BEST CITIES TO SEE IN SPAIN GUIDE BEST CITIES TO SEE IN SPAIN GUIDE Spain SHARE Ricky Carbis , April 26, 2012 / 1 Summer or winter, Spain has something to offer any visitor at any time. From its friendly locals and alluring language to its plethora of interesting places to visit, glorious beaches and attractions, it’s somewhere that should feature near the top of everyone must see travel list. But where to go first… here’s a little travel guide and a few suggestions: Madrid Spain Madrid Palace If in search for a taste of true Spanish life then the quintessentially Spanish city of Madrid is well worth a visit. As the countries capital it is the social centre of the Spain and comes with many fascinating traditions and attractions alongside a wide choice of accommodation, restaurants and nightlife suiting all ages, tastes and budgets. The Spanish love their music and food so travellers to Madrid are in for a treat. Many bars play traditional live music and flamenco, the tapas is fabulous (especially in Botin – supposedly the oldest restaurant in the world), and the atmosphere at night is electric. During the day visit the Royal Palace, The Prado, the impressive cathedral or the Templo De Debod – you certainly won’t get bored! Barcelona Antoni Gaudi Barcelona architecture There really is no other city quite like Barcelona and one thing’s for sure – unlike Madrid, it’s not typically Spanish! Barcelona is a fascinating mix of the bizarre and interesting and one of the best European cities to visit over a short break or long weekend. It’s impossible to get bored in Barcelona, and almost impossible not to get lured in by its many charms and attractions. Start you tour with a trip to Park Guell (Gaudi Wonderland) to see some truly surreal sculptures, then to the gothic quarter or the Spanish village to marvel at the architecture. Fill your evenings with paella, music and Sangria in one of the numerous great restaurants and return home knowing you will be back to visit Barcelona again another time. Valencia For those looking for the perfect mix of beach, beauty and culture, head to Valencia. OK, it’s commercial, but we challenge you not to end up becoming the typical tourist and snapping the photos of all Valencia has to offer! Home to many artistic, architectural and cultural delights, sensational nightlife and some wonderful beaches – who could ask for more?! Cadiz Cadiz dates back more than 3,000 years making it one of the Europe’s oldest cities. Located on the southernmost coast of Spain, the local architecture, feel and traditions make the city ideal for exploring and an excellent option if you want to combine some culture and a wide choice of accommodation, bars and restaurants, with some lazy time on some of Spain’s best beaches. Salamanca Now a designated UNESCO world heritage site, Salamanca is a classic university city that has played home to many of the great authors, artisans and thinkers of Spain. It is said that it was here that the Spanish language was first invented way back in the 15th century and, as such, it has some of the best language schools. For visitors you can expect a great city to explore, some wonderful restaurants and good transport links to nearby towns of interest.