Come Along to Discover Some of Spain’s Most Enchanting Hidden Gems – Great Alternatives To Over-Touristy Cities
When we think about touring countries, we often tend to think about capital cities and their most famous landmarks. But contrary to popular belief, there’s so much more to Spain than the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Royal Palace in Madrid. This article will take you off the beaten track and around the corner to discover exciting new territory. Discover Spain’s most unspoilt and fascinating destinations.
One of Seville’s most striking features is the jaw-dropping architecture which envelops the city. It’s hard not to be affected as you explore an intoxicating mix of ancient structures, 19th century builds and modern art installations. The contrast of old and new is truly a feast for the eyes.
Climb to the top of the Giralda Tower, discover an abundance of art galleries, stroll through the Spanish square and marvel at the skyline from a rooftop bar. Seville is famed for its beautiful citrus trees that dot the city, so biting into the bitter and aromatic orange is a must.
Our Tips for Visiting Seville:
- Book a free Seville walking tour with Pancho Tours. Choose from 4 different routes led by experienced guides taking you to the city’s most iconic sights.
- Go Flamenco dancing at La Carboneria- the most talked about drinking spot in Seville. A converted coal yard, come sundown the venue comes alive with free music, fun loving locals and flowing drinks.
- Visit Seville Cathedral on a Sunday and gain free entry. Climb to the top of the bell tower and marvel at the expansive view.
If tourist saturation is one of your biggest bugbears on holiday, then a visit to Gijón could be just the ticket for a relaxed holiday. Located in the considerably cooler North of Spain, what Gijón lacks in tourist numbers it makes up for in things to do.
The city dates back centuries but still manages to be young at heart, offering plenty of activities for all age groups. Explore hidden coves and cute fishing villages, discover the eccentric International Bagpipe Museum, dive into the gorgeous Talasoponiente spa and take a themed walking tour. With a pint of beer averaging £1.50 it’s also dramatically cheaper than the more popular cities like Barcelona and Ibiza.
Our Tips for Visiting Gijón:
- Take a walk along the San Lorenzo promenade- the hub of the city.
- Discover Revillagigedo Palace. Built from the remains of a medieval tower, the impressive palace has become one of the most symbolic buildings in Gijon.
- Head to the town of Cabrales to find out how artisan blue cheese is made. Learn all about the process and sample cheese hot off the production line.
Step into the beautifully vast Alpujarra region in Andalucia- a place where mountains stretch as far as the eye can see and sunsets are purple. Get lost in the Sierra Nevada National Park and soak up the authentic Andalucian culture as you navigate your way through historical footpaths.
Take a break at a local bodega and sample the wine selection. Many local bars even offer free tapas when you order a drink.
The summers are sunny and splendid but come winter the mountainous peaks become covered in snow making Las Alpujarras a great skiing destination. Well marked and boasting the most breath-taking views, this unspoilt playground will satisfy all skier ability levels.
Our Tips for Visiting The Alpujarra Region:
- Love spas? Take a trip to the spa town of Lanjarón. Famed for its thermal spa baths, the quality of Lanjarón’s water combined with pure mountain air make it a gorgeous destination for some rest and relaxation.
- Chocoholics can sample up to 50 varieties of homemade chocolate from the Abuela ili Chocolate factory. We recommend the dark chocolate with almonds.
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