SPAIN Holidays

MADRID

Spain is a vibrant land of world-class cities, renowned masterpieces, divine food and wine, swirling Flamenco dancers and exhilarating outdoor activities. First, visit Madrid to relax and appreciate the city’s cultural legacy. With its numerous historical sites, world-renowned art museums and delicious restaurants, Madrid is a great place to visit for travelers. Visitors can stop at the Prado Museum with its collection from the Spanish, Italian and Flemish schools of art. It's a great spot to glimpse into the history of Western art and culture. The Las Ventas Bullring is another venue that tourists will find intriguing. Known as one of the premier bill fighting locations in the world, Las Ventas offers visitors a tour of the stables, as well as the chapel where the matadors pray before entering the ring. A city that never sleeps, Madrid has everything from designer names in fancy boutiques to high profile chefs churning out something to suit your fancy and fancy hotels and tapas bar offering world class service. Your holiday in Madrid should include visits to astonishing art galleries, 17th and 18th century buildings, the Puerta de Sol and the Plaza Mayor and atleast one live music show and one Read Madrid soccer match. There is a huge amount to see and do there, as well as excellent nightlife in terms of bars, restaurants, clubs and entertainment. As the area has been inhabited since Roman times, there are also plenty of historical sites to explore and enjoy. At the other extreme, you can also visit the Bernabéu stadium, home of Spanish football giant Real Madrid. This is usually popular with the younger members of the family, and many of the older ones! For art lovers you are torn between the Prado Museum, with works from the 12th to 19th Centuries including Goya, Velasquez and Rubens, or you can go to the Reina Sofia Museum for art from the 20th Century and beyond. The Reina Sofia houses Picasso's most famous painting Guernica, as well as key works by artists such as Salvador Dali - it gets incredibly busy but is a crucial place to visit! While Madrid is a huge city, and it is easily possible to spend a whole holiday exploring, there is also a lot to see outside the city itself. Suggested excursions include Toledo, former capital of the country and a medieval city full of charm, and Segovia with its extraordinary castle which was used as inspiration for Walt Disney's iconic castle logo.

BARCELONA

Barcelona is the 10th-most-visited city in the world and the third most visited in Europe after London and Paris, with 8 million tourists every year since 2012. With its Rambles, Barcelona is ranked the most popular city to visit in Spain. Barcelona as internationally renowned a tourist destination, with numerous recreational areas, one of the best beaches in the world, mild and warm climate, historical monuments, including eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, many good-quality hotels, and developed tourist infrastructure. Barcelona has become one of the first tourist destination of Spain, it knows how to please the big majority: with a history among the oldest in Europe, a capital, Barcelona, which never sleeps and an inland full of charm not to forget beautiful beaches in La Costa Brava. The variety of artistic treasures, the Romanesque churches and the great names in modern art and architecture , Dali, Gaudi, Miro, Picasso. Barcelona sited between the sea and the mountains, has found a formidable balance: a foot in the traditional things and the other in the avant-garde. While in Barcelona take a little time to visit Catalonia like: Costa Brava owes its name of "wild coast" to the uniqueness of the sudden encounter between mountain and sea. Nature, climate and history, the picturesque of its ports and certain villages have been enough to have a worldwide reputation. Costa Dorada , in the south of Barcelona, it is the color of gold, luminous, being in the maritime littoral the reason of its name "Costa Dorada" (Golden Coast). Known endearingly as the `Second City` of Spain, Barcelona is forever on the biting edge of fashion, architecture, food, style, music and good times. Come and see for yourself why Barcelona is one of the most dynamic and exciting cities on the western Mediterranean seaboard. Walk the narrow streets and wonderful plazas, stroll through las Ramblas and marvel at the magic of the city: stalls full of books, birds and flowers. Let the stunning, avant garde combination of architecture impress your senses, feast on the most delectable of local cuisine and see a show in one of the classic theaters. There is never a shortage of food, fun or exploring to be done. We recommend at least 6 nights in this magnificent city to enjoy its full scope! The Must See`s include: La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, La Rambla, Gothic Quarter, Park Guell, Montjuic Hill, Barceloneta and so much more! This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

VALENCIA

Valencia is not as just another coastal resort town. Yes, the city occupies prime real estate along Spain’s sun-kissed central Mediterranean coast. And a string of popular resorts lines Valencia’s edge. But it doesn’t rest on its pretty beaches. Instead, the city invests in cultural projects, like the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, a futuristic complex built by Valencia’s native son, renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. The Ciudad houses a planetarium, a science museum, an IMAX theater, a performance space, and Europe’s largest aquarium—all in buildings that are works of art themselves. The real beauty of it, though, is accessibility: For free, you can stroll along the 4.5-mile promenade that weaves between the Ciudad’s structures. It’s enticing enough to pull even the most die-hard resort lovers away from the sand. Valencia is a charming old city and the capital of the Old Kingdom of Valencia province of Spainthat is well worth a visit. It is the third Spanish city in terms of importance and population, and the 15th in the European Union, with 810,064 inhabitants in the city proper and 1,832,270 in the Metropolitan Area (INE 2008). It is on the Mediterranean Sea approximately four hours to the south of Barcelona and three hours to the east of Madrid. Valencia is famous for its Fallas Festival in March, for being the birthplace of paella, for hosting the "2007 & 2010 America's Cup", and for the massive architectural project by Santiago Calatrava called The City of Arts and Sciences. The river Turia ran through the centre of the city, but it was redirected a while back and replaced by a beautiful park. This is a very nice place to spend any free time you have in the city on a sunny day. This Mediterranean port city has modern attractions, such as aquariums and science centers, yet it also preserves some of Spain’s most historic architecture and customs. From medieval architecture and Mediterranean beaches, to futuristic cultural centers and gracious urban parks, Valencia is a simmering blend of moods and styles. Founded by the Romans in 138 B.C., Spain’s third-largest city lies on the country’s eastern coastline and is one of Europe’s busiest ports.

BILBAO

Bilbao is a municipality and city in Spain, the capital of the province of Biscay in the autonomous community of the Basque Country. It is the largest municipality of the Basque Country and the tenth largest in Spain. Bilbao is situated in the north-central part of Spain, some 14 kilometres south of the Bay of Biscay, where the estuary of Bilbao is formed. Its main urban core is surrounded by two small mountain ranges with an average elevation of 400 metres The first notion of Bilbao as a tourist destination came with the inauguration of the railway between Bilbao and the coastal neighbourhood of Las Arenas, in the municipality of Getxo in 1872. This way, it became a modest beach destination. However, the real touristic impulse would come with the inauguration of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in 1997, as shown in the increasing tourist arrivals since then, reaching over 615,000 visitors in the year 2009. Bilbao also hosts 31% of the total Basque Country visitors, being the top destination of this autonomous community, above San Sebastián. Most tourists come from within Spain, mainly from Madrid and Catalonia. International travellers come mostly from nearby France, but also from United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy. Bilbao is also an attractive destination for business tourism, mainly thanks to new venues such as the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall, or the nearby Bilbao Exhibition Centre, in Barakaldo. This former industrial city is now a major European arts center, home to cultural attractions including the famous Guggenheim Museum. Start your visit by climbing the Mallona stairs from Plaza Unamuno to Parque Etxebarria or take the Artxanda funicular railway to enjoy some of the best views in the city. Many travelers come to Bilbao to see the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, one of the most renowned art institutions in Europe. The remarkable modern building, with its curved glass and titanium walls, houses art from the mid 20th century to today. Other art attractions include the Fine Arts Museum and the Basque Museum. Bilbao also has a full annual program of cultural events featuring many important exhibitions and performances. See some of these events at the Palacio Euskalduna, a striking modernist building in the city center. Bilbao is known for its sophisticated dining scene, with a host of Michelin-starred restaurants. Try local cuisine such as baby squid and lamb stew. As well as art and food, Bilbao is a city keen on sport. In town there are 18.5 miles (30 kilometers) of cycling lanes, as well as many swimming pools, gyms and parks. Around Bilbao there are nature reserves and hiking trails, as well as several nearby golf courses.

TARRAGONA

Explore this Catalonian beach city for the relics and antiques left by the Romans: museums, old city walls and an amphitheater.Tarragona is a historic beach city in the Spanish region of Catalonia. It is known for ruins left over the last two millennia from the Roman occupancy of the area. Look for museums and remnants, including a recovered amphitheater. Then, soak up the beauty of this area on the Costa Dorada as you sunbathe on the warm sand at L’Arrabassada Beach and take a cool dip in the Mediterranean Sea. Relax in the sun with a picnic on the beach.Visit the National Archeological Museum to see remnants left from the Roman rule of the country. Browse intriguing sculptures, mosaics and ceramics as well as everyday items left by the Romans, such as clothes and coins. Make a trip to the Tarragona Roman Wall, built in the third century B.C. Its towers and wall sections have survived after many centuries. See the Portal de Sant Antoni, a gate on the old city barricade. Built in 1737, the baroque arch is the sole surviving entrance of the walls. Head to the Tarragona Amphitheatre, a second-century Roman arena that had a capacity of about 15,000 spectators. Learn about the rich and, at times, brutal history surrounding the landmark, including the persecution and execution of citizens. Make your way to the Tarragona Cathedral. Admire its remarkable façade with engraved arches, intricate window decorations and large portal doors. It was first built in the 12th century, although it has been renovated and rebuilt many times since then. The Figures of the Apostles built into a column by the entrance and an Adam and Eve impression in the gate are particularly elegant. Explore the first-century Tarragona Circus where horse-drawn carriage races took place. It houses around 20,000 spectators. Take a tour of the arena and imagine the exciting sports and enthusiastic fans from almost 2,000 years ago. Transportation to the Tarragona area is easy via many links from Barcelona. Tarragona is an ideal retreat for spending an afternoon at the beach or browsing museums to see Roman artifacts.

OLITE

Take a trip to Olite, which is 1 mile (2 kilometers) to the southwest of Navarra Media. If you are coming from the Pamplona Airport in Navarra Media, Olite is 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the south. Many of Navarra Media’s most interesting sights are near to Olite, so it is a smart choice as a place to base yourself during your visit. Two attractions that should be on every visitor’s itinerary is the wonderful Bodegas Pagos de Araiz and the ever-popular Puente La Reina. Two other worthy points of interest that are nearby Olite are Bodegas Orvalaiz and the Bodega de Sarria. Be sure to set aside some time to discover the many fascinating attractions Navarra Media has to offer. Start your tour of nearby historic attractions by visiting the Palacio Real de Olite. Those who are traveling without kids will enjoy an hour or two at Bodegas Piedemonte. Sports fanatics should head to nearby Estadio Reyno de Navarra, Pamplona to see the CA Osasuna playing visiting rivals. On match days follow the procession of navy and red, to the stadium, then after the final siren sounds, join fellow sports lovers at a nearby pub, bar or cafe and relive the action over a friendly drink or two. When you’re ready to put your feet up after enjoying the delights of Olite, check in to one of the area's range of short and long stay accommodation options. Whether you’re staying for a night or a few weeks be sure to check out the Parador de Olite, the Hotel Merindad de Olite, and the popular Hospedería de Alesves, Villafranca.