The many regions of Spain offer strikingly different scenery, from the rugged green and rainy Atlantic coastline of Galicia in the north-west and the peaks of the Pyrenees in the north-east, across the high central plateaux of Castille-La Mancha and down to the hot Mediterranean hills of Andalucia in the far south.
It’s not just the landscape and climate that changes – they differ dramatically in character too. Several regions carry the status of an autonomous community and assert a very distinct cultural identity of their own, with their own flags, dialects and festivals.
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Spend some time travelling through the beautiful Andalucian countryside and enjoy sherry tasting in the town of Jerez. This small town in Cadiz is home to the fortified wine made from white grapes, and is the perfect place to learn the history of sherry and sample some of the products.
Experience Spanish fiestas
Spain is the land of fiestas, and visiting during one of their many festivals is the perfect way to take in the Spanish culture. The most well-known of these are the bull running in Pamplona, Las Fallas in Valencia and the Feria de Abril in Seville. For more details about these celebrations, please contact Cox & Kings.
See Ronda & the white villages
Beyond the big cities, explore into the mountainous countryside to the west of Malaga and you will be rewarded with an area dotted with pretty villages of white houses. Ronda is the largest of these settlements with the oldest bullring in Spain, a deep gorge spanned by a bridge and dizzying views out over the surrounding hills. Its beauty inspired writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles.
Explore Picos de Europa
Go cycling, canoeing or rock climbing in this beautiful national park, forming part of the Cantabrian mountains just inland from the north coast of Spain. After a day in the outdoors, treat yourself to a tasting of the tangy blue cheeses which are a speciality of this area.
Marvel at Gaudí’s architectural creations
The Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí changed the face of Barcelona. His unique architectural style can be seen throughout the city. Influenced by nature, he created buildings with an organic form, with twists, curves and contusions, and used tile work to give colour. The Sagrada Familia is probably his most celebrated building, a huge basilica and a Unesco world heritage site. Construction began in 1882, but Gaudí’s plans were so ambitious that works are still ongoing. If you have a head for heights, climb to the top of its spires for a closer inspection of the ornate architecture and for superb views over Barcelona.
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