With blissful beaches, spectacular architecture and laidback locals, Spain may well be the ultimate travel destination. With a ton to see, knowing where to start is no easy feat. Thankfully, travel experts Trafalgar have Local Specialists throughout the country who can help you turn your holiday into the ultimate adventure. We round up four Spanish hubs you simply must visit – and what to do while you’re there.
Every trip around the country should include a twirl through Madrid, the vibrant capital. Madrid has a fresh mix of creative cores and burgeoning restaurant hot-spots, as well as a wealth of iconic attractions. Your Trafalgar guide will fill you in on the city’s rich history and culture, while explaining what it’s really like to live there. View one of El Greco’s most famous paintings in the Church of Santo Tomé, explore vibrant Puerta del Sol, and wander up to the ancient hilltop city of Toledo.
Seville has lured travellers to its sunbaked streets for decades. With its old-world glamour: fiery flamenco, Moorish town squares and horse-drawn carriages ambling past whitewashed houses, it’s an energetic and intriguing city. Cutting-edge boutiques, trail-blazing tapas and a flourishing contemporary art, design and fashion scene will keep you occupied for hours, but it’s the food of Seville that really steals the show. Your Trafalgar guide will take you to the Morillo family’s olive oil mill, where you’ll meet the makers and be treated to an Andalusian meal of epic proportions. Learn about local produce and meet a family with deep ties to Seville.
Flanked by the breathtaking snow-covered peaks of Sierra Nevada, Granada is not to be missed. Home to the palace Alhambra, one of Europe’s most historic monuments, the city has a deep history. Feast your eyes on a World Heritage Site as your Trafalgar guide points out Arabic inscriptions and poems carved on the ancient walls.
Spain’s smaller cities are just as loveable as its larger ones. The northern town of Oviedo is wedged between the Cantabrian Mountains and the Bay of Biscay and has an astounding amount of religious architecture dating back to the 19th century. A Trafalgar Be My Guest experience enables you to connect with locals at the Castañón Cider Mill, which was founded in 1938. Get welcomed onto the Castañóns’ property with an espicha, a typically Asturian celebration revolving around cider and accompanied by home-cured meats, slow-cooked cider-based stews and desserts laden with apples plucked from surrounding orchards.
Experience these “pinch me” moments on Trafalgar’s Spanish Wonder, Northern Spain and Best of Spain itineraries. Visit trafalgar.com to plan your European escape.