Spain has all the necessary ingredients to satisfy each one of our desires: cultural, sightseeing, its historical past, its gastronomy, and its festivals! The cities are compellingly individual.
Barcelona offers Gaudi's splendid modernist architecture and the lively promenade of Las Ramblas. Madrid has three of the world's finest art museums and wonderful dining. Then there's Seville, home of the flamenco; Valencia, the vibrant Levantine city with an excellent art scene; and Bilbao, with Frank Gehry's astonishing Guggenheim museum.Read More...
This iconic city located in the Catalonia region is known for its incredible architecture, fabulous restaurants, beautiful churches and fascinating museums. Perfect for exploring on foot it is worth taking the time to stroll Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter and local markets along with a visit to La Sagrada Familia or Park Guell.
Known for its beautiful boulevards, pretty parks and fascinating historical spots, Madrid has several places of interest including Gran Via which is full of shops, Plaza Espana, the stunning Royal Palace, the vibrant Puerta de Sol, and Plaza Mayor with over 400 years of history.
Located on Spain’s southern coast Seville is the capital of the Andalusia region which is surrounded by scenic hills rivers and farmland. The city centre is mainly free of cars which makes it pleasant wonder around the pretty streets with different walking routes focusing on art, history and, culture.
One of the most beautiful cities in Spain, San Sebastian is located in a beautiful bay on the Bay of Biscay. Home to stunning beaches, cobbled streets and gorgeous wine bars it is also widely known as foodie destination.
The Camino Real
One of the friendliest walking routes in the world, the Camino is known for its gentle rolling hills, small rustic towns home to charming old churches and ancient religious sites, which give the walk great significance. Friendly locals offering incredible cuisine make this an unmissable long distance walk.
Spain can be visited year round. The summer months of July and August can be quite hot.
Finding myself gazing up at the statue of Christopher Colombus at the bottom of la Rambla, the famous pedestrian area of downtown Barcelona. After a quiet moment of contemplation about discovery and bravery I decide to take a stroll up towards the Gothic Quarter. The whole place is bursting with street artists, stalls selling crafts and other tourist paraphernalia, musicians, couples wandering hand in hand and lots of folk wandering like me, gazing open-mouthed at all the activity. I had been warned about the ‘cup and ball’ tricksters but suddenly found one yelling at me to pick a cup! Gesturing to my camera to say I just want to take a photo, he ignores me and thrusts EUR 50 into my hand. I pick the right cup and think about hightailing it out of there but reckon he can run faster than I can so I just give him his money back and move away before I get properly ripped off. On the left I spot a huge covered market, St Josefs, and wham – full on sensory assault, instant and powerful. It’s truly massive with piles of hand-made chocolates and sweets, mountains of bright food and veggies, acres of fresh shrimp, live crab and every other kind of fish imaginable, freshly squeezed juice, ice cream, fresh and dried pasta, long trails of chilli and garlic, people shouting and jostling – awesome. I just soak it all up and it’s official; if I were 20 years younger I would be living in Barcelona. The weather is glorious at 25C, the city is full of beautiful people and it has a wonderful spirit; colourful, vibrant and full of energy.
Kate Couling, Director
Why we love it We love the great weather, the architecture – from historic towns such as Salamanca to the ultra modern Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, the romance of the flamenco dance, the artistic history, the passion of a local soccer game, the cuisine & wine… And who could not love the country that invented the siesta!
Weather Spain can be visited year round. In summer (June to August) it can be very warm particularly in the South. Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) can be a wonderful time to visit.
Social customs & quirks Flamenco music, dance and the controversial bullfights are easily recognisable elements of Spanish heritage, but the fierce national pride shown by the people are at the heart of the country’s identity.
Festivals & events The festivals can only be described as chaotic, traditional, religious and colourful! The Spanish have turned every saint’s day into an exuberant, city-wide party which is unrivalled in Europe. Whatever time of year you visit Spain, there will be something going on, with all-time favorites being the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona and Bunai’s La Tomantina.
Health* There are currently no health requirements entering Spain.
Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.
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