Spain – one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world!
Spain offers some of the most stunning landscapes, cultural attractions and events in the world and attracted over 75 million tourists in 2016.
Whether you want to enjoy a cultural tour of Madrid, ramble down Las Ramblas in Barcelona, soak up the sun in the coastal resorts or enjoy a tapas tour in Seville, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do.
The Spanish Costas
The Costa Dorada, the golden coast of Catalonia with small villages and coves, the Costa Blanca, the white coast in the north-east, the Costa del Sol with its golden beaches and glitzy resorts in the south and the Costa Brava, the wild coast in the north-east attract millions of sun seekers and fun seekers each year.
Average summer temperatures range from 28ºC on the Costa Dorada to 32ºC on the Costa del Sol, and all of Spain´s coastlines boast long, sandy beaches, water sports and a wide choice of restaurants, bars and shops to keep visitors entertained well into the night.
If you are thinking of booking a city break, Barcelona takes some beating. Enjoy this vibrant city on foot, starting out at the famous pedestrian street, Las Ramblas, where you can watch the world go by at a pavement café, or enjoy the many street entertainers along the route. La Boqueria Market is just off Las Ramblas which is one of the most famous food markets in Spain.
No trip to Barcelona is complete without visiting the Sagrada Familia, the famous cathedral started by Gaudi 131 years ago. Due to be complete in 2026 in time for the centenary of the death of Antoni Gaudi, this eccentric masterpiece is well worth a visit. The basilica attracts over 3 million visitors each year.
Things to do in Madrid
Top attractions in the capital city, Madrid include: The Royal Palace, the largest palace in western Europe. The Puerta del Sol is Madrid´s most central square and is surrounded by some of the city´s best bars, shops and restaurants. The Plaza Mayor is the most famous square in Madrid and is a perfect place to relax with a coffee and watch the world go by. Visit the Templo de Debod, an authentic 2nd Century BC Egyptian temple in the centre of Madrid or Madrid Cathedral. Puerta de Alcalá is the old city gate of Madrid and Gran Via is the most central street which boasts a wealth of shops and attractions. The Plaza de Cibeles is a central square where most celebrations are held and the Plaza de Orient is situated right in front of the Royal Palace.
Seville Old Town
If you are lucky enough to visit Seville, take a trip to Santa Cruz and La Juderia, the old parts of the city. Tiny cobbled-stoned streets vie with bougainvillea be-decked whitewashed houses in true Andalusian style, and you can easily lose yourself in the passages and ornate backstreets of the Barrio Santa Cruz.
One unmissable site in Santa Cruz is Seville Cathedral, which is one of the largest cathedrals in the world. Originally a mosque, built during Moorish rule in Andalusia, the cathedral was extended in the 15th Century, and has an incredible central nave which stands 42 metres high. The tomb of Christopher Columbus lies in the cathedral, as the great explorer was said to have set sail for the Americas from Seville. Don´t miss out on the tapas in Seville – delicious local meats and cheeses prepared as only the Sevillians know how.