Tapas & Wine
Stunning, sophisticated and sun soaked, San Sebastián welcomes you to indulge in its turquoise beaches and unrivaled cuisine. Known for having some of the best food in the world, you’ll have your choice of Michelin-starred pintxos bars, or tapas bars, namely in Parte Vieja. But before you sit down to eat, lay at the Playa de Gros, Playa de Concha and Playa de Zurriola — all world renowned for their warm water and great surf. Shoppers will appreciate Área Romántica, the town’s elegant shopping district.
The natural border between Spain and France, this range is as mysterious as it is majestic. Largely populated by the Basques, the mountains are covered in green hills, misty forests, and snow-covered mountains. Drive along quiet country roads and you’ll come across luxurious vegetation and delightful mountain towns. Points of interest include the Parque Nacional de Aiguestortes for hiking, the Church of Sant Climent of Taüll, which was erected before the 10th century, and the village Montgarri — which is best visited by dogsled.
Colorful, enchanting and full of fútbol fans, this seaside city will keep you occupied for days. Tourists flock here to see the Gothic and Gaudí architecture, and for a good reason — these whimsical buildings seem like something out of a dream. La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and Casa Milà are among Gaudí’s public masterpieces, with other famous pieces inside Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Nearby, the mountain town of Montserrat has religious history dating back to 880 AD.
The fabric of the country is instantly felt in Madrid. With an energizing nightlife, world-class art and an unparallelled cuisine, you’ll fall in love with Madrid’s infectious passion for life. This capital city is most known for its art scene, where pieces from Picasso, Dalí and Miró can be viewed at world-renowned galleries such as the Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. You also can’t miss the Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s grand central plaza. Another iconic site: The Plaza de Cibeles, a neo-classical complex and fountain.
Home to an international student population, this ancient town was made famous for it’s historical heritage. It’s central attraction — the 17th century Plaza Mayor — must be seen at night, as the lighting makes it truly unforgettable. While there are dozens of ancient structures, to see, don’t miss the the Old Cathedral and San Marcos. And with buildings and structures that represent Romanesque, Gothic, Moorish, Renaissance and Baroque, the college has an impressive history of its own, dating back to the 13th century.
A vibrant port city, Valencia is where contemporary architecture harmoniously blends with Medieval history. The third largest city in Spain, Valencia has a thriving culture that’s upheld by its creativity in art, cuisine and city planning. To get a taste of the avant garde architecture, visit the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, as well as the aquarium. But when you’re ready for a contrast, stop by the Llotja de la Seda, 15th century Gothic mercantile exchange as well as the Torres de Serranos, which are towers built in 1392 offering outstanding city views. If you want a taste of the local handicrafts, check out the Mercado Central, featuring over 1,000 local vendors.
With a complicated yet thrilling history dating back to the year 711, Granada is an alluring historical spectacle. This city’s historical significance is perhaps best viewed in Alhambra, the gorgeous Moorish palace. Other sights include the Albayzín district, with narrow streets rich in folklore. Make sure to walk along Carrera Del Darro, one of the city’s oldest streets that’s known for performances, vendors and cafes. The ornate Monasterio de San Jerónimo is also worth a visit, as it features 1500s Renaissance style.
Famous for flamenco dancing (which you can find in the Triana neighborhood), this sunny city has historical layers, seasonal moods and gorgeous sites. You’ll definitely want to visit the phenomenal 14th-century Alcazár castle, an unbelievably detailed palace with captivating gardens. There’s also the world-famous Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring, which hosts the most famous bullfighting festival in the world every April. Seville’s Gothic Cathedral is also a site to see, as it’s the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, and the third largest church.
Celebrated for being a place to party, Ibiza is one Europe's favorite nightlife destinations. If fine dining, water sports, clubbing, and lying on the most beautiful beaches in the world appeals to you, consider taking a holiday to Ibiza. Playa d’en Bossa and Talamanca are wonderful for passionate beachgoers. And if you want to retire from the party, there is history and peace in the adjacent countryside to immerse yourself in. The ancient streets of Dalt Vila are home to the Gothic-style Catedral de Santa María and seven Renaissance era bastions. And if you really want something special, have a boat take you the Island of Es Vedrà, a beautiful, isolated nature reserve. The turquoise water and white sand of Ibiza do not disappoint.
The largest member of the Balearic Islands, Majorca is a good choice for visitors with children and especially lovely in spring. Kids love Majorca's family beaches and wide range of aquariums and marine parks. The Cuevas del Drach, a network of interconnected caves complete with vast subterranean lakes, offers exploration for those who want something off the beaten path. Palma Cathedral is a lovely Gothic edifice overlooking the sea, and not far away is Bellver Castle, a perfectly circular medieval castle on the hill that serves as the city's history museum.
Santiago de Compostela
The capital of the autonomous region of Galicia, Santiago has a very strong local character, and yet is cosmopolitan, as 300,000 Camino pilgrims come to Santiago every year. Old Town is breaktaking - rebuilt several times, it is a patchwork of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque buildings. Nearby is Cape Finisterre, a wild land's end that was the western edge of the known world until Europeans discovered the Americas. And of course no trip to Santiago is complete without visiting the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, without a doubt the symbol of the city.