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Culturally and geographically, Spain boasts cities and regions so distinct from each other they could almost be in different countries. Thoroughly European Barcelona contrasts with Moorish-influenced Cordoba, while the lush mountain ranges of the north are a counterpoint to the arid landscapes of the south.

Spain Cities and Regions


Located in the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula, Madrid is one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan capitals. No one seems to sleep, giving everyone enough time to enjoy the city’s café scene, non-stop nightlife, world-class art museums, and spacious parks. See our Madrid Travel Guide


Culture and the good life combine in this pulsating port city, a favorite weekend break for the young and the chic since its 1992 Olympics overhaul. Go for the beaches, Gaudi’s surprising Modernist architecture, and the refined Catalan cuisine. See our Barcelona Travel Guide


A Mediterranean city famous for its oranges yet endowed with a distinguished Roman and Moorish past (the Christian knight El Cid once conquered the city) now embraces the future with architectural marvels such as Santiago Calatrava’s City of Arts and Sciences and as host of major international sporting events like the America’s Cup regatta and Formula 1 motor racing.


Flower-bedecked patios, cobbled squares, the scent of orange blossoms in the air, and the staccato beat of flamenco symbolize what is perhaps the most Spanish of cities. See our Seville Travel Guide

The Northern Coast

Forested, green hills spilling down to a rugged Atlantic coastline, an ancient pilgrim’s trail, and the wonderful experience of discovering Spain’s most celebrated restaurants await visitors here.


Explore the peaks and valleys of the Pyrenees Mountains, then head for the picaresque Costa Brava with its upscale resorts and pine-framed, Mediterranean coves.


Whitewashed villages nestled in the sierra, magnificent Moorish monuments, and miles and miles of beautiful beaches await those who travel to this southern region.

The Balearic Islands

The Mediterranean’s premier vacation islands are ringed with sandy coves and turquoise-colored waters for daytime pleasures and dotted with Europe’s hottest and most hedonistic clubs for nighttime pursuits. The four largest islands are Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. See our Mallorca Travel Guide and Ibiza Travel Guide

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