Spain is a diverse country with more than its fair share of spectacular mountain ranges, glorious coastline, pretty villages, mediaeval towns and mind blowingly beautiful cities. It’s difficult to say anything negative about this vast country with its diverse landscapes, enviable climate, passionate folk and inviting culture.
The jewel in Spain’s mitre is without a doubt the capital of Catalonia – Barcelona. Barcelona is a divine city with something for everyone. Whether you are into mountains, nightlife, sprawling out on the beach or heading for the countryside – everything is within easy reach. There are many a beautiful cities throughout Spain but what Barcelona has that they don’t is the fantastical architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Walk along the broad Ramblas (without getting your pocket picked if you can manage it), take a tram and funicular to the top of Tibidabo – the hill at the back of the city – where you can visit Europe’s oldest funfair and take in spectacular vistas in every direction.
‘Enjoying’ laughably hot summers (think being boiled alive) and home of flamenco, Seville or Sevilla is a traditional Spanish city complete with cobbled alleyways, and some stunning Moorish and Christian monuments, churches and impressive buildings. A great time to visit is during Easter week (Semana Santa) when colourful processions traverse the atmospheric streets.
Home of some exceptional art galleries and Spain’s business headquarters, Madrid is a bustling and stylish city with a good climate. A modern city that still manages to hold onto a certain degree of tradition. The atmospheric cobbled alleys of the old quarter are pleasantly traditional and romantic.