Viva España! Turn up the sun this summer in Europe’s hottest destination, Spain. Just a few hours on a flight from the UK and you can step into a paradise of Latino culture, wine, tapas and beautiful architecture. Whether you’re interested in the colourful history of the country or wish to chill out with a glass of local sangria by the sea, there’s a Spanish city for you this summer. Read our guide on what to see and do, where to stay and how to get there.
Famous for its oranges, the southern coastal city of Seville is right next to the border with Portugal. Many also flock here for the mesmerising flamenco dancing and gothic architecture. The Andalusian capital is the fourth largest city in Spain. Plaza de España is well worth a visit for some photo opportunities as is Parque de Maria Luisa to soak up the Spanish sun and enjoy some relaxation time. The Museum of Fine Arts is a fantastic way to spend a spare few hours admiring the intricate artwork and details of some of the countries most celebrated artists. If you are interested in seeing a Spanish fiesta in full swing try and book for dates around the most famous festivals in the city when the streets come alive with song, colour and dance.
Known as one the most iconic cities in the world, the Catalan capital attracts millions of tourists each year. Discover the architectural gems of Gaudi, the stunning tree lined Las Ramblas, wander around Park Guell, take in the museums and art galleries or simply lie on the beach and watch the world go by. The Gothic Quarter offers stunning plazas with tapas restaurants and boutique shops to find the perfect souvenir or treat for yourself. The charm and culture of the city captivates all who visit here – why not complement your stay in luxury serviced apartments in the perfect location between the beach and main tourist sights, check out Capri by Fraser Barcelona for excellent services and amenities for your stay.
If you are on a budget, Alicante offers city vibes next to a beautiful beach and marina area. By night stroll around the cobbled streets and alleyways to discover stunning bars, restaurants cafes offering the finest local produce. The city also has an excellent shopping district with Spanish labels Mango and Zara featuring amongst the line-up of retail outlets. Don’t forget to grab your beach bag and head down to the unspoilt beach, lined with snack bars, ice cream stalls and fun water sports for all. For an after dinner stroll, head down to the newly revamped marina to admire yachts and sail boats from around the world. You can even take an organised boat tour of the area to see them up close and to discover Alicante’s bay from the sea. Keep an eye on cheap no-frills airlines who often promote great return fares to the nearest airport.