Friday, August 9, 2013

Make the Most of Spain

March 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Travel Guide

In my eyes, Spain is undoubtedly top of the list of the world’s best tourist destinations! With everything from the finest beaches to stunning mountain ranges, fascinating cites and beautiful islands, one thing is for sure; you will not tire of exploring this wonderful country.

Travel by car is a great way to see as much of Spain as possible, and with car hire in Spain reasonably priced it can be more cost effective than other modes of transport, whilst also giving the freedom to head further off the beaten track. This way you can get a true taste of Spanish culture, which is projected by friendly locals, phenomenal cuisine and a generally relaxed atmosphere (at least once you escape the hustle and bustle of the major cities, especially Madrid and Barcelona). A coastal driving holiday from the beautiful beaches of the Costa’s on to Valencia, and if you have time further to Barcelona will give the opportunity to see some of Spain’s most popular summer resorts, with the benefit of being able to avoid the crowds and explore some of the quaint little towns and villages dotted along the Mediterranean coast. Also, it’s a great chance to take advantage of some spectacular golf courses in this region.

Valencia is Spain’s third city and arguably the most stunning (and my personal favourite place in mainland Spain) . Whilst the history and sights of both Barcelona and Madrid are impressive, and definitely worth seeing, Valencia offers something different; it has a modern and cosmopolitan feel combined with great architecture and museums. It is renowned for great nightlife and thrives on festivals such as Las Fallas. The architecturally stunning City of Arts and Science attracts millions each year and is a must see, as are the numerous gardens around the city.

If like millions of others each year you decide to head to the amazing Balearic Islands, the chances to head out and explore more than just the mega resorts are as equally appealing than back on the mainland. I continued the journey by car from Barcelona to Palma, via the daily ferry, but Car hire Mallorca is readily available due to the huge volume of holiday makers, as is the case in Ibiza. My advice for the Balearics would be to get your fill of the likes of San Antonio (Ibiza), Magaluf and Palma (Majorca), then head out and visit areas such as the pine forests and olive groves of Sierra de Tramuntana on Majorca’s northwest, and in Ibiza to leave behind the crazy clubs and bars for a few days of recovery, trying to unveil some of the more secluded, white sandy beaches dotted around the island.

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