Spain is home to some of the most enchanting cities in the world. The country’s rich history and lively culture make it one of the most visited countries in Europe. The natural views, the architecture, the people, and the culture make the cities of Spain charming holiday getaways. But seaside resorts and flamenco dancing aren’t the only reasons to visit this splendid country. Some of the best hidden gems in Spain are the small towns and cities that keep tradition alive and industry to a minimum.
Just about an hour drive from Malaga, Granada is home to some of the most amazing architecture and stunning views in Spain. It is famous for the Alhambra Palace, but skiing, nightlife, and Flamenco draw visitors from all over the world. At the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, its location is the perfect place for a holiday from autumn until spring. The summer can be hot and dry, but as it is not far from the Mediterranean Sea, enjoying summer days by the ocean and warm nights in Granada make an excellent relaxing getaway any time of year.
An enchanting medieval city built on the mountainside, Cuenca is located between Madrid and Valencia in one of the least populated regions in Europe. There are plenty of churches and museums to visit or you could just walk through the charming cobbled streets of the old town. Because of its position atop a cliff between two ravines, Cuenca has some of the most unique architecture you will ever see. Casas Colgadas, or Hanging Houses, are literally built into the side of a cliff and overhang the Huécar Gorge. The architecture and views are well worth the trip to this out-of-the-way Spanish city.
Ronda is a small town set at the edge of a wide canyon in the Serranía de Ronda mountain range. It is just 60 km from Marbella, and the town is split in two and is connected by a bridge the spans the gorge. There is a longstanding tradition of bullfighting, and Ronda is home to one of the oldest bullrings in Spain, and the only one made entirely of stone. The town is a great place for architecture and gorgeous views, and the city park that runs along a cliff should not be missed.
Often referred to as Spain’s most romantic city, Seville is a wonderful place to take in the local culture and enjoy everything Spain has to offer. The heart of Andalucia, it is said to be the home of flamenco and bullfighting. Take a walk through the city along the cobblestone streets and you will feel the same inspiration many writers and musicians have felt for centuries. The city is split in two by the Guadalquivir River, creating the districts of Sevilla and Triana. Either side of the city offers a distinct charm that will be the highlight of any trip to Spain.
This medieval town sits on a large hill surrounded on three sides by the Tagus River. About 30 minutes from Madrid by Train, Toledo makes a good day trip or overnight stay. Much of the city’s buildings exist from Roman times, including the wall around the city. The town is small and can be crossed in about 45 minutes making slow walks along the cobblestone streets while enjoying the views of the countryside a great way to enjoy your time in Toledo. It is known as the city of three cultures, because its long history has seen Christians, Jews, and Arabs live together and create unique buildings, monuments, and art that were influenced by all three cultures.
Why not book an extended holiday and explore Spain fully? You could always book La Manga Club holidays towards the end of your break to enable you to relax fully before travelling back home.