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Other places of interest in Spain

Here are some useful links of other places which may interest you in Spain. We’ve checked each one and given you a brief description so you can see which ones will be more helpful to you. We hope you find them useful!

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Aragón

Capital: Zaragoza

This region borders France and boasts the most outstanding mountainous landscapes, glacier lakes and numerous nature reserves. The region has three provinces: Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel. Much of the landscape in this region is said to be untouched, and is a mecca for walkers who can discover virgin trails, and perhaps even come across wild animals that are extinct in other regions.

    http://turismo.ayto-zaragoza.es
    Official website of Zaragoza, the capital of Aragón. Lots of information about the array of historical monuments plus an events diary and travel info. In Spanish, English, French, German and Italian.

    http://www.turismoaragon.com/web/en/home.asp
    Official website of the Aragón Industry, Commerce and Tourism Office. In Spanish, English and French.

Andalucia

Capital: Sevilla; Costas: Costa de la Luz, Costa del Sol, Costa Tropical, Costa de Almería

Spain’s most highly populated region and second largest, Andalucia is considered ‘real Spain’. Home to Flamenco, Bullfighting and the legends of Don Juan and Carmen, this region is probably the most diverse in Spain. The eight provinces all offer their own distinct qualities, from the golden beaches stretching from Cadiz, through Malaga to Almería, to the astounding Moorish architecture of Córdoba, Granada, Jaén and capital Sevilla, and the lure of Huelva, where Christopher Columbus started his journeys. Then of course there is the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range. What other region offers the chance to enjoy the ski slopes during the morning, and sunbathe on the beach in the afternoon?

    http://www.andalucia.com/province/home.htm
    Vast information website about all the areas in Andalucia, from the towns of Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada, Ronda and Jerez, to the coastal resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus. In English.

    http://www.andalucia.co.uk
    Excellent information portal covering the whole of Andalucia. Events diary, gastronomy, restaurant guide, business directory and property. In English.

    www.juliecutey.com/thesis
    An innovative website about Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada, three of the major highlights of Andalucia. This website is completely Flash so you’ll need the Flash Player to view it, there is no text alternative. It’s designed in the style of a book, and as you go from one section to another, the pages ‘turn’ over! Excellent section on Flamenco. English.

    http://www.andalucia.org
    Official website of the Andalucia Tourist Board. In Spanish only.

    Andalusia.org
    Information and photographs of most of the major cities in Andalucia. In English, Spanish, French and German.

    Frommers.com
    The complete guide to Andalucia covering eating, beaches, hotels, visitor information, when to go, history, recommended reading, architecture and art. Covers all the major towns and cities. In English. Also covers other regions in Spain.

    http://www.visitcostadelsol.com/indexeng.htm
    Excellent website of the Costa Del Sol tourist board. Watch videos of some of the most popular towns in this region including Nerja, Ronda, Malaga and Antequera. In Spanish, English, German and French.

    Malaga Spain. Directory for property, holidays, business and information
    Information and photographs in over 100 categories with interactive maps, towns and history, virtual tours, holiday rentals, hotels, property sales, estate agents, audio phrase book, shops, bars, restaurants, beaches, places of interest and so much more.

    Benalmadena travel guide
    Benalmadena travel guide, bars restaurants and businesses in Benalmadena Costa and Arroyo de la Miel, Benal-life.com is packed with useful information and amusing insights. In English.

    Nerja information
    Information and news about the town of Nerja on the Costa Tropical near Málaga. In English.

    Tourism Department of Nerja Town Hall Web Page
    Information about Nerja, Maro, the Caves of Nerja, beaches, feast days, and a city map. Accommodation & Leisure Guide. In English and Spanish.

    Almuñecar and La Herradura - information and services
    Useful information and services for visitors and residents of Almuñecar and La Herradura, including visitor's guide, commercial directory, property search service, links and more.

    Almeria Spain. Directory for property, holidays, business and information
    Information and photographs in over 100 categories with interactive maps, towns and history, virtual tours, holiday rentals, hotels, property sales, estate agents, audio phrase book, shops, bars, restaurants, beaches, places of interest and so much more.

    www.mojacar.info
    Guide and portal for Mediterranean coastal region of Mojácar on the Costa de Almeria. In Spanish and English.

    www.turismoderonda.es
    Official website of the Ronda Tourist Office in Spanish, English and German.

    http://www.granadatur.com
    Official website of the Granada Town Council. In Spanish, English and French.

    Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife
    Informative website about the Alhambra and Generalife in Granada, including plans, information on how to buy tickets, opening times and a suggested itinerary. In English and Spanish.

    Granada Information
    Very thorough website about Granada, from what clothes to pack at various times of the year to detailed information on visiting the Alhambra and all the other monuments in the city.

    Alhambra Tickets
    Buy your tickets for the Alhambra in Granada in advance from this website. In Spanish, English, German, Italian and French.

    Granada City Pass
    The Granada City Pass is a card that allows direct access to various monuments in Granada, such as the Alhambra, Generalife, Cathedral, Royal Chapel, Monasterio de San Jerónimo, and the interactive Science Park Museum. It also includes 9 trips on any of Granada's mini-buses or city buses and one ticket valid for 24 hours for the open-top Granada tour bus. Information and a link to purchase the pass in advance of your visit.

    Caja Granada
    Website of the Granada bank, from which you can purchase your Granada City Pass in advance of your visit.

    www.turiscordoba.es
    Official website of the Córdoba Tourist Office.

    http://www.turismosevilla.org
    Official website of the Sevilla Tourist Office in Spanish, English, French, German and Italian.

    Virtual Tourist: Seville
    Seville in pictures. Take a tour through the many sites and monuments of Seville.

    Jerez Tourist Guide
    Official website of the Jerez Town Hall. In English, Spanish and German. Excellent virtual tours and videos and lots of information about the city as famous for its flamenco and horses as it is for its sherry and brandy.

    Fundación Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre
    Excellent website of The Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Art in Jerez de la Frontera. In Spanish and English.

Asturias

Capital: Oviedo; Costas: Costa Verde

Asturias is made up of just one province. Its mountain ranges of the Cordillera Cantabrica boast some outstanding nature reserves, one of which is the Picos de Europa. Asturias is well known for its green landscapes, and some say it looks more like Scotland or Ireland than Spain: they do in fact play the bagpipes in this region, and there is a distinct Celtic feel about it. The Camino de Santiago (the way of Saint James) runs through Asturias, leading to its ultimate destination in neighbouring region Galicia. The region is well known for its seafood gastronomy, its speciality cheeses and renowned cider.

Balearic Islands

Islands: Mallorca, Menorca, Cabrera, Ibiza, Formentera

These five islands, well known for their superb beaches, boast an exceptional climate with around 300 days of sun every year. Each of the islands has a personality of its own:

Mallorca is perhaps the most visited island. Must-sees are capital Palma de Mallorca with its gorgeous beaches and gothic cathedral, Valldemosa with its olive and almond groves and the medieval town of Alcudia.

Menorca is very different to the other islands and has some interesting historical remains. It also offers wonderful beaches and secluded bays, ideal for those looking for a relaxing holiday.

Cabrera is a tiny island that is not a typical tourist destination, and you need permission to visit it! It’s s true Robinson Crusoe island and if you want total seclusion then take a boat from Mallorca and prepare to relax! There is only one cafeteria on the island so a packed lunch is a must.

Ibiza is well known as being the party island, but there is much more to it than a lively nightlife. There are lots of beaches, many centered around the popular San Antonio. If you want to avoid the crowds, head for the south of the island where you’ll find lesser known quieter beaches, as well as the cave of Ses Fontelles with its ancient wall-paintings.

Formentera is a small island about eleven miles off Ibiza. Wherever you are on the island, the sea is visible. There are several beaches and secluded bays in which to enjoy some real peace and tranquillity.

    http://www.baleares.com
    Information on all the islands of the Balearics in Spanish, English, German and French.

    www.caib.es
    Government website of the Balearic Islands. In Catalan, Spanish, English and German.

    www.mallorcafact.com
    Excellent website about Mallorca. Also includes links to information on many other regions in Spain plus useful links. In English.

    Ibiza Holidays
    Useful website about Ibiza detailing restaurants, hotels, activities and lots more. In English only.

Canary Islands

Islands: Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma, Gomera, Hierro

This group of islands is located close to Africa and as a result enjoys favourable weather all year round. In 1496 the islands became part of Spain and Christopher Columbus stopped here on his travels.

Gran Canaria boasts deserts, mountains and tropical forests and of course an extremely popular tourist industry. The well known Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas are part of a substantial catalogue of resorts boasting wide, sandy beaches and everything the tourist needs for a happy holiday.

Fuerteventura, whose name means ‘strong wind’, is popular with wind-surfers and has many long sandy beaches. Its capital Puerto Rosario is a picturesque town well worth a visit and the beaches of Corralejos are well known for their crystal clear waters.

Lanzarote is very different from the other islands with its lunar landscape and beaches of black sand. Although the other islands are volcanic, Lanzarote is the only one with active volcanoes. The Timanfaya National Park is as close you’ll get to walking on the moon without going into space. There are active craters where the surface temperature can reach 400°, and some of the restaurants will grill your steak right there!

Tenerife is the largest island of the Canaries and offers a varied selection of landscapes: the grand volcanic crater Cañadas del Teide, the towering Mount Teide, lush fertile valleys where bananas and tomatoes grow; and a coastline of long, sandy beaches.

La Palma is known as the green island and is home to the world's largest volcanic crater, measuring 9km in diameter. The island's tallest mountain, Roque de los Muchachos, has an astronomical observatory at its peak.

Gomera is punctuated by picturesque fishing villages and small bays with fine sand, Playa de Santiago being one of them.

Hierro is the smallest island of the Canaries and is the ideal location for a relaxing holiday close to nature.  It has a steep rocky coast, volcanic craters and pretty woods.

Cantabria

Capital: Santander

This region has only one province, offering wildly varied climates and landscapes. Roaming within the mountain range of the Picos de Europa and the natural preserve of Saja, you’ll find bears, wolves and eagles. On the coast you will find beautiful bays and romantic fishing villages, and sprawling in between the mountains and the sea, lush green valleys and hills. The capital, Santander, is an important city with an active port. Must-sees in this region are the medieval town Santillana del Mar, and the ancient Caves of Altamira.

Valencia

Capital: Valencia; Costas: Costa Blanca, Costa Valencia, Costa del Azahar

Valencia, the home of the Paella, is divided into three provinces: Valencia, Alicante and Castellón. It boasts some 500km of coastline and one of the most popular tourist industries in Spain. History is all around with monuments and ruins dotting the landscape, and of course the legacy of the Moorish rule is apparent in its gastronomy. The Costa Blanca, with its well known resorts like Benidorm, is one of the most touristic costas in Spain and the Costa del Azahar, meaning ‘orange blossom coast’ offers wonderful beaches and towns like Peñiscola with its amazing medieval castle.

Galicia

Capital: Santiago de Compostela; Costas: Costa de la Muerte

Galicia, known as the land of 1,000 rivers, is divided into four provinces. The coast is one of contrast: level beaches meet dangerous cliffs, resulting in the name ‘the coast of death’. Galicia’s climate is not typical of Spain, with low temperatures in the winter and summers that avoid the soaring temperatures of the south. The region is distinctly Celtic and its most characteristic musical instrument is the bagpipes. Perhaps the most famous thing about it is its pilgrim trail, the Way of Saint James. In the Middle Ages, the tomb of the Apostle Santiago (Saint James) was discovered and thousands of pilgrims made their way to the cathedral of the newly founded town Santiago de Compostela. The world-renowned Camino de Santiago is now flanked with numerous churches, monasteries and chapels, and attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.

    www.turgalicia.es
    Official tourist office website of Galicia with information on the national and cultural heritage of the region, what to do and see, where to eat and where to stay. In Galego, Spanish, English, German, French, Portuguese and Italian.

La Rioja

Capital: Logroño

La Rioja is a single province region and is best known for its wine production. The region is the smallest in Spain and is part of the Camino de Santiago. A must-visit is the Tierra de Cameros for its outstanding landscapes, grottos and caves. For those who like hunting, fishing, climbing or hiking, La Rioja offers much in the way of rural tourism. And of course for the wine connoisseur, the seven varieties of La Rioja wine, four red and three white, can be sampled at one of the many bodegas throughout the region.

Madrid

Madrid has been Spain’s capital since 1562. Due to its central location and high altitude, the climate of Madrid is made up of sun-baked summers with soaring temperatures, and cold winters with temperatures at the bottom end of the scale. Madrid is strewn with great monuments and museums, churches and chapels as well as being a bustling metropolis with lots of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and discos. A must-visit is the Plaza Mayor, built by Philip III in 1619 and surrounded by Renaissance style buildings.

    http://www.multimadrid.com/
    A thoroughly interactive website about Madrid, with, amongst its abundance of features, a message forum, panoramic 3D photos of all the sites, a webcam on the Plaza Mayor, and the opportunity to learn Spanish by enrolling with elemadrid! In English.

    http://www.madrid.es/
    Official government website of the community of Madrid with its own tourist information section giving details of where to stay, what to see and what to do by day and night. In Spanish and English.

Castilla-La Mancha

Capital: Toledo

Castilla-La Mancha is located at the very centre of the Iberian peninsula, and divided into five provinces. Much of the region is flat and dry. It is probably most famous as ‘Don Quijote Country’, the basis of Cervante’s legendary "Man from La Mancha" who ‘fought the windmills’ that still dot the landscape today. This region is the source of the world famous cheese, Queso Manchego, and offers excellent wines to compliment it. Toledo with its magnificent monuments, and the captivating medieval town of Cuenca, as well as Albacete, Cuidad Real and Guadalajara are all must-see towns.

    http://www.toledoweb.org
    Official website of the Toledo Tourist Board. In Spanish and English.

    www.cuenca.org
    Official Tourist Board website of Cuenca detailing the castles, the nature and wildlife and the tapas! In Spanish and English.

Castilla y León

Capital: Valladolid

Castilla y León is the largest region of Spain, and in the European Union. It was formed in 1983, when the regions of León and Castilla la Vieja were united. Spanish medieval history shines through in its many cathedrals, monasteries, castles and fortified towns. The region, divided into nine provinces, also offers natural parks and acres of oak and cork oak woods. The City of Salamanca is notable for its university, one of the oldest in Europe. Segovia is another amazing city and the stone arches of its towering Roman Aqueduct are breathtaking. Avila is a walled town steeped in history and the stunning Gothic cathedral of Burgos is a must-see. The capital, Valladolid, plays host to some of the most fascinating Easter Week processions.

    www.salamanca.com
    Official website of Salamanca in Spanish only, with a useful ‘test your Spanish level’ test.

Extremadura

Capital: Mérida

This is one of the least visited regions of Spain, and sits next to Portugal. Extremadura is divided into two provinces, Cáceres and Badajoz. The capital, Mérida, is worth a visit for its Roman ruins and Cáceres and Badajoz for their Moorish town walls and watchtowers. The climate in this region goes from one extreme to another: baking summers and cold winters. Extremadura has several natural parks and preserves and over 75% of Spain’s protected species can be found in the Parque Natural Monfrague. If you are looking for something a bit different and removed from the mass tourism of other regions, you’ll find original customs and traditions still intact here.

Murcia

Capital: Murcia; Costas: Costa Calida

Murcia is a single province region nestled in between Andalusia and Valencia. It is known as much for its historical commerce and agriculture, as its ‘warm coast’, the Costa Calida, and its fine-sandy beaches. The salt-water lagoon of the Mar Menor offers much in the way of water sports. In stark contrast, inland Murcia is almost desert-like. The city of Cartagena is home to the region’s most important port and its many museums abound with artefacts of its significant history.

    www.murcia-turismo.com
    Tourist portal for the region of Murcia. Lots of useful information for visitors. In Spanish, English, French and German.

    www.ayto-cartagena.es
    Official government website of Cartagena. In Spanish, English, German and French.

Navarra

Capital: Pamplona

Navarra is another single province region, which borders France, and is crossed by the Camino de Santiago. The capital, Pamplona, is world famous for its annual ‘Running of the Bulls’ and Fiesta de San Fermín in July. Navarra is touched by the stunning landscapes of the Pyrenees in the north, the lush valley of the River Ebro in the south, and in between the two, wild landscapes and canyons. The region boasts some 50 nature reserves and is much loved for hiking, fishing and climbing.

    http://www.pamplona.net/
    Official Government website for Pamplona, famous for it’s annual ‘Running of the Bulls’ fiesta. In Spanish, Euskara and English.

País Vasco

Capital: Vitoria Gasteiz; Costas: Costa Vasca

Basque country is very distinct from the other regions of Spain, with a language (Euskara) and culture of its own. Its gastronomy is said to be the best in the world. It is divided into three provinces, and offers many natural parks and riverside landscapes. The region is much loved for horse riding, hiking, golf and mountain sports. Some of the must-see cities in the region are: San Sebastian, a cosmopolitan beach resort; Bilbao, the largest city of the region with a notable Gothic Cathedral and of course the unmistakable Guggenheim Museum and Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital, with a lively culture and important fiestas.

    www.euskadi.net
    Government website covering the region of the Basque Country. In Spanish, Euskara, English, French and German.

    www.bilbao.net
    Official Government website of the Basque Country capital, Bilbao. Includes information on all the monuments and museums, including the famous Guggenheim Museum. In Spanish, Euskara and English.

    http://www.guggenheim-bilbao.es/ingles/home.htm
    Website of the world-renowned Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.