In majestic Madrid, the Prado gallery houses haunting El Greco paintings, and 20th-century art fills Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim in Bilbao. It’s easy to pack your Barcelona visit with Gaudi’s eccentric mosaics, while in vibrant Seville the royal palace Alcazar drips with Moorish influence. Snorkel in the warm Mediterranean waters off sandy beaches, threaded along the southern Spanish coast.
Find solice among the bustling resorts surrounding Malaga, or hire a car and head further along the coast of Costa del Sol from Estepona to Nerja. For local flavour, Madrid’s passionate flamenco tradition lives on and is worth seeing in the local tablaos restaurant-theatres. Or discover the Moorish city of Seville and eat out at family-run chiringuitos (beach-side bars).
It's a short walk from Barcelona’s centre to the urban beaches for seaside fun or a thrilling cable-car ride to Montserrat’s hilltop monastery. Paddle at the golden sands of Costa Brava’s resorts, and spot dolphins from glass-bottomed catamarans off Malaga’s coast. Sporty families take to the ski slopes in Sierra Nevada.
In Malaga, take a romantic walk to the craggy ramparts of Gibralfaro Castle for views of the sandy coastline. Wake up in your romantic restored townhouse hotel, to fall in love with hot, sensual Seville. Andalucian neighbour, Granada's Moorish Alhambra, is dotted with carved ceramics and Koranic inscriptions. For solace, it’s easy to lose yourselves exploring Barcelona’s medieval lanes in the Gothic Quarter.