Take a look, as we introduce you to some of the various different districts across Spain. In total, there are 17 autonomous communities in the country. These Spanish regions are rich in culture and heritage, and all differ from one another. From incredible architecture to delightful landscapes, keep reading to find out more about some of these alluring locations.
Encompassing a large part of southern Spain, Andalusia is a haven of architectural delights. It’s impossible not to notice the Moorish style and its influence on so many of the buildings in the area. Granada’s Alhambra Palace, Seville’s Alcazar Castle and Córdoba’s Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral are just a few of the influential sites here.
The clear distinction in Catalonia is the native tongue, Catalonian (which is also spoken in the Balearics). Lots of us will be familiar with popular destinations in this region, including the iconic city of Barcelona and the exciting beach destination of the Costa Brava. The traditional Spanish styles throughout this region provide a contrast to the modern flavours found elsewhere in the country.
Community of Madrid
Madrid, the capital city of Spain, is the notable centre of this autonomous community. The enticing nightlife and commercial centre here are enough to draw plenty of visitors to this cosmopolitan hub. Yet, there is no denying the indicators of cultural roots that have made this location a meeting point for centuries.
In the northwest of the country, you’ll find the dramatic landscape of Galicia, known for its craggy rock formations, luscious greenery and rumbling blue waves. Colloquially referred to as the country of a thousand rivers, the flow of water through this region offers buckets of tranquillity, as well as rugged natural surroundings.
Cultural traditions are felt deeply in the Basque Country. With its own distinct language, this area close to the Spain-France border is home to an exciting corner of Spanish life. It’s also a region that holds a strong historical marker in the nation, forever documented in Picasso’s famous Guernica painting.
Famed for its black and white sand beaches, tropical microclimates and year-round sunshine, the Canary Islands are a hit for most travellers looking for a sunny getaway. This archipelago sits off the west coast of Africa and is made up of seven islands: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.
This rural area of Spain bordering Portugal comprises idyllic lakes, forests, mountains and reserves. Avid bird watchers will feel right at home here, as the region is famed for its large number of birds of prey. Keep your eyes peeled for the eagles that own the skies: golden, Spanish imperial and booted to name a few. Small birds are also abundant in this location, home to exciting species such as the pin-tailed sandgrouse.
Another attractive holiday destination, this archipelago sits in the Mediterranean Sea off the east coast of the Spanish mainland. The Balearics are made up of several tiny islands and islets, but the four main islands are Majorca (Mallorca), Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Each one has its own distinct features and draws visitors from all over the world.
One of the focal points of this region is its capital city, Santander, sitting on the Bay of Biscay. Cantabria’s location on Spain’s north coast, bordering the Basque Country, is reflected in the spectacular gastronomy of the region. Fresh seafood arrives from the coast while sheep and goat cheeses come from inland, plus the abundance of fresh produce grown in the area results in a multitude of delectable dishes to try.
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