Places of Interest in Spain
With its miles of beautiful beaches and gorgeous climate, Spain has been the European holiday destination of choice since the 1940s. But Spain has more to offer than its beaches… not that the beaches aren’t fantastic, of course!
You could try travelling across the country by train on the ‘Transcantábrico,’ a ‘cruise train’ described as a ‘luxury hotel on wheels.’ It’s designed to offer an eight day trip across some of Spain’s most luscious scenery, passing Leon with its famous cathedral and the Picos de Europa National Park in Asturia, and the Altamira Caves in Santillana del Mar. It leaves from Santiago de Compostela and arrives in Leon (or vice versa), spending most of the journey on rails through ‘Green Spain’ – beautiful and quintessentially Spanish, yet far removed from the Spain of beaches and resorts.
Alternatively try the Basque capital of Vitoria-Gastez, which is now the European Green Capital. Around its mediaeval Old Town is a thriving modern metropolis, so visit the walls and ruins of the 11th-century town, with its tree-lined boulevards and gardens, or the shops, cafes and bars of the modern one.
And no visit to Spain could be complete without Madrid, where the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum shows season-long displays by artists like Gauguin and Klimt. Madrid’s the place for the stylish, the elegant, the unique or the unusual, all to be found in its shopping districts, from the Calle Jorge Juan to the El Rastro Flea Market. There’s something for everyone in Madrid, just as there is in Spain.
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