Get close to the most charming destinations of the country by doing this complete trip. Barcelona and Madrid, the incredible Basque country, the Castilian heritage of the centre of Spain and the features of the Mediterranean Sea make this trip incomparable.
On this trip you will visit:
- Barcelona, the most visited city in the country. You will discover emblematic monuments such as the Sagrada Familia cathedral or the Parque Güell on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. This unique city boasts an incomparable charm and atmosphere, great food and people. You cannot miss it!
- San Sebastián: you will be immersed in one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, an elegant reminder of past times. Its home of one of the most beautiful city beaches in the world.
- Bilbao will surprise you with its dynamism and vitality, with its museums such as the Guggenheim and its spectacular old town, the perfect place to relish the typical pintxos.
- Salamanca, the gothic plateresque architecture makes its downtown one of the most spectacular ones in Spain. The streets, monuments and university environment will mesmerize you.
- Madrid, another city that never sleeps, you'll always have to decide between three or four different plans. You can visit the Prado museum, one of the most important ones in the world, and take in the pretty sights and the great environment on the streets, bars and plazas. You will discover a restless city.
- Toledo: mystic, mysterious and medieval. Also known as the city of the three cultures since Muslims, Jewish and Christians cohabited here for centuries and all left their mark. You will feel that you're in an open-air museum, there's charm and grace everywhere you look. The narrow, cobbled streets make Toledo seem like a great labyrinth.
- Valencia is the perfect combination of history and modernity. Its beaches, its outdoors lifestyle, its bars or its great cultural offer in places like the Museo de las Artes y las Ciencias, will not leave you indifferent. And of course the food, did you know that the typical paella is originally from Valencia? Enjoy!
Start your trip! Depending on what time you arrive, you may be able to explore Barcelona in depth or simply get your bearings. Take a stroll or go out for dinner and a refreshing drink. You deserve a rest after your travels!
In a city as famous as Barcelona, some places shouldn't be missed. Use this day to get a feel for the Catalan capital. Go to the Barrio Gótico and look around the beautiful gothic cathedral. Walk along Las Ramblas, the popular pedestrian shopping street, and check out Boquería market. You could also visit El Borne and the marina, or wander around Raval, the most cosmopolitan neighbourhood with a broad range of cultural attractions and bars. And of course, you must go to the gem of Barcelona: Sagrada Familia, Gaudí's masterpiece. If you still have time, also go to Güell Park, another work by the famous Spanish architect. At night, you can enjoy the city's atmosphere by soaking up the atmosphere at one of the many well-known nightlife areas.
Spend your second day in Barcelona getting to know more about the work of Gaudí. Visit Güell Park (if you didn't already go yesterday), and also stop by the Batlló House and Milà House (La Pedrera), all works by the Catalan artist. If you prefer football to art, then go to the temple of F.C. Barcelona: Camp Nou. To find some stunning views of the city, why not take the tram up to Tibidabo hill; once at the top, you can also visit the Sagrado Corazón temple. If you would prefer a more relaxing day, Barceloneta beach is the perfect place to spend a few hours and maybe even splash out on a beautiful paella.
You can spend the evening in San Sebastián walking along La Concha beach, one of the best city beaches of the world. The stately mansions in the front line of the beach will take you to a past age. Now you can continue your visit going to the commercial area of the city, where the cathedral is, or you can go either to Casco Viejo and be caught up in the rhythm of the pintxos bars, spending the hours dawdling.
Your day in San Sebastián/Donostia should start in the Peine del Viento, on the west side of La Concha Bay. From there you can walk almost two kilometres along the promenade, crossing the Ondarreta Beach and La Concha Beach (one of the most beautiful beaches of the country). Between them, you will find the English style Miramar Palace. Also during your walk, you will discover remnants of the Belle Epoque period, including big stately mansions like La Perla, a former aristocracy health resort, and the London Hotel. Another excellent walk follows the Urumea River, where you can delight in more of the city's big old buildings, such as the Victoria Eugenia Theatre. The best place to spend the evening is in Casco Viejo, which has one of the highest numbers of bars per square metre in the world. The night will involve eating pintxos and drinking some wine and beer. Anything could happen in San Sebastian.
Start your day in Bilbao by going to the modern part of the city. Walk along Gran Via and discover the major commercial centre, with straight lines and bigger streets. A must-see attraction in Bilbao is the Guggenheim Museum. Just viewing it from outside is a worthwhile experience, but inside you can find permanent and temporary world class exhibitions. If you are a football fan, go to see the new San Mames, Athletic Club Stadium. Alternatively, visit the outskirts of Bilbao, for example, Portugalete where you can see the famous Vizcaya Bridge. After seeing all the tourist attractions, spend the evening in Casco Viejo, moving from bar to bar and eating pintxos and drinking the night away. There is always a party happening in Bilbao.
Spend your first evening in Salamanca getting a feel for the city. Take a stroll around the pedestrian streets and squares of the city centre, noticing how the atmosphere livens up little by little until it's time to eat and maybe go out to the many bars and pubs of the city, famous for its nightlife.
Start your day in Salamanca by visiting the city's two cathedrals. The old one is smaller and a mix of Romanic and Gothic styles and the new one is a combination of Late Gothic and Baroque styles. Continue your tour of the city centre, where you will see the main monuments, such as the Plaza Mayor, the University and the Casa de las Conchas (House of Shells), all symbols of Salamanca. In the evening, you can go for some tapas on Van Dyck Street, where the bars are good value for money. For the sunset, you should go to the Roman Bridge with outstanding panoramic views of the city centre. If you like to party, Salamanca won't let you down. There are many options at night in this university town full of young people.
Walking around the area known as Madrid de los Austrias including the Plaza Mayor, San Miguel Market and Arenal Street is a superb way to spend an evening. Walk through the small streets of Madrid's city centre and delight in its charm. For the sunset go to Plaza de Oriente, where the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral are located. The sun's rays give all this area a distinctive orange colour. Finish the day having some tapas and beers in the trendy La Latina quarter, where certain clubs are often open until dawn.
Your day in Madrid should include a visit to the Golden Triangle of Art, the three most important museums of the capital: Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. If you have to choose, go to Prado if you like classical or to Reina Sofia if you prefer contemporary. After that, you can go to Barrio de las Letras (the Literary Quarter) and eat or drink something in one of the many bars of Huertas Street or Santa Ana Square. Carry on your visit by going to Puerta del Sol and after to Gran Vía, the main commercial street in the city. In the evening, you can go up Fuencarral street to the neighbourhoods of Malasaña and Chueca, which contain plenty of life and lots of bars to have some drinks and keep the night going until very late in a more alternative atmosphere.
Today will be spent in the historic city of Toledo, approximately one hour from Madrid by bus. When you arrive, you can start your visit to Toledo by climbing to the highest point of this UNESCO World Heritage Centre. There you will find Alcázar, the imposing square fortress that crowns the city. Carry on with your visit by heading towards the Toledo Cathedral, a magnificent building with many overlapping styles. For art lovers, you can see the Burial of the Count of Orgaz, one of the masterpieces of the painter El Greco, in Santo Tomé Church. If you would rather just walk around the city, then Toledo is perfect for that. Among its narrow paved streets and the slopes of the huge old town you will feel transported to the medieval age. Walk around the Jewish Quarter and admire the city's many churches and the mix of cultures that Toledo's history has brought together. Getting back to Madrid for the evening will allow you to go out for dinner and enjoy the fantastic nightlife in the capital.
During the evening in Valencia, you could visit the beach in the Malvarrosa neighbourhood, with its pleasant promenade, or the Arenas beach, in Cabanyal, just next door. Another popular alternative is to stay in the city centre and enjoy the Carmen neighbourhood with its many bars and small squares.
With a full day to spend in Valencia, you should visit the City of Arts and Sciences, the most important modern tourist destination in the city and one of the most impressive pieces of architecture in Europe. It has several attractive buildings including the biggest aquarium in Europe and an interactive science museum. Walking in the city centre is also a must, with a visit to the Carmen neighbourhood and to the two imposing towers (Torres de Quart and Torres de Serranos) that flank the entrance to the old city. Also visit the cathedral or the Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange). If you want to party, Valencian nightlife won't disappoint. Drink something in the city centre or make your way to the Ruzafa neighbourhood, which also has plenty of bars.
In the evening, a pleasant stroll down Las Ramblas and around the city centre are always good places to start. Alternatively, get a feel for the bohemian atmosphere of the Gracia neighbourhood, including a few drinks in the many bars. If you want to enjoy a night out in the city, there are hundreds of options for you across the city's many different areas.
R.D.L. 1/2007, Ley General para la defensa de los Consumidores y Usuarios. Ley34/2002, Ley de Comercio Electrónico.
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