There are so many Spanish cities to explore, it can be difficult to know where to start. It’s lucky that most are a short flight away. Explore Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia. Make time for the museums of Madrid. Or venture to the vistas of Valencia. There are enough options to keep you coming back over and over again.
And that’s before we get to what lies beyond the cities. Spain is steeped in history and boasts the third most UNESCO World Heritage sites of any country in the world. Whether it’s the golden sandstone buildings of Salamanca at sundown or making a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, there’s so much to discover.
Costa del Sol has been a hotspot for over 100 years. Generations of visitors have been in awe of the golden sands, scorching sun and water so clear and blue it invites you in. A wide range of watersports, ranging from kayaking to windsurfing, add to the temptation.
To the south, Andalucía is sun drenched and serene. Sparkling white villas populate the picturesque countryside, before giving way to jaw-dropping coastline. The best way to explore this region is to hire a car and simply get lost. It’s a labyrinth of narrow streets crisscrosses the villages and you’re bound to find a hidden gem or a refreshing cerveza – or both.
When to go
Spain is so extensive that it’d be impossible to see it all in one visit. The best times to visit are April, May, June, September and October. The summer months can get particularly warm, especially if you’re travelling in land.