Spain's beaches attract countless sun-hungry Europeans to the Iberian Peninsula, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and Ibiza. But Spain has more to offer.
Enchanting nature & cultural highlights
The landscape of Galicia in the north-west, for example, is enchanting with its mythical atmosphere. It was considered the end of the world in the middle ages. Like the La Albufera, a shallow freshwater lake near Valencia that is home to over 250 species of birds, there are nature reserves with rich flora and fauna throughout the country. Andalusia enchants with its white villages, which can be explored very well by cycle. In Granada, the Moorish fortress Alhambra with the beautiful gardens of the Generalife takes you into a world of 1001 nights.
Seville, the lively city on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, is also characterised by Arab culture. Seville's sister in the north, Barcelona, also has a lot of flair. There are many cultural highlights here, beyond Gaudí's unfinished Sagrada Família. Bilbao in the Basque Country deserves a mention. The world-famous Guggenheim Museum by Frank O. Gehry is one of the most sought-after museums for contemporary art in the world.
Islands & culinary delights
Spain's islands are a tourist constant. Like the Peninsula - the half-island, as the Spaniards call the mainland - they also enchant with more than attractive beaches and picturesque bays. The interior of the island offers unspoilt nature, solitude and silence. The Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range in the west of Mallorca is an archaic mountain world with deep blue lakes, narrow gorges and panoramas over the hills and the sea. The Canary Islands offer a world of bizarre rock formations, black lava fields and brightly flowering plants and the famous sand dunes of Maspalomas.
Hiking or cycling, you can take your backpack and fortify yourself with a typical Pan de higos, fig bread, or enjoy a piece of tortilla, the chickpea stew Ropa Vieja - old laundry, and a fragrant Cortado Leche, a heavenly espresso with condensed milk in a bar.