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As if painted by Picasso himself, Spain is a country full of colours, quirky details and magnetic charm. Each region has its own distinct identity, from the Catalan charm of Barcelona and the stunning metropolis of Madrid to the mountainous Granada in Andalusia, its major cities have so much to see. Spanish islands like Mallorca and coastal regions like the Costa del Sol have an abundance of natural beaches and picturesque villages on offer, while the country's delectable food, architecture and art are found throughout the country, you just have to look.

Our guide to Spain

Best time to go

April - October

Average Temperature

Change Month

33°C/ 92°F

With 45 UNESCO Heritage sites, including the medieval fortress Alhambra and its adjacent Generalife Gardens, Spain certainly packs a punch when it comes to history. Additionally, the monumental complex of Alcazar and cathedral of Seville are two unparalleled points of interest. If you find yourself near Seville or Malaga around Easter, you may be lucky enough to witness the dazzling spectacle of Semana Santa. Having taken place for over 500 years, large crowds parade through the streets every year under the rhythm of lively, local music.

For more modern experiences, explore the works of the architect Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona. The towering, unfinished cathedral La Sagrada Familia is undoubtedly his most famous work, but it’s also worth visiting the surreal Casa Batlló, or relaxing in the sunny Park Güell. In the nation’s capital, Madrid, visit the Prado Museum for the best national art on offer, before heading next door to the lesser known Thyssen Museum and the Reina Sofia to feast your eyes on international masterpieces. Those looking for more relaxation than landmarks will find it on islands like Mallorca, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Boasting some of the most stunning resorts in the world, Spanish holidays spent on the beach come with some truly unbelievable scenery. White sand, warm Mediterranean water and a number of all-inclusive options make Spain an ideal family destination, as well as a perfect refuge for relaxation. If the aforementioned islands don't pique your interest, coastal regions like the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca certainly will.

Once you have taken in the sites, and the sun of course, it’s time to experience world-renowned Spanish food. While paella and tapas are absolute musts throughout the country, local delicacies are not to be missed. Try the Majorcan spicy Sobrassada sausage, Escudella soup in Barcelona, or bite into crispy fried seafood along the Costa del Sol. For the adventurous among us, orejas (pig’s ears), crestas de gallo (rooster’s comb) and callos (tripe) are authentic recipes ready to intrigue your senses. Life unfolds at its own pace in Spain, and when the sun sets over the ocean or mountains, people flock to bars and restaurants. Join them with a glass of wine in hand, and experience the colourful architecture, friendly faces and delectable food that make Spain a truly unforgettable experience.

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