As the year is coming to an end, it’s time to look back and reflect on what we’ve covered here at WhyGoSpain. Although we aim to be an online Spain travel guide, we also like to inject some lively blog-style pieces and round-up lists to provide entertaining information for our readers. Thanks to you, our readers, we are quickly gaining pace and striving towards the new year with vigor. As a way to express our gratitude, here is a list of 10 articles that you enjoyed the most in 2010.
What to Eat in Spain: Famous Spanish Foods – Spain is home to an impressive number of Michelin restaurants, top-notch chefs and world-known dishes. Spanish food is more than just paella and sangria; its diversity knows no bounds. We’ve rounded up a list of the most famous dishes in Spain and where best to try them: from the holy grail of Spanish foods, Jamón Iberico de Bellota, to the exotic dish of callos (tripe stew). In short, this is a must-read for every culinary traveler
Top 6 Beaches in Spain – Turquoise beaches, golden bays and the hippest beach parties are some of the biggest draws of Spain. It’s easy to see why this article is one of our most popular pieces – travelers love the beaches in Spain. We’ve spoken to Spain fans and many locals to come up with this ranking comprising of a selection of distinctively different beaches (from city beaches to secluded, castaway island beaches). Take your pick and start dreaming about your summer escapades!
Photo Essay: Spain Celebrates its First World Cup Win – 2010 has been huge for Spain, as the national football team was crowned champion in the World Cup. The victory saw millions of people take to the streets in their emblematic colors, red and yellow, celebrating the event that altered history. I reported back with a photo essay of Spain celebrating its World Cup semi-final win on the streets of Granada and then an article of Madrid welcoming home the Spanish football team and the World Cup trophy.
2010′s Hottest Spanish Footballers – As football fans geared up for the World Cup craze, WhyGoSpain concocted our very own list of 2010’s hottest Spanish footballers: from the hunk of all hunks, Iker Casillas to the shy, charming Raul Gonzalez . 2010 has been a smashing year for sports fans in Spain so far, especially so in Spanish football, as the national team nabbed the World Cup trophy. I shamelessly admit I’m not a football fan, but who can shy away from images of these hot, hunky and talented football players?
Summer Music Festivals in Barcelona – Summer in Barcelona is jam-packed with music festivals and fans from all over the world. With the arrival of summer, Barcelona puts on its funkiest party gear, getting ready to embrace the heat with music. From punk rock to mainstream pop, there is an eclectic mix of music and an uninterrupted flow during this time of the year. To get you ready for next summer, this is a list of Barcelona’s summer music festivals from the biggest art and multimedia music festival, Sónar, to the traditional Festival de Flamenco.
La Tomatina: Spain’s Biggest Food Fight – Every year, on the fourth Wednesday of August, throngs of people crowd into the little town of Buñol in the Valencia region for a massive tomato fight. It’s a festival in honor the town’s patron saints. This article is a good vide overview of the La Tomatina festival, including the pole-climbing and the introduction of the tons of tomatoes by the truck that pulls into the main street. La Tomatina is also one of the wacky and unique festivals of Spain – be sure to read on to find out which other festivals are on the list.
6 Coolest Castles in Spain – Like many countries in Europe, Spain has its fair share of castles. You’ll be surprised to see how impressive and regal they are, despite not being as famous as the other European castles. Here is a list of the coolest castles in Spain worth making a special trip to see, worth writing home about, and worth even bit of the admission fee.
6 Best Roman Sites in Spain – While Spain’s neighbor, Italy, gets over-crowded with tourists especially during peak season, Spain has a plethora of Roman sites waiting to be explored and discovered. Spain was under Roman rule for about 700 years, so it’s not surprising that there are lots of notable Roman ruins in Spain to check out. This is a list of the 6 best-known and most interesting sights of Roman Spain.
Spain’s Greatest Artists – Art lovers the world over know that Spain is home to some of the greatest art museums on earth, as well as some of the most famous artists in history. This list of 5 of Spain’s greatest artists will give you’re a better picture of the greatest works they’ve done and how they’ve contributed to Spain’s art and cultural development. Understanding a bit about the artists of Spain will not only help you better appreciate their work when you see it in Spain’s art museums, but also help you see the country in a different light.
Festival of San Fermin: Running of the Bulls – The annual San Fermin Festival kicks off on the 6th July every year in the town of Iruña, Pamplona. It is most well-known for the Running of the Bulls – an event where revelers from all over the world run in front of a ferocious herd of bulls. The event attracts over 1,000,000 spectators each year, all vying to catch a glimpse of the action. Besides this attention-catching event, San Fermin is also celebrated with parades, such as the Gigantes y Cabezudos (giant-sized and giant-headed characters). This piece is an overview of Spain’s most talked-about festival, read more about it to find out about its history and tradition.