There’s more to the south of Spain than lounging about on a beach. For those looking for a new cultural experience, the country’s southern quarters has an array of historic and impressive cities that are well worth a visit. Here are some of the top places to go for a Spanish city break.
Barcelona is known for its unique mix of deep history and modern cosmopolitan culture. It sports some incredible architecture, including landmarks such as the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and the Casa Batllo. It’s a centre for art and those that are interested can take a daytrip out to the Dali Museum which is a couple of kilometres away. There are lots of places to eat and drink, including quirky bars and impressive restaurants. On top of this you have the beaches. It’s a city for all kinds of holidaymaker.
Similarly boasting a mix of medieval and futuristic architecture, Valencia is full of sights to see and activities to do. It’s the third largest city in Spain – you may want to book a taxi from a site such as booktaxivalencia in order to get around. Valencia Cathedral is a tourist hotspot, thought to hold the Holy Grail, whilst also containing some gristly Goya paintings. Of all the Spanish cities, Valencia is also one of the best to go shopping. From the rustic markets to the busy high streets, Valencia has it all.
Set in the mountains, Granada is surrounded by impressive views. It’s winding city passageways are home to a number of tapas bars and ancient dungeons. Granada also hosts the world famous La Alhambra – a might palace and fortress complex. It was built by the Moors and so has a distinctly Arabic tone. Visit at night and you will be able to capture the entire sight illuminated with golden lights.
You’ll find this culinary capital nestled between olive groves and vineyards. Unsurprisingly, there are lots of wine-tasting opportunities nearby and lavish restaurants to eat at, as well as opportunities to learn how to cook traditional Spanish meals. The architecture is ancient and there are hidden plazas round every corner. It’s very scenic city that’s great for budding photographers.
Seville is the capital of the Andalusia region and is renowned for its flamenco. Whether you want to watch a flamenco dance or join in, there are many bars in which you can get involved. Seville’s architecture is a mixture of medieval Spanish and Moorish. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is famed for its minaret-turned-bell-tower, the Giraldo, and is also the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb. It’s full of flamboyant plazas and palaces, as well as containing a number of pretty parks. There’s plenty to see and do here making it suitable for a week-long trip.