Taking A Holiday In Spain

Spain has become the must-see destination for over 50 million visitors every year, who come to this sun-blessed country to enjoy the amazing culture and ancient heritage as well as the great weather. Whether your tastes are more in tune with the fine art of Picasso or the flavors of a good Paella, Spain has something for everyone. Spain has opened several new airports in recent years, making it much easier to reach parts of the country that were once visited only by the hardiest of travelers. While this may make it more convenient to reach all the great sites, it has also made it more difficult to decide where to go.

For first time visitors, a visit to Spain’s great cities is a wonderful way to begin your trip. Cities like Barcelona, which graces the waters of the Mediterranean along the Southern coast. Originally a Roman port, this ultra-modern city is filled with fantastic sights that will astound even the most well-traveled tourist. Stops at the great Gothic cathedral of Santa Eulalia and Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia are a must. Then enjoy a walk along the beach, hunt for bargains in the many shops and finish the day with dinner at one of the fine restaurants that fill this city. Whether you spend a day or three, Barcelona has plenty to offer.

If you are looking for the perfect beach to work on your tan, then head down the coast to Alicante. This historic town has quickly become one of the top destinations in Spain, with its narrow, winding streets and ancient allure set atop miles of sand. Just a short train ride away is the World Heritage site of Palmeral of Elche. This palm grove is one of the largest in the world, and an amazing place to just sit and relax. If you are looking for something more lively during your beach crawl, then head to Tabarca, once home to some of the area’s most dangerous pirates.

To the south, you can find Murcia. This is the best place to visit if you want a little bit of everything. Murcia boasts mountain regions, a fantastic cityscape, a fabulous Costa Blancan coastline and a wonderful night life. Murcia also has a great surrounding area which can be visited. This includes Mar Menor which boasts an awesome lagoon and some of the absolute finest sunsets that can be seen in the entire world.

If you are looking for a sunny spot, the coastal city of Almeria is one of your best bests. With an average of 330 days of sunshine each year, it is known as one of the warmest, driest areas in Europe. Here you will find the Tabernas desert, which is sure to please the movie buff; it has been the scene of many Hollywood westerns. Others will find delight at Alcazaba, the Moorish castle, which is loaded with history of the region. The Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park is home to Spain’s premier diving areas, on top of hosting its truly brilliant geological features.

The city of Malaga is a favorite of tourists and native Spaniards alike. Situated next to the Costa del Sol, the town is easy to travel to and offers a variety of experiences in a compact area. Anyone wanting to fit in a skydiving adventure, a bull fight, and a visit to the renowned Picasso Museum (all in one day) must fit this town and the surrounding areas into their travels.

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