If there is one country in Europe – or indeed the world – which has more than its fair share of beaches, cities and islands to visit, it is surely Spain.
There is quite simply too much for the average person to see and do on one trip, unless you have a good few months in which to explore the country from top to bottom that is!
Throughout Europe and the world each summer, thousands upon thousands of tourists take cheap holidays to spain which invariably takes them to the party islands of Ibiza or Tenerife, or maybe on a city break to Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga or maybe even Marbella.
But whilst these places are and will continue to be eternally popular, Spain still has so much more to explore.
So if you want to get away from the usual cities, why not try and discover a hidden gem few others have on their travel wish list?
The Spanish City of Valencia
Valencia is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain but unfortunately gets somewhat overshadowed by the bigger and more famous cities of Barcelona and Madrid.
However overlooking Valencia would be a mistake as there is so much to see and do, no matter you age, interests or budget.
The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia was designed by the local architect Santiago Calatrava and is fast becoming one of the leading music, theatre and opera houses in the whole of Europe.
Take in a show or simply marvel at the amazing exterior architecture.
Or if opera is not your thing, explore the city’s Botanic Garden which was founded way back in 1567.
Enjoy the City of Zaragoza
In the north of the country sits the impressive city of Zaragoza, which because it remains largely ignored by most tourists is still reasonably priced and perfect for those looking for budget holidays with a twist.
The Romans have left their mark on the city which means that there are plenty of sites for you to explore.
There are Roman forums, theatres, walls and baths, all of which are well preserved and come highly recommended.
If Roman ruins do not float your boat, find a nice relaxing restaurant and experience the delights of Aragonese cuisine, with chicken, pork and lamb featuring heavily on all menus – it is a real meat lover’s paradise!
See the City of Bilbao
What do you know about Bilbao? Perhaps more than you think you do once you explore the sights and events which make the city famous.
In fact, if art is your thing, you’ll love Bilbao. Be sure to venture into the world-famous Guggenheim Museum which houses over six thousand works of art spanning many different eras of human history.
But if you are more of a daredevil, you may be tempted to coincide your trip to Bilbao with the infamous Running of the Bulls.
Around twelve bulls are released in the town and the idea is to try and outrun them – but be warned, deaths from bull goring are not uncommon! In fact, it is best to avoid in all honesty!
Spain has wealth of places to visit. If you want to get away from the overcrowded beaches and tourist filled city centres, try a less well-known but equally as fascinating city somewhat off the beaten track!