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A diverse and passionate country, Spain’s modern architecture, vibrant music, colourful culture, and strong history is captivating. Its cities are full of life. Barcelona’s Las Ramblas is a particular gem with great street performers. Take time to meander through Madrid’s amazing art galleries and museums and experience an electrifying flamenco in Seville.
Barcelona is a vibrant and colourful city, packed full of things to see and do. Walk along Las Ramblas, a beautiful promenade of tall plane trees, full of living statues, street performers and colourful flower stalls. The jaw-dropping Sagrada Família is a Spanish icon - designed by Antoni Gaudí and begun in 1882, the basilica is still under construction, such is the incredible intricacy of its Gothic design. You will trip over Gaudí masterpieces at almost every turn; the residential Casa Batllo, uneven grey stone façade of La Pedrera and the expansive views from the peaceful Park Güell are definite must-sees. Don't forget the medieval cathedral, Picasso Museum and the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter.
A modern, active city, its large number of parks and gardens gives it a relaxed ambience. Delve into the historical Spanish soul through the grand paintings at The Prado Museum, see Picasso's Guernica in the Reina Sofia or marvel at the unmatched private collection of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Take in the grandeur of the Royal Palace, people-watch at the elegant Plaza Mayor and perhaps cheer on the Real Madrid at the Bernabeu soccer stadium.
Andalusia delivers on all the classic images of Spain. Explore ornate royal palaces and secluded tapas bars in Seville. Take in the impressive Moorish courtyards of the Alhambra palaces in Granada. See the red and white arches in Cordoba's grand Mezquita mosque and Ronda's plunging gorge and bridge. Wander down narrow whitewashed village streets overflowing with geraniums, catch a hint of orange blossom on the breeze and sip a fino sherry with a platter of olives, jamon and chorizo.
Get your modern art fix at the famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, explore the coastal city and the Basque culture of San Sebastian, sample great wines in the Rioja and follow the Camino pilgrimage route to Santiago de la Compostela.
Nestled in the Mediterranean, each island has its own vibe. Mallorca contrasts lively resorts in the south with peaceful traditional villages along its north shore. In Ibiza, spend lazy days on the beach and active nights in world famous bars and clubs. For a more peaceful and cultural experience, head to Menorca.