Your visit to Spain cannot be complete unless you explore the unique things to do in Spain and do those things! Wondering what they might be? Don’t bother! We have a list ready for you! So, plunge in!
Top 14 UNIQUE Things to Do in Spain
1. Underwater Sculpture Park
If snorkeling or scuba diving is your thing (and even if it is not), take a dip in the water to reach the Molinere Beauséjour Marine Protected Area where you can find the unique underwater sculpture park.
Located in Granada, it is the world’s first underwater sculpture park created by sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. Submerged 3 to 5 meters underwater off the West Coast of Granada, the 75 sculptures are bolted with the seafloor and are made of steel and concrete.
Though the park was created only in 2006, the current state of the sculpture will fool you into believing that they have been there since antiquity!
2. Walk the World’s Scariest Pathway
How about walking the world’s scariest pathway? It is not meant for the faint-hearted; of course, you need to be an adrenaline junkie to traverse the famous Caminito del Rey that has claimed five lives in 1999 and 2000.
Built-in 1905, this scary footbridge hangs by a cliff at the height of 100 meters above the deadly gorge down below! While you may be thinking ‘what’s the big deal,’ think again! It is only a meter wide, and looking down can give you a scare that leads to acrophobia!
3. Enjoy a Drink in the Only Ice Bar on the Beach
Located at El Somorrostro beach and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea’s calm waters, the famous Icebarcelona is something straight out a fairy tale.
It is a bar, the interiors of which are made entirely of ice. It doesn’t matter if the temperature outside is enough to melt rocks. The interior of the Icebarcelona maintains an ambient temperature of -2 to -10 degrees Celsius.
You cannot miss a drink in this ice bar and if you miss, consider repacking your bags and travel back to Spain! You really cannot miss this!
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4. Skate Park Church
A church that is now a skate park – this is difficult to digest, but yes, it exists! The Skate Park Church located in northern Spain’s Santa Barbara, Llanera.
The church was a century-old façade, crumbling down gradually. It was then restored with community fundraising and Red Bull sponsorship. It is now a skate park and has its interiors decorated with some stunning graffiti work by Okuda San Miguel.
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5. Get Pelted with Tomatoes At La Tomatina
One of Spain’s most popular and most unusual festival is La Tomatina. Celebrated in Bunol every year, where a feast on Paella marks the beginning of the party.
What follows is sheer madness with thousands of people pelting tomatoes at each other! The streets red turn with blood – tomato blood! Juice, we mean! It is crazy and fun, to say the least!
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6. Attend the Festival of the Near-Death Experience
If attending La Tomatina wasn’t crazy enough for you, head for the Near-Death Experience festival in Galicia’s Las Nieves town. It is a festival where the locals celebrate those who experienced a near-death experience the previous year.
It is a yearly festival in which those who experienced it are carried in coffins (while they play dead) up to hilltop cemetery with an intermediate stop at Santa Marta de Ribarteme Church.
Did we mention that the town has some long-lasting ties with paganism and witchcraft?
7. Watch Sculptures Burn at Las Fallas, Valencia
Be at Valencia from March 15 to March 19 to witness the Las Fallas festival. While there is much to say, we will skip beating around the bush. Be there to witness the burning of huge sculptures on the final day of the festival. These sculptures can be as tall as 20 feet!
The even starts with the burning of small sculptures of children at around 10 PM, and then the final ones are set ablaze at around 1 AM, marking what is known as the La Cremà.
It is one of those unique things to do in Spain that you surely do not want to miss!
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8. Leave Spain By Zip-Line
Want to experience something thrilling? How about taking a zip-line and crossing over to Portugal without showing any passport? Even better, when you land in Portugal, you will move forward because of the time difference between the two nations!
Yes, it is possible with Limite Zero that allows you to cross Spain and land in Portugal via a zip-line that will take about a minute.
During these 60 seconds, you will cross over the Guadiana River, witnessing some mesmerizing scenic beauty!
9. Go Whale Watching and Bath on the Black Sand
Head for Tenerife – the volcanic island and experience the dark beauty of the glittering black sands that sweep across the beaches.
This unique island, with its Caribbean-African vibe, will intoxicate you with much more than just black sands! The mysterious pyramids, the formidable mountains, and albeit the majestic whales that will come to say hello now and then!
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10. Sip Gin in the Balearics
Menorca and gin! Quite unbelievable, but yes, Menorca has a history with gin that first arrived with sailor-type British occupation. What the locals did was to take that drink and made their improvements.
So, you have every reason to sip gin in the Balearics! The Xoriguer distillery in Mahon overlooking the harbor has quite some gin collection, and you taste right amid the swollen bronze equipment and juniper berry baskets!
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11. Charter a Boat and Sail Around Spain
If the sailor inside your is bothering you, go ahead and charter a boat and sail around Spain. The country’s coastlines are beautiful! The Nautal boat rental company is an excellent place to start. They can help you plan a route, stuff your boat with all essential supplies, hand over a captain who knows stuff, and off you go!
There is so much to explore! Menorca, Majorca, Mallorca, Ibiza – these Balearic Islands are simply breathtaking. Relax on the sea or visit a hidden island that you can keep mostly to yourself – the experience is purely magical.
The sailor in you will be satiated!
12. Tilt at Don Quixote Windmills
Did you read the Don Quixote novel written by Miguel de Cervantes? The windmills featured in there are real, and all you need to do is to visit La Mancha to catch a glimpse of those age-old windmills that still stand there.
Most likely, just like the protagonist, you may, too, confuse those windmills as giants when you take a road trip across the picturesque countryside. It is something you cannot, and you should not miss it!
13. Visit Palacio de Cristal
Originally designed to work as a greenhouse of exotic plants, the Palacio de Cristal is today an exhibition house for art sponsored by Reina Sofia.
The Palacio de Cristal is all iron and glass, and why wouldn’t it be? After all, the purpose was to create a greenhouse effect.
This majestic façade stands at 72 feet at its highest and boasts a beautiful pond next to it where ducks and geese swim around unmindful of the humans. The surrounding park is serene, and you can just enjoy a nice picnic there!
14. Visit the Fountain of the Fallen Angel
One of the most unusual things to do in Spain and one of its points of interest is to visit the statue, which is a public tribute to Satan. Fuente del Ángel Caído (or the fountain of the fallen angel) in the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid is unusual because it is the only public tribute to Satan you can find anywhere in the world.
If you want to add a whole new angle to this public satanic tribute, you should know that the Fuente del Ángel Caído stands at 666 meters above the sea level. Notice the number 666.
The whole environment can become dramatic when you try to click a picture with your camera, and the clouds in the background just add to the drama of the statue. Don’t be surprised if your camera suddenly fails! After all, it is satanic!
So, what do you think about this list of unusual things to do in Spain? Do you think we should be adding something else? If you have a few more in mind, share it with us through the comments section.