Spain

Spain - Barcelona

See and do

Admire Gaudi’s fairytale architecture from his former residence La Pedrera to the Sagrada Familia cathedral. Stroll along Las Ramblas before exploring the maze of streets of the Gothic Quarter (Ciutat Vella), home to Barcelona’s cathedral and prized Picasso Museum. From Barcelona’s Sants station, head to Montju�c Hill, where you’ll find the Poble Espa�ol (Spanish Village) and Olympic Stadium. 

Retail therapy

Shopaholics love Barcelona. Cool designer and global brands line Passeig de Gr�cia, north of Placa Catalunya, or head to the Bulevard Rosa mall, home to the Made in Barcelona brand. Browse new designers’ shops in the Gr�cia district or find quirky crafts in Barcelona’s Born neighbourhood. 

Eat & drink

Try traditional tapas in the Gothic Quarter’s bar or feast on fresh seafood at the old harbour, (Port Vell). Barcelona specialities include botifarra, a Catalan meat stew, and pa amb tomaquet, fresh bread rubbed with tomato and olive oil. For picnics, stock up on cheese, chorizo and fresh fruit from La Boqueria Market. 

Hidden gem

Take the Tramvia Blau (Blue Tram) up the hill to Mount Tibidabo, just north of the city centre in the Collserola mountains. Take kids to Tibidabo Amusement Park or enjoy a drink in Mirablau bar with spectacular views over Barcelona. 

Day trips

Hop on the train from Barcelona Sants station to former fishing village Sitges, 20km (12 miles) south. Stroll along the Passeig Mar�tim (seafont), explore the old town or check out Picasso and El Greco artworks in Sitges’ museums. 

Remarks

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Spain - Madrid

Don’t miss

Madrid’s compact city centre is crammed with sights. West from Puerta del Sol is the beautifully arcaded Plaza Mayor, the lavish grand Royal Palace and Madrid’s opera house, Teatro Real. Eastwards is Madrid’s museum district, home to the legendary Prado art gallery and the peaceful gardens and Estanque Lake of Retiro Park. 

Retail therapy

Madrile�os love to shop. Calle Fuencarral, north of Gran Via, is lined with trendy fashion stores while Spanish high-street brands cluster around Puerto del Sol. For designer labels, visit Calle Serrano in the upscale Salamanca district or head to La Latina, south of Plaza Mayor, which transforms into a sea of stalls selling art to antiques at Sunday’s El Rastro market. 

Eat & drink

Traditional tapas bars, marisquerias (seafood bars) and relaxing cafes pack Madrid’s centre. La Latina’s Cava Baja is lined with tapas bars serving up Madrid’s signature ’creative cuisine’ or find new eateries in Chueca neighbourhood, north of bustling Gran Via. Enjoy beers and snacks in one of Plaza Santa Ana’s oak-panelled cervecerias or bar-hop in Madrid’s trendy Malasa�a district. 

Hidden gem

For spectacular views over Madrid, take the telef�rico cable car over Casa del Campo’s 4000 acres of wild woodland. It leaves from Paseo del Pintor Rosales street, near Arg�elles Metro station. 

Day trips

45km away from Madrid is El Escorial’s vast palace and monastery complex. Explore its sumptuous interior and soak up panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Trains to Madrid’s Atocha and Chamartin stations are frequent. 

Remarks

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Spain - Malaga

The capital of Spain’s Costa del Sol is a traditional Andalucian city where an exotic blend of Moorish citadels, Roman ruins and Renaissance landmarks sit side-by-side. Visit the Picasso museum, then join young party-goers enjoying the balmy summer nights at M�laga’s popular beach bars. 

Remarks

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