Spain is the 4th largest country in Europe. It’s mainland boarders Portugal, France, Gibraltar and Andorra, with the Mediterranean sea on its south coast and the Bay of Biscay to its north.
These influences and those of the original settlers from 35,000 years ago have made its landscape and inhabited areas vast and diverse.
In this article, we describe the top 5 popular areas to visit.
If you are looking for a romantic getaway, this gorgeous, unspoiled Spanish coastline area is what you are looking for.
Long, sandy stretches turn to pretty little coves and back again, all along the coast, with lush vegetation, picturesque villages and hidden coves reachable only by boat.
Do you like your food? Catalonia, the area where you will find the Costa Brava, has the highest concentration of Michelin starred chefs in Spain.
Away from the coast and a little inland, you can find Figueres, where Salvador Dali was born and where you will find the Dali Theatre-Museum.
Madrid is located smack bang in the middle of the country, so you won’t find any of the beaches that Spain is known for here, but it is the perfect city for soaking up Spanish art and culture.
Madrid has over 70 museums! Including the famous Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia National Art Centre.
Throughout this city you have an abundance of cafes, restaurants and bars, including the oldest continuingly running restaurant in the world; Casa Bontin, which opened in 1725!
This is also a city that never sleeps, with vibrant nightlife all year round.
Madrid’s friendly rival, Barcelona, boasts not only iconic architecture, a bustling city and vibrant night life, it also has its very own, very long Mediterranean beach!
There are several areas to visit in Barcelona, including the Gothic Quarter where you will find the famous La Sagrada Familia Cathedral and La Rambla in the heart of Barcelona, a dried-up river bed that is now home to restaurants, shops and street entertainers!
Let’s not forget about the shopping opportunities in Barcelona! You will be sure to shop till you drop in this city. Whether it is high end designer boutiques or local, Spanish brands, there will be more than enough keep you busy!
Spain’s 3rd largest city has some of the most striking architecture in the country, and it is all walkable. Here you will find gothic and renaissance buildings within the Art Nouveau buildings that line the streets.
If you want to relax on the beach, Malvarrosa is the city’s main beach and it is rather big too! Along the promenade, you will find many gorgeous restaurants for enjoying some traditional Paella.
Valencian writer Vincente Blasco-Ibanez’s home is located on Malvarrosa beach and is now a museum.
Seville, home of the flamenco, is situated in South West Spain.
The area has three UNESCO World Heritage sites that you must visit, including the Reales Alcazares Palace, Santa Maria de la Sede Cathefral and the General Archive of the Indies.
The city, like much of Spain, has a vibrant social life. You can even get a free tapa when you order a local beer called Cruzcampo.
The city has narrow cobbled streets for you to wander, so find yourself a spot to eat and drink outdoors.
This area of Spain can get very hot, so the summer season is their low season, making a trip to this area cheaper in the summer.
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