You may be surprised to learn that Spain is one of the fifty largest countries in the world – meaning there’s a great deal to explore and discover, as well as an amazing variety of unique and unusual holiday accommodation.
Full of intriguing diversity that goes far beyond tapas and terracotta, the largest part of Spain is found in the Iberian Peninsula. The Balearics and the Canary Islands are well-known tourist hotspots, while the country’s close proximity to Africa, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea results in a beautiful mix of culture, coast and climate.
In short: a Spanish holiday doesn’t have to mean a standard beach villa! Look closely enough, and you’ll find mountains, greenery, bustling city activity, mouthwatering cuisine and completely unique hospitality.
The capital city Madrid, perfectly positioned in the centre, is both contemporary and traditional, boasting over sixty museums and beautiful gardens along with its thriving tapas bars and flamenco halls. Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia, is another popular tourist destination that features Roman remains, exquisite architecture, and access both to mountains and the shimmering sea (you can even play a few rounds of golf on the seashore courses).
The southern region of Andalucia is the land of culture and fiesta. Visit the Alhambra palace, taste fresh oranges and immerse yourself in Moorish culture in Seville, ski in the Nevada resort or stroll along the Costa del Sol. Meanwhile, white-walled Cadiz and sumptuous Malaga are top foodie destinations – try some traditional sherry and gazpacho here!
Valencia is a city uniquely able to combine preserved ancient history with cutting-edge architecture. Enjoy beautiful beaches here too, along with charming coastal towns.
Meanwhile, Northern Spain is home to the Basque region – where you must indulge in ‘pintxos’ and Rioja. Culture and nature are abundant, from Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, the UNESCO World Heritage Vizcaya suspension bridge, and numerous biosphere reserves.
Sightsee through Northern Spain in style, with the famous Saint James Way providing a series of routes that uncover unsurpassed monuments and natural attractions. And if you’re looking for something a little off the beaten tourist track, there are many rural destinations to explore, particularly in the Castile Leon region, which features the Picos de Europa Natural Park.
And of course, if it’s that traditional beach holiday you’re looking for, Palma or Ibiza won’t disappoint. However you decide to discover Spain, you can’t fail to do it in inimitable style with Host Unusual…Viva España indeed!
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