Spain is one of the best-loved destinations for holidaymakers from all over the world. In fact, it’s become a home from home for many British people, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get an authentic Spanish experience. While the most popular destinations all have their own unique charms and reasons for their popularity, there are plenty of less-travelled areas which have plenty to offer the more adventurous explorer. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing break, fascinating tours of culture and history or an activity-filled adventure, Spain has the destination for you. To help you in your planning, here is a guide to the best destinations to consider.
In the south of Spain, you’ll find a region called Andalusia and the capital city of Seville offers a vibrant setting for some exploration. From the famous flamenco culture and flamenco bars to the Real Alcázar (a stunning example of Mudéjar architecture), this city is the epitome of Spanish passion.
Tenerife is one of the Canary Islands which is located off the coast of West Africa. It has a reputation as a ‘package holiday’ destination, but in reality, it has a lot more to offer. It’s true, it has plenty to offer holidaymakers with its many beaches, resorts, restaurants and tourist activities, but the unique landscape has to be seen to be believed. The volcanic peaks and rugged landscapes could be from another planet entirely featuring ancient lava flows and craters which are some of Spain’s most treasured geological gems. If you’re planning to visit Tenerife, James Villas have a range of luxury villas perfect for Spain holidays.
Another Spanish island, which is famous for its tourism industry is Ibiza, but don’t let its ‘party island’ reputation put you off completely. While it’s true that certain districts offer world-class clubs and bars, the island also has another side. It’s very easy to avoid the clubbing district and spend your time on the quieter beaches and charming fishing villages. In fact, more recently, the island has become known for its yoga retreats.
Barcelona is not the capital of Spain, but it comes a very close second and for many offers much more in terms of culture, architecture and vibrant atmosphere. The artistic community is thriving in this city, and it can be seen in the very streets you walk through as well as the museums and galleries. Climbing Mount Tibidabo will give you an incredible view of the city and the ocean beyond, and thrill-seekers can’t miss the rollercoasters of the Tibidabo Amusement Park which has been there since 1905.
Alicante is often overlooked as a place to visit or stay because tourists often fly into the city’s airport and leave for other regions. However, Alicante has come fantastic attractions which shouldn’t be missed, such as the Santa Bárbara Castle, the buzzing marina and the lovely old town where you can enjoy authentic tapas and drinks.
Valencia is a port city on the south-eastern coast of Spain which is the perfect blend of the old and the new. One of the things which it is famous for is for being the birthplace of paella, so if you’re going to try it anywhere in Spain it may as well be there! It has a stunning old town area as well as more futuristic buildings like the Valencia City of Arts and Sciences which is a complex in the city’s former river bed. There you’ll find an IMAX cinema, science museum, aquarium and an opera house.