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Around Spain Itineraries

Granada Tapas

Spain’s Basque Country Capitals in 3 Days

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Start exploring here:
Barcelona … The cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia that rarely (if ever) sleeps
Camino del Norte … An ocean and mountain lover’s pilgrimage
Camino Frances … A sacred walk into prehistory, history and nature on the Camino de Santiago
Canary Islands … Where it’s Spring all year long
Madrid … Spain’s creative energetic center
Seville … Seville is Spanish for romance
Via de la Plata Camino de Santiago … One of five main Camino pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, Spain


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Andalucia

Located in the south of Spain, Andalucía almost touches Morocco in North Africa at its western end. Indeed, its name derives from when Moors from across the sea ruled most of Spain and named this part Al-Andalus.

Today the Province of Andalucía occupies almost one fifth of the country. This sun-kissed land attracts nearly 10 million tourists every year, most of whom arrive to enjoy the 900 km (560 m) of coastline known as the Costa del Sol and the magnificent mountains of the Sierra Nevada.

The jewels in the crown however are the fascinating old Moorish cities of Granada and the Alhambra, Córdoba with its fabulous Mosque and Seville complete with its magnificent Giralda. All of these boast architecture not seen elsewhere in Europe and are absolutely unmissable!


Costa del Sol

Nowadays the renowned Costa del Sol stretches beyond Málaga to the east and the west. To the east many aim for the relatively sophisticated resort of Nerja. Meanwhile, to the west folks are spoiled for choice as they head towards the famous seaside towns of Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengerola, Marbella and Estepona.

If sitting on the beach and enjoying activities is your thing, that’s fine. But if you feel the need for a little fresh cool air and culture, head into the nearby Axarquía mountains. Visit a some of the fabulous ‘white villages’ like Cómpeta and Frigiliana.

Take a day trip to Granada and marvel at the magnificent Alhambra Palace. Ronda with its stunning Puente Nuevo also makes a great day trip as does a drive to the white town of Antequera. All these can be easily reached from the Costa del Sol itself.


Basque Country, Bilbao and San Sebastian

Straddling both France and Spain, Basque territory is rich and varied. Its interior possesses steep green Middle-Earth-like mountains and lush intimate valleys teaming with diverse ecologies and life.

The ancientness of the Basque people and their language—euskera—may go as far back as Upper Paleolithic hunter and gatherers. It more certainly has firm roots in the Neolithic of early farmers in Europe.

The Basque people have long been famous for their seafaring skills. Out at sea, abroad, and right here at home, food and deep connections to the land and ocean are paramount to Basque culture and life. As a result, and combined with innovative creativity, Basque chefs are famous for turning farm- and fish-to-table cuisine into major experiences.

Anywhere you venture in Basque Country, this seemingly small territory packs in a lot of diversity along with a warm and welcoming culture and people.

One of the most famous treks begins for many here, in the Basque town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. This is the traditional last place pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela stop before crossing the Pyrenees on the Camino de Santiago.

Check out Spain’s Basque Country Capitals in 3 Days … to discover the historic, cultural and culinary idiosyncrasies of each.


Catalonia and the Costa Brava

The autonomous Province of Catalonia lies in the north east of Spain. It stretches from Valencia in the south to the Pyrénées and the French border in the north. Catalonia is probably best known for the lively beach resorts of its Costas Brava and Dorada. Above all Lloret de Mar, Salou and Tossa de Mar which reside either side of Barcelona but also others less well known.

However, Catalonia also includes the colourful, cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, with its fantastical Gaudi architecture and the world famous Ramblas.

Although most visitors head for the coast, the interior mountain ranges, including Montserrat with its remote Benedictine Abbey, offer a great deal.


Córdoba

North of Seville and Granada and equidistant from both, Córdoba is the archetypal Moorish city. It sits on the banks on the Guadalquiver, and both halves of the city are connected with a magnificent Roman bridge.

Full of wonderful Christian and Moorish architecture, the standout is the stunning Mezquita or Great Mosque seemingly pierced by the tower of a 16th century Cathedral rising out of its heart.


Granada and the Sierra Nevada

Exciting and romantic with historic streetscapes and districts, Granada is home to the incredible 14th century Alhambra fortress standing proud above the city. The integrated complex of palaces and gardens includes the Generalife Summer Palace, and one of Europe’s most popular places. Don’t miss the Cathedral built on the site of the former Great Mosque and do explore the old neighbourhoods of Sacromonte and Albaycin.

Granada is in the foothills of the mighty Sierra Nevada mountain range, an alpine paradise of winter ski resorts and traditional villages dating from Moorish times.

To whet your appetite check out Granada Tapas … and squeeze in as many tapas bars and local delicacies as possible.


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