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.
Northern Spain often flies under the radar for tourists visiting Spain. Yet, there is so much to see and appreciate here from the architecture to the history and the stunning natural parks. Don’t miss out on the treasures in Northern Spain.
With a wide variety of wild mushrooms it is no wonder that mycological (study of fungi) tours are popular throughout Spain. Looking for mushrooms is a wonderful excuse to walk in the countryside and to learn about the environment and ecosystems.
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.
Two quaint mountain villages full of adventure are in the hills just outside of Madrid. Navacerrada’s claim to fame is that it has the closest ski hill to the capital city, and Cercedilla is an all-around adventure town winter and summer.
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.
This small village may look fairly unassuming now, but it saw its share of excitement in the past.
Driving in a foreign country can have its challenges. Here are some tips on how to survive driving in Spain.
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.
Spain isn't just about old castles and art museums—you will also find a huge diversity when you get back to nature. There are mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers, deserts and canyons all waiting for you to explore.
Only 8km from Granada is the Monachil river which is a rock climber’s dream. Even if you aren’t into rock climbing this is a beautiful trail to walk along with hanging bridges, waterfalls, narrow paths and a stunning gorge going directly along a canyon.