Seville

According to legend, Sevilla was founded by Hercules and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilisation. It was called Hispalis under the Romans and Isbiliya with the Moors. The high point in its history was following the discovery of America in 1492. Originally founded as a Roman city and now home to three UNESCO…

Cadiz

Cadiz stands on a peninsula jutting out into a bay, and is almost entirely surrounded by water. Named Gadir by the Phoencians, who founded their trading post in 1100 BC, it was later controlled by the Carthaginians, until it became a thriving Roman port. It sank into oblivion under the Visigoths and Moors, but attained…

Ronda

Ronda’s most striking feature is the Puente Nuevo, which spans a gorge over 300 feet deep. Can you guess when the “new bridge” was built? 1793. That should give visitors an idea of how unchanged Ronda has been over the years. Ronda retains much of its historic charm, particularly its old town. It is famous…

Marbella

Situated along the Costa del Sol, Marbella is Spain’s answer to St Tropez. This chic holiday resort is a favoured get-away among the rich and famous and it’s not hard to see why. There’s an endless supply of world-class restaurants, luxury hotels, spectacular golf courses, fashionable shops, a lovely marina and a vast number of…

Malaga

Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the world, founded in the 8th century by the Phoenicians. Today, art is everywhere– you can experience exhibits dedicated to glass and crystal, classic cars, contemporary installations, and, of course, the works of Picasso, who was born here. Wander past banana trees and beautiful fountains as you…

Granada

This ancient Moorish stronghold is today one of Andalucia’s most scenic cities, with a dramatic setting in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, crowned by the graceful Alhambra Palace. It is easy to understand why this 13th-century Arabic stronghold attracts tourists by the tens of thousands. An exquisite ensemble of Islamic architecture and art, celebrated…

Cordoba

Córdoba was once the premier city of the Western World, the greatest metropolis west of Constantinople, and the seat of Europe’s first university. Today, there’s a modern commercial center, but most travelers love strolling the town’s ancient cobblestone streets, peeking through gates for glimpses of lush flowers and beautiful tiled fountains. The Mezquita-Catedral is well…

Barcelona

Barcelona is a vibrant city with a never ending list of things to do; from nightclubs to tours of the Old Town and its pubs, to family-orientated fun-parks, museums, windsurf lessons and more. Art and architecture are a major draw card for the city, in particular the stunning works of Barcelona’s most famous architectural son…

Sagrada Familia

It might be strange that a not even finished building is among the most famous buildings in the world, but the Sagrada Familia belongs in the list for a couple of good reasons. It is a master-piece in progress, and one of Spains most visited tourist sites. It’s a design by Antoni Gaudi, who worked…

Valencia

Valencia is a popular sea-side city on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. While the beach is an obvious drawcard for the city, Valencia’s charm is its emblematic combination of the old and new: Traditional Baroque, Gothic and Neo-Classical architecture is contrasted with the ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences, a massive educational complex designed to…

Toledo

Toledo is one of Spain’s most popular destinations, and with good reason: it has a rich heritage and a long, proud history. It served as the capital of Visigothic Spain between the 4th and 8th centuries AD, flourished under the empire of the Moors, and became the home of the royal court of the Kingdom…

Madrid

Madrid is the capital city of Spain, but also the capital of the Autonomous Region of Madrid. This includes the suburbs of Madrid, but also a number of interesting places that make a good day trip on a visit to Madrid. Madrid has its share of beautiful buildings. Every culture vulture will have a hard…