It’s not the capital, but it’s the one city you should not miss in Spain. Stylish Barcelona has transformed itself into not just one of Europe’s must-go destinations, but also into a major world city. It’s a busy Mediterranean port mixing historic architecture and some of the world’s greatest Modernist buildings (including Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia), but it’s essentially its energy and creativity that make it such a captivating place. Experience its street life, enjoy some of the world’s most creative food, and spend some time at the beach, and it will undoubtedly be your favorite urban Spanish getaway.
One of the world’s cultural centers for over two centuries, starting in the 1200s, this is still one of Europe’s most splendorous cities. It’s home to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Alhambra, and to several other dazzling buildings from that time.
Seville is postcard Spain, a city of Flamenco, bullfighting, and extraordinary Moorish architecture. Its oldest neighborhoods are a picturesque mix of white alleyways and ornate buildings, including Europe’s largest cathedral. Most impressive of all is the Real Alcázar, a royal residence dating all the way back to the late 1300s. The exotic splendor of Seville together with the beauty and variety of its surroundings create the perfect romantic and rewarding city break destination. A long, relaxing break.
Madrid is placed on the world travel map for its outstanding world-class museums. There’s the Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza, but in between are buzzing squares, wonderful parks, great shopping, and an unbeatable nightlife. With its number of world-class museums, outstanding gastronomy, and a passion for the night, Madrid radiates excitement and vitality. This boomtown is one of Europe’s major business centers, and competes with its compatriot Barcelona as one of the continent’s most joyful cities.