookers every year. Join the crowd of locals and foreigners for bull-fighting shows and come to the stadium to see the combat between a stately and strong beast and the brave matador. Bull-fighting is a sight not to be missed, and be sure the faena will charm you with its dramatic character and enchanting beauty of muletas swinging, espadas sparkling in the sun and thousands of white handkerchiefs waving in sign of encouragement.
Another adrenalin-surging adventure in Spain is bull-running that takes place from the 7th to the 14th of July in Pamplona. Many daredevils travel to Spain for these seven days to take part in the popular tradition. As two rockets herald the start of the “race”, runners take to their heels for not to be impaled on the bulls’ horns. The gist of this adventure is to let the bulls come as close to you as possible and yet be able to avoid them attacking. This is a very dangerous play, so we’d advice you to avoid risking your life and rather watch it from outside than participate by yourself! You can refer to this Spain guide for more interesting and exciting ideas while in Spain.
The passion of Flamenco is another adventure Spain has to offer you. Whether it is in form of a song (cante), a dance (baile) or sole guitar improvisation, flamenco is the spice of the country you should taste. The folk art has been reflecting the joy and the grief of Spaniards for more than 200 years of its existence as it developed from the Gypsy and is now sophisticatedly interwoven with jazz and blues. True flamenco has some spirit, “duende”, present, which means that both the dancers and the musicians merge into a single ecstasy of art as the show goes on.
However, there’s much more in the country for those who travel Spain with an intention to go into active sports and than just indulging into cultural enrichment that sightseeings and attractions of Spain provide. Football is Spain’s favorite kind of sports and visiting a game of Real Madrid would be a great adventure for football fans! As there are so many mountains in Spain, the skiers will also find a lot to do at the numerous ski resorts of the Pyrenees, Granada and other regions. The surrounding waters of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean invite sportsmen to surf and sail, while Tour of Spain is one of the world’s most important events for cyclers. Riding your bike through the best places in Spain can become an unforgettable experience for everyone who sets off to travel Spain!