A country with a passion for life, Spain is the birthplace of Picasso and paella, matadors and conquistadores, Hemingway novels and the tilting windmills of Don Quixote. More than its legends, history and heroes, Spain is a place of undiscovered beauty and sun-washed treasures.
Ready to step off the beaten path and discover the Spanish spots only the locals know about? These are some of our favourite ‘off-the-beaten-track’ destinations in Spain.
In Granada, a city with more than 1000 years of recorded history, make sure you visit the Alhambra complex! The Alhambra was a palace, citadel and fortress for the Nasrid sultans and their servants, elite soldiers and high officials from the 13th – 14th centuries. This 13th-century fantasy of ‘lace in stone’ is surrounded by the resplendent Water Gardens of the Generalife and affords superb views of the Old Quarter, Sacromonte and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Grab your sunnies and spend a day at leisure along Southern Spain’s Costal del Sol, or “Sun Coast ” to see how the locals unwind. Time in Torremolinos gives you a chance to relax, enjoy the sandy beaches and browse the trendy boutiques.
Rock of Gibraltar
Join an exciting excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the two Pillars of Hercules. From atop this monolithic promontory, you can see the North Africa coast on a clear day. On any given day, you’ll most likely see the famed Gibraltar apes (Barbary macaques) and any of the 300 caves that dot the rock’s limestone face.
The welcoming seaside city that gave the world Picasso also enchants visitors with its diverse architecture, sweet local wine, pulsating tapas bar and an ever tastier art scene – rightfully earning the nickname “the new Barcelona”. Experience how the locals eat and sample Malaga’s most distinctive small bites like Alorena olives flavoured with herbs and boquerones (anchovies), served in a variety of ways.
Experience the magical beauty surrounding Barcelona on a memorable guided excursion to the soaring mountains of Montserrat.
Discover majestic Toledo, an incredible melting pot of Jewish, Islamic and Christian influence over the centuries. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, it is one of Europe’s most interesting and unique walled medieval cities.