Spain needs no introduction as consistently popular destination for British travellers. However, there are always hidden corners and new things to discover as well as visiting old favourites. Spain’s regions are diverse, from the sunny coast and steamy cities of Andalucia, to sophisticated Madrid, the mountains of the north and the landscapes and culture of Catalunya and Barcelona, there are many different places to visit. The population is 42 million that includes the mainland, Canaries and Balearic Islands. Our 9 day Spanish Explorer takes you to the most beautiful cities in Spain, packed full of cultural attractions, historical monuments, tapas bars and restaurants.
Our Spanish Explorer Highlights
• Free time to explore Madrid, the Spanish capital at your own pace.
• A guided excursion to Toledo taking in the medieval city’s most historic sites.
• Travel by high speed AVE train in no time, between Madrid and Cordoba.
• Visits to 3 of Andalucia’s most inspiring cities to experience the region’s fascinating past and unending passion for life.
Where is Spain
From the Atlantic coast shores with a celtic feel to the beaches of the Mediterranean, through the central plains and southern highlands, Spain is a country of great variety. The proximity of Andalucia to North Africa has meant that the region has been greatly influenced by Moorish culture, not least in the architecture of Granada’s Alhambra and Cordoba’s Mezquita.
The food of Spain has grown in international consciousness in recent years and Spanish restaurants can be found around the world. Famous dishes of course include paella, cured hams, chorizo, and seafood. Little dishes or tapas are very common, particularly in the south, where it is not uncommon to be served complimentary tapas with your drink – the more you drink, the better the tapas! Vegetarians will find some dishes to their liking – but beware – some vegetable dishes may have meat in them. Be sure to add “No me gusta carne” – I don’t like meat!