A Coruña is a busy and attractive city at the very tip of Galicia. This is a perfect place to enjoy a gentle stroll along the streets and avenues, where it is possible to discover Roman architecture as well as modern innovative buildings. The atmosphere in the many magnificent town squares is excellent and full of joy of life on a hot summer’s day. Outside the town centre the beaches, the marina, the fishing port and the commercial port still play a very important role for the people of A Coruña.
Ringed by mountains and crowned by a spectacular fortress, Spain’s sunniest city mixes shopping centres and tapas bars with a medieval old town of narrow streets and tranquil squares. Along the coast you can find fishing villages, popular resorts and the secluded beaches and wild landscape of the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park.
Asturias is a region of splendid beaches, unspoiled nature, dotted with rich architectural, industrial and cultural heritage. Apart from the region’s uncrowned beaches, there are lively inland cities and areas of great natural beauty. There are several major destinations in the Asturias region, including the cities of Oviedo, Gijon and Aviles, along with the scenic village of Ribadesella. Our guide includes tips and information concerning these four key Asturias locations.
A gateway between the two nations of the Iberian peninsula, Badajoz lies as close to Lisbon as it does to Madrid or Seville, and the city draws on influences from both sides of the border, as well as from centuries of tumultuous history, to form its distinctive character. Winding medieval alleys and a skyline dotted with palace towers make the historic town a sight to behold, while the remnants of the majestic Alcazaba watch over the city as they have for centuries, once an impenetrable fortress that protected the area from countless invasions.
The Basque city of Bilbao is a spellbinding capital of design and gastronomy. With one of the world’s finest buildings - the Guggenheim - at its heart, Bilbao dazzles with style and energy and boasts a unique identity and still speaks Europe’s oldest and most enigmatic language.
Located in the arid but fertile expanse known as La Mancha, forever immortalized as the setting for Don Quixote's misadventures, lies the beautiful medieval city of Ciudad Real. Remnants of ancient city walls, churches galore and spectacular cuisine based primarily on cheese, cured meats and wine all make a visit well worth it, and now with high-speed rail connections to both Madrid and Sevilla, it has never been easier.
Catalonia's second city is many things: medieval stronghold, university city, party town, and modern urban centre. The Old Quarter, with its majestic cathedral, winding alleys and ancient city walls bring the Middle Ages to life, while the modern neighbourhoods across the River Onyar showcase Girona's cosmopolitan side with chic restaurants and cafes, superb shopping and vibrant nightlife. It is no wonder that for years running, Girona has been voted the best place to live in Spain.
Surrounded by vineyards and with over 30 bodegas (wine cellars) devoted to the art of making sherry and brandy, you’d be forgiven for thinking that’s all Jerez is about. This aristocratic city with an ancient heart, unusual museums, an atmospheric gypsy quarter and some outstanding architecture, is also the cradle of flamenco, the home of the magnificent ‘dancing’ Andalucian horses and the capital of motorcycle racing.
Endless hiking trails traverse La Palma, the pristine Canary Island often wrongfully outshone by its well-charted siblings. La Palma attracts adventurous types – leisurely sunbathing is here often overlooked in favour of exploration and discovery, pursuits followed across the island's volcanic landscapes, verdant laurel greenery, and at one of the world's finest stargazing sites – the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory.
Menorca (or Minorca) was named after the Spanish word 'menor', meaning smaller, so that the name already reveals that Menorca is indeed smaller than its neighboring islands. As so, the majority of holidaymakers flock to the more publicity-prone islands of Mallorca and Ibiza, while Menorca attracts those who want the best of the Balearics without losing themselves in the crowd. The stunning coves with white sand beaches are a draw by themselves but the historic remains of the British occupation, the countryside, and the tranquility of this quieter isle all make for its charm that attracts visitors year by year, and always again.
The ancient city of Murcia is located in the mountains, about 25 km away from the Mediterranean Sea. The region is known for agriculture and tourism but also for its charming mountain villages, traditional fishing stations, a green countryside, and beaches that are still untouched.
Santander is famous for its fabulous beaches and its elegant holidaymakers: King Alfonso XIII used to spend his summers here nearly a hundred years ago, and the town is still popular among fashionable madrileños who like to be seen sauntering along the El Sardinero seafront with its belle époque architecture. When the sun goes down and the bikinis are cast off, the town also has some great restaurants and a lively bar scene. It is also a good place from which to explore the pristine countryside of Cantabria.
Valencia is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. With a privileged location by the Mediterranean sea, it offers a perfect combination of beaches and culture, where historic monuments can be found alongside futuristic attractions. The birthplace of paella, it boasts a thriving food scene featuring Michelin starred restaurants as well as quirky tapas bars. Its neighbourhoods come to life during traditional festivals like Las Fallas whilst at night there is a buzzing atmosphere in the many bars and clubs in trendy districts like Ruzafa or El Carmen.
Valladolid breathes history from all of its ancient stones. This is the place where King Felipe II was born, the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabel were married, and Christopher Columbus died. This was once the capital of Spain, and although it has lost this title, it's still the principal city of Castilla y Leon, the land of castles from which the word ‘Castilian’ derives. Today, Valladolid is a bustling university city that thrives on its manufacturing industries. It is a down-to-earth, lively place that energetically blends old with new.
Zaragoza, the capital of Aragon, has a privileged location with an equal distance from Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao. The city counts on an international airport and the high-Speed line (AVE). The destination has a delicious gastronomy and a rich heritage of historical monuments (Basilica del Pilar, Cathedral of San Salvador, Aljafería Palace, the paintings of Goya or the Mudejar–UNESCO Heritage of Mankind). The city also has renewed infraestructures from the 2008 International Expo (Water Tower, Bridge Pavilion or river Aquarium).