Spain is a country known for its beaches, pleasant climate and football teams. But there is much more to discover !
Bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the south and east, by the Pyrenees to the north and by the Portugal to the west, Spain occupies the major part of the Iberian Peninsula. It is composed of 17 large regions, called autonomous communities. The majority of them are continental, but there are also the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and the Canary Islands off Morocco’s coast.
Each region has different natural landscapes, monuments, cultures and sometimes even different languages (Castilian, Basque, Catalan). This incredible diversity allows travellers to discover a Spain they will like, from the sea to the mountains including the city!
Madrid and central Spain:
The capital is a unmissable city for its cultural richness, to enjoy citizen’s good mood and to immerse yourself in the heart of the Spanish culture. Indeed, you can discover traditional dances, taste gastronomic specialities and above all, enjoy the life of the squares and their tapas bars. In Madrid, there are many museums such as the must-see Prado and Reina Sofía museums. The Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, the Barrio Chueca and the Retiro Park also worth a visit!
The regions around Madrid, such as Castile, out of the crowd of tourists, are very interesting to visit. There are many cities that offer a diversity of cultural treasures, that allow discover the history of this beautiful country.
In the south of Madrid, Toledo is a very beautiful medieval city perched high up. If you go to Consuegra, you can immerse yourself in the world of Cervantes by discovering the famous Don Quixote windmills!
In Extremadura, the Roman remains and Arab palaces immerse us in Spanish history. This region offers an interesting mix of Roman, medieval, Moorish and Christian hidden gems.
Further north, it is recommended to visit Salamanca and its dazzling monuments or Segovia and its Roman aqueduct.
The North of the country:
To the west is Galicia, with its charming green landscapes, cliffs and coves. Celtic, it is an unexpected culture of Spain to discover. Santiago de Compostela is a high place of pilgrimage for hundreds of believers. The city beats to the rhythm of pilgrims’ arrivals and you can meet exceptional people from all over Europe!
Asturias is also a region to discover for its fishing villages, small ports, coves and large beaches. Far from tourists, you can admire splendid landscapes and cities such as Gijón or Oviedo.
Then go to the Basque Country: to Bilbao with the Gugenheim Museum and to Pamplona for San Fermín.
In La Rioja you can taste excellent wines and extend your journey to Aragon where you must visit the splendid city of Zaragoza.
Finally, in Catalonia, Barcelona is a must for its dynamism, its alleys, and its brilliant artist Gaudí. To discover hidden treasures, it is necessary to avoid the seaside resorts and target the coastal villages on the Costa Brava and in the wild Catalan hinterland.
The South of Spain:
Renowned for its climate, its wonderful Alhambra and its frenzied flamenco dances, southern Spain has many attractive assets.
Andalusia is the region with the greatest Arab influence in the country. Therefore, we can discover an interesting mix between Arab and European cultures. Seville, Cadiz, Granada and Cordoba must be visited. You can also venture around Malaga, around the charming white villages of the Costa del Sol.
No matter how you want to discover this country, Spain has something for everyone. But the common point for all regions is the Spanish way of life: much later hours, a family but gastronomic cuisine, a contagious sense of the “fiesta”… In short, a friendly and warm atmosphere!