"Spain has something for everyone, beaches, city breaks, history and culture. A holiday in Spain is almost certainly on everyones bucket-list..."
Sun, sea, sand, sangrias. Spain is loved by all. From its out of this world architecture and Gaudi mosaic works of art in the heart of Barcelona to the perfect limestone coves and white sand beaches of Majorca, every region or area of Spain has something fresh and exciting to offer. And for those who travel there, the destination can quickly become addictive, a place that you and your family will want to frequent year after year. The mouth-wateringly delicious tapas, the progressive music scene and its famous party island of Ibiza, the volcanic islands scattered across the Med, the stunning coastal drives, endless beach resorts and countless cities so rich in history; everything about Spain makes it a must-visit place for those who love the brighter side of life. And the smiling faces of the friendly Spanish people will surely make your time there even more enjoyable.
Spain Travel Guide
At A Glance:
Spanish cuisine is welcomingly flavoursome and extremely accessible; with plenty of dishes which can appeal to different taste buds and preferences. Many travellers find Spanish food extremely easy to fall in love and common ingredients include tomato based sauces, garlic, olives and olive oil, rice and grains, potatoes and various herbs and spices as well as a wide variety of meats, fish and vegetables. Tapas culture in the cities makes for an interesting way to eat; the art of tasting small dishes instead of consuming large meals can give you so much flexibility when ordering from a menu and can allow travellers to taste something new as they frequent each tapas bar. Some national dishes that you simply have to try whilst in Spain are Tortilla Espanola, Gazpacho, Pisto, Pollo al Ajillo, Paella, and Cochinillo Asado.
History & Culture
Spain’s history is rich, diverse and full of grandeur. From striking gothic architecture to Roman monuments, Spain is one of the most interesting countries to explore on foot. It’s the second largest country in Western Europe and Spanish culture is best known for its world famous flamenco music and dancing, as well as being the birthplace to some of the most famous artists throughout time. These artists include Salvador Dali, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, El Greco, Diego Velázquez and Francisco Goya. And don’t forget if you’re interested in architecture, Antoni Gaudi’s work can be seen in and around the city of Barcelona. Although they are not as well integrated with other races within their own country and there are some class divides, the Spanish tend to be a friendly bunch and are often very welcoming of tourists.
Spain is a fantastic family destination, with enough coastline to fill your summers for years to come. The resorts are designed for easy family travel and all of the country’s resort towns and regions are considered to be extremely safe. Dining is made easy with hotel restaurants but there are also many restaurants, cafes and eateries offering a great mix of traditional Spanish, English and international cuisine. Cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Granada and Valencia all offer a great fusion of sightseeing, architecture, shopping and attractions so there’s always something to do if you’re travelling with kids.
The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands, set away from the Med and the rest of the Spanish territories, is one of the most exotic Spanish destinations for families, couples, or groups in search of both beach and nightlife. Off the North West Coast of Africa, the Canary Islands offer unbeatable weather, intriguing volcanic landscapes with lush greenery, breathtakingly beautiful coastlines and the most incredible dive spots.
Other than its winding streets, pretty courtyards and romantic promenade down La Rambla, Barcelona is also well known for its chic and stylish tapas bars and being home to some of the most incredible works of architecture throughout time. Head to Park Guell, Gaudi’s House Museum and La Pedrera to discover the famous mosaics, check out the numerous art galleries dotted around the city (including Picasso’s and Joan Miro’s), or enjoy shopping around the famous Gothic Quarter and the bustling Boqueria indoor market.
The city of Madrid is a truly elegant destination with grand architecture, majestic boulevards, manicured parks and stunning museums which appeal to culture vultures. Madrid is also a great place for foodies; famous for its tasty Cocido Madrileño pork stew in the winter, Oreja a la Plancha (pig’s ears) with freshly squeezed lemon in the summer and its yummy Churros con Chocolate for after-hours snacking when you’ve exhausted all the best bars. Don’t miss the Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park and the Museo Nacional Del Prado for world-class European art.
Majorca is one of the most beautiful islands in the Med and is well known for its striking mix of sandy beaches, glorious coves, azure blue waters and lush greenery. This Balearic Island is home to some of the friendliest resorts including popular tourist villages such as Deia and Soller or Cala Millor along the East Coast where the long stretches of golden white sands are made for holiday makers in search of sun, sea and relaxation.
The gorgeous city of Seville offers something a little more off the beaten track. If you love the Gothic styles of Barcelona and the tapas culture of lesser known places such as San Sebastian, Seville is the perfect go-between. It has a little bit of everything and is the Spanish dream for culture lovers, history buffs and art fans as well as foodies. Be sure to visit the Plaza de España, the Giralda Bell Tower, Maria Luisa Park and Seville Cathedral.