What to see
Starting in the North of Spain, you encounter the cities of Vigo, La Coruña, Bilbao and San Sebastian. Vigo is a charming little village where you can explore the delicious nautical cuisine and the interesting local history. La Coruña is famous for its delicacy ‘Barnacle’, this is a seafood that is caught on the cliffs nearby the stormy sea. If you think of Bilbao, then you automatically think of the Guggenheim museum, a must-visit for sure!
Next up is the East Coast of Spain with cities like Barcelona, Valencia, Murcia, and Cartagena. In Cartagena, you should visit the ancient Roman theater, in Barcelona the Sagrada Familia and other impressive architecture of Gaudi. Valencia and Murcia have some great and sunny beaches, but you should also visit the Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia!
The South of Spain or otherwise called ‘Andalusia‘ has many famous cities like Granada, Malaga, Cadiz, Cordoba, Marbella, and Seville. In Cordoba, an interesting building to visit is the Mezquita, this is the ancient and stunning Mosque of the city. Another crowd-pleaser is the accessible Alhambra in Granada, a medieval and breath-taking Arab fortress.
Next up, is Madrid, the capital. You have to see the impressive Palacio Real and the famous Puerta del Sol. You also cannot miss a visit to the odd one out: Gibraltar. This is a little part of the UK that lies in Spanish territory and is the most southern point of Spain. You can see Morrocco across the see and entertain yourself with a visit to the monkeys.
Spanish islands like Ibiza, Canary Islands, Mallorca, and Menorca make a great holiday destination. In Mallorca, you can’t skip a visit to Bellver Castle. Did you know that this island is an accessible sports paradise and also has a lot of accessible beaches?
Spain is a very diverse country, with lots of different climates, landscapes, and cultural highlights. Mediterranean cruises have stops in the ports of Spain as well. Read all about it here. Another way to explore the country and its different cities is by train.
The Spanish people are a very relaxed and enjoyable population. Therefore, everything tends to be at a slower and later pace. It is custom in many cities that the shops etc. close for a couple of hours in the afternoon for the siesta. As a result, the shops stay open until later. You pay with the euro here as well. Tips about tipping in Europe you can find over here.