Rest of Spain

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    With a toss of the head and stamp of a Flamenco heel, welcome to Spain

How to enjoy Rest of Spain

From Matadors to Flamenco (both served with lashings of attitude), mountains to beaches, and pilgrimages to cathedrals such as Santiago de Compestela or the windmills of Don Quixote, the very best of Spain is, well, all over

  • Seville’s Plaza de España is simply stunning, featuring brightly colored Andalucían tiles and a crescent of Art Deco and Neo-Mudéjar buildings
  • Visit the Dalí Museum in Figueres. The building is a surreal work of art in its own right and it houses the largest collection of works by the artist in the world
  • Often described as the world’s most beautiful building, Granada’s Alhambra Palace will enchant with its geometric carvings and soothing fountains

Towards the southern tip of mainland Spain is the glorious city of Seville. The Gothic-Renaissance cathedral claims the position of largest church in the world and contains the 364ft Giralda bell tower and the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Alcázar, the city’s royal palace, dates back to the 10th century and boasts amazing gardens. It would surely be rude to visit Christopher Columbus’s tomb without a trip to Huelva, to see the point from which he set sail on his voyage of discovery. At Muelle de las Carabelas, on the Rio Tinto estuary, you’ll find three life-size replicas of his ships. You’ll also find glorious beaches along this part of the Costa de la Luz.

Clinging to the side of a multi-peaked Pyrenean mountain between Andorra and Barcelona is the spectacular monastery of Montserrat. Take the cable car, not only is it the easiest way to get there, but the views are out of this world. San Sebastián is a lovely Basque city in the north of the country where the mountains meet the Atlantic. For a fantastic and flavorsome introduction to Basque culture, sample the pintxos at as many bars as you can (each has its own specialty). Pintxos are like tapas, but they won’t thank you for saying so.

For swank and glamor, the beachside Marbella is your spot. Designer stores, designer yachts and designer bling abound. It’s fun and fabulous and a great place to party with the stars. And when it comes to parties, Andalucía hosts over 3,000 fiestas every year including fairs, pilgrimages and carnivals. For a week-long party with plenty of sherry and impromptu street flamenco, catch Malaga’s August fiesta. For a stunning display of the region’s finest horses—not to mention traditional dress—catch the Jerez Horse Fair in May.

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    When to visit Rest of Spain

    Visit in Spring to catch the sweet scent of azahar (orange blossom) in southern Spain, plus Seville’s spring fair, the Feria de Abril. They say there's a fiesta for every day of summer, so expect to witness paella competitions and parades by day and drinking, eating and dancing by night. In August much of the country goes on holiday, so expect banks to close at lunchtime and smaller shops to shutter completely until September.

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