While images of flamenco, bullfighting and endless tapas spring to mind when picturing a Spanish holiday, the stereotypes barely scratch the surface of Spain, a country steeped in epic history, tradition and unrivalled passion. A visit to Spain is a must for anyone planning a tour of Europe; from the vibrant urban centres to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, the culture-soaked Spanish cities will delight you and the laidback local lifestyle will ensure you’ll want to keep coming back.
Spain's capital, Madrid, is crammed with fascinating museums and is home to one of the world's greatest art galleries, the Prado Museum. Art and culture are central to Madrid life; the steady stream of concerts, exhibitions and theatre productions as well as the stunning fusion of old and new makes this exciting city one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations.
In Barcelona, Spain's largest city, soak up the cosmopolitan momentum of daily life as you marvel at the fantastically unique sightseeing Barcelona has to offer. The iconic pedestrian boulevard, Las Ramblas, buzzes with energy day and night and Antonio Gaudi’s eccentric architecture, including the famous La Sagrada Familia, provides a mesmerising backdrop for life in this most individual city.
Sunny Seville is often described as the 'most Spanish of all Spanish cities'. It is here that you should experience the passion of a flamenco show and watch professional dancers bring the beloved music to life. Between breathtaking historic monuments, sensational cuisine and fiery flamenco, charming Seville is sure to seduce even the most discerning traveller.
Beyond Madrid, Barcelona and Seville, a tour of Spain showcases the diversity and magic of this globally-adored country. In Valencia, savour the laid-back coastal vibe and subtle citrus scent wafting from manicured orange groves. Explore the medieval core and pick up some fresh produce from the fabulous local markets in Spain’s third-largest city.
Don't miss youthful Granada with its distinctive Moorish essence, the beautiful floral city of Cordoba, the ancient streets famous for bull running in Pamplona and the stunning beachside town of San Sebastian. With the second largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world, the wealth of treasures and historical places in Spain await your discovery at almost every turn.
No trip to Spain is complete without savouring some local Spanish cuisine. Spaniards have a passion for food and impromptu stops at lively tapas bars are very much a part of local life; sample an assortment of tapas, from cured ham to patatas bravas, at any time of the day or night. Indulge in some authentic paella for a heartier meal and wash it all down with some sangria or a glass of dry sherry.
Discover the best of Spain on a Trafalgar guided holiday. Let us immerse you in the essence of the Spanish culture and show you the unexpected in a country brimming with natural beauty, passion and vibrancy.