Traveling in Spain: a land for every taste
Who wants to travel to Spain? Spain is a very lucky land: immersed in a mild climate, it can show beautiful beaches, mountains to discover and plains that offer extraordinary agricultural products. Moreover, a long and rich history that has bequeathed works of art and architectural masterpieces, makes it a country with a thousand facets.
In addition, it is a nation that welcomes people with tourist attitudes and tastes of all kinds and genres: it offers both the opportunity to get lost in the most historic cities and rich in art, and to experience an authentic gastronomic and naturalistic experience, and to dance all night to the rhythm of trendy music, led by the most famous DJs in the world.
Let’s go see, therefore, five of the most beautiful and picturesque places in Spain,
Travelling in Spain: Madrid
Madrid, with its elegance and liveliness, which encloses ancient and modern, represents both the sophisticated home of true Spaniards, and a treasure for art enthusiasts, and the favorite destination of hardened night owls. The Spanish capital therefore presents a mix of cultures, ethnicities, tastes and activities, making it unique and multicultural.
In addition to the old town and the Royal Palace, near the Plaza Mayor, Madrid is also known for its rich cultural agenda: the Prado Museum is one of the most important art galleries in the world. Together with the Prado, one of the most interesting museums is the Reina Sofia National Art Center, dedicated exclusively to Contemporary Spanish Art: this gallery preserves the most prestigious works of Picasso, Mirò and Salvador Dali.
The real face of Madrid, the most goliardic and cheerful, however, can be seen in the evening, when in addition to tapas, you can taste the typical dishes of Spanish and international cuisine, or spend time between cinemas, theatrical performances, concerts and ballets. The nightlife, including discos, bars, pubs, flamenco clubs, Madrid offers many activities for night owls.
Travelling in Spain: Barcelona
Capital of Catalonia, a region in the northern part of Spain, Barcelona perfectly encompasses the culture, personality and traditions of the area in which it is located.
Few European cities can offer the wide diversity of cultural experiences found here in Barcelona. In addition, the presence of long beaches a few steps from the city center, the warmth of the sun for most of the year are prerequisites for a dream holiday in Spain.
Many great painters and artists have worked in Barcelona, and their influence is still evident throughout the city. Two of them are Picasso and Miró who have museums dedicated to some of their most important works. There are dozens of other museums and art galleries dotted throughout the city, so you’ll always have plenty of art to admire during your stay here.
Barcelona is home to the masterpieces of many great architects. The most famous of which is Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí’s work is admired by architects all over the world for its unique and distinctive features. One of his most famous works, the Sagrada Família, is a mammoth basilica.
For food and nightlife lovers, Barcelona doesn’t disappoint: the incredible variety of clubs and pubs available to tourists (and locals), allows you to experience unique experiences, and magical evenings of fun.
Travelling to Spain: Andalusia
The cities of Andalusia with the greatest tourist interest are Seville, Malaga, Granada and Cordoba. The other provinces of the region are Huelva, Cádiz, Almería and Jaén. They are less beaten by tourism, but they have many nice things to see, especially Cádiz. Among the smaller cities there should be absolutely no neglect (among others) of the magnificent and fairytale Ronda, Carmona, Jerez de la Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera and Arcos de la Frontera.
The main reason for interest for the visit of Andalusia is the exceptional artistic and architectural heritage inherited from Arab culture and subsequently enriched by Christian culture. There are exceptional examples of this everywhere: in large cities as in villages and in smaller pueblos blancos.
Andalusia is also exceptional from a naturalistic and landscape point of view: some excursions are really unmissable, such as that of the Caminito del Rey or in the Park of Doñana. Finally, let’s not forget that this fascinating region has much of its charm in folklore and food and wine offerings: each city has its own mustached specialties, and the sherry of the Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Maria area are loved by wine experts around the world.
Travelling in Spain: Basque Country
The first stop of your trip can only be Bilbao, the capital. Symbol of the rebirth of the territory, this city combines modern and futuristic beauty with the ancient charm of the place.
But the real pearl is San Sebastian; its bay, La Concha, one of the most beautiful shell-shaped beach in the world, makes it a paradise city. In its hundred kilometers of coastline, picturesque villages, bays and beaches follow one another.
A stop in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the political capital, is worth even just admiring the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria. Finally, Guernica, sadly famous for the aerial bombardment of April 26, 1937 by the Nazis, who razed her to the ground during the Spanish Civil War: do not miss the giant reproduction of Picasso’s ‘Guernica’.
The Basque Country also offers truly magnificent natural landscapes. An hour from Bilbao is the most atmospheric and visited place on the coast: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a rocky islet connected to the mainland thanks to a winding path consisting of 231 steps, completely suspended over the ocean. If you want to breathe the typical atmosphere of the Basque Country, do not miss Bermeo, a charming fishing village.
From a gastronomic point of view, the Basque Country is a major tourist destination. A region on the coast and border, whose richness and culinary variety are dedicated to the mistura of maritime habits and mountain culture with a modern author’s kitchen of the highest quality, built in recent decades with the asserting of the so-called New Basque Cuisine.
Traveling to Spain: the Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands are loved by holidaymakers from all over Europe: thanks to their convenient location in the eastern Mediterranean, they can be reached very quickly via direct flights, and are equipped with numerous services: the islands are in fact known for a wide choice of hotels, apartments and tourist villages for every pocket, bars and restaurants, boat tours, the possibility of outdoor sports and , of course, numerous nightclubs.
To all this you add a wide variety of beaches for all tastes, beautiful landscapes, the tasty Spanish cuisine and you will be clear why they are successful. Each island has its own distinct personality and is indicated to a different type of holiday: Mallorca, the largest island, is perfect for those who want to alternate days at the sea with interesting excursions and cultural visits; Ibiza is suitable for those who love the most fashionable and transgressive nightlife; Menorca is the island for nature lovers and Formentera is the ideal place for those who want to escape the crowds.