Discover some top destinations to visit when you travel to Spain.
There is no superior starting place for your travel to Spain than
the grand and enchanting streets of Barcelona.
There is never a dull moment in this city that literally never sleeps,
especially in the summer months.
Barcelona is studded with the unmistakable modernism of Antoni Gaudi, who
single-handedly landed the city on the architectural map. A stroll down the grand avenue
Passeig de Gracia will take you directly in front of both Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, which
are incredible feats of art and design and fully accessible to the public.
Make reservations to have cocktails and watch the sun set on the Alice
In Wonderland-like rooftop of Casa Mila (only available for the summer season).
Wind your way through the narrow passages of the Gothic Quarter, the
oldest part of town, until you find the overwhelming and unmistakable Gothic Cathedral
(just remember to watch your pockets!).
Just an hour north of Barcelona, in the town of Figueres, is Northern
Spain's most interesting and unique museum. The Dali Theatre-Museum is so
extraordinary because it was designed and constructed by the artist himself and the
collection of his works is unsurpassed anywhere else in the world.
The coastline north of Barcelona, extending to the French border, is
known as the Costa Brava and is one of the Mediterranean's most exclusive and beautiful
vacation destinations. Additionally, Catalonia's countryside is spotted with superb
Spanish wine vineyards and olive groves.
Once you fall in love with Barcelona, it will be extremely difficult
to leave; however, there are a few other gems in the north to explore in order to have
really travelled Spain.
San Sebastian (Donostia)
A blend of cosmopolitan chic and sophisticated resort town, San
Sebastian offers all the luxuries of a big city while providing the Atlantic coastline
with its most popular beach getaway.
San Sebastian, the heart and soul of the Basque region, is widely
known for its world-class restaurants and irresistible tapas bars; its location just south
of the French border has added a unique flare to the culture and cuisine found nowhere
else in Spain.
Just a short bus ride inland takes you to Bilbao, home of Frank O.
Gehry's spectacular architectural triumph, the Guggenheim Museum. This is one
stop that must be made when you travel Spain!
The captivating words of Hemmingway
and the dangerous art of bull running are inescapable symbols of this historic township.
Another cultural staple of the Basque region, Pamplona should be a
stop on as you travel Spain in July when La Fiesta de San Fermin
(Running of the Bulls) takes place over 14 days.
The population of 250,000 explodes to over 1 million, so reserve
a place to stay in Pamplona early or simply do what the locals do: eat, drink and
dance in the streets until the sun comes up and the bulls begin to run!
Months would be needed to travel Spain's diverse cultures and distinct
regions. With more limited time, these fascinating destinations provide an intimate window
into the authentic Spanish way of life.
By Frank Johnson.
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