Spain is famous for its beach holidays - and rightly so, with over 8,000 kilometres of coastline, Spain has a diversity of beaches from virgin dunes and rocky crystalline bays, to busy city beaches and iconic resorts.
Beaches aside, Spain has so much to offer the traveller and in this article, we invite you to get to know the many other sides to Spain. Explore its natural parks, mountains and historic cities too.
Whatever you enjoy doing on holiday, you’ll love doing it even more in super, stimulating Spain. We’ve put together some of the best places to visit in Spain and believe us when we say it was tough to whittle it down. There are so many fabulous cities, mountains, beach resorts and natural parks to see. Choose your next holiday in Spain and stay in our wonderful villas in Spain.
Sitting in the very centre of Spain, Madrid is at the hub of road and rail networks - perfect if you’re planning to explore other areas. It also has a busy international airport so plenty of flights for you to choose from.
Madrid is ideal for discovering grand palaces; old and new architecture; museums like treasure troves filled with Spain’s history; world-famous art galleries; and football, of course, with two major teams Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid to cheer on.
Must-see places in Madrid are:
Spain’s most romantic castle
While in Madrid, you may want to head 90 kilometres north to Segovia to see the dreamy, real-life castle which inspired Walt Disney. Take a look at the castle in the Disney film Snow White and compare it with the imposing Alcázar de Segovia.
If Madrid is elegant and grand, Barcelona is avant-garde and sassy. The Modernisme (modernism) style of art and architecture was born in Barcelona and can be seen in extraordinary buildings such as Gaudi’s Palau Guell, La Pedrera and the emblematic Sagrada Familia, possibly Europe’s most surreal church.
Barcelona is beautiful for strolling down La Rambla street, grabbing a bite to eat in the impressive Mercado de La Boqueria indoor market, and getting lost in the Gothic streets off La Rambla before heading to the beach at Barceloneta. Let’s not forget a trip to Camp Nou where the mighty FC Barcelona play or the Olympic Village where the 1992 Games were held.
Also in Catalonia, Costa Dorada and Tarragona offering cultural offering with fabulous beaches. Stay in our wonderful villas in Costa Dorada and discover
Valencia is full of gorgeous museums, galleries, palaces and fine beaches. Take a look at the Holy Grail in Valencia Cathedral; marvel at the gargoyles on the Gothic La Lonja building; buy local produce in the 350 or so stalls in the Mercado Central market housed in an Art Nouveau building; revel in art at the Museo De Bellas Artes; or wander along the Turia gardens to the modernistic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias - city of arts and sciences.
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Obviously, the best places to go in Spain if you want a relaxing time in the sun are the beaches. The Costa Brava and Costa Blanca have their charms but we’re highlighting the Costa del Sol as it has a fine choice of beach holidays from chic to bubbly and breezy.
Favourite Costa del Sol resorts are:
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Spanish culture, history and food are found in abundance in the birthplace of flamenco, Andalucía. Indeed, many of the best places to visit in Spain are found in Andalucía, where three cities share some of the greatest Moorish monuments, such as:
In Andalucía you will also find fabulous mountain ranges and skiing resorts such as those in the Sierra Nevada; sherry-producing vineyards around Jerez de la Frontera; deserts in Almeria; the Doñana wetlands; world-renowned historic white villages such as Ronda and Vejer de la Frontera; as well as the beautiful Costa del Sol beach resorts mentioned above.
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Northern Spain is a far cry from its more arid southern counterpart. The four regions in the north - Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia - are much greener with achingly-beautiful natural landscapes.
Top spots to visit include the Picos de Europa, forming part of the Cantabrian mountains; Zarautz in the Basque country for surfing; the food capital of San Sebastián; the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao; and the culmination of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.
We would highly recommend walking part of the Camino de Santiago or Way of St James to fully appreciate the beauty of northern Spain as you will be walking through green countryside, along the coast, through vineyards near La Rioja, charming villages, and through mountain ranges.
So, there you have Spain in a nutshell. Which destination will you choose for your next Spanish adventure?
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