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From the peaks of the Pyrenees to sun-scorched beaches and desert-like regions, Spain is a country of diverse landscapes. Enjoy this natural backdrop while you view eclectic architecture, sample regional food and be swept up in one of the country’s many festivals.

Throughout its 17 regions, Spain offers captivating scenery, exciting outdoor adventures and a relaxed atmosphere on its beautiful beaches. On a tour of this country you can travel through hilltop villages full of whitewashed houses, visit Moorish fortresses and Romanesque churches and see one of the world’s finest collections of art works.

Go on an architectural tour of some of Spain’s cities. Stroll around Barcelona’s Gothic quarter and marvel at Gaudi’s buildings. These include the spectacular Sagrada Familia, the unfinished basilica with an exterior that resembles dripping wax. In Granada, see the Alhambra, a Moorish palace-fortress, and relax in the scented gardens of the Generalife. Explore Plaza de España in Seville. While you are in the city, watch a flamenco show in Triana, one of the locations that claims to be the birthplace of this folk music and dance.

Culture lovers will relish the opportunity to visit the country’s museums and art galleries. Bilbao’s showpiece is the Guggenheim Museum, with its titanium roof and futuristic architecture. Study the works of Francisco de Goya and other Spanish artists in the internationally acclaimed collections of the Prado Museum in Madrid, the country’s capital city. Trace the evolution of the work of Spain’s most famous son at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.

Join the Spanish in their passion for outdoor pursuits. Enjoy a hillwalking expedition through the Picos de Europa National Park. Go skiing in the Pyrenees or in the Sierra Nevada mountain range above Granada. Cycle through the countryside on more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) of disused railway lines known as Via Verde.

The further south you travel in Spain the warmer the weather. Many resorts on the southern costas are year-round vacation destinations. Head for the beaches of the Costa Blanca or Costa del Sol. Although nudity is permitted on Spanish beaches, many who dare to bare stay in Vera Playa, home to the country’s first naturist hotel.

Go to Tarifa, on the Atlantic coast, for watersports. Strong winds throughout the year are perfect for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Tarifa is also Spain’s closest point to the African continent. Make time in your itinerary for the 35-minute ferry trip over to Tangier in Morocco.

Spaniards enjoy a busy calendar of festivals and celebrations, so it’s easy to time your visit with one of these events. Watch as Seville transforms during the week-long religious festival of Semana Santa leading up to Easter, pick a city along the coast to witness the Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) festival in June or be in Barcelona in September for the city’s biggest street party, La Mercè.

Popular cities in Spain

Almudena Cathedral
Madrid
Known for Museums, Culture and Theatres

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Reasons to visit
  • Prado Museum
  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum
Barceloneta Beach which includes street scenes, a city and night scenes
Barcelona
Known for Shopping, Cathedrals and Museums

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Reasons to visit
  • Palau de la Musica Catalana
  • Picasso Museum
  • Sagrada Familia
Valencia
Valencia
Known for Dining, Historical Buildings and Shopping

Reasons to visit
  • Plaza de la Reina
  • Central Market
  • Valencia Cathedral
Plaza de Espana which includes a city, a castle and heritage architecture
Seville
Known for Cathedrals, Historical Buildings and Cafés

Reasons to visit
  • Plaza de España
  • Seville Cathedral
  • Alcazar
Palma de Mallorca featuring a beach as well as a large group of people
Palma de Mallorca
Known for Dining, Beaches and Cathedrals

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Reasons to visit
  • Plaza Mayor de Palma
  • Basilica of St. Francis
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma
Gibralfaro Castle which includes a bay or harbour, château or palace and heritage architecture
Málaga
Known for Dining, Shopping and Beaches

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Reasons to visit
  • Port of Malaga
  • Gibralfaro Castle
  • Plaza de la Merced

Popular places to visit in Spain

Puerta del Sol
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Puerta del Sol

The Puerta del Sol is where all of Madrid's roads meet, a central gathering point for madrileños, and home to some of its best-loved symbols.

Placa de Catalunya
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Placa de Catalunya

This bustling square in the heart of Barcelona is renowned for its festivals, shopping and monuments.  

Park Guell
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Park Guell

Nestled in the north of Barcelona, you'll find this beautiful park designed by Gaudí himself.

El Retiro Park
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El Retiro Park

While Casa de Campo is a park walking on the wild side of western Madrid, its eastern counterpart, El Retiro Park, is Madrid's genteel, cultured take on park-life.

Plaza Mayor
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Plaza Mayor

A square-shaped piece of Madrid's soul – a sheltered 17th century quadrangle that has seen bull-fights and fiestas, fires and protests and kings that come and go.

Casa Batllo
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Casa Batllo

Learn about the life of the great Catalan architect Gaudí at the signature house he built specially for an aristocratic family.

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