Europe’s second-largest country has a diversity of culture, geography and architecture. This vast landscape offers beautiful scenery, epic coastlines and vibrant nightlife. The people are friendly, laid back and passionate about their religion, football, food and wine. Whether you are seeking adventure, enjoy works of art, love food, want to party or relax on a beach, then Spain should be your next destination.
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The biggest city and capital of Spain, complete with modern and old architecture, parks, palaces and museums. Located within the city centre are most of Madrid’s most popular attractions including the Royal Palace (the current residence of Spain’s monarch), Plaza Mayor (the city’s ancient main square) and three extraordinary museums that make up the city’s Golden Triangle of Art: the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. Visit one of its many trendy rooftop bars and neighbourhoods and don’t leave without a shopping spree along the Gran Via.
Barcelona is one of the Spain’s top travel destinations with something for everyone. The laid-back city offers stunning coastlines combined with world renowned architecture, Catalan cuisine, lively shopping options and a glittering nightlife. The city is synonymous with Antoni Gaudi’s architecture – the unfinished Sagrada Familia being the most famous and extravagant of all.
Granada is one of the most intriguing cities to visit in southern Spain, famous for its medieval architecture dating back to the Moorish period, the most famous example being the Alhambra. The streets of Granada are packed with tapas bars, restaurants, bohemian cafes, and flamenco clubs.
Toledo is a beautifully preserved city with a mix of Moorish and Gothic-Renaissance architecture, known as the imperial city. It is famous for its Christian, Jewish and Muslim monuments located within the walls of the old city, and is easily accessible from nearby Madrid.
It was once one of the greatest cities in the world, with many of its treasures still admired today. The historic Cordoba Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a maze of tiny medieval streets, plazas, and whitewashed courtyards. Some of its most popular sites including the imposing Mosque-Cathedral.
The capital city of the Galicia region, Santiago de Compostela is famous for being the final destination of the traditional pilgrimage known as Camino de Santiago. The city is full of charming plazas with important landmarks, sprawled around the Santiago Cathedral where the tomb of St. James is located.
Seville is widely regarded as the home of flamenco. The city is rich in Moorish heritage and home to some of Spain’s most notable landmarks. These include the Alcazar Castle complex (built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty) and the gothic Seville Cathedral where Christopher Columbus’ tomb is situated.
This beautiful seaside city is well-loved for its excellent beaches and outstanding culinary traditions. It is crammed with restaurants, pintxo bars, designer shops and shopping malls. Don’t miss the beautiful La Concha beach with views of the breathtaking island of Santa Clara. San Sebastian is also a great base for trying some of the world’s most famous Michelin starred restaurants.
You’ll go through Valencia on your way to La Tomatina – the tomato throwing festival. In the city itself, explore the old town and don’t miss the incredible Valencia City of Arts and Sciences – a futuristic complex in what was a riverbed that now holds an aquarium, Imax cinema, opera house and science museum.
The largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca is surrounded by sparkling waters with jagged cliffs, secluded coves, and beautiful beaches lining its shores. The island’s main city and capital Palma de Mallorca is a small, cosmopolitan city filled with a mixture of medieval streets, baroque churches, bustling plazas and an imposing gothic cathedral.
Few destinations in the world offer such an array of places to see and tourist attractions to experience as Spain.
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There are two major airports for long-haul arrivals into Spain: Barcelona-El Prat Airport, and Madrid-Barajas Airport, located in the capital. Furthermore, there are regional flights from other European cities into many Spanish airports. Major airlines such as Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways fly from Australia into Madrid and Barcelona.
Rail services from France and other European countries arrive into Barcelona and other Spanish cities. If arriving from Portugal, there are flights from Lisbon and Porto to various Spanish cities, as well as bus services in the south that connect Lisbon and the Algarve with Seville.