Spain, a colorful country on the Iberian Peninsula, has 17 autonomous areas with different climates and geography. Madrid is home to both the Royal Palace and Prado Museum, containing works by European artists. Seville has an ancient medieval castle (the Alcazar), and an impressive modern art museum (the Prado). Catalonia’s main town of Barcelona has the Sagrada Familia (church) and a beautiful Spanish villa by the sea (Piso Do Rosas).
Almeria – Located to the southwest of Spain proper, Almeria is the second largest of the Balearic Islands after Cordoba. The archipelago consists of seven islands, all but one of which are inhabited. The most populous island is Seville, which lies to the south of Cordoba and is also the most populated.
Granada – Just as the name would imply, Granada is the capital of Granada, the southernmost of the Balearic Islands. It is Spain’s oldest city and one of the best-known tourist destinations in Spain. One of the more popular sights in Granada is the famed ‘Alcazar de Granada’, a 3rd-century palace built archway and adorned with exquisite frescoes.
Mijas & Almeria – Spain’s second-largest city, Mijas boasts many famous landmarks, including the famous ‘Teatro Mijas’ – which was built in 1850 and has been featured in films such as Granada and Puccini’s ‘La Dolce Vita’. Other notable buildings in Mijas include the Royal Castle and Palacio Real. To the south of Mijas are the towns of Benidorm and Fuengirola. Benidorm is well known for its fishing and tourism whereas Fuengirola is a resort town and the former capital of Ovieto. Benidorm is home to Spain’s famous beach resort of Mallorca, which is well known for its pristine beaches and lively nightlife.
Seville – The second largest city of Spain and capital of Andalusia, Seville is the oldest city in Spain and is considered by many, to be one of the finest cities in the world. A must-see place in Seville is the famed ‘Alcazar de Seville’, which is a nineteenth century fortress that serves as a vital focal point of the city. Other historical sites to see in Seville include the cathedral and church located at Torre del Purana and the Royal Palace. Seville is also home to the world famous ‘Alcazar de Verano’ or the Cathedral of Verano.
Murcia – The third largest city of Spain and capital of Cantabria, Murcia is also a famous holiday destination for British tourists who enjoy soaking up some sun on the beach whilst drinking in the local wines. The most famous landmark in Murcia is the Paseo de Gracia, which was built during the Renaissance era and once had a moat surrounding it. Other tourist attractions include the Spanish Steps (the best example of Gothic architecture in Europe), the Monasteries of Murcia, the Town Square and the Gate of St. Matthew. Murcia is also home to a large number of important historic sites, including the Duomo, the Roman Catholic Church and several museums. Murcia is also home to some of Spain’s best beaches with some excellent resorts such as Costa Tropical.
Southern Spain – The southern part of Spain is home to some great beaches such as those in Marina, Costa d en Baelo and Playa de Aro. Costa Blanca has long been a popular destination with British tourists because of its mild weather, attractive locations, and warm climate. San Sebastian is well-known for its cuisine and has developed into a very cosmopolitan city. Apart from the old medieval streets, there are modern high-class shopping centers and many clubs and bars. The famous San Sebastian nightclubs are packed each night with tourists from Britain as well as Spain.
Last but not least is Galicia. If you only ever visited Galicia while on holiday in the summer months, you will never fully understand why it’s such a popular destination for British and European tourists. It is home to some beautiful beaches such as those at Benalmadena and Santa Pola. There are also some beautiful historical buildings such as the Castle of San Bartolome and the Gothic churches of Torrevieja. In the summer months, you can take a train from Barcelona direct to Galicia and spend a fascinating day walking through the countryside.