Spain Holiday Guide

Spain Tourist Information


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Spain is one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations, and it's easy to see why. White sand beaches stretch for miles along the country's Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts, while the inland cities are simply bursting with culture.

The northern coastline has become increasingly popular with visitors in recent years, with the opening of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao draw significant crowds. Neighbouring San Sebastian offers stunning beaches, the chance to sample Basque cuisine and a trendy nightlife scene.

Inland from Spain's northern coast is the charming medieval city of Pamplona, a great base from which to explore the awe-inspiring Pyrenees.

Along the east coast sits Barcelona, a vibrant city teeming with architecture designed by the city's most famous son, Gaudi. Not to be missed are the city's Mediterranean beaches, the atmospheric Gothic quarter and the bustling Las Ramblas promenade.

Barcelona is not to be mistaken with Spain's capital, Madrid. A cultural hot spot with elegant buildings and a sophisticated café culture as well as some of the country's best museums, Madrid offers visitors a healthy dose of modern chic. Spain is full of interesting tourist attractions that are not entirely beach based. The whole of Spain with its distinct areas of cutlure and history has so much more to offer tourists than purely sun and Sangria.

South along the coast from Barcelona are tourist giants Valencia and Alicante. With its breathtaking mountainous backdrop, Valencia balances modern attractions with centuries-old architecture. Alicante is the Coast Blanca's most popular beach destination and where visitors come to relax and enjoy the soft sands, warm waters and deliciously fresh seafood.

The south coast is home to the Costa del Sol, with cities such as Picasso's birthplace Malaga and upmarket Marbella being hotspots for holidaymakers. Inland, the Moorish cities of Cordoba and Granada are known for their fantastic fortress and palace respectively, with Granada's Alhambra revealing exquisite Islamic architecture.

The carnival town of Cadiz lies on the Atlantic coast and can easily be reached from nearby Jerez de la Frontera, home of flamenco dancing. Seville is the capital of the Andalusia region and is characterised by its impressive cathedral, which is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus.

Also hugely popular among visitors is the Spanish island of Majorca, whose capital Palma is a popular party spot. If the nightlife isn't lively enough for you here, head for neighbouring Ibiza, home to some of the world's largest nightclubs.

Getting to Spain is easy, with international airports strategically placed in all large cities including Madrid and Barcelona. The road and train networks are excellent and link with all neighbouring countries, making getting around a breeze.