8 of our favourite locations in Spain

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So far

Quite honestly this list could have been longer, but for the sake of your sanity I narrowed it down to eight.

Boating at the Plaza de España, Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Gary and I have only started to visit Spain in the last four/five years. However, the taster we had back in 2013 encouraged us to embark on two jam-packed fulfilling road trips. One in 2014 and again in 2016. Along with a few mini breaks thrown in along the way.

On each occasion, we caught a ferry from the UK to northern Spain and looped around the country taking in some magnificent sights and sounds of numerous towns and cities, and it was fantastic.

In 2014 we stayed in 7 locations, and in 2016 we toured for 3 1/2 weeks and stayed at 10. There is still so much more of this amazing country that we want to see.

So, I mentioned I’ve whittled it down to eight, and here they are, but I’m sure you must have your own favourites.

1

Seville

I know perhaps you shouldn’t have a favourite, but Seville is definitely ours. We have now been there on three separate occasions and still can’t get enough.

We enjoy going when the intense heat is out of the way. So October and November are fantastic months to visit, when the temperature is around early to mid 20’s. The architecture in Seville is stunning; I particularly love the Moorish influence.

The courtyard of the Casa de Pilatos, Seville, Spain

So where do you start; The Alcázar, the Cathedral, the Metropol Parasol, the narrow lanes around Barrio Santa Cruz, well for me it is Plaza de España. I just love wandering around here, watching people enjoying themselves and sitting amongst the tiled Provincial alcoves.

The lanes - Seville - Spain
Plaza de Espana - Seville - Spain

Oh, and sipping a cold glass of sherry at our favourite tapas bar.

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2

Bilbao

Before we arrived in Bilbao, I imagined it to be a bustling port town with people just passing through before heading on to their next destination. However, to my pleasant surprise, Bilbao offered so much more.

Plaza Nueva, Bilbao, Spain

Located in the heart of the Basque region, Bilbao had such a warming culture, with wonderful plazas in the old town, some fantastic pintxos bars and decoratively ornate architecture.

Jeff Koons 'Flower dog' in front of the Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
A boat motors under the Zubizuri or 'White Bridge', Bilbao, Spain

Now famed for the eye-catching Guggenheim museum, stroll further along the banks of the Nervion River and feast upon the delight of the Mercado de la Ribera.

3

Segovia

Well, Segovia literally took my breath away. I had seen pictures of the ancient Roman aqueduct, but nothing quite prepares you for when you see the towering feat of engineering in the flesh.

It’s astonishing to think this was built without any cement or mortar.

A sight as you enter the city, Segovia, Spain

Segovia is a fairly small city compared to others in Spain, but in addition to its aqueduct, it’s also home to a huge Gothic cathedral next to the Plaza Mayor.

The Cathedral at night, Segovia, Spain

And at the opposite end of the city perched on a rocky outcrop is the stunning Alcázar.

The view of the Alcázar from the Templar church, Segovia, Spain

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4

Valencia

Ahhh Valencia, the home of paella, do you really need any more excuses to visit?

Malvarrosa Bean, Valencia, Spain

Well if you do, take a wander around the historic Cathedral which houses the infamous Holy Grail, stroll through Turia Gardens to the City of Arts & Science, or even head to the golden sandy beach.

City of Arts & Science, Valencia, Spain

Valencia is often overlooked in favour of Barcelona, which is probably how the Valencians like it. However, this is a lovely friendly city and one I would certainly return to.

5

Córdoba

Another Andalusia favourite is Córdoba, and home to the incredible Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral). Walking inside to see the arched forest of columns, was another moment where I was lost for words. I just didn’t expect to see them in such numbers; it was looking down a hall of mirrors.

The interior of the Mosque–Cathedral of Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain

If more enticing was required to visit Córdoba, then strolling amongst the whitewashed lanes admiring the elegant courtyards is a must, along with visiting the Alcázar and wandering across the Roman Bridge.

The little cobbled lanes of Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain

6

Salamanca

What a treat to find, this wonderful city in the heart of Castile and León. Salamanca certainly appears to be off the main tourist route. However, it is full of so much history, housing two cathedrals, Spain’s first university (can you spot the frog?), a Roman bridge and a stylish Art Nouveau & Art Deco museum.

The old Cathedral from the north, Salamanca, Spain

But the pièce de résistance, in my opinion, is the elegant Plaza Mayor. It has to be one of the most impressive I have seen and surrounded by a fantastic selection of tapas bars.

Plaza Mayor, Salamanca, Spain

7

Oviedo

Who knew there were so many statues and sculptures in Oviedo, well I do now!

Oviedo is in the Asturias region in northern Spain and a great city to discover, and once again not too touristy. Almost around every corner was a statue paying homage to someone, probably the most famous was Woody Allen.

Me, You & Woody , Oviedo, Spain
Mafalda, Oviedo, Spain

This region is also known for its Sidrerias or Cider houses, and there is a whole tradition here on how it is served. Don’t try this at home it could be messy.

8

Santander

Once again as Santander is a port city, my expectations weren’t particularly high, and I was wrong again.
Santander is so elegant and enjoyable to stroll around, with lovely ornate architecture enticing bodegas and some lovely family parks & plazas.

Stylish architeture, Santander, Spain

However, what we really loved about Santander was the promenade. Watching families young and old out for an evening stroll in their finery, enjoying the sunset across the Bay of Biscay.

Harbour view, Santander, Spain

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Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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