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Spain is a country unlike any other, with a distinct culture that many visitors wish to experience for themselves. From afternoon siestas to evening tapas and flamenco performances, Spain is one country that knows how to do food and entertainment well.
In each corner of the country and even off the coastline, Spain introduces new elements. You’ll find contrasts between the Mediterranean beaches on the Balearic Islands, Islamic architecture in the south, Gaudi art in Barcelona and futuristic buildings in Valencia.
Don’t make your trip to Spain too short because you’ll want to stay for a lot longer after reading about these must-visit destinations in Spain.
Barcelona, the capital of the Catalonia region, has made a name for itself as one of the top destinations in Europe. This lively city is dotted with works of art by Antoni Gaudí and a walk around town is a walk through the city’s history, from its Roman architecture to its gothic quarter. Make sure you save some time to enjoy the food as Barcelona commands a world-renowned dining and drinking scene. This seaside city is full of colour, culture and delicious treats that will make you understand why residents are so proud to call this city home.
Spain’s central capital is not to be missed. Here, past royals praised both local and foreign artists and today some of their works of art sit in world-class museums. The food scene is unbeatable, with modern and traditional culinary delights married together to create delicious plates that are enjoyed under centuries-old ceilings. The architecture here may not compare to cities such as Barcelona and Rome, but each building is a work of art and nothing is to be passed by. Lastly, the nightlife is legendary with numerous bars, clubs and fine dining options keeping people up until the early hours of the morning.
Seville, the capital of Spain’s Andalusia region, is where magic happens on the street as the city comes alive. Beside the gothic churches and in the medieval lanes, locals enjoy tapas while taking in the Moorish history surrounding them. The centuries-old tradition of flamenco dancing is kept alive in this city, but the new is embraced just as strongly as the old.
Nestled at the bottom of the Sierra Mountains, Granada draws visitors in with the majestic allure of the Alhambra. This southern city holds onto its Spanish Moor legacy which is displayed through the Islamic architecture, and also through the Arab influence that is prominent in the food. If you stop in this gritty city, you’ll experience a completely different feel compared to the north. Tapas and flamenco bars are still present among the street art, manicured gardens and street food. For foodies, tapas here adheres to a traditional format where each caña beer order comes with a complimentary tapas and the more you order, the higher the quality of tapas provided.
Valencia showcases the more modern side of Spain and is situated along the south-east coast. It’s filled with futuristic buildings and plentiful dining options, and lives up to its name of the City of Arts and Sciences with its many museums. Beaches can be found along the shores of the Mediterranean and in the Albufera Park. This contemporary city lives in Barcelona and Madrid’s shadows, but a visit here shows you the city’s excellent nightlife, dining and of course architecture.
Bilbao was once an industrial port city but now the capital of Basque Country thrives with visitors coming to see the famous Guggenheim Museum and its unique architecture. The museum is home to contemporary works of art and the centre of the city is filled with skyscrapers. Step outside of the centre and you’ll be greeted by rolling green hills and a stunning coastline. Not to mention the city is packed with Michelin star restaurants displaying the delicious Basque cuisine at pintxos bars.
The Canary Islands is home to dramatic landscapes, from black and white sand beaches to lush forests and even volcanoes and sand dunes. This Spanish archipelago includes Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote and offers visitors warm temperatures year round and enough activities to entertain any type of traveller. Relax on the beaches, explore the mountains, waterfalls and lava fields, or spend time in the water windsurfing or surfing. Perhaps art and architecture are more your thing – the Canary Islands has that too! There is plenty to explore beyond the beach resorts.
Toledo is one of Spain’s most unique cities, sitting dramatically atop a hill overlooking the Río Tajo. In the Middle ages, Toledo was known as “the city of three cultures” where Christians, Muslims and Jews lived in harmony. It’s because of this that today one of the main draws of this city is the combination of mosques, synagogues and Gothic cathedrals in the old walled city. Toledo is most popular for day trips but if you choose to stay a night, you’ll be treated to more stunning architecture and art, and you’ll be able to experience Toledo’s true liveliness.
Córdoba is a charming city that deserves more time than most visitors allow. This once flourishing city was the most cultured in Europe when it was the capital of Islamic Spain in the Middle Ages. Today the major draw is one building alone and that’s the Mezquita, one of the world’s most magnificent Islamic buildings. Córdoba is much more than the Mezquita though and all it takes is wandering through the city’s charming stone-paved streets and lanes to find beautiful and picturesque restaurants, bars and more.
The Balearic Islands is pure Mediterranean bliss where visitors come to take their holidays from around the world and experience the picturesque beauty. The largest island, Mallorca, has all of the Mediterranean flavour that you could hope for, has some of the top coastal views in Europe and has natural landscapes for active travellers. Ibiza, one of the most popular islands, is most known for its nightlife with top clubs and world famous DJs spinning tracks. But step away from the party and the quiet side of the island will reveal yoga retreats, quaint villages and sandy coves. Menorca and Formentera are the other two islands that make up this archipelago.
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