Spain has a lot to offer, and you might be overwhelmed when planning a visit. Fortunately, there are certain places that you should visit whether you are travelling with just your partner or the whole family.
Over the last few years, Madrid has revamped itself. The Reina Sofia, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Prado museums have all become a lot bigger and have more to offer. The city centre has been updated with a lot of new cafes, boutiques, delis and gastrobars opening up.
Madrid is perfect if you are looking for a city break with great food and a lively atmosphere or if you want a weekend trip that is full of culture. It is important to note the city can get cold in the winter as it is one of the highest capitals in Europe. However, the sky will usually be blue with sunshine that allows you to sit outside at one of the pavement cafes.
The city of Barcelona is a mixture of architectural styles with dark Gothic facades facing off against the harlequin buildings of the Modernistas along with the imposing constructions of Herzog and de Meuron. You can easily spend a day admiring all of the buildings.
To finish off the day, you can head to one of the 7 beaches in the city before dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. You can also get a more authentic tapas at a family-run bar. The city has a relaxed pace, unbeatable food and months with more sunshine than you know what to do with. This is combined with design and cultural clout that surpasses many cities in the colder north.
If you are looking for a romantic, beautiful and unspoilt stretch of coastline in Europe, Costa Brava is the destination for you. There are parts of the coast that are wild while others are very tastefully maintained. The area also has some of the best Blue Flag beaches in Europe with broad and sandy stretches or horseshoe bays with secluded coves.
For accommodation, there are some amazing independent hotels that offer some exceptional food. Many people believe that this area is a paradise for foodies. After all, Catalonia has one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred chefs in Spain who serve wonderful food with locally produced wines.
Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain and has been under bold development for the past decade. This has provided some of the most striking architecture in the country improving the Art Nouveau buildings that already lined the streets with Renaissance and Gothic monuments. The city has some dynamic museums, miles of beaches, great stores and lively nightlife – perfect for a stag do in Valencia.
If you are looking for Mediterranean exuberance, Valencia is the best place to go. The centre can easily be walked allowing you to drift from avenues of elegant buildings to medieval monuments. While walking, you can easily stop at the pavement cafes for refreshments.
Seville is the best place for a short break as it is compact with a rich history, tapas bars, flamenco and orange trees. You can stay in the old town area and explore the cobbled streets of the Santa Cruz quarter as well as the Alcazar Palace. You could also head to the banks of the Guadalquivir to soak up the atmosphere or admire the views from the cathedral tower and Parasol Metropol.
The Moorish and Catholic past of the city is visible everywhere you look. The most striking will be the cathedral which is the largest in the world. The Giralda minaret is also a stunning example of Islamic architecture.
One of life’s pleasures is eating sardines that have been freshly caught by the sea. The beaches of Malaga are the best place to experience this. This is also a great meal after a morning spent at the Carmen Thyssen Museum and the Picasso Museum.
Unlike some of the other Spanish cities, Malaga does not wind down in the summer as the Malaga Fair hits in mid-August. There is a lot that you can see and do in Malaga, but it is also the best place to relax and enjoy the laid back Mediterranean vibe.
When you visit San Sebastian, it will be hard not to fall in love with it. The food alone makes the trip worthwhile as there are Michelin-starred restaurants and some of the best tapas to be had. The spellbinding beaches and Art Nouveau architecture complete the enchantment of the city.