Spain is actually divided into seventeen different regions, including two groups of islands. Each region has its own special identity. From the glorious coastal areas to the mountainous north. Incredible vibrant cities and beautiful areas of countryside. Spain has it all, and here we explore some of the most exciting regions to visit.
Galicia is known throughout Spain as Green Spain. And the verdant green coastline that makes up most of this area is reminiscent of Ireland or parts of Scotland. Most people that visit this part of northwest Spain do so to visit the main city Santiago de Compostela. With one of its biggest attractions being the wonderful cathedral. If you are a lover of seafood, Galicia has a fine reputation for having the best seafood and fish in the whole of Spain. Considering Spain’s culinary reputation for the fruits of the sea this is a huge accolade. You will find this part of Spain less crowded than the Costas and the beaches in Summer are divine, with plenty of room to relax and stretch out.
Known for its amazing beaches Catalonia is a favorite part of Spain for tourists to visit. The main attraction is the superb Mediterranean climate ideal for summer holidays. The Costa Brava is a particular favorite for Northern Europeans to visit, with its beautiful turquoise waters perfect for swimming. For those who like city life then Barcelona is one of Spain’s most cosmopolitan cities. It simply has everything, from glorious beaches to stunning architecture. Particularly famous is Las Ramblas, the exciting boulevard in the heart of the city. With its street entertainers, bars, cafes, and tourist shops it is a major hub for visitors to frequent.
Madrid is both a city and a region. With its central location it is the ideal place for the capital of Spain. This large metropolis has its own unique feeling to it, and although it is one of the most populated areas of Spain it never seems to be rushed or packed. The people of Madrid have their own laid-back style, they like to dress well and love the finer things in life. Enjoying the tapas and other culinary delights is something to take time out for, work can be done later. Madrid also has an incredible cultural scene with many world class galleries and museums including The Prado and Reina Sofia. The Royal Palace is also splendid viewing along with the many parks that act as the lungs of the city.
Located in southern Spain on the Mediterranean, Murcia is a well-known holiday destination. Its beaches are superb, and the glorious white sands of the Costa Calida draw tourists from all over the world. Murcia is fortunate to have all-year around warm climate which obviously helps the tourist industry. But the capital city is a typical university town and has some great buildings to admire and discover. One of the famous areas of Murcia is La Manga which has many fine restaurants, shops and hotels.
These four areas of Spain are just a glimpse of how diverse Spain really is. From the beaches to the great cities there is no other place quite like it in Europe.