Spain - Destinations

Introduction to Spain - Destinations

From the otherworldly architecture of the city Barcelona, to the high Pyrenees and the Moorish cities of the south, Spain is a diverse country with attractions at every turn.

The capital city Madrid has elegant boulevards, beautifully manicured parks and museums filled with European art. While further north lies the autonomous community the Basque Country, which has its own strong cultural traditions and language that pre-dates the Roman languages. It is home to Bilbao the hub of architecture and design and innovative landmarks such as the titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum.

Down in the south is Spain’s sun-baked region Andalucia; also know as the frying pan. This rocky, hot region embodies many Spanish traditions such as flamenco, tapas, matadors and bullfights. From the 8th-15th centuries Andalucia was under the Moorish rule and its legacy can be seen in its architecture and landmarks such as the Alcázar castle in Seville, the Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral in Córdoba and Alhambra palace in Granada.

The Spanish coastline is divided into 10 very diverse ‘costas’, which have made them popular destinations for locals and visitors. The varied coastline is comprised of the Costa Almeria, the Costa Blanca, the Costa Brava, the Costa Calida, the Costa Del Azahar, the Costa del Sol and the Costa Dorado.

When's the best time to travel to Spain - Destinations

Spain has many different regions and therefore many different climates. The high central plains, such as Madrid, have extreme seasons and are very cold in the winter and unbearably hot in the summer. The Atlantic coast has more of a damp and misty climate with a briefly humid summer. The south of the Mediterranean in Spain is warm most of the year and is almost subtropical. Overall, in most of the regions in Spain the best times to visit are the early part of the summer and autumn. During these times the temperatures are mild and the crowds are quieter than during the high season in July and August.

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