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Itineraries to visit Spain

To visit Spain and get a sense of what it is for those who cannot spend long months a choice is enforced. There is too much entertainment, too many attractions, antiquities, festivals, buildings and events for a pleasing, relaxing tour to encapsulate it all. To avoid a race against time we suggest four two week tours and then re-assess your situation after that.

Itinerary One 

So a good idea for a visit in August if the visitor is not keen on super high temperatures is the north west of Spain adjacent to The Bay of Biscay where the climate is more temperate.

This takes in The Basque Country, The Cantabrian Coast, Galicia and part of Old Castile.

The visitor will experience the fascinating cultures of San Sebastian, Irun, Bilbau, Santander, La Caruna, Oviedo, Gijon, Santiago, Vigo, Orense, Ponferrada and Leon.

Principal sights

Cathedrals in Santiago de Compostela, Len, Oviedo.

Itinerary Two

This area of Spain is particularly pleasant at the beginning or at the end of summer for those who seek to avoid the peak temperatures but for sun lovers and water sport enthusiasts there is much to appeal even at the height of the summer. So this itinerary is the border with France, the eastern seaboard south to Barcelona, then centrally to Zaragoza and north to Irun.

The holidaymaker will get chance to explore wonderful cities and communities all with amazing histories. So visit and enjoy the entertainment of Irun, Jaca, Huesca, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Tudela, Tafalla and Pamplona.

Itinerary Three

Here's a wonderful way to spend a couple of weeks especially if Spanish history, her treasures and the artistic heart of this country and her people are of appeal.

So towns and cities with amazing names such as Castile, Burgos, Valladolid, Salamanca, Madrid, Segovia and Toledo will will cause delight and wonder.

Itinerary Four

Try a springtime break to experience the southern regions around Andalucia with its joyous countryside, astounding buildings, antiquities and an incomparable way of life.

Fill the heart and mind with the wonder of Crdoba, Seville and Granada.

Well there you are then, a way to explore Spain for its entertainment in four slice of cake size chunks.

There is another way of accomplishing this exploration of Spain and that is by tracing a highway route or two which can also be used to link up the itineraries and details of these to follow.

What can the explorer expect to become familiar with? Well the great cathedral in Burgos will fill the visitor with wonder and a wealth of photo opportunities. 'El Cid' is buried in the vault under the central dome.

In Salamanca the university has its origins in the reign of Alfonso IX and given its university status by Alfonso X.

It is the most renowned centre for studies in Spain and is the root cause of the cities economic and cultural success.

The main front of the university completed in 1529 is a stone alter-piece with intricate floral decoration, grotesques, as well as mythylogical allusions and hieroglyphics. Again in Salamanca there is the 'Casa de las Conchas' a truly original building and said to be the most Spanish example of domestic architecture, it is a unique building combining Gothic, Mudejar and Renaissance styles.

Just how good were the early stonemasons and builders, well the aqueduct on the road to Lerida from Tarragona is 217 metres long and attains 26 metres at its highest. No mortar was used in its construction and its still there today.

In Badajoz, the Roman amphitheatre could hold 15,000 spectators who viewed fights between gladiators and wild beasts.

Spain is the traditional home of castles and several fine examples can be found around the country. So try the Alczar (Segovia) where the great rectangular keep rises up among gabled towers.

Traditional Andalucian and Spanish gypsy dances are known throughout the world but there are also the 'auresku' and 'zortzicos' from the Basque region. There is the 'jota' from Argon with its superb unleashed fury; Catalonia has the 'sardana', Castile has the 'bolero'. Galicia has the 'mneira' and the war-dances of Santander which retain their purity from the far distant past.

San Sebastian

Formerly the summer capital of Spain.
The whole Spanish government and court would decamp to the city every summer. Northern Spain, independent, fiercely proud and protective of their way of life and traditions. Film festivals, music festivals. Great Spanish people.

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 With its beauty and a well preserved old city built on a hill its centre.
People think that Bilbao is just The Guggenheim, think again . Bilbao is an attractive and vibrant city with a wonderful heritage. Well worth seeing.

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Cadiz Cathedral, Spain

Around 3,00 years ago the Phoenicians arrived in Cadiz and populated the area and it is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Since then there have been several different peoples who have controlled the area and they have all had an impact on the buildings, monuments and traditions. On the southern most coast of Spain this important seafaring city  has preserved an important historical heritage.  Cadiz has excellent beaches and a delicious local cuisine. The Costa de la Luz, divided between the provinces of Huelva and Cdiz, also offers a host of destinations for culture and leisure.  The Doana National Park, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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The historic city of Salamanca.

This classic Spanish City has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
Salamanca University was the first to be founded in Spain and is also one of the oldest in Europe . It was once regarded as one of the best European universities and was attended by some of the greatest and most famous Spanish thinkers, artists and writers.
Salamanca it is said was the birth place of the Spanish language with the production of the first Grammar of the Castilian Language in the 15th century, which became the template and reason for its ability to spread over the world.
Salamanca is the cross roads of The Va de la Plata, the old Roman route that links the north and south of Spain, So for the tourist Salamanca is a good base to explore interesting towns and villages nearby, that are also on the path of this ancient road, such as Guijuelo and Bjar.

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The beautiful city of Valencia.

Capital of the Valencia province on the River Turia in the richest agricultural area of Spain. In size of population it is after Madrid and Barcelona. It is a charming city, light, carefree and confident, where everyone has some claim to an artistic temperament. It is sufficient to see the admirable and amazing cardboard figures which are burnt in the streets on St. Joseph's Day, the " fallas" (read more) to realise that if the population uses such masterpieces as a bonfire, it is because they can produce them with ease just for pleasure. With an ancient culture as its heritage, the Valencian is imaginative and creative. Perhaps the best tourism site in Spain if not Europe and one of the best group of buildings in the world is the " City of Arts and Science". Because the river flooded the city every year it's course was diverted and on the old river bed the Valencians have created an amazing group of buildings.

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The City of Arts and Sciences

(Valencian: Ciutat de les Arts i les Cincies, Spanish: Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) is a futuristically designed group of buildings in the city of Valencia, Spain.

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When you're thinking of the places to visit in Spain Valencia really has to be up there at the top of any list. Both the city and the region have so much to offer from great cities, town and villages to great fiestas and great sporting events. Valencia really does have it all.
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On the coast south of Valencia part of Alicante province in the region of Valencia; Benidorm is possibly the most famous and most popular holiday destination around the Mediterranean sea. Once a small fishing village now a thriving, active all year round holiday destination. Quality holidays at a cheap price with as much entertainment, fabulous beaches and great sights as you could possibly want.

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Just such a great place, spoilt for choice with it's many fine buildings and tourist attractions.

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Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

A privately owned collection of some of the world's finest and most loved paintings. Read More

Best places to visit in Madrid Spain


The magical and charismatic city of Barcelona.
Stroll along one of the most famous streets in Europe, La Rambla is a tourists delight, Enjoy the many fine buildings by Gaudi and all that makes this city one of the finest and most admired in Europe.
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The ancient and mysterious city of Granada.
The Alhambra is one of the most important buildings in Europe and there is so much more to admire about Granada.

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The romantic city of Seville.
Say's an old Spanish refrain, " Quien no ha visto Sevilla, no ha visto maravilla." ( He who has not seen Seville, has not seen wonderment.)
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Perhaps the most Spanish of cities.
Malaga and Marbella in Andalucia, Southern Spain. The Costa del Sol. The golden sun coast. Theatres, museums and old quarters.

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