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7 Jul

Awesome City Breaks in Spain

There are many people who travel to Spain just for the beach resorts, and I do get it, a bit of R’n’R with sun, sea and sand is a great way to take a break. However if this is the only side to Spain you’ve ever seen then you really are missing out! The cities of Spain are amongst the most vibrant in Europe, full of culture, regional flare, world class museums, there is so much to do! Each with their own distinctive personality there is so much to discover and explore with a city breaks in Spain. Flights to the cities from the UK are so affordable as well.

Barcelona

Bohemian Barcelona was somewhere I had wanted to visit for so long. The proud capital of Catalonia holds on firmly to it’s traditions and identity and has a very different feel to the rest of Spain. There is something very special about taking a stroll along the world famous Las Ramblas hopping between tapas bars, soaking up the lively atmosphere.

The incredible architecture and designs of Gaudi have left such an amazing unique stamp on this city. The cathedral Sagrada Familia has to be seen to be believed, those towering spires are dream like. Exploring Psychedelic Park Güell is brilliant, one of the most amazing parks in one of Europe’s greatest cities, with the views over the city, it is not to be missed. This city is full of bold creativity, it is buzzing!

Image of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia – Barcelona

Madrid

Regal Madrid really does have a different personality to Barcelona. Where Barcelona is filled with the Catalonian creativity with a laid back but vibrant bohemian feel, Madrid feels like a royal city stamped with the statues and monuments paying tribute to rulers of years gone by. It is almost as if the whole city is a museum. But don’t let any initial impression of this city being a bit uptight fool you, this city knows how to let it’s hair down! Madrid’s night life is legendary! Many people say that Madrid has the best nightlife in the world, the madrileño are regularly still out way after the sun has risen. If you have the stamina it is an amazing experience! The Prado National Museum is a truly world class gallery housing works by El Greco, Goya, Raphael, Titian, Velazquez, and Rembrandt to name a few…it is listed by TripAdvisor as the number 1 thing to do in Madrid.

Image of Plaza Mayor in Madrid

Plaza Mayor – Madrid

Toledo

The historic former capital of Spain is a photographers paradise. This city set on top of a hill with bridges crossing the surrounding River Tagus acting almost like a moat is full of stunning views, beautiful old buildings and fascinating narrow winding streets. It’s a city where getting lost is inevitable…but enjoyable and discovering some more smile inducing scenery round the next corner is something which happens with such regularity it is such an enjoyable place to visit. Toledo can be enjoyed as a day trip and excursions can be booked from most major destinations.

Toledo

Valencia

Valencia is a great place to combine a city and beach break. We only spent a short amount of time here but as soon as we arrived wished we had longer. It is a lovely city and somewhere which really feels full of life. The historic centre is beautiful and great to wander around and explore on foot. Valencia has one of the most striking buildings I have ever seen, The City of Arts and Sciences is a huge complex which includes Europe’s largest aquarium, not to be missed. The food in Valencia is incredible too…Paella apparently originates from the area…that’s something which has to be done right?

Image of beach in Valencia

Valencia

Seville

Seville was a city which just kept throwing surprises at us, we really fell in love with this city. We visited during the Easter festivities of Semana Santa, it’s one if not the biggest of the celebrations in Spain. Each of the churches in the area holding parades carrying floats depicting religious scenes, some of which are hundreds of years old, which end at the beautiful cathedral in the city centre. Some of the parades are huge, the whole city turns out for the celebrations, we were lucky to visit at this time of year. Besides this though there are so many other reasons to visit this friendly city. The Moorish influence is on full display here, it was fascinating exploring the Alcazar, a setting which has been used by the TV series Game of Thrones, somewhere which transports you to a different world.

Thanks For reading…Happy Travels!

Tom – My Travel Mission – www.mytravelmission.com

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