Visitors often concentrate their stay in the main cities of Spain—Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla and Santander. While the cities have numerous attractions you can learn more about the authentic Spain by exploring the vast countryside. You will find everything from towering mountains to rugged coastlines, lush oak, chestnut and pine forests to deserts or fertile wine regions. You can delve into history and culture by visiting Medieval villages, Moorish castles, Roman Aqueducts and bridges and Celtic Yurts. Each town, village and region has its own personality, culture and often language.
Driving in a foreign country can have its challenges. Here are some tips on how to survive driving in Spain.
Like every country, Spain has its own cultural quirks. If you don't want to stand out as a tourist you will want to learn these few tips.
Arenas of San Pedro is a town chalk full of history and colourful historic figures. This is not a town to miss.
Monastery of Yuste is on the Emperor's trail. Carlos I chose this quiet rural spot for his retirement home to get away from life at the court. You can get more insight into Carlo I's life and the life at a 16th-century Monastery.
Many visitors head to the Costa Brava thinking only of the beaches. But there are many villages that are slightly inland that you should not miss visiting if you are in Girona and along the Costa Brava. These are some of the most historic, cultural and picturesque villages in all of Spain. Travellingaroundspain takes you to our top 3 inland villages in Girona.
The quiet little village Brihuega in the province of Guadalajara is teeming in history. From medieval history with the first Gothic church in Spain to 16th century Royal cloth factory that gave jobs to 1000 workers, to Moorish caves you can immerse yourself in Spanish history.
This quaint and charming village should be on every tourist's must-see list if they are in Madrid. Patones is only 45 minutes from Madrid and yet is missed by many visitors. Be sure to take an afternoon or a day to walk through this delightful village.
Take the time to get to know rural Madrid. There are thousands of well-marked hiking trails throughout the country—all unique and worth getting to know. This post takes you on just two of these hikes in Cuenca.
If you come to Spain and all you get to see is Segovia, you will go home happy. Segovia has a 2000-year-old Roman aqueduct, a medieval castle, a gothic cathedral Roman churches, quaint pedestrian streets filled with artisan shops, and some of the best gastronomic delights in Spain.