Best of Spain

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Starting in Madrid, let your imagination unfold on a journey through the beautiful Andalucian region, visiting the people and cities that reflect Spain's diverse history and culture. Experience a fiery flamenco performance and explore the mysterious maze of alleyways of the old Arab quarter in Albayzin. Follow your tastebuds to a tapas bar and wander among Gaudi's handiwork in Barcelona - this Spanish adventure is as colourful and diverse as the land itself.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Madrid/Toledo

Peruse art at Museo del Prado, seek out a bargain around the Puerta del Sol or kick back in busy Plaza Mayor, before experiencing old-world Spain on a day trip to the medieval city of Toledo. When the sun sets, perhaps join the Madrilenos in Malasana for a glass or two of sherry, or head to the Gran Via hotspots to dance the night away.

Day 3 Cordoba

Discover the mesh of Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures in the architecture and cuisine of this southern city. Perhaps visit the Mezquita with its golden arches and intricate columns, or take a stroll through the maze of the old quarter with its cobbled lanes, pleasant squares and riots of potted colour.

Days 4-5 Seville

Be swept up in the emotion of a fiery flamenco performance. See the world's largest Gothic cathedral and its imposing Moorish tower, or enjoy the tranquil gardens in the Parque de Maria Luisa. This is the tapas capital, so feast on tasty morsels before a twilight wander through El Centro.

Days 6-7 Costa de la Luz

Travel to the 'Coast of Light' and enjoy an optional day trip across the border to the British territory of Gibraltar, home to the famous Rock of Gibraltar, or go one step further to Tangier in Morocco. There is also plenty of time to visit the sandy beaches of Tarifa for sun and surf.

Days 8-9 Ronda

Leave the Andalucian hills and journey to a whitewashed town split in half by a deep chasm and joined by the amazing Puente Nuevo. Perhaps toil down the hand-hewn stairs of La Mina to the river below.

Days 10-11 Granada

There's time to explore the old Arab quarter of Albayzin, with its maze of alleyways and sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada. For the best spot at sunset, head to the Mirador de San Nicolas, at the very top of the city's steep streets. A visit to the exceptional Alhambra - a red fortress overlooking the city of Granada - is a must.

Days 12-13 Valencia

Spain's third-largest city offers plenty to see and do. Make a stop at the morning market for a breakfast of tortillas or churros, then visit the cathedral which allegedly houses the Holy Grail.

Days 14-15 Barcelona

In vibrant Barcelona, take time to visit the Picasso Museum and Gaudi's eccentric La Sagrada Familia. There's plenty of time to do a spot of shopping, stroll Las Ramblas or to soak up the relaxed vibe along Barcelona's waterfront.

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