I’m not sure where Spain’s current standing is in terms of travel destinations, for years it was of course the go-to place for European holiday makers in particular, sun, sea, sand and sangria. However, so much of the properties were bought up by ex-pats and so many of the quaint towns and resorts became very un-Spanish which put many people off visiting there. The country will always attract tourists to the big cities and the sunshine coasts are too hard to turn down for many, but regarding it’s level of cool, I think the nation has earned a reputation that maybe isn’t so accurate. Here are my 3 most beloved Spanish destinations.
I simply can’t write a list like this without including the Catalan capital, it flows with passion from all places, in it’s art, it’s culture and it’s people. The heart of the city is a beautiful weaving maze of bars, restaurants, craft shops and beautifully designed buildings, inspired by or created by the famous artist Antoni Gaudi. The intricate cathedral that he designed is still under construction but it still looks absolutely breathtaking in it’s level of design and character. The vein of the city is Las Ramblas, the main street that flows all the way down to the gorgeous harbour. Las Ramblas is where the city comes alive at night with people selling wares to street performances and beautiful bars to sit outside and drink the night away. Barcelona’s airport is a great hub destination that can be reached from most big cities in the World and gives you access to the rest of Europe if you are planning a larger journey, if you are flying in then check out sites such as Monster Travel for great deals. Alternatively, you can reach the city by boat if visiting from another Mediterranean resort which is a wonderful way to enter the city in style. A beautiful city with so much to do that you’ll be returning before you know it.
Seville is the capital of Spain’s Andalusia region and it truly makes for a wonderful holiday destination. Seville is steeped in history from the Moorish occupation of Spain and the city is known for it’s ornate Alcazar castle complex which was built during these times. The city is a mecca for Flamenco dancing as well if you fancy having a go, especially in one of the neighbourhoods called Triana where there are flamenco bars and street dancing happening all the time. Another great place to visit in Seville is the huge bullring, if you are in luck and in Seville during the Seville Fair then you will be able to witness the biggest bullfighting festival in the World. A great experience and a beautiful place.
Valencia sits on Spain’s South East coast and in my opinion has a perfect combination of things to do and see both in the modern and traditional sense. The port city is very popular for those people taking cruises around the Mediterranean Sea and in recent years Valencia has seen a huge investment in tourism. The ultra modern Science museum and Art museum look both amazing from the outside and the inside and should not be missed on a trip to the city. Valencia also offers some beautiful beaches and the temperature during the Summer months perfect for spending some days on the beach. During the investment in Valencia many of the old, medieval buildings were restored and if history is your thing then you can spend a couple of days touring around the old churches, towers and quarters to get a feel of the city’s ancient past. Another important fact is that the beautiful dish Paella was created here so a trip wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of this beautiful Spanish cuisine.