Holidays to Spain
Madrid vies with a multitude of world-class museums, exotic palaces and bucolic gardens – while the northernmost regions of Galicia, Cantabria and the Basque Country fiercely guard their ancient culture and traditions.
Where to go in Spain
From Madrid, it’s easy to make day trips to the fascinating cities of Toledo, Segovia, Avila and the Sierra de Guadarrama. Or, take a night or two in Granada for its breathtaking Alhambra Palace, or the ancient city of Seville with its fine cathedral and palace-fortress, Alcazar.
When it comes to city breaks, irrepressible, action-packed Barcelona, between the Mediterranean sea and Pyrenees mountains, is home to Gaudí’s artistic flights of fancy – including La Sagrada Família, the city’s unfinished cathedral.
Inland landscapes include the volcanic terrain of La Garrotxa and the quiet backwaters of Aragon – and Navarra, the mountainous foothills of the Pyrenees. While hilly Andalucia makes ideal touring country, with a chance to experience a spot of flamenco dancing and the country’s best tapas and paella.
Don’t forget the likes of the Costas: Costa del Sol, Costa Dorada, Costa Blanca and Costa Brava. While they’re known for their family-friendly beach holidays, they’ve also got plenty of theme parks that rival the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands in terms of appeal for little ones.
When to go to Spain
Starting on Palm Sunday, La Semana Santa (Holy Week) is an unforgettable experience with daily street parades and celebrations in Spanish towns and cities. Other festivals include Las Fallas in Valencia (March), Feria de Abril in Seville (April), or try your hand at tomato-throwing at La Tomatina in Buñol (August).