Spain is one of the best known destinations in Europe when it comes to a heading to a country that offers a balanced mix of sun, sand, sea, culture, food and history. Whatever you are looking for from your visit whether that be a beach holiday or a city break, Spain really does have it all.
If you are looking to catch some sun this summer head east off the mainland to the Balearic Islands where you’ll find the ever popular Mallorca and Menorca. You’ll also find Ibiza here but it’s not all about the super clubs through the summer season – the north coast of Ibiza is stunning and certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. If staying on the mainland of Spain then sticking to the north eastern region of Catalonia or the south eastern Valencia on the Balearic coast will give you plenty of great options with the likes of Barcelona, Valencia and Alicante all popular options. To the South of Spain you’ll find the region of Andalusia where you’ll discover the beauty of Marbella and Malaga with their combination of stretching beaches and harbours.
If city breaks are more your thing, Spain has many great options available to you. The capital city of Madrid in the heart of Spain is a popular choice however the top destination tends to be Barcelona on the east coast due to its great mix of beaches and historic architecture – a fantastic destination for any Gaudi enthusiasts. Beyond these you should also be considering the likes of Bilbao to the north and Seville, Malaga and Murcia to the south, all of which are great destinations for a few days away.
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THINGS TO DO IN SPAIN
Spain offers a huge amount of things to do for holidaymakers with everything from the stunning beaches of the Balearic Islands to the creative and artistic design of Gaudí’s Sagrada Família in Barcelona.
REGIONS OF SPAIN
Spain consists of 17 regions offering you everything from city breaks in the likes of Barcelona and Madrid to beach holdays in the Balearic and Canary Islands.
PLACES TO VISIT IN SPAIN
The 17 regions of Spain offer a huge amount to tourists with everything from beautiful sunny beaches and islands lining the Balearic Sea to historic cities to explore with Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona remaining favourite destinations.
Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia that is well known for the stunning art and architecture that is located throughout the city. The most popular attractions include Gaudí’s Sagrada Família cathedral, Park Güell and the 1.2km pedestrianised street, La Rambla, which offers modern shopping and cafes.
Madrid is the Capital City of Spain that is known for it’s well-manicured parks including the Buen Retiro, large boulevards and expansive collections of European art. During your stay you can visit the Prado Museum to see works by Velázquez and Goya and enjoy the architecture of the baroque Royal Palace. Perfect for a city break this year.
Seville is the Capital City of Andalusia that is famous for its lively and expressive flamenco dancing. Top attractions include the Train Neighbourhood, the Alcázar castle complex and Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. You can also visit the tomb of the famous explorer, Christopher Columbus, in the Gothic Seville Cathedral.
Valencia is a beautiful port city on the southeastern mediterranean coast that makes a great location for a city break. During your stay in the city you can explore the numerous surrounding beaches, the oceanarium, the planetarium or the Albufera Park which is a wetlands reserve offering nature and walking trails.
SPAIN TRAVEL GUIDES
Spain is a big country with a lot of culture and history to take in so be sure to do your research and plan your trip well in advance. With everything from places to eat and places to visit a travel guide is an essential piece of kit for your stay!
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The Capital City of Spain is Madrid, located in central mainland Spain.