Nikki Beach Ibiza
Blue Marlin, Ibiza
Barcelona Gothic Quarter
Plaza Reial, Barcelona
Plaza de Cibeles, Madrid
Visiting Spain, tucked into southwestern Europe, is like sifting through a beautiful potpourri. Within this geographically and culturally diverse country, there are many, many layers hence why Spain is such a beloved travel destination.
Madrid, the capital, is full of delightful bars and tavernas serving mouth-watering tapas for all budgets. The La Latina district is one not overrun by tourists and where the locals still go to meet, dine, drink and laugh. Art lovers, the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen are some of the best in the world, plus only a five-minute walk between each venue (it's called the art triangle). In Spain, they love their football. Did you know Madrid is home to the club that has won the most championships in the world? You can take a tour and enjoy lunch or dinner at a restaurant overlooking the famous Real Madrid stadium.
Contemplate a day trip to Toledo, once the former capital of Spain, and enjoy the city of three cultures as it was also once home to Christians, Jews, and Muslims during the same period. An overnight stay is recommended to appreciate the cobblestone streets that lead to historic stone buildings, arches, and authentic restaurants offering local wine and fresh food.
Barcelona is an enthralling seaside city with more boundless culture, fabled architecture, and a world-class drinking and dining scene to explore. Feast on a hearty, rich paella at an outdoor table overlooking the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, discover architectural treasures 2000-plus years old while the hills behind provide hiking and bike riding. At sunset, head to a terrace bar or dig your heels in the sand at a rustic beachside chiringuito (temporary snack bar). At night, music transforms Barcelona with everything from the rapid-fire rhythms of flamenco, brassy jazz to concerts and clubbing scene. Bars fill, and most are open to 3 am: perfect for the night owl.
Move away from the main cities and discover the quieter, intimate side of Spain. The Camino de Santiago walk called the "Queen of all Walks" is long, and it can be done in stages. Along its well-trodden path are Gothic cathedrals, medieval villages, the beautiful people, and more food and wine.
For the party animals at heart, go straight to Ibiza, the beach club capital of Europe. Famed for its pulsating clubbing heart and sunburnt revellers. Bars, restaurants, and resorts cater to everyone.
Ole and welcome to Spain! It's loving, classy, and enthusiastic.
Spain is a fantastic holiday destination all-year round, however spring and autumn are the ideal times to visit, when temperatures are more pleasant and the beaches are not as packed with tourists as they can be in the peak of summer. Prices are generally a little cheaper at these times also.
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