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8 reasons why Spain is the place to be in 2019

10 May 2019 08:28

Explore Cordoba's colourful patios

Explore Cordoba's colourful patios

If you're trying to decide on the perfect last-minute holiday destination, why not head to Spain? With a whole host of excellent events coming up, we take a look at why Spain is the place to be right now.

1. Final showdown

The two best football teams on the continent will go head-to-head in Madrid in a bid to be crowned champions of Europe. The final of Europe's premier club football competition rotates host cities every year, and this year it's the turn of Madrid, and the newly renovated Wanda Metropolitano stadium to the east of the city. Neither Madrid team are in line to triumph in their home city, but could Spanish champions Barcelona keep the trophy in Spain after Real Madrid's 2018 win?
1st June, Madrid

2. Viva la feria!

Experience the magic of Andalucía with a visit to Seville's captivating Feria de Abril, a true celebration of music, food and, of course, sevillanas dancing! The lively feria usually takes place in April (hence the name), but due to a late Easter the 2019 festival takes place in early May and it's definitely not something you'll want to miss! Explore the fair's colourful casetas (small marquees) and eat, drink and dance until the sun comes up!
4th – 11th May, Seville

3. Tuck into San Isidro

Get to know the real Madrid by heading to the Spanish capital on the Feast of San Isidro, and see the streets of the capital come alive with madrileños enjoying themselves. Celebrations take place across the city, from music festivals to religious ceremonies and everything in between. And it wouldn't be a feast without some great food options to try – don't miss out on popular sweet treats barquillos and rosquillas.
11th – 15th May, Madrid

4. Hit top gear

See the world's fastest cars engage in some epic, wheel-to-wheel racing at Barcelona's popular Formula 1 Grand Prix. From practice sessions to the race itself, there's plenty of options for fans to see their motoring heroes. Local favourite Fernando Alonso may have hung up his driving gloves, but Spanish fans can still cheer on Carlos Sainz Jr, who'll be hoping to take the chequered flag on home soil.
10th – 12th May, Barcelona

5. Life on the patio

There's something undeniably Spanish about courtyard patios, and every year the Andalusian city of Cordoba celebrates this with its week-long Patios Festival. Locals open up their vibrant, flower-filled patios to visitors, who can meander from patio to patio around the city's ancient centre. Away from the patios, visitors should make sure they visit the city's famous Mosque-Cathedral, a true architectural wonder dating from 784 AD.
6th – 19th May, Cordoba

6. Game, set, match

Step inside the Caja Magica (Magic Box) and watch as the best tennis players in the world go toe-to-toe on the clay of the Madrid Open, one of Europe's premier tennis tournaments. Spain's Rafael Nadal will be hoping to start his clay court season with a victory by adding to the six titles he's won in Madrid, although he'll face stiff competition from longstanding rivals, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
3rd – 14th May, Madrid

7. Snail's pace

Think snails are just for the French? Think again. In Catalonia, snails are considered just as much of a delicacy as they are north of the border in France. This love of all-things snail is celebrated in Lleida's Snail Festival. 200,000 snail lovers descend on the city every year, where festivities include music, dancing and, of course, eating lots and lots of snails dipped into the local aioli sauce.
20th – 22nd May, Lleida

8. Sol, sol, sol

There are plenty of reasons why Spain welcomed 75 million visitors in 2016 alone, but one of the main things that keeps people coming back is the country's excellent weather. Whether you're hitting the sweeping beaches of the Costa del Sol, the towering mountains of the Picos de Europa, or simply sitting in a plaza and enjoying a coffee or beer with friends, Spain is the ideal place to soak up the sun.

If you're heading to Spain, don't forget travel insurance

Before you get ready to siesta and fiesta, make sure you get the right cover for you. At World First we offer great-value travel insurance for Spain that'll give you peace of mind from playa to parque.