Looking for the best way to discover Spain? Then why not try one of Saga Travel´s city breaks.
Whether you are looking to shop till you drop in the busy high streets of Madrid, or looking to be amazed by the art and design of the modern and contemporary museums of Bilbao, Saga Travel have just the city break for you. And to make sure you relax in comfort at the end of a long day of discovering, we have plenty of city centre hotels to choose from..
The capital of Spain, located in the heart of the peninsula and home of the Spanish Royal Family, Madrid is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro – one of the largest parks of the city. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry. The architecture of Madrid has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets, even though Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure. The Museo Reina Sofía, Queen Sofía Museum, is Spain’s national museum of 20th-century art. For a list of Museums in Madrid please click here. The Madrid Metro is the 8th longest metro in the world. Its fast growth in the last 20 years has also put it among the fastest growing networks in the world.
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain in both size and population. The cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, it is defined by quirky art and architecture, imaginative food and vibrant street life. It has medieval roots, seen in the maze like Gothic Quarter, but a modernist personality represented by architect Antoni Gaudí’s fantastical Sagrada Família church. Its restaurant scene, anchored by the central Boqueria market, ranges from fine dining to tiny tapas bars. The Barcelona Pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is an important building in the history of modern architecture, known for its simple form and its spectacular use of extravagant materials. Barcelona contains sixty-eight municipal parks. The Park Güell is a public park system composed of beautiful gardens and architectonic elements. Barcelona is the home to many points of interest declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. For a list of Historic buildings and monuments in Barcelona, please click here.
The port city of Valencia is on Spain’s southeastern Orange Blossom Coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. It’s known for its City of Arts and Sciences, with futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium and an interactive museum. Valencia is also known internationally for the Falles (Las Fallas), a local festival held in March, traditional Valencian ceramics, intricate traditional dress, and for paella valenciana a delicious rice dish that all must try when visiting! Valencias main sights are its ancient winding streets of the Barrio del Carmen contain buildings of a mixture of architecture, the Cathedral, and its medieval churches. Valencia also has several beaches, including some within nearby Albufera park, a wetlands reserve with a lake, walking trails and bird-watching.
Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region and a hotbed for flamenco dance, especially in the Triana neighborhood. The city is known for its ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and its 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza bullring. Seville was taken by the Moors, during the conquest of Hispalis in 712, where the Moorish urban influences continued and are present in contemporary Seville today, for instance in the custom of decorating with herbaje and small fountains, the courtyards of the houses. The massive Gothic Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a famous minaret turned belltower, the Giralda. Moving into the 21st Century, in 2004 the Metropol Parasol project was launched to revitalise the Plaza de la Encarnación. This wooden structure consists of six parasols in the form of giant mushrooms, whose design is inspired by the vaults of the Cathedral of Seville and the ficus trees in the nearby Plaza de Cristo de Burgos.
Bilbao is a municipality and city in Spain, the capital of the province of Biscay in the autonomous community of the Basque Country. The Guggenheim Museum is a museum of modern and contemporary art, designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, one of the most admired works of contemporary architecture. The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is located entirely inside the city’s Doña Casilda Iturrizar park. It is the second largest and most visited museum in the Basque Country and one of the richest Spanish museums outside Madrid. The Plaza Nueva or Plaza Barria of Bilbao is a monumental square of Neoclassical style built in 1821. The arches host many traditional taverns and restaurants, some of the most ancient and typical of the city. The Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall is located in the city of Bilbao and worth a visit. It contains a variety of spaces, functioning as a conference center, opera house and concert hall.
Málaga is a port city on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, known for its high-rise hotels and resorts jutting up from yellow-sand beaches. But looming over that modern skyline are the city’s 2 massive hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro, remnants of Moorish rule, along with a soaring Renaissance cathedral, nicknamed La Manquita (“one-armed woman”) because one of its towers was curiously left unbuilt.
Cádiz is an ancient port city in southwest Spain, on a strip of land surrounded by the sea. A 16th-century base for exploration and trade, it has more than 100 watchtowers, including iconic Torre Tavira, traditionally used for spotting ships. The 18th-century waterfront cathedral has a golden dome with views of the city and the sea. The old town is characterized by narrow streets connecting squares (plazas), bordered by the sea and by the city walls.
Granada, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalucía, has many important examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation of Spain. It’s best known for the Alhambra, a grand, sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompassing royal palaces, serene patios and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, as well as the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens.
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