Is totally different as what a tourist imagine about Spain: its very green and quite rainy. Bilbao, northern Spain’s largest city, is a cultural metropolis with a lot to offer. Best-known for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, an architectural masterpiece that sits on the Rio Nervión, the city is home to a number of other intriguing landmarks and an artsy scene to match. To the east lies San Sebastián, the Basque Country’s most popular delightful city overlooking a beautiful bay. Is widely regarded as Northern Spain’s gourmet capital, full of atmospheric tapas (pintxos) bars and surrounded by green hills dotted with cider farms.
La Rioja wine region is also there, where world-class Spanish red wines can be enjoyed.
Andalusia is an autonomous community that covers most of southern Spain. It has a diverse landscape, with a long Mediterranean coastline and its own mountain chain, and is known to have the hottest average temperatures in Europe. Andalusia is a rough translation of an Arabic word meaning “vandals”, due to the fact that it was raided and claimed by many different cultures and nations because of its prime location. This has created a series of cities and towns with a very multicultural architecture, cuisine, and history. They are home to a celebratory culture full of festivals and flamenco dancing, tapas and sherry.
Central Spain’s plains may appear harsh, but they are scored with olive groves and dotted with crumbling villages. This is traditional Spain, a rural heartland where the people are notoriously friendly and the pace of life is slow. The midday siesta, away from the beating sun, is an absolute necessity.
Madrid is, of course, the biggest draw for most travellers to Central Spain. The Spanish capital is a vibrant city and a European capital of art. Grand and stoic compared to Barcelona’s fluidity, it’s the political heart of the country and it deserves a few days of any tailor-made holiday to the region. The region’s other major draw is Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site with a lot of history and easily one of Spain’s prettiest cities.
We refer to East Spain as Catalonia and Balearic Islands.
Barcelona is considered by many to be Spain’s most cosmopolitan city. It’s certainly one of the country’s most exciting cities, situated in the heart of Catalonia’s Mediterranean coast. It’s one of Europe’s busiest ports and lives as a port town should, staying up late and doing everything with energy and attitude.
The Costa Brava’s shores are its biggest lure, though travellers will also discover medieval architecture and Jewish history in Girona and Besalú, and Salvador Dalí’s gloriously surreal ‘theatre-museum’ in Figueres.
Here are also the Balearic Islands. The largest of the Balearic Islands is Mallorca, where the original sun-and-sea tourism has developed also boutique accommodation in its rural and mountainous interior – a very different holiday experience to the traditional coastal resorts and an increasingly popular alternative. There are also opportunities for playing golf on world-class courses and driving along scenic coastal routes.
The Canary Islands have been a popular winter getaway for many years, a place to soak up the sunshine, swim, sail and stroll beside the sea. The Canary Islands – Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and La Palma – are excellent year-round holiday destinations, with volcanic interiors, fabulous beaches and activities from windsurfing and walking, to jeep safaris and camel rides. As such, deciding where to travel to can be a bit of a conundrum, although generally the smaller Canary Islands are quieter places than the larger ones. But there’s definitely something for everyone here.
Portugal and French Basque Country
From Porto’s dazzling architecture and the vision of vibrant Lisboa, to the crimson cliffs of the Algarve down south, the remarkable coastal country of Portugal is bursting with gems and golf courses to be discovered. From surfing and golfing in Lagos and birdwatching on Ilha Deserta, to long days at the spa, the Algarve provides an ideal escape from life back The region of the Basque Coast and South Landes is a privileged French region that allows you to recharde your batteries surrounded by Landes pine forests and long sandy beaches on the Atlantic ocean.
And about French Basque Country, this region attracts golf players around the world who are captivated by the quality, diversity and beauty of the golf course. Grounded in tradition, its art of living is unquestionably linked to fun and gastronomy.
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